Raz – Hmmm, Whisky Sugar cookies are good. I’m starting with the Edradour series we are here to kill and proceeding on to the Edradour 16 for good measure. No tasting notes here sorry but it’s good to see so much good stuff on the table just on the fly.
Meliko – Going through the Edradour series was very interesting; they’re all quite different. Least fave was the port, most fave was the burgundy, with the chardonnay and sauterne also both relatively pleasant. The 12 year had the most readable story: sweet and caramel to the nose, initially mellow then gently smoky on the tongue.
Fergus– The 14 year Balvenie is sweeter than the 12 and is improved when you try a rum before tasting the 14. Trying it with a 72% dark chocolate does not seem to improve the taste and if you try it with chocolate the whiskey seems to avoid the areas the chocolate cover. The Balvenie 12 signature being better than the 12 double wood has the opposite effect from the 14 balvenie the whiskey is improved by the chocolate and the whiskey layers itself onto the chocolate flavor.
Raz – The flaming heart (Compass Box) is like being bum rushed by a dorm full of exchange student co-ed fetishists.
Jean – I concur with Fergus’ opinions on the Rumwood with the chocolate. The Rumwood on it’s own is complex, but adding water eliminates the complexity and makes it flat. I really enjoyed the Balvenie Signature with the chocolate – very smooth and buttery. Overheard: ‘Oh, dude – uh, oi’
G – The Balvenie signature 12 starts without the bite of so many others. It rolls smoothly through the mouth and departs with a gentle kiss; a definite favorite. The add of the dark chocolate broadens the flavor. With this start, sampling the nose of the Edradours was all that I could contribute to that particular effort. A sip of the Dos Maderas (yes, rum) was a great post-food flavor. The additional ‘sweet’ made for a good dessert, so the sip fit very well. And the Welsh Penderyn seems to simply be a glass of water that happened to be in the room when some poor sot opened a Laphroaig.