Sometimes it’s the unexpected whisky selection that gets you.
A trio of samples were sent for my enjoyment.
They were tasted blind & the notes in italics were written before the reveal.
In order of preference they were:
A Bell’s Decanter, HRH Prince Andrew & Miss Sarah Ferguson’s Wedding, 1986, Blend, 43%
The nose had a bit of fustiness – damp old leather – suggesting signs of decay. Nice & easy body with some warmth & an attractive bite. Leaves a touch of sweet spice & juiciness.
B Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt 12 Year Old, 40%
Soft clean & fresh. Sherry influence? Found this one sweeter with less body. Faded quickly.
C Suntory Old Whisky, Blend, 43%
Not much on the nose or body – but livened up with a long finish & touch of spice.
I can’t say any grabbed me. All were enjoyable & relatively easy on the palate – but just lacked character & oomph.
Well that was a bit of a surprise!
Is the decay within the Bell’s Decanter an allegory for Prince Andrew’s paedophilia scandal?
Celebrity whisky pairings are always fraught with the rise & fall of the individuals involved & despite coming out best in the tasting – this one has fallen pretty far.
Glen Marnoch just pipped 2nd for the initial freshness which left Suntory trailing with it’s just too soft & easy approach.
If you want to get involved in some blind tasting fun – get in touch – you never know what you may find!
Many thanks to Sean for the samples & images.