One of my favourite ways to taste whiskies is at home, with a friend or two, focused on some interesting whiskies. Even better if they feature miniatures that we would likely never buy – either as they are too rare or too expensive! Back in 2019, pre-Brexit, I bought myself a treat of Drinks by the Drams Single Cask Whisky Advent Calendar, sampled a few but then set aside for when could share the experience with one or two fellow whisky aficionados.
Fast forward to a fine 2022 September evening in Nurnberg with friends. We had dinner plans however a wee whisky tasting was also on our evening agenda. Out came the miniatures and we each picked whiskies we were curious to try.
We decided to pair up our choices – two before dinner as an “appetizer”, then two additional pairs post dinner.
What did we start with?
- Royal Brackla 11 year (2006) cask 310864 60.9% (The Single Cask)
- Tamdhu 11 year (2007) cask 6833 61.9% (Lady of the Glen – Hannah Whisky Merchants)
And then our next set? Here we shifted gears completely and selected two grains:
- Girvan 30 year (1988) cask 13076 58.1% (Xtra Old Particular)
- Cameronbridge 36 year (1982) cask 8289 His Excellency (Bartels Whisky) 51.9%
Our final set was a further contrast – switching to peated Islay drams with:
It was a lovely evening and good fun to contrast and compare without distraction.
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