Had a dram of tequila before dinner. We bought this bottle from the factory in Mexico last year, 100% blue agave. Quite smooth with an unmistakable grassy taste of agave. Followed by a dram of A'bunadh batch #21. Its a nice contrast to the tequila. A'bunadth is quite heavy on the sherry side and sweet whereas tequila is almost bland but has that grassy aftertaste. A'bunadh is much higher in abv than tequila.
Going to a Benrinnes tasting tonight. Looking forward to trying my first Benrinnes. Anyone tried any before?
My first glass of Lagavulin 12 Special Release. This is some crazy stuff! I'm not quite sure how to describe it. A bit less overtly medicinal than the 16-year-old, for starters. A bit minty on the nose, with mineral and sea salt tones. Immediate sweetness on the palate with an essence of mossy, wet rocks. Alternating waves of peat smoke and sweet malt. A smoky, tarry finish. This is what I look for in a peaty Scotch. Great balance.
Talisker 10, Highland Park 18, and now Ardberg 10.
Whisk(e)y - a bargain at any price !!!
*sigh* I'm over half way through my Limited Edition Balvenie 17-year Sherry Cask. At nearly $100 a bottle, it is certainly not a bottle that I consume lightly.
Unfortunately, the next-best thing to this particular sherry-finished Speyside Malt is the MacAllan 18-- which sells for nearly $40 more per bottle...
I just hope I can work up enough disposable income before the local liquor store sells out of them. I also want to scarf up a bottle of Bushmills 16-year Single Malt, which is being discounted to move at $45 a bottle (usually sells for $70), as it will be disappearing from the shelves-- probably to make room for MORE wine and vodka...
"Suppose he's got a pointed stick!?!"
- Eric Idle, Monty Python's Flying Circus
Gonna sip on some 17yo Longmorn tonight. A friend brought me back a bottle from Strathisla distillery. The first bottle I 'll be sad to finish, as I can't get to Scotland to replace it. Such pleasant whiskey to sip.