Water of Life Society 27/03/2014
Annual General Meeting
The 27th March 2014 saw the AGM for the society. Due to the presence of UN observers making sure all voting was performed in a truly democratic way, this weeks whiskies were provided ad libitum for £1 a dram.
As the President and generally boss of everything, Christy secured a spectacular line-up so that the only complaints were about being spoiled for choice. From the word go some bottles drained much more rapidly than others. So the plan seems to have been
2. Have a great time
3. …why were we here again…
4. Drink some more
2 or 7 or something… put my hand up for what!?! oh yeah vote!
The whiskies on offer were as follows (in no particular order):
Auchentoshan Virgin Oak, 46% ABV – Score 76/100
To the eye: Deep sienna orange
To the nose: Cinnamon and nutmeg, toasted vanilla and candied orange.
To the tongue: Spiced apple, smooth chocolate caramel, maple candy and a velvety mouthfeel.
To the end: Warm with spiced orange and brown sugar.
Balvenie 12 Years Old Triple Cask, 40% ABV – Score 78/100
Colour: Dark amber gold
Nose: Manuka honey, apple
Palate: Sweet, honey, toffee, fruity sherry
Finish: Short-medium, sour and sweet
Autumn mellow, with scents of bruised apples, dried herbs, sherry and sandalwood. A dry nose, but a sweet and spicy taste and a warming finish.
Fettercairn Fior, 42% ABV – Score 79/100
“Fior means pure or true in Gaelic, and this no-age-statement bottling launched in summer 2010 is something of a rebirth for the much-maligned Fettercairn distillery. Described by the producers as tasting of dark chocolate, coffee beans and peat smoke, with nutmeg, mint, citrus fruits and truffle. The finish is said to be of sherry trifle, marzipan and pineapple.” – The Whisky Exchange
Bain’s Cape Mountain Single Grain, 43% ABV
Previously reviewed here
Longrow 18 Years Old Heavily Peated, 46% ABV – Score 84/100
A double distilled, heavily peated single malt from Springbank, Longrow was first created as an experiment to make a peated whisky in Campbeltown, but today it has become very popular, thanks to its brazen, muscular character.
Colour: Amber / full gold
Nose: Apple peels, and smoke. Earthy peat, damp leaves, notes of truffle, woodshed, porridge oats and soot.
Palate: Peaty with notes of spicy. Very oily, with hints of orange zest, pepper and chili. Very “big”. Kippers, smoked meats and honey.
Finish: Spicy and oily, with notes of dark, earthy peaty.
Talisker Dark Storm, 45.8% ABV – Score 79/100
Deep, brooding, amber with blackened copper lights. As with other Taliskers, Dark Storm is bottled at 45.8% (the old 80° Proof). A rich nose with sweet malt and butterscotch top-notes, backed by seaweed strewn beaches, brine, polished leather, moist ginger fruit cake and a whiff of peat-smoke. Somewhat nose-drying in effect. A sweet and distinctly salty taste, with herbal notes and a warming, lightly smoky finish, after a chilli-pepper kick as you swallow. Lingering salt, smoke and spice in the aftertaste. Becomes more leathery with a dash of water; still some cereal/cake notes, and after a while sweet seaweed. A soft mouthfeel and a sweet and salty taste. Both smoke and chilli are reduced, but still apparent.
Kilkerran work in progress (Batch #3 we though?), 46% ABV – Score 76/100
Colour: Golden barley.
Nose: Spicy buns! Cardamon, cinnamon, heather honey, butter toffee with a slight savory note of toffee popcorn.
Palate: Like a silky smooth melted honey comb chocolate bar. Fruitiness present as crisp and very sweet red apples. Incredibly rich and buttery, like gingerbread cookie dough, yet fresh with hints of clover and freshly cut summers grass.
Finish: Alluring and warm… a great summers evening dram that leaves you licking your lips for more.
Although voting was fierce, the final outcome of the elections were as follows (i.e. the new committee is):
President – Richard Kuo
Vice President – Sanna Sjogren
Treasurer – Josef Svoboda
Secretary – Thomas McEntee
Deal Broker – Dominic Lynch
Communications Officer – Barry Bradford