We had GREAT expectations for September… London with Sukhinder Singh of The Whisky Exchange, flight to Inverness then a proper whisky distillery tour in Speyside. Tickets were bought, accommodations booked… all was ready!
However best laid plans were not to be… in large part thanks to my being “grounded” in Bombay waiting for my passport to be returned with my new German “National” (aka work) visa and then a stupid amount of stress trying to get my Indian visa converted from work to spousal – with success literally the last business day I was in India!
So what’s a gal to do? Why make whisky fun!
- A Balvenie evening... which turned out to be a bit different than anticipated
- A private Stranger & Sons Gin evening with the BMC plus friends
- Handing over the Whisky Advent for the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai to enjoy
- Beautiful dram dregs... rescuing precious open bottles from languishing in less than optimal Mumbai storage conditions
Plus join not one but two whisky tasting group’s evenings…
One of our Whisky Ladies went on a whiskey tour in Ireland and brought back for us:
- Glendalough 13 year Mizunara Finish 46% – A dreamy dram
- Teeling Brabazon Port 49.5% (Series 2) – Take your time til it shifts from wet leaves to chiffon cake and marmalade
- Teeling Brabazon Sherry 49.5% (Series 1) – Clearly sherry yet with a lighter touch… most enjoyable!
And the original club shared whiskies carefully tracked down pair from Douglas Laing’s “Distiller’s Art” series plus 1st one additional then a bonus whisky too:
- Distiller’s Art – Caol Ila 8 year (2009) 59.2% – Wonderful dram
- Distiller’s Art – Jura 11 year (2006) 58.6% – Curious as didn’t seem Scottish at all!
- Springbank 10 year 46% – Not what we remembered… was it a consequence of the tasting order or something else at play
- And our bonus Scapa 40% – What a terrific reminder that this is one solid maritime malt!
There will likely be some disruption in seeking out opportunities to discover new drams and sharing tasting notes over the next few months.
While there is the amazing German women’s “Sharing Angels“… I anticipate it will take some time to navigate life in Nuremberg to find new folks who share a passion for quality over quantity, slowing down to discuss, deliberate and learn together.
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