London should have been a massive ‘score’ for the Whisky Lady… however we had such a hectic thoroughly engaged time, there was narry a chance for whisky. Yeah… I know.. seriously. No excuse really acceptable but there you have it!
So I did what all folks do… checked out the airport duty-free offerings.
Here is the challenge… for us merry malt samplers, we are always seeking something ‘new’. Particularly when traveling, it is our ‘duty’ to help supply something less accessible for our fellow adventurers back home from the world of whisky. Which means we don’t completely dismiss duty-free options, however they tend to not quite satisfy the craving for something ‘different’.
First stop in London Heathrow Terminal 4 was the standard duty-free store with a rather limited selection.
Next stop was the wee World of Whisky outlet in the same terminal. A quick glance confirmed that while there were a few more options, none jumped out as ‘must have!’
The fellow there tried to be helpful however I must have seemed like a complete ‘bevri‘ (that’s a female drunk for those who don’t speak Hindi)… as most ‘interesting’ whiskies he suggested were all previously tried…
So then he started cracking open the distiller samples to tempt with:
- Mortlach NAS (We’ve tried the 15 before)
- Cragganmore (Ditto for the 12, however he pulled out another one which didn’t make the cut)
- Dalmore cigar whisky (Interesting but not worth the price)
- Aultmore 12 and 21 year (New to our whisky tasting group so a possibility)
- Kilchoman (I simply didn’t have the heart to tell him we had a terrific whisky dinner pairing with Kilchoman‘s master distiller Anthony Wills and his lovely wife in Mumbai)
With triumph, he then said “I know! I guarantee you haven’t tried this one! Though I don’t have a bottle open to try…”
That’s when he drew my attention the KininVie 17 year. He couldn’t believe I bought a bottle last year in Singapore as it was new to their stock. I confessed that I’ve yet to open it… however thanks to Ronald of Whiskyriffic, there is a wee sample sitting in my cupboard awaiting attention.
I was seriously tempted by the Linkwood 1988 however the price was steep. I’ll probably regret that decision, but there you have it.
You will know what I DID pick up from future reviews. However all in all it either proved our wee whisky tasting group in Mumbai has acquired a reasonable range of whiskies over the years or the selection was particularly limited.
We single malt drinkers can truly be a ‘promiscuous‘ lot, always seeking a new and interesting partner to dance with before moving on to the next twirl around the dance floor with another partner…
Would you agree?
Pssst…. Since July I have indeed sampled the KininVie, plus the two I picked up:
- Kilchoman Coull Point Iis now my ‘everyday’ favourite dram and
- We sampled the Aultmore 18 year at our November tasting session!
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