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Tasting on the Orkney Islands

Tasting on the Orkney Islands

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Recently I spent time very actively in the World of Whisky. I was in Scotland, even up in the Orkney Islands. After returning Id been home just for a while and took a little trip to Jastrzebia Gora for Whisky Festival in the Dom Whisky. Everywhere I had a great fun. Soon I will write more about these events, today impressions of tasting carried out in the St. Margaret’s Hope on South Ronalds Bay on the Orkney Islands. Seven people attended our trip to Scotland, the task of each of them was to ensure a decent bottle of single malt, in order to carry out a joint tasting. While traveling we have added one more bottle with BenRiach Rioja. Every whisky was presented in natural form: natural color, unchillfiltered, some even single cask, cask strength. I had some problems with the scoring system because I use the scale to 100, but this time the rules provided 10 points scale, the conversion wasnt also as obvious as it sounds. Importantly, it was a blind tasting. Only Daniel from whiskymywife.pl knew what is in each glass, because he filled them in a separate room. Apart from Glen Scotia, which also remained a mystery, we knew of what single malts we are dealing with, but we didnt know the order of their entry. Below I present results of the tasting, starting with the highest scored single malt by the group, I also give my scores (LLW) (with an attempt to convert the scale to 100) with basic impressions during the tasting: 1. Glen Scotia 1991, 20 years old, cask strength 57,6% ABV, matured in Bourbon and Vosnee Romanee casks, bottled by Murray McDavid, 607 bottles. Group score: 6,4, LLW: 8 (ca. 92). N: the high alcohol content is perceptible, except that it is not irritating, milk chocolate, lots of fruits, interestingly - a touch of cucumber, nectarine, strawberry, after adding water a lot of citrus, lemon, lime; T: beautifully fills the mouth, very fruity, quite a few plums, strong tea, the addition of water enhances the sweetness, currant...

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  • Ben Nevis 12 years old

    Ben Nevis 12 years old

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (84 points)

    Single malt from independent bottler

    Ian Macleod is an independant bottler. Simplifying the business is to purchase barrels of distillate from specific distillery, and then selecting the appropriate time due to the aging process, pouring into the bottles, and offering the consumer. Presentation of single malts by independent bottlers is commendable, because usually there is a natural color, un-chillfiltered and alcohol of 46% ABV. [caption id=attachment_856 align=alignnone width=1140] Ben Nevis 12 years old[/caption]...

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