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#50419 - 17/08/17 03:06 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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For the first tasting (31.08.17):1 ticket left - but there will inevitably be cancellations if anyone wants to go on the 'reserve' list. PLEASE commit to attending if you said your going, pretty please.

There will be the newly released Old Perth 12yo 43.9% single cask of Highland Park and Macallan married at birth and sherry cask matured.

So only 1 dram to be finalised.

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#50421 - 24/08/17 07:24 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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A chum offered me a bottle of Bowmore 18yo he got at an airport - travel retail only. £85. It got me thinking perhaps a tasting showcasing such bottles would give drinkers a chance to judge if quality, character and price were of merit (or otherwise). This might be good for folks that don't do much travel and seldom taste the whiskies that are often reported in the media.

So.

Could I ask Forum posters to mention any current bottlings that are only available through travel retail shops.

Ideally some of you might be visiting Edinburgh and could source some bottles for me.....

Cheers

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#50428 - 07/09/17 11:32 AM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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Next tasting : Thursday 21st September 7:30pm The Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Edinburgh £22

Old Perth 21yo 55.4% great value big sherry character

Two examples of the same malt at the same age and strength but bottled about 15 years apart

An old blend bottled about 20 years ago

Something peat, probably a merchant bottling of an Islay single malt single cask at full strength tbc

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#50430 - 10/09/17 03:42 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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A new season of events is upon us at Royal Mile Whiskies. Kicking off with a tasting of 5 from the top 10 most popular drams from this year's Whisky Fringe as voted by the attendees:-

Royal Mile Whiskies events. https://www.royalmilewhiskies.com/gifts/events/

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#50444 - 01/10/17 01:27 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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So plenty to catch up with but before I cover what's been tried recently a quick word about the next tasting.

So we'll go for a Vatted Malt tasting. The SMWS Exotic Cargo bottling landed in my lap at the same time as another of the nicley sherried Famous Grouse spin offs we've been enjoying. Talking of which the original Naked Grouse was a blend but has recently been re-vamped as a vatted malt. Also Diageo have just released their Collectivum blended malt. So that leaves a peaty version which shouldn't pose a problem. :

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 'Exotic Cargo' 10yo 2006 1st fill spanish oak sherry hogsheads 50%

Naked Grouse 40%

Collectivum 57.3% a vatting of Diageo's 28 operating malt distilleries.

Vega North Star 23yo 1993 51.1% Spanish and American oak 400 bottles

Something peaty

At The Kilderkin, Thursday 12th October 7:30pm £25.

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#50445 - 01/10/17 02:04 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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And while I'm at it a mention of the next event at Royal Mile Whiskies, Edinburgh:-

Friday 6th October 8:00pm £10 (redeemable against a single purchase of one of the available bottles as tasted on the night) Sazerac's and Buffalo Trace's Master blender Drew Mayville hosts a tasting of 5 American whiskies from the company's offerings including two of their 2017 Antique Collection. The annual release is a big deal but it must be stressed there won't be any of the bottles on sale on the night.

Listening to these guys is a real treat, never mind drinking their top quality drams.

Buffalo Trace's Drew Mayville tasting.

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#50447 - 05/10/17 11:16 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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Perhaps it's the short notice or maybe the Friday night scheduling but surprisingly the Buffalo Trace tasting hasn't sold out yet!

£10 for 5 drams is sweet, but to meet and listen to such an experienced whiskey man is really what this is about.

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#50448 - 08/10/17 06:58 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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For next weeks' vatted malt tasting "Something peaty" = Elements of Islay Peat Full Proof 59.3".

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#50450 - 10/10/17 08:57 AM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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Jumping ahead a wee bit but afetr this Thursday's vatted malt tasting the next one will be the first proper 'vertical' for a while: at The Kilderkin, 65 Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh. Thursday November 2nd 7:30pm - 10:00-ish pm £25.

GLENGOYNE

5 drams from this old and wee distillery on the Highland/Lowland border: The current 21yo 43% compared to 21yo from 15-ish years ago 43%, as always for these verticals the standard version (10yo 40%), the distillery-only Teapot dram (1st fill oloroso sherry casks 59.6% 3138 bottles) then one other TBC. £25

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#50454 - 13/10/17 10:50 PM Re: Edinburgh/Canongate Regular Tastings [Re: Leither]
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So after having sold out most of the recent tasting I had to wonder if the 10 unsold spaces for last night was because of the slightly higher price point or a bit of snobbery around blended malts. Or maybe something good was on telly.

It was a bit tricky choosing the order of the initial 2 drams - I'm not sure I got it right. We kicked off with Collectivum - the first blended malt in the Diageo Special Releases. A combination of the 28 malt distilleries the company owns. No age statement and no hint of proportions. I'd tried this before and was perhaps too optimistic unlike my fellow tasters who mainly seemed to be anticipating a dissapointment. So last night unlike my first impression I was most impressed. However nearly everyone present felt the price tag (£150) was not commensurate with quality. I wonder if we can look forward to a blend one day in this series of releases. I think I'll try a blended whisky tasting next season

Next we tired the revised Naked Grouse - 'elevated' from a blend proper to a blended malt. I've always liked the expression and believe the new incarnation delivers quality, value and character. However the attendees often complained of a lack of body and finish - I still enjoyed it with a very quiet start finally almost erupting with a sherry blast.

After that we moved on to North Star's Vega (or the singular of Vegas one wag quipped). In reverse to the Collectivum my first experience with this was a love at first taste phenomena whilst last night I just couldn't seem to find that spark while prety much every one around me were nodding and smiling enthusiastically. A easy to compliment attitude to pricing too for such a well structured and poised sherry package.

More sherry next with the SMWS 'Exotic Cargo' 10yo. An absolute beauty with only one of the assembled 16 not finding it to their taste. A great accomplishment and although I haven't been in the loop with SMWS bottlings for some time I'm pretty sure this quality isn't quite normal these days.

Fianlly The Whisky Exchange 50cl Elements of Islay pure malt really sang to me with its raw peaty power alhought it was exactly this punchyness that seemed to bother others.

A pretty good tasting even if I do say so myself.

Next tasting - Glengoyne vertical - 2nd November.

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