Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve had a bit more time – okay, a lot more time – to acquire and sample scotch. This tasting of five different whiskies happened over two days separated by four months. Certainly a far cry from the regular way of doing things but, these days, things are anything but regular.
For this tasting we went away from whiskies bottled by distillers and ventured into expressions crafted by independent bottlers. What surprised a lot of folks was how much flavour can be found in a young(ish) spirit and how smooth whisky can be at a higher alcohol percentage.
December is upon us once again and I’m excited to dive into the Sixth Edition of the Secret Spirits Whisky Advent Calendar. Each day I’ll update this post with the tasting notes and picture of the day’s whisky. Hope you enjoy following along as much as I enjoy tasting!
What a whisky! This one from an Orkney Distillery and bottled by Morrison & MacKay is amazing stuff and I love the layers throughout.
An exquisitely layered whisky! This one is so interesting with how it leads you one way with the nose and then leaps in a different direction with big woody notes.
The theme for this scotch tasting was whiskies aged 15 years from across Scotland. Eleven of us – from first-timers to many-timers – sat down to see how these six distilleries expressed themselves. It was a great evening of whisky, food, laughter, and camaraderie.
The Macaloney’s Twa Cask Islay is out of control. The depth and complexity is mind boggling: I keep going back and finding new things in the nose and on the palate.