How our world has changed…
It was already clear when we wandered around Whisk(e)y-Messe Nürnberg THE VILLAGE late February that this was likely the last such whisky festival for quite some time. How dramatic and comprehensive the impending ‘shut-down’ would be globally was still unthinkable.
That weekend now seems a distant but fabulous memory, augmented by the company of a lovely fellow whisky lady. In addition to what we sampled at the festival, we also cracked open a couple minis:
- Cambus 24 year (1993) 52.7% (North Star) – Like opening up a big old dusty cupboard, earthy, piquant, sour fruits
- Glenlossie 8 year (2010) Cask 8645 56.8% (Hannah Whisky Merchants – Lady of the Glen) – Woodsy, honey… with the port pipe finish adding an odd dimension
My minis continued to come in handy! I’ve so desperately missed our Mumbai whisky tasting groups. Thanks to everyone being shut in, we used technology to catch up online and taste different whiskies together. For me, this meant I could virtually join from Nurnberg where I tried the following:
- Original club: Old Pulteney 12 year 40% which was my favourite dram open in my cupboard at the time… it was great to reminisce about a shared evening many years ago with Stuart Harvey
- Whisky Ladies choice: Glenturret 14 year (2001) 54% (Bartels Whisky – Highland Laird) – It was a delightful summer dram that I fully enjoyed sitting outdoors on my wee balcony
- Bombay Malt and Cigar 1st gathering: I gave the lads a chance to chose and they picked the North Star Series 8 Inchgower 11 year (2007/2019) Refill Hogshead 52.5% which was a smoky dram that would have gone great with a cigar! And then we caught up a 2nd evening when I cracked open a mini Dailuaine 10 year 46% (Douglas Laing’s Provenance) which was earthy and yet still approachable
What else? Not knowing when it would be possible to start tasting with others, I began to carefully collect a few interesting whiskies from independent bottlers… waiting in the wings for the right opportunity. What has made it into my wee German collection so far?
- Chorlton Trio: Miltonduff 11 years 62%, Blair Athol 12 years 56.6%, Mackmyra 12 years 50.2%
- North Star Quartet – Auchroisk 13 year (2006/2019) Oloroso Sherry Hogshead 51.2%, Glenturret 8 year (2010/2019) Refill Hogshead 58.3%, Inchgower 11 year (2007/2019) Refill Hogshead 52.5%, Fettercain 12 year (2006/2019) Refill Barrel 57.4%
Let’s see how things evolve… for now I wish you all health and happiness where ever you may be in the world!
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