In Mumbai, September is a season of transition… from the cooler monsoon slipping into the October heat of our 2nd summer. Which means the first part of the month is ideal whisky sipping weather by Indian standards and the later is when one tends to think more of a cool Gin & Tonic than straight up dram!
And yet, rain or shine, heat or not, our merry malters of Mumbai are always up for a wee nip or two!
For our Whisky Ladies, we shifted gears to grains. In the past, one would rarely find a grain featured solo, instead it would find favour in blends. And yet more and more one sees grain flying solo, so we decided it was time to explore!
- Haig Club 40%
- Suntory Chita 43%
- Nikka Coffey Grain 45%
- Cambus Single Grain 24 year (1991/2015) Cask 55891 51.9% (Signatory Vintage)
And our original club? We had a complete departure from our standard fare! We began our evening with a bourbon quiz, then teasingly small snifters of 3 different bourbons followed by carefully curated cocktails. Wow!
- FEW Bourbon 46.5% morphed into a Manhattan
- Mitcher’s Small Batch 45.7% slipped into an exquisite Sazerac
- Cleveland Underground AP Bourbon Whiskey finished with Apple Wood, Batch 3, 45% opened into an original Old Fashioned
Whereas our Bombay Malt & Cigar gents were up for a more classic evening with whiskies aged 21 years:
- Aberfeldy 21 year No 28750 40%
- Highland Park 1991 40%
- The Glenrothes 21 year Minister’s Reserve 43%
Given our Whisky Ladies 3rd year anniversary celebration was on the last day of August, tasting notes about our sociable evening of Irish drams, courtesy of our friends over at Pernod Ricard, were posted in September with:
- Jameson Caskmate Stout Edition 40% – Chocolaty goodness
- Green Spot 40% – Bursting with pears
- Yellow Spot 12 year 46% – The favourite of the evening
- Redbreast 12 year 40% – A bit sharp
Beyond this, there was a special chance to try Compass Box‘s new sherry influenced core offering – The Story of the Spaniard.
And I finally found scribbled notes from a November 2017 session where we explored uncommon peat whiskies:
- Alisa Bay 48.9%
- Ledaig “Very Cloudy” Vintage 2008 40%,
- Loch Lomond Peated 46%,
- BenRiach 25 year “Authenticus” Peated 46%
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