Fixou would be there; KB's only free day this month would be today; SMcD is moving on to a new job and today is his last day behind the bar.
We pre-ordered two cheese plates and flights of five drams for three.
36.69 24yo d.1989 Totally tropical, man! (52.9%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 275b): nose: melon, guava, cedar-wood shavings, apple shavings and coconut, as well as some flowers. Much later on, herbs emerge -- gentian and sage. Mouth: peanut skin bitterness (JS), lots of fleeting fruit and herbs. Finish: bags of herbs, now, alongside fruit (juicy orange).
76.112 27yo d.1986 Spiced Champurrado (58.2%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Hogshead, 239b): this one comes highly recommended by our friends. Nose: old books, leather and lots of prominent fruit. Soy sauce, smoked haddock and shoe polish too. Strange combination, yet it works. Mouth: sparkling cola, cough syrup. Finish: long, full of cola and corn syrup -- or is it maple syrup? Nice, though perhaps not as nice as they say.
35.103 29yo d.1983 The Great Easter Bake Off (58.8%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Sherry Butt, 236b): nose: apple peels and cigar. Mouth: sweet corn, cooked apples, white pepper, grist? Finish: loads of pepper, apple compote that lingers on, milk chocolate.
SMcD brings the cheese and asks us for the difference between the Rolling Stones and a farmer on Skye.
The Rolling Stones, 'Hey you, get off my cloud!'
The farmer on Skye, 'Hey McLeod, get off my ewe!'
|SMcD's last day behind the bar|
Off-menu, someone gives us a splash of the following:
Teeling 21yo Silver Reserve (46%, Teeling, Bourbon Barrel, Sauterne wine cask, 5000b): nose: melon, passion fruit, mango, all sorts of fruit. Wet chalk too. Hm, that's a first! Mouth: very green, perhaps overdiluted. It remains fruity and acidic, yet a bit shy. Finish: another whisky that puts a smile on my face. Massive fruit kick -- mango and passion. Lovely.
Teeling Small Batch (46%, Teeling, b. ca 2013): nose: cold tea, cigar boxes, herbs. Mouth: herbs alright, slightly bitter. Finish: what a balance! Papaya, pineapple, but also grass and wet sand Very nice surprise, these two.
10.76 8yo d.2005 Duelling banjos dram (60.8%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Bourbon Barrel, 229b): nose: smoke, freshly roasted coffee beans... and plum. Mouth: wow! JS finds it sparkly. I find it quite anaesthetising, though it does have a baking-soda note. Finish: acidic fruit, squashed strawberry with a bit of grain. The nose is better than the rest. Was looking forward to a peated Bunnahabhain, but this is disappointing. The nose is promising, the rest is behind.
PS starts handing out drams to us, starting with G4.6 -- not enough of it for notes, mind.
29.151 24yo d.1989 Polished violins and vintage cars (50.8%, SMWS Society Single Cask, Refill ex-Sherry Butt, 311b): nose: coffee and dark chocolate, cocoa beans, even. Smoked fish, kippers (KB). Mouth: acidic -- very strangely so, in fact. Finish: wide, but not really thrilling. A disappointing 29.
|Before Talisker got Storm-y|
there was Croftengea
PS now parades around with a bottle of 122.14 that was once his. We get to try it (it is nice, as usual), but I do not take notes.
It is late, we get kicked out, so to speak. Fixou never made it in: unexpected work to do. Lovely evening, fare well, SMcD and see you soon on the other side of the bar!