Honesty & Transparency are current buzzwords in the whiskey world.
The implication being there are dishonest & cloudy whiskeys out there.
But how does this alter the all important factor – taste?
Having always taken these buzzwords as the latest marketing ploy of whichever brands use them – or whiskey fans extolling the virtues of their choice over another – in choosing to blind taste that ‘honesty & transparency’ is turned on it’s head.
What whiskey does your palate enjoy?
It’s no longer about what’s written on the label, the limited edition, attractive bottle or price.
It’s simply 4 vials of whiskey, glassware of choice – and your palate.
A – Pale straw, grand, vanillas & caramel, tad spirity, nice mouthfeel, sherry influence? long lasting finish, lip smacking, very pleasant & easy.
B – Light brown, fruity, easy mouthfeel, softer, flatter on the finish, OK, nothing spectacular.
C – Light brown, nice ex-bourbon cask nose, richness, nice prickly burn on the finish, higher strength? classic bourbon cask.
D – Light brown, nice ex-bourbon nose, richness, hint of woodiness, mixture of sweetness & oaky influence, long lasting, lovely complexity, a decent dram.
My order of preference for the selection had D winning out closely followed by C. A came next with B trailing last.
But what were they?
D – Glen Scotia Victoriana, Cask Strength, Single Malt, 54.2%
C – Tipperary Rioja Finish, Single Cask, Single Malt, 57.35%
A – Whistler Mosaic, Single Grain, 46%
B – MVR 2018, Blend, 40%
What ‘honest & transparent’ results would your palate have chosen?