look alive people, those whiskies aren't gonna drink themselves
Picked this up as cheap daily stuff. Looked at it for some time, ran into some discount in a local supermarker, came to around 22 € (usually is around 28-29).
Solid stuff. My palate is still in effect from the salmon and red wine i had an hour ago but I can taste honey, cinnamon, black pepper and undefined spices (i'm still getting the hang of this scotch review thing, as you can see). Finish is a bit short. Had it neat in a glencairn. Has me wondering what would happen to it if it was 43%. Solid blend. IMO definitely better than JWRL or Ballantines (the most common blended scotch in EU).
From what i understand, Monkey shoulder is a mix from Glenfiddich, Balvenie and Kininvie. For a novice or someone not that into heavier or peatier stuff, i'd recommend this. Due to price, i see myself having this as a cheap daily dram or as a whisky cocktail mixer.
Also, in the meantime (form the last post), i've picked up Lagavulin and Dalmore 12. I know it's a cliche, but Lagavulin is like a combination of Christmas and campfire in your mouth. I just love that drink. Dalmore is rather forgetable. I now know why people tend to dislike the 40% scotch.
So we have a whisky fair in Zagreb (Croatia). Not a big deal, basically one showroom with several distributors offering products at slightly lower prices than usual, several workshops over two days and that's it. I couldn't make it last year so i made sure i was there this year. Whisky offer in Croatia is poor, imagine 5-10 biggest whiskies (mostly blends) and that's it. Last year things started to pick up, with some shops even offering stuff like Lagavulin, Nikka etc, but we still have a long way to go.
So i did manage to try Ardbeg Uigedail and Corryvreckan as well as Bookers rye, which is not something a lot of bars or shops carry. All were great, though i don't think the perceived taste difference of Uige and Corry in comparison to the standard 10yo is justifying the price difference. Just my two cents. Bookers was good but i did find it a bit overpowering (60ish % is on the high side of the spirits i tried so far).
I took a workshop speaking of whisky terroir and it was great. I didn't try any of the six in the tasting before, but i did plan to try/buy 3-4 of them soon. All that said, 6 different whiskies in one night is a bit much for the palate.
Legs for days...
Of the ones tasted, Lagavulin was the best. For such a young whisky, it hits all the right notes, and has a certain elegance to it. IMO better than the 16. Highly recommended. Springbank, Bruichladdich and Clynelish were right behind Lagavulin (though i did expect a bit more from Clynelish).
Right now, i'm sad that i didn't come earlier and that i couldn't make it for day 2 (today). I wanted to try much more. Too much whisky, too little time...
some lost distilleries whiskies. When i saw the sign, i thought things like Brora would be there but no... oh well...
Couple of rare ones. The Dallas Dhu was distilled a year before the distillery closed. A poor decision and likely an economic one as the juice is amazing - a 28 year old. The 40 year old Special Speyside will be a Glenfarclas.