April is nearly at an end, and tonight we could say the same for the fourth instalment of Manchester Whisky Club. Catering for those who want to meet up regularly for a chat with like-minded whisky fans, and a couple of drams to of course chat over.
Held at the Lass O’Gowrie, the fourth meeting had a theme like last months Battle of the Blends. Club founder Andy brought along with him 5 drams to dust off in the aptly named ‘Old and Rare’.
So without further a do, lets see how they all fared –
Glen Keith 16yr Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon and MacPhail) – 46%
A sharp freshness on the nose with hints of malt and oak coming through. A slight sweetness starts off on the palate with flavours of fruit that leads to a warm finish.
Linkwood 1985 Mackillops Choice – 43%
Sharp nose with aromas of green fruit and a slight soft spice following. Citrus flavours dominate the palate with the fruit counter-balancing slightly. Rather short.
Littlemill 25yr 1985 – Coopers Choice – 46%
Light beginning on the nose but a sharp finish with hints of corn, fruit, dry wood and marzipan. Raisin aromas followed. The palate starts off rather sharp and fresh, although dries out with the flavours of wood and burnt orange coming through.
Tormore 28yr – Single Cask (Master of Malt) – 60.2%
Soft nose with aromas of dry wood, followed by a sharp palate with lively flavours of bold vanilla that creates a dry finish.
Secret Stills No. 1.2 Island 1986 – 45%
Fresh leather aromas on the nose with hints of damp wood coming through. Rather soft on the palate with notes of sherry, fresh oak and smoak coming through that creates a long, lingering, fresh yet dry finish.
Fellow member David also brought along something very rare for us all to try –
Wuliangye Chinese Baijiu – 52%
A rare Chinese white wine liqueur. Soy bean and sugar beat aromas with a lingering aniseed flavour on the palate that starts of sweet but ends with a distinctive musty taste.
A great collection showcased, with the Littlemill being a hit for me alongside the Tormore. I’d avoid the Wuliangye Baijiu though, a very odd experience!
Next month will be the Irish Whisky Tasting with Jameson brand ambassador and fellow Irishman Stephen Carberry.
Check out the rest of the photos of the first meet via my Facebook page.
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