Well, a wild whisky weekend was enjoyed by everyone who visited Whithorn.
Dave Nalepa and his wife Donna, Graeme McKenzie, Jon and Vikki Trueman, Bhupendra and Ashok.
Over two nights, a total of 30 individual whiskies were sampled, and 24 new bottles were uncorked.
As usual, Jon turned up with a selection from the weird to the wonderful. The weird was a bottle of three year old Gold Cock Red Feather at 40% abv from the House of R. Jelinek, established by appointment of His Majesty Prince Vilem of the Czech Replublic !
The wonderful included a hand filled bottle of Deanston. 11 years old, sherry matured and bottled at 60.1% abv; an 8 year old sherry matured Springbank Society bottling at 57.2% abv; an NAS Gerston at 43% abv from the Lost Distillery Company; a Method and Madness single pot still Irish sherry finished from Midleton, and an NAS Glenglassaugh Peated at 44% abv.
Canadian bottles included NAS Lot No. 401 Rye at 43% and an NAS Crown Royal Northern Harvest at 45% abv.
Others sampled over the weekend were an NAS Westport finished in an Oloroso Octave at 47.4%; a 15 year old Macduff at 46%; a 16 year old Dailuaine F&F at 43%; 25 year old Tamnavulin at 51%; an 8 year old Bladnoch from a Seguin Moreau wine cask at 43%; two sister cask bottles of 15 year old Bowmore at 52.5 %; a 7 year old Ardmore from an Islay cask at 55.9%; an NAS Mortlach Rare Old at 43.4%; a 4 year old Ailsa Bay first batch at 48.9%; an NAS Spey Tenne port matured at 46%; a 10 year old Glen Breton Ice at 57.2%; an NAS Redbreast Lustau Edition at 46%; an NAS Glen Scotia Double Cask at 46%; four different 25 year Cambus single grains from sherry casks ranging from 52.7% to 64.2%; Bhupendra’s home port tub finished vatted malts at around 51% and the same vatted malt prior to post tub finishing.
I have no idea how long it will take to finish off what is left, but every dram will bring back memories of two wonderful nights in King Robert’s kitchen.
We also managed to drink about 10 bottles of Harrogate Still Water and a dozen packets of Howdah Indian snacks.
Looking forward to the next Canadian invasion already!
Cheers ‘n’ beers, HRH Wee Rab.