Water of Life Society (WoLS) meeting 13/02/2014
Spirit of the movies
This weeks whisky line-up was brought to us thanks to their starring roles on the silver screen. Even the committee got in on the act by dressing up as their favourite filmstars. Despite a little miscommunication it seems Christy’s ‘Flashdance’ outfit didn’t quite match the rest of the ‘Goodfellas’ committee – which she accepted with vociferous aplomb to much applause.
OK which of you f**kers changed the fancy dress code!
Popcorn and whisky duly distributed the lights were dimmed for the stars of the show:
Glenlivet 12 Year Old
Score 76/100 nice but a bit bland and characterless
Favourite of Tony Soprano, ‘this is 12 year old scotch don’t ya know’
The delicate and complex character of the 12 Year Old derives from the height and width of stills at The Glenlivet Distillery.This expression is matured in a mixture of cask types, including American and European Oak. Maturation in American oak imparts vanilla notes and gives the whisky its distinct smoothness. The mineral rich water from Josie’s Well ensures the best possible results during mashing and fermenting to form the flavours that define this expression.
Character: The smooth and welcoming one
Colour: Bright and lively gold
Nose: Fruity, summer-like fragrances
Palate: Well-balanced and fruity with strong pineapple notes
Finish: Creamy and smooth with marzipan and fresh hazelnuts
The Macallan Amber (from the 1824 series)
Score: 78/100 getting warmer, a little sherry influence and more complex
Avid fans of Skyfall were left believing the expensively product placed Macallan is Mr Bond’s favourite tipple – you will find out later that this is simply not true, though he does tuck away a far splash during the movie, even the gin-soak M get’s in on the act!
Nose: Polite, almost apologetic at first, with a floral, citrus sweet nose that gains presence, commanding a chorus of vanilla notes over freshly harvested grain. Raisin, sultana and cinnamon look on as toffee apples and candy floss step into the limelight.
Palate: Fresh green apples and lemons mingle with cinnamon. Ginger notes hover as fruit takes over, with subtle oak lingering in the wings.
Finish: Light to medium with soft fruits and cereal, slightly dry.
Previously reviewed and scored 83/100
Favourite tipple of immortal Highlander Conner Macleod of the Clan Macleod; loved this movie with the rockin’ Queen soundtrack but never understood why they cast a Frenchman (Christopher Lambert) with his piss-poor attempt at a Scottish accent as a highland Scot, and a scotsman (Sean Connery) as the Spaniard Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (que 2nd laughable accent attempt)…
Aroma: Dark mint chocolate, tangerines and Seville oranges mingle with sandalwood and walnut before giving way to a spicy finish of pepper and nutmeg.
Taste: Mint chocolate and walnuts envelop the palate like velvet, laying the foundations for rose, Turkish delight and sweet Seville oranges.
Finish: Long lasting silky aftertaste leaving dark chocolate mints and traces of orange.
Colour: Sunlit rose gold
Talisker 18 Year Old
Score 88/100 Simply stunning Talisker at its smooth smoky best.
Mr James Bond’s favourite and only whisky tipple according to Ian Fleming, seems M likes a drop of this too, Bond is a real Scotsman with a good taste for whisky it seems. I guess all the shaken dry martini’s were ordered mostly for throwing into bad guy’s faces.
NOSE: Rich and fruity Victoria plums, greengages, perhaps dried orange peel with some butterscotch or rum toffee and a thread of smoke behind. The smoke soon advances into the foreground and the toffee note is joined by a light mintiness. With water, those maritime characteristics emerge once again dry boat varnish, edible seaweed. Still sweet; now with notes of iodine and the smokiness of an un-struck match.
BODY: Full. Pleasant, smooth.
PALATE: Sweet in front, then more assertive, with a whiff of smoke. The overall effect is warming. The development is towards smoke, coal-tar and toffee.
FINISH: Medium length. The characteristic chilli ‘catch’ in the finish is subtly present in the aftertaste.
McCutcheon 60 Year Old (actually Islay Mist)
Score: 65/100 A young peaty and slightly smoky Islay blend with a little fire in the bottle.
The McCutcheon 60 Year Old Scotch Whisky appears to have been invented for the show Lost. Unfortunately the show got a bit weird got cut short a few seasons and basically left all viewers in a state aptly exactly like its title. The McCutcheon 60 seems to be Hollywood’s favourite Prop-Scotch as it here it is again in the TV Series ‘Once upon a time’
The history of Islay Mist blended Islay whisky goes back to the Laird of Islay’s (Lord Margadale) 21st birthday party (in the 1920’s) where he was served a special blend to mark the occasion. It was so good they started to bottle it commercially.
Thanks to http://www.scotchcinema.com/ for the video clips