A Little Weekend Whisky

What better way to finish off a long weekend than with tasting a few whiskies? A certain someone wanted to help.

This time Adam insisted we try them “blindly” without looking up the tasting notes ahead of time. We disagreed a bit with Master of Malt on our notes for the first one, but the next two were similar enough that I felt some confidence in our tasting abilities.

Glenfarclas 15 Yr Old

Single Malt Scotch (Speyside) 46% ABV

Nose: Bright, fruity (tropical?), fresh light fruits (pineapple)

Palate: Bit hot, citrus, bread, not as sweet as I’d expect. Not a long finish.

Notes: Not very dynamic, water helped the burn. Reminds me of a dry white wine.

Oban 14 Yr Old

Single Malt Scotch (Highland) 43% ABV

Nose: Rich, bit medicinal, plum, dark berries, tiny hint of smoke

Palate: Warming, nothing really stands out, but classic. Buttery, orange peel, brown sugar. Hint of smoke. Good mouthfeel, says Adam.

Notes: Decent finish. Balanced.

Knockando 12 Yr Old

Single Malt Scotch (Speyside) 43% ABV

Nose: Medicinal, coastal, pine, dark sugary

Palate: Minty, bit more burn than I’d like, ginger, grain.

Notes: Nothing really remarkable, but nothing offensive.

They were all fine whiskies – very drinkable, and nothing offensive about any of them. However, they were all fairly one-note and none of them truly compelling. But always fun to do a little tasting!


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