Trips tend to trigger whisky experiences for me! Whilst May was all in Germany, June brought a wedding in Cape Town (fabulous fun!) and every hope of a special whisky weekend in London…. dashed by a rather ill-timed bout with that cursed Covid.
So whilst I was laid flat on my back with complete loss of smell and taste (a true tragedy for a whisky aficionado!), a very special evening took place in London Sukhinder Singh (aka The Whisky Exchange) where our gents cracked open some seriously coveted Chorlton bottles:
- Glen Elgin 12 year (21 April 2009 / summer 2021) refill hogshead 56.6%
- Tormore 28 year (16 Nov 1992 / summer 2021) refill hogshead 42.4%
- Orkney 22 year (9 Jun 1999 / February 2022) bourbon hogshead 53.4% (aka Highland Park) – A true treat!
- Bunnahabhain 18 year (28 Feb 2002 / Dec 2021) sherry butt 53.4%
- From the May 2022 releases, I managed to snag all three! Now waiting patiently in London… Teaninich 12 year 54.2%, Benrinnes 14 year 55%, Faemussach 21 year 56%
- And another trio from the Chorlton’s finally available in Europe! Mannochmore 13 year 59% & Caol Ila 11 year 60.4% from the April 2022 releases and Staoisha (Bunnahabhain ) 8 year 59.9% from Dec 2021
However before being knocked out of commission, I had a chance to catch up on a few tasting notes…
Whilst I’m still only in India a few times a year (once in 2020, twice in 2021, and aiming for thrice in 2022!) our lovely Whisky Ladies of Mumbai have been very kind to set aside samples of some of their tasting sessions. Though I’d much prefer to join in person, at least this way I can (almost) feel like I’m keeping up with their remarkable whisky journey.
This is how I sampled the whiskies tried during the Whisky Ladies of Mumbai’s March 2022 session. It had a decidedly Canadian theme, courtesy of a fellow Canadian’s trip back in late 2021:
- Endeavour Gin (Old Tom Barrel Aged) 45% – Whisky-influenced gin
- The Forager 40% – A botanical whisky
- Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt “Innovative” Release No 27 46%
- Two Brewers Yukon Single Malt “Peated” Release No 25 43%
I also explored an assortment of different drams such as:
- Compass Box Orchard House 46% – Whilst not sunshine and ripe fruits, for an affordable blend, can grow on you….
- Hunter Laing Hepburn’s Choice Glenburgie 8 year (2007) 46% – Another one where anticipation from reality differed – had to recalibrate expectations from fruit orchard to tobacco leaf… must add water to this one!
- Plus a return to a favourite distillery – Lochranza – to explore their exceedingly affordable ‘entry level’ Arran Barrel Reserve 43%
So my tasting adventures these months have been rather limited… however with a whisky festival coming up in Heidelberg in July, another in Hamburg I’m considering, plus both Paris and London in September, my hope is to get things back on track!
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