Several weeks ago we held out annual Members-Only High-Dollar night. Each tasting we hold is open to guests of the membership except this tasting. This is one way of saying Thank you to our membership. We spent a few extra bucks to get whiskies that our folks would generally not buy on their own because of the expense. This year the cost of the five bottles was just over $2,000.
Of the five, some were excellent and others brought about the comment, This cost how much? As usual each taster ranked them and commented on them. Here are the results and a few of the comments on each:
Dallas Dhu, $360, Speyside Single Malt Scotch, 34 Yrs Old, 43% ALC, Bottled by Gordon Macphail
Thin aroma, Smell of cinnamon toast, Smooth taste, Light peatiness, Taste like rosewater & scotch, Bold sweetness, Boring.
Tomatin, $450, Highland Single Malt Scotch, 30 Yrs Old, 46% ALC
Cider on the nose, Caramel, Oatmeal, Light licorice taste, Great balance, Medium finish.
Old Forester, Birthday Bourbon, $250
Peppery aroma, A bit dry, Great vanilla taste, Subtle yet strong sweetness, Full palate taste, Light finish.
Blair Athol, $410, Highland Single Malt Scotch, 23 Yrs Old, 58.4% ALC
Ton of flavor, Crispy, Butter & salt taste, A bit of butterscotch, Among the best scotches ever.
Redbreast, $420, Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey, 27 Yrs Old, 54.6% ALC
Fruity, Citrus (grapefruit), Great flavor on the back end, One drop of water makes it fantastic, Robust finish.
We, of course, finished the evening with cigars and more whisky. What a great evening! Thank you to all who attended.
PS: There were about 30 tasters on hand. The event was held outside and social distancing was observed.