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)

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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:

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The face of a serious taster.


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Surprisingly light?


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

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M digs deep for adjectives.



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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:


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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  

Mmmm...Macallan....

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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