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17Aug/090

Whisky night follow up

The whisky night went really well. So well, in fact that we almost drank all of the whisky! Five bottles of whisky between eight people is a pretty good effort in my book. A few of us got probably a bit too drinked, but it was a good night. Many thanks to the lovely Britt and Sara for doing the pouring!

The favourites were definitely the Ardberg and the Tamdhu. A few people really liked the strong, smoky taste of the Ardberg, and those who enjoyed a more mellow whisky picked the Tamdhu as their favourite. The Tamdhu was a bit of a dark horse, as I'd never heard of it before I bought it from Dan Murphy's on Saturday, and it was quite affordable.


More photos on flickr.

The sixth, surprise whisky was a single cask single malt from the Lark Distillery in Hobart. I bought it when I was down there for a long weekend recently. It provided a nice contrast to the scotch whiskies that we were tasting, and the quality compared to the scotch whiskies was very good. It has a very distinctive woody flavour to it, along with some vanilla / toffee.

Lark Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

Lark Single Cask Single Malt Whisky

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15Aug/091

Whisky night

Tonight I'm having a few people around to drink some whisky. I did it about a year ago and it was heaps of fun. Basically what happens is that I buy a bunch of single malt whiskies, print out some tasting notes from Michael Jackson's excellent Malt Whisky Companion, and then we all taste the whiskies one by one, without knowing what we are tasting. Over the night, everyone votes for which whisky they think is which, and then at the end of the night, the person with the most correct wins!

The whiskies

The whiskies

The whiskies that we are lucky enough to be tasting tonight (above) are:

  • Ardberg 10 year old (Islay)
  • Bowmore legend (Islay)
  • The Glenlivet 12 year old (Speyside)
  • Strathisla 12 year old (Speyside)
  • Tamdhu (Speyside)

I think that the difference between the Islays and the Speysides will be pretty obvious. There will also be a sixth, surprise whisky from a location with a similar climate to Scotland, but is much closer. Can you guess what it is?

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