Sunday, February 05, 2006

Feb - Who gets the nod for peat's sake?

Melbourne Malts held it's first meeting for the year on Thursday Feb 1st at 16 Ellis st. Sth. Yarra.
Most of us were familiar with the Distillery bottling of the Bowmore 12yo, but the general comment was that it had improved since they tried it last. Then came the Provenance two cask bottling by Douglas McGibbon - there were a number of surprised comments at both the difference and the complexity of the nose. It was some minutes before someone came out with the advice to drink it - the promise of the nose is delivered to the mouth!
Against an impressive distillery effort, score one to the Independants with points to spare.
And so to the Distillery Caol Ila with approving murmurs all round. The Douglas Laing Single cask was going to have meet a high standard. Well the nose impressed!
Alas, it fell a little flat in the mouth but recovered somewhat with lip smacking length.
Score one to the Distillery by a fair margin, due in part to the quality of the Distillery expression.

Conclusion: You can't dismiss the Independants, they too are capable of great works.

And so to the Masked Cask strength (60.7%) single malt. For the second meeting in a row - the masked was the hit of the night. Nobody picked it, because nobody got out of Scotland! I think everyone scored it around 90-91 and everyone maded me spell it for them to take note, when I announced "It is an Irish single malt - Connemara".
Score two from left field.

To cap the night Johnny Sit, who had joined us from 16 Ellis street, asked if anyone would like to taste a gin. The general response was "Nooo" Many people just didn't like the smell of the Juniper berry.
Johhny just smiled enigmatically and came back with a two bottles of Gin - a Tanqueray Ten and a Plymouth. These two so impressed us died in the wool malt drinkers that we agreed to devote the November meeting to a tasting of the best expressions of the worlds other distilled spirits.

Tell your friends, it's Sociable, Entertaining and Educational.
See you on Thursday March 2nd for the Macallan medley.


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