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The 7th Annual Good Taste Report "Taste of Scotch"

Scotch in Winter

This has to have been one of the best years of this Austin single malt scotch event! A fantastic tasting! What a great contrast of worthy spirit. Reminder: 1/2 ounce whisky pours sneak up on you.

My first meaningful kiss with single malts was in late '93/early '94, when I was living in London. I started with Glenfiddich 12, moved on to Laphroaig 10 (my first true "I get it"), and paddled through a world of exploratory dramlust. I've been lucky enough to meet some really neat folks through the world of scotch and am very grateful for it! From 2004 to 2006, this evening was held in late October/early November, but a year after Michael Parker's (Opal Divine's) annual home event evolved into Opal Divine's Whiskyfest in 2004, we asked for Michael's blessing in moving our tasting to January (tentative "Winter"/scotch month)...This tasting is held to 25 attendees, which appears to be the maximum amount of folks to make the night work and still seem cozy & small.

A fun read, Anthony Garcia (Wine is Divine) held his own single malt glassware A/B review before the tasting and decided on the Schott Zwiesel Barrel Aged Spirit Glass (Top Ten Series). Of the whiskies he tried, here are his posts on Highlands, Campbeltown, and Islay. Rob Moshein (Austin Wine Guy) has set out for 2010 to write about a wine each day, um, or 364 wine and a scotch tasting... He posts about 6 Single Malts here. THANK YOU to Michael Rocha (Habana House Cigars) and Marc Fairorth for the stogie effect (ie: cigars!)...And a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the players of the evening that shared their passion, whiskies, and a great nibble-grub spread! The night began at 6 and ended at 4. 

The most-talked about of the night seemed to have been Ardbeg 22 (1975), Ben Nevis 14 (1986), Benriach Madernis Fumofus, Bowmore 37 (1966), Caol Ila 10 (unpeated), Dallas Dhu 20 (1978), Glen Moray 27 (1964), HP Black Adder (1982), Longrow 14,  Springbank 12 (100 proof-the old one), and Port Ellen 19 (1982).

 

65 Whiskies : 48 Single Malt Scotches / 17 other Single Malts & Related Interests

Hosted by Mitch Mooney, Aimee Randle, and Greg Randle...

Chateau Randle. Not blind tasting. 

 

Here is a list of the bottle guests: 7th Annual Good Taste Report

Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1%

Ardbeg 17 43%

Ardbeg 22 (1975) Gordon & MacPhail 40%

Ardmore 12 40%?

Ardmore 13 (1990) Gordon & MacPhail 56.8%

Auchentoshan 12 40%?

Auchentoshan 21 (1974) 43%

Read more: The 7th Annual Good Taste Report "Taste of Scotch"

 

5th Annual "A Taste of Scotch in Winter"

Scotch in Winter

A Good Taste Report Single Malt Tasting.

— hosted by Mitch Mooney, Aimee Randle, and Greg Randle.

January 19, 2008.

6 P.M. – 10 P.M.

Chateau Randle. Not Blind Tasting.

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A brilliant evening. Most talked-about of the night seemed to have been ‘75 Ardbeg, ‘77 Ardbeg, ‘78 Ardbeg, Ben Nevis 23, ‘78 Dallas Dhu, ‘69 Glenburgie, ‘75 Port Ellen, ‘69 Springbank, ‘65 Springbank, and ‘67 Tomintoul.

A huge “Thanks” to those who played… the makers of its success.

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Scotch List of Attendees.

At least 52 single malts. (in alphabetical order)

1. ‘83 Aultmore 13yr 43%

2. Ardbeg 10yr

3. Ardbeg 17yr

4. ‘77 Ardbeg 20yr

5. ‘78 Ardbeg 22yr 43%

6. ‘75 Ardbeg 22yr (Connoisseur’s Choice) 40%

7. Ardbeg Uigeadail 54.2%

8. Balvenie 10yr

9. Balvenie 15yr Islay Cask

10. Banff 23yr (Signatory Silent) 54.5%

11. Ben Nevis 23yr (Malt Whisky Society) 61.8%

12. ‘94 Benriach 12yr 57%

13. Bowmore 12yr 40%

14. ‘82 Bowmore 21yr (Duncan Taylor) 59%

15. ‘79 Braes of Glenlivet 19yr (Signatory) 58.2%

16. Caol Ila 10yr (Gordon & Macphail)

17. ‘82 Caol Ila 12yr (Cooper’s Choice) 43%

18. ‘92 Caol Ila 14yr (Signatory)

19. Clynelish 14yr 46%

20. Cragganmore 12yr

21. ‘92 Cragganmore 14yr (Double Matured-Port)

22. ‘78 Dallas Dhu 20yr (Signatory)

23. Dalmore 12yr

24. ‘89 Glenallachie 11yr (Cadenhead) 61.7%

25. ‘62 Glenburgie-Glenlivet 28yr (Cadenhead) 57.8%

26. ‘69 Glenburgie 34yr (Duncan Taylor)

27. Glenmorangie 10yr

28. Glendronach 15yr

29. ‘77 Glentaucher’s 18yr (Cadenhead) 60%

30. Glentromie 17yr

31. ‘92 Highland Park 14yr (Signatory) 46%

32. Highland Park 15yr

33. Highland Park 16yr Single Cask (GrapeVine Market 10132) 56.3%

34. ‘79 Highland Park 17yr (Murray McDavid) 46%

35. ‘77 Highland Park 19yr (Hart Bros.)

36. Lagavulin 16yr (old batch-2001)

37. Laphroaig 10yr

38. Laphroaig Quarter Cask 48%

39. Macallan 15yr Fine Oak 43%

40. Macallan 15yr (old batch – 1999)

41. Macallan Cask Strength 58.2%

42. Oban 14yr 43%

43. Old Pulteney 12yr

44. ‘75 Port Ellen 22yr (Hart Bros.) 43%

45. ‘79 Royal Brackla 18yr (Murray McDavid) 46%

46. ‘97 Springbank 10yr (Mitchell’s Park Avenue Liquors) 58.7%

47. ‘69 Springbank 28yr (Murray McDavid) 46%

48. ‘65 Springbank 29yr 46%

49. ‘89 Talisker 14yr (Double Matured-Amoroso)

50. Tamnavulin 10yr

51. ‘68 Tomatin 20yr (Cooper’s Choice) 40%

52. ‘67 Tomintoul 40yr (Gordon & Macphail)

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sidebar.

1. Compass Box Asyla 43%

2. Connemara Irish Peated 40%

3. McCarthy’s Single Peated

4. Mitchell’s 12yr 43%

5. White Horse 40%

 

4th Annual "A Taste of Scotch in Winter"

Scotch in Winter

Good Taste Report Single Malt Scotch Tasting

-hosted by Mitch Mooney, Aimee Randle, and Greg Randle

January 27, 2007. 6 P.M.

Chateau Randle. Not Blind Tasting.

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Scotch List of Attendees.

At least 54 single malts. (in alphabetical order)

Aberlour 16

Aberlour-Glenlivet 10 (1989) Cadenhead

Ardbeg 10

Ardbeg 20 (1978)

Ardbeg 22 (1978) Connoisseur’s Choice

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Auchentoshan Three Wood

Auchentoshan 21

Aultmore 13 Cooper’s Choice

Balvenie 10

Balvenie 17 Islay csk

Ben Nevis 15 (1977) Cadenhead

Benriach 12 peated ltd ed

Bowmore 12

Bruichladdich 12 (1991) Prime Malt

Caol Ila 8 (1989) Cadenhead

Caol Ila 12 (1982) Cooper’s Choice

Cragganmore 12

Dallas Dhu 20 (1978)

Dalmore 12

Glenallachie 14 (1992) Signatory

Glendronach 15

Glendronach 25 (1968)

Glenfarclas 17

Glenmorangie 10

Glentromie 17

Glenturret 10

Highland Park 14 (1992) Signatory

Highland Park 15

Highland Park 15 cask – Grape Vine Edition

Highland Park 17 (1979) Murray McDavid

Highland Park 18 Murray McDavid

Laphroaig 10

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Ledaig 20

Littlemill 17

Longrow 10

Macallan 15

Macallan 15 Fine

Macallan Cask

Milburn 27 (Gordon & Macphail)

Oban 14

Old Pulteney 12

Pebble Beach 12

Port Ellen 19 (1982) McGibbons

Royal Brackla 19 (1979) Murray McDavid

Springbank 8 (1991) Murray McDavid

Springbank 10 (92prf)

Springbank 12 (100prf)

Springbank 32 (1962)

Springbank 35 (1965) Murray McDavid

Talisker 10

Tamnavulin-Glenlivet 10

Tomatin 20 (1968)

 

Mitchell’s (Springbank’s blend)

   

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