What did the ladies find?
- Nose – Mmmm… apples, pears, light flirtatious flowers, honey, salted caramel, ginger snap spice
- Palate – Salty sweet pepper, beautiful complex flavours, wonderfully syrupy, soft fruit, oily, thick on the tongue, nicely chewy, well balanced, slightly smokey quality
- Finish – Delightful dry cinnamon spice, tinge of bitterness in a good way
Then commenced a healthy debate on differences between tasting in a Glencairn glass vs Norlan glass… Our standard is to sample using the Glencairn, however one whisky lady returned from Canada with an early Christmas gift of a pair of Norlan glasses.
For many the Glencairn glass brought out more pronounced aromas, brighter more intense whereas the Norlan softened, rounded and blended the elements. On the palate, most preferred the Norlan as it enabled the flavours to shine muting the ‘alcohol’… which happened to also make the Old Pulteney dangerously easy to drink.
One remarked that Glencairn brought out the academic elements where one could distinguish the apples from honey from spice whereas the Norlan brought everything together creating a more sociable, approachable and companionable whisky.
Bottom line, the whisky was a perfect start to our evening!
The Whisky ladies experimental evening followed with:
- Benromach 10 year 100′ Proof 57%
- Bowmore Black Rock NAS 40%
- Hampden 2010 Jamaica Pure Single Rum HLCF (2010/2016) 68.5%
PS The Old Pulteney 21 year was compliments of InterBev.
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