Blind tasting some whiskey on St Patrick’s Day in the midst of a pandemic?
Sure – what else would you be doing?
I had my usual Tuath whiskey glasses, water, pen & paper – and set to it.
In order of appearance are my rather distilled notes – given in italics before the reveal.
A Tullibardine 500, 43%
B Glendalough Pot Still, 43%
C Auchentoshan Three Wood, 43%
It became apparent doing the tasting that all struck a similar chord – sherry finished, mild & mellow, easy going & sweet. Attractive for some – but lacking a certain flair on my palate.
Things changed a little with the next pair.
D Writer’s Tears Copper Pot, Japanese Cask, 55%
Bit of a welcome bite & entertainment.
E WD O’Connell 12 Sherry Series, 59.2%
Almost, but not quite.
The use of Japanese Mizunara & longer maturation times added to the depth, complexity & variety of flavours found in these whiskeys.
I had to re-sample to pick a winner – E WD O’Connell 12 – if only for those tannic woody spices.
The tasting further confirmed a few themes with my palate;
Sherry finished whiskey isn’t my forte – but even within that category there can still be a diversity of flavours.
Added caramel dulls the intensity – lacklustre kind of sums that up.
Ageing & higher ABV generally adds to the experience – but not always.
As for the not quite comment – well it wasn’t Bill Phil!
I’d encourage all to sample far & wide. It will hone down your palate preferences, enable you to pick out what works – or doesn’t – & is great fun too!
I’m always open to sample swaps – get in touch.