Wow! How time flies! From a “wouldn’t it be great if…” to four full and flourishing years of sharing, pairing, discussing, debating, friendship and tasting with the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai!
Originally scheduled for when I was out galavanting around the globe, mother nature had other plans and Mumbai was effectively shut down by rains and floods.
Lucky for me this meant it could be rescheduled to a weekend when I could very happily join!
We decided after our last anniversary that the way to go is have a fun, sociable gathering – where each lady can invite a guest, bring an open bottle, have a grand meal, celebrating together the wonderful world of whiskies with fabulous women! After all – sharing is caring!
The collection was impressive! Here is where we started before most even arrived…
Given some were not able to join our Goan Paul John Distillery tour, I decided to bring ALL of the nearly empty bottles with me – including some never tried by all Whisky Ladies. Here’s what we started with from left to right…
- Kavalan Classic 40%
- Glenmorangie Dornoch 43%
- Inchmoan 12 year 46% (Loch Lomond Distillery Island Collection)
- Glenfiddich 12 year 40%
- Paul John Brilliance Single Malt 46%
- Paul John Classic Select Cask 55.2%
- Paul John Single Cask #1844 60.5%
- Paul John Peated Select Cask 55.5%
- Paul John Peated Single Cask #780 59.7%
- Paul John 7 year (2009) Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish 57.4%
As the sun set and the evening progressed, more and more bottles made their way to our lips… To be perfectly honest, I didn’t even TRY to track the variety and quantity that made its appearance over the course of our gathering… Suffice it to say, it beautifully reflected the diversity of our palates, preferences and penchant to track down something interesting or to simply kick back, relax and sociably enjoy.
For my part, after traveling for weeks from Mumbai – Munich – Winnipeg – Munich & Nuremberg – Mumbai – Goa – Mumbai – Kalote straight from the rice paddy fields of our country home to Mumbai’s urban jungle for our Whisky Ladies celebration, I could not have had a better day or way to celebrate!
I’m so lucky to have been part of creating such a special whisky tasting group in India and am going to miss it terribly in the coming months and years.
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