Scotch Watch V: Macallan 12, Glenmoranghie 10, and lots of help testing

As you can guess from the title, either I had a dinner party turned scotch tasting, or I got exceptionally inebriated with friends for no apparent reason other than "it's Saturday". Well, the latter may have been a good reason a few years ago, but it likely would not have involved $50+ bottles of scotch. Or such classy friends.

On with the show.

This week I was joined by R, G, and M. R, who previously warned me to select any bottle other than Bruichladdich, preferred to compare scotches to NHL players (as you'll see), while M used large, flowery words to beat down my taste buts. G, as usual, smiled quietly and expressed some appreciation no matter what was placed in front of him.

The Selections:

1. Talisker 10 (as previously seen on Scotch Watch)
2. Glenmorangie 10
3. Macallan 12 Sherry Cask (whose uncorking was long overdue)

The selection. Macallan 12 year old Sherry cask, Talisker 10, and Glenmorangie 10.

The Price:

Talisker: $60 CAD
Glenmorangie: $47 CAD
The Macallan 12 year old sherry cask: $75 CAD

The Pics:

The face of a serious taster.

Surprisingly light?

G attempts to convey "Delightful. Fruity. A little like eating a campfire."

M digs deep for adjectives.

Not as think as you might drunk. But I don't recall what I was laughing about.

And here's a little colour-comparison for you. Clearly the Glenmoranghie is the lightest (though pictured in the middle...give us a break, we're drinking tasting!) and the Talisker a bit more on the meaty / peaty side:

In descending order of already-consumedness.

Talisker 10 Year Old

Mike: Y'know, I like this more and more every time I try it.

G: Kinda slaps you in the face, doesn't it?

M: Very good. I can really taste the peat, but it doesn't kill you on the aftertaste.

R: If this were a hockey player, it would be a Todd Bertuzzi.

Glenmorangie 10 Year Old

Mike: Whoa. This is far lighter than I remember it being. But quite flavourful.

G: This is nice. Very light.

M: I'm getting a hint of orange in this one. Anybody else?

R: Definitely a Cam Neely.

Macallan 12 Year Old Sherry Cask

Mike: Now this....THIS is what I was waiting for. Good god this is nice.

G: I agree. Smooth.

M: Kind of sweet, don't you think?

R: This is the Lanny MacDonald of scotches.

The Wrap-up

I rate the Glenmorangie a 7 /10: I found it quite enjoyable, but surprisingly light on the peat content. M says I owe that to having tasted Glenmoranghie in the early days of my obsession.

The Macallan did not disappoint. Clearly 8.5 / 10 (maybe even 9/10) - Apart from the Cragganmore, this may be my favourite to date.

And if the Uncle-in-Law is reading this: I'll try to save a little of the Macallan for your next visit. But you'd better hurry.

I'm once again open to comments on enjoyable scotches out there. The Glenmoranghie was a last minute choice, but I'll also be hunting for some Compass Box (if I can find something other than the frighteningly-named "Peat Monster") but that could take a while.

Posted bythemikestand at 8:55 PM  

7 stepped up to the mike:

FrozenExtremities said... 3:31 PM, October 16, 2006  


Sassy said... 9:37 PM, October 16, 2006  

I've missed the Scotch Watch. THis one had me cracking up...

SRH said... 9:08 AM, October 17, 2006  

Oh, God! I had a really bad Scotch incident in college and I can't even smell the stuff now. Oddly, a J Walker sales rep lives next door.

Christine said... 8:38 PM, October 17, 2006  

i'm sure you and my husband would be fast-friends.

eclectic said... 9:13 PM, October 25, 2006  

Dalwhinnie 16.

Have I missed the review on that one? If you've not tried it, Oh My Gawd -- so, so, so good.

themikestand said... 9:54 PM, October 25, 2006  

SRH: Tell your neighbour to send samples northward :)

christine: tell the hubs to make his way out to NS for the next tasting. He can choose the bottle, as long as it's under $100.

eclectic: i'm unfamiliar with the dalwhinnie 16, but I've already had someone recommend (vehemently) the Dalwhinnie Doublewood (15, I believe)...

I'll check my local stores for it, since I liked my first bottle of Dalwhinnie so much.

themikestand said... 6:31 AM, October 26, 2006  

An afterthought --- the doublewood is Balvenie, not Dalwhinnie. Either way, something I haven't tried yet.

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