Unfortunately I was unable to stick around for the 12th November tasting due to the poor weather conditions and driving. For those faced with being unable to drink there is the ‘carry out’ version where you can pick up samples of the tasting whiskies to enjoy in the comfort of your own home minus the vibrant atmosphere. Ok, let’s begin.
Overall: a nice Imperial and nothing to dismiss the growing appreciation for this bulldozed distillery. I still prefer the Gordon & MacPhail bottling though.
Benromach 10 year old
Overall: very pleased I never bought a bottle of this. Has been hyped in some quarters but I found it somewhat one dimensional and disappointing. Perhaps just my own taste? I do love the bottle design though.
Macallan 12 year old Sherry
Overall: £62 seriously? Priced for idiots and fashionistas who drink from tumblers. It reminds me of standing amidst a historical ruin trying to imagine what the building during its glory years. This Macallan 12 is a pale shadow, a ruin if you will, of its former glory. It’s not a bad whisky, as it is passable, but at this price what should have it offered? An example of modern production and maximising revenue.
Another well put together tasting experience with some eye-opening experiences such as the Benromach 10 year old that destroys the Macallan 12; who would have thought it? That’s what I enjoy about the Jolly Toper tastings apart from the regular characters who attend. You’ll go in looking forward to experiencing a particular whisky and depart with a whole new appreciation of unexpected delights.