It was from an email that contained no tasting notes, merely a thank you for the whiskies contributed and the two guests who joined our session.
The evening featured:
- Nameless Indian single malt (later confirmed as McDowell’s Single Malt)
- First encounter with Kavalan Concertmaster
- Contrasted with Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask
- Dipped into the latest (then!) Ardbeg release – the Galileo (1999/2012) 49%
- Closed with the Dutch All Rye
However, I distinctly remember being soooooo excited to try the Kavalan Concertmaster – given my efforts to track it down during a trip to Taipei. And being equally disappointed til we contrasted it with the Kavalan Solist… an experiment that was repeated years later with the Whisky Ladies.
I also remember the story behind Ardbeg’s Galileo… a whisky released in ‘celebration’ of Ardbeg’s space experiment yet not actually containing a drop of galactic wandering whisky. Instead a mix matured in ex-Marsala wine and ex-Bourbon casks leaving a smoky sweet impression.
It was also one of our early encounters with European whiskies and one of our few samplings of a Rye whisky.
Our guests were two well-known figures in the Indian spirits industry who added more merriment to the mix… Overall leaving an impression of world whisky fellowship of great people and good drams!
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