Have you ever wondered just how ‘greedy’ the angels are in a warm climate like Bombay?
One of our whisky tasting club members decided to do a little experiment. Only we had no idea!
We started with two whiskies… sampled blind with no further information. Here is what we found….
1st whisky “Citrus”
- Nose – Lemon citrus, sweet, lightly organic, honey, fruit, banana, floral though not specifically distinct, bit of pale hay
- Palate – Tangy citrus, a little sour bitter, cough syrup, linear with no spice
- Finish – There and gone
A light, sweet start with subtle perfume notes… One member immediately recognized the whisky. Another dubbed it “White shirt, white pant”
2nd whisky “Wood”
- Nose – Wood shavings, saw mill, varnish, a bourbon-y feel, pepper, mint steam, dry spices, sweet, an attic full of wood furniture or an antique store
- Palate – Spice, black liquorice, pepper, very dry, quite sour, thin, astringent
- Finish – Spice pepper
Not at all complex….
So what was the experiment exactly? Our host managed to get a hold of a new oak mini cask!
His plan was to see the affect of wood on whisky at quarterly intervals:
- 0 Months – Into the cask went 2 Litres less a 250 ml sample
- 3 Months – Remove approx 250 ml
- 6 Months – Remove approx 250 ml
- 12 Months – Bottle the balance, timed perfectly with hosting the October session
The control sample and 3 month sample went fine but then… by 6 months… nothing. Seriously – nothing! Not a drop!
So to answer the original question posed… just how greedy are the angels? Very verrrry greedy indeed!
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