Scotch Tasting on November 3, 2012

Southside Edmonton

For this tasting, I couldn’t track down Andrew (he’s been pretty busy with his own business) so I decided to host it at my place. I assembled 10 interested men and we drank. A lot.ST20121103

  • Scapa 16 Year
  • Auchentoshan 18 Year
  • Glen Garioch 17 Year
  • Longmorn 16 Year
  • Glenfarclas 15 Year
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask (10 Year)
  • Ardbeg 10 Year

Maybe it was because of the seven ounces of whisky but this tasting was a great success. To get everyone more involved, the scotches were assigned to pairs of people to research both the distillery and the scotch itself. This worked surprisingly well, almost like Show and Tell but with more swearing. As for the whiskies themselves, the Scapa 16 was a good, smooth opener but, in my opinion, not nearly as good as its predecessor the Scapa 14.┬áThe Auchentoshan 18 and Glenfarclas 15 were also quite nice where, for me, the Glenfarclas stood out with its rich and robust taste. Sadly, I can’t find my notes to explain this further.

The two biggest surprises of the night were the Glen Garioch 17 Year and the Longmorn 16 Year. The Glen Garioch tasted almost like a disinfectant which could be attributed to my palate alone – a few actually quite liked it – but the group by and large wasn’t very impressed. The Longmorn 16 was the favourite of the tasting thanks to its smooth taste, good level of peatiness, and hard-to-believe price given the quality of the scotch. My original intention was to cap the night with the Laphroaig Quarter Cask – a big, peaty scotch (my wife said she could smell it from upstairs). Despite the peatiness, it was fairly smooth and, despite meant to be last, we dipped into my personal collection to contrast it with the Ardbeg 10 Year. The Ardbeg was generally more to people’s liking due to its tasting somewhat less like a campfire.

As I said, a rousing success. I realize I haven’t given much to go on in terms of clear impressions of each but, fear not, next time I’ll take better notes to write from.

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