Blind tasting in Warsaw.
I spent last weekend at Whisky Legend tasting organized by the guys from whiskymywife.pl. It was a blind tasting, like that at the Orkney Isles.
Tasting menu as follows:
Ardbeg 1967 – 1997, Signatory, 30 years old.
Balvenie TUN 1401 Batch 5..
Bowmore Sea Dragon, 30 years old..
Caperdonich 1972 DT, 35 years old.
Dalmore, Distillery Edition, 2014, 21 years old.
Glen Grant 1956 – 2006, 50 years old, Gordon MacPhail.
Glenfarclas 1973, Family Cask, 39 years old.
Glenfarclas – Probably Speyside’s Finest, 46 years old.
Karuizawa 1981, 33 years old.
Kavalan Fino Solist, (S060814019).
Port Ellen 1983, 29 years old, Maltbarn.
Springbank 25 years old.
Talisker, 21 years old, Secret Stills, Gordon MacPhail.
Due to the very friendly atmosphere during the meeting organizers decided to add further:
Springbank 21 years old and Laphroaig z serii Artist.
N: at the beginning a bit rough, metallic, light vegetable tones, earth, pear, traces of coffee, traces of peat;
T: little sparks on the tongue, then a little trace of peat and emerging fruits;
F: long with remnants of sparks.
Score: my: 3 – 84, group: 4,73 – ca. 87.
I thought it was Springbank, so it was Springbank 25.
N: of course, sherry, sweet, even liqueur, chocolate plum;
T: sweet, slightly liqueur, also with traces of sparks, with a bitter finish grapefruit, bitter orange;
F: long with grapefruit and traces of bitterness.
Score: my: 5 – 88, group: 6,5 – 91.
I assumed it was Dalmore, but it was Glen Grant.
N: rather shyly at first, but with elements of sherry, sweet, traces of smoke and peat, ground, wet ground;
T: here also sherry, deeper is sweeter, after a while, there is sparking, peach, orange, grapefruit, traces of coffee and peat, light bitterness;
F: long with orange and grapefruit.
Score: my: 6,5 – 91, group: 6,8 – ca. 91,5.
I bet on Talisker or Bowmore. It was Bowmore.
N: as before sherry, sweet, dark chocolate, plum, smoke, hard candy, lacquer, paint, and maybe even asphalt;
T: slightly smoky, plum, chocolate, pepper;
F: long with chocolate.
Score: my: 7 – 92, group: 6,55 – ca. 91.
I assumed it was Bowmore, but it was Karuizawa.
N: fortified wine again, with sour traces, mandarin, orange, a little smoke, cigar box, with time growing more and more, leather, figs;
T: plums in chocolate, raisins, dark chocolate, sustainable sparks on your tongue, bitterness and grapefruit;
F: long, sweet and with bitterness.
Score: my: 6,5 – 91, group: 6,7 – ca. 91.
I thought it was Balvenie and so it turned out.
N:intense sherry, leather armchairs, but also citrus, sweet, liqueur;
T: very sweet, liquor, hard candy, then sparking occurs, bitterness;
F: long, sweet.
Score: my: 5,5 – 89, group: 7,38 – ca. 93.
I bet on Glenfarclas, but it was Kavalan.
N: bandages, dentist office, then sweetness raises, medical tones leave with the time, smoke remains, earth, dust, traces of ripe red fruits;
T: slightly acidic tones, a drop of lemon, peach, mandarin, grapefruit and bitterness, distant traces of peat;
F: long with grapefruit and bitterness, orange and lemon drop.
Score: my: 7,5 – 93, group: 8,3 – ok. 95.
It was Ardbeg, I thought so.
N: ślady sherry, słodycz, kwiaty, dość spokojnie, w porównaniu do poprzednich łagodnie;
S: wrażenie niższego ABV, po poprzednich dość delikatnie, słodko, nieco owocowo;
F: dość długi.
Punktacja: moja: 3,5 – 85, grupy: 5,78 – ok. 90.
Stawiałem na Glen Grant, a był to Talisker.
N: medical, bandages, peat, ground, lots of earth, seaweed, salt, sea air, fishing boats;
T: peat, sparks, ashes, a little salty, metallic and earthy;
F: long with peat and ashes.
Score: my: 7,5 – 93, group: 7,05 – 92.
This obviously had to be Port Ellen.
N: grainy, earthy, traces of peat, grapefruit peel, apricot, peach;
T: grapefruit, orange, significant sparks on your tongue,
F: long with grapefruit and sparking.
Score: my: 4 – 86, group: 5,11 – 88.
I bet on Springbank 21, rightly so.
N: traces of peat, hard candy, slightly perfumy, clear tones of apple,
T: sparks, grapefruit bitterness, unripe apple;
F: long, dry.
Score: my and group: 5,5 – 89.
Properly I bet on Caperdonich.
N: clearly feel like aged in casks after reinforced wine, sherry, but slightly broken;
T: intensively, with sparking and plums in chocolate, a lot of grapefruit, and then intensifying bitterness;
F: long with grapefruit and bitterness.
Score: my: 6 – 90, group: 6,08 – ca. 90.
I bet on Dalmore or possibly Kavalan. It was Dalmore.
N: sherry, leather armchairs, dates, figs, smoke, pepper, spices, spicy;
T: plums in chocolate, sparks, pepper, then grapefruit with bitterness emerges;
F: long with sparking and grapefruit.
Score: my: 7 – 92, group: 7,11 – ca. 92.
It was Glenfarclas, I thought so (IB).
N: sherry, leather and armchairs again, figs and dates, very sweet, the time gives traces of flowers;
T: very intensively, but at the same time with a lot of bitterness, ripe plum, bitter oranges, herbs, mint, lemon balm, interspersed with a sweetness, impression paxa rette;), bitterness steadily increases, the time gives traces of Listerine;
F: long with sour traces;
Score: my: 6,5 – 91, group: 8,03 – 94.
I guessed, it was Glenfarclas (OB FC).
N: peat, salt, sea air, fishing nets, dry seaweed, lemon, lemon peel, orange;
T: pretty sweet, surprisingly sweet, unlike the smell, even honey, then sparking on the tongue;
Score: my: 6 – 90, group: 6,76 – ca. 92.
I thought it was Ledaig, but this was Laphroaig.
As can be seen from the above average score winner was Ardbeg – dram 7. The first place in my opinion was well deserved. The second place was taken by Glenfarclas – dram 14, although I liked more its second version – dram 13. On third place was Kavalan – dram 6.
In my scoring the second place was for Port Ellen – dram 9, the same points as Ardbeg, although I preferred Ardbeg more. The third place in my book was for Glenfarclas – dram 13 and Karuizawa – dram 4, both got 7 – 92 points, perhaps with a slight indication for the Glenfarclas.
Due to the blind tasting it wouldn’t do without surprises. I thought I would immediately recognize Karuizawa, but I was still waiting for it. No one expected that on the podium there will be Kavalan.
Certainly all the single malts was worth a try.
I warmly greet all the participants of the meeting, it was nice to meet you and spend time together. Appreciation to Daniel and Grzegorz from whiskymywife.pl for a professional organization and friendly approach to the guests.