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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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  • BenRiach 1988 Limited Release Singapore Exclusive

    BenRiach 1988 Limited Release Singapore Exclusive

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (90 points)

    Summer reminder

    In fact, I planned to finish the posts related to the trip to Scotland with William Grants & Sons. However, the weather significiantly worsened, even it was snowing but happily everything has already melted. In these circumstances, I missed my recent vacation in countries where the temperature does not fall below 30° C. There was nothing else to do just to open the bottle that I bought there of BenRiach 1988 Limited Release Generations Singapore Exclusive. To the Dufftown visit I will come...

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  • GlenDronach Single Cask 2002 Tokyo International Bar Show

    GlenDronach Single Cask 2002 Tokyo International Bar Show

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (88 points)

    for Whisky Live Tokyo 2013

    Continuing the topic of bottlings prepared for the Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 (after already described BenRiach 1985) I can not miss Glendronach Single Cask 2002, which matured in Sauternes Hogshead. [caption id=attachment_1777 align=alignnone width=801] GlenDronach Single Cask 2002 TIBS Whisky Live Tokyo 2013[/caption] Glendronach Distillery was founded in 1826, although illegal distillation took place here many years ago. Located on the threshold of...

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  • BenRiach 12 years old

    BenRiach 12 years old

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (84 points)

    43% ABV

    [caption id=attachment_1762 align=alignnone width=801] BenRiach 12 years old[/caption] In the description of the BenRiach 1985 specially prepared for the Tokyo International Bar Show and Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 I wrote about the BenRiach distillery. Today Ill go straight to the tasting impressions of BenRiach 12 years old and then Im coming back to enjoy the beautiful summer. Especially today, it is very nice, hope it would stay that way. N: vanilla, flowers, green vegetables,...

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  • BenRiach 1985 Limited Release Tokyo International Bar Show

    BenRiach 1985 Limited Release Tokyo International Bar Show

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    My whisky collection Testing / Tasting
    (87 points)

    for Whisky Live Tokyo 2013

    In the post about Mini Stages TIBS I have promissed to give you tasting notes of single malt, single cask whisky BenRiach 1985, launched especially for Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo 2013. Before tasting notes it is worth to write that BenRiach for many years was little known distillery. Everything changed in 2004 thanks to Billy Walker, who gathered around him a group of people with appropriate finances and breathed new life into the distillery. BenRiach means the...

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  • Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 part 2 Mini Stages

    Tokyo International Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo 2013 part 2 Mini Stages

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    Miscellanea Travel

    This year the organizers decided not to do payable Masterclasses in favor of included in the ticket price Mini Stages, of course with limited seating.

    In the case of whisky, Mini Stages consisted of a presentation of whiksy expression specially prepared and bottled for the Tokyo Intenational Bar Show & Whisky Live Tokyo, talking about the history of the distillery and of course tasting. Demonstrations were run by representatives of producers with the participation of Dave Broom - editor of Whisky Magazine. Everything was smoothly translated from English to Japanese. It concerned interesing situations, as in Japanese there are many words,...

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