In December 2007, I held my annual whiskey tasting – and that’s right, that’s whiskey with an "e" – since, for the first time, I served all non-Scotch whiskies.
This party is an annual event to which I invite friends – many of whom are NOT whisky geeks, but have over the years, developed an appreciation for, or at the very least expressed an interest in, whisky.
Some, like my friends Jeff, Neil and Edward, are big fans of whisk(e)y; some come for the camaraderie, while others just come for the abuse.
In another switch from tradition – because I have so much to choose from – and because all attendees had designated drivers or rides, I had an extended tasting flight – consisting of a flight of core six expressions, as well as a secondary flight of four whiskies.
Our Primary flight
Preludium:05 Single Malt Whisky
At first, on the nose, this stuff is light and elegant. Nothing more than a hint of smoke, but the tantalizing smell of dried berries. The alcohol is a little dominant on the palate, and definitely affects the nose once you’ve tried it – as the spirity notes are highlighted.
Reacts well to water – and a sweetness falls into place. The finish is a little harsh. Coming along nicely.
Tullamore Dew Blended Whiskey
I get a lot of corn on the nose, but in a pleasant and unassuming way. The taste is quick and clean and unoffensive in every way – but also doesn’t bring a lot of complexity to bear. Finish is light pear/diluted apples. Again – unoffensive.
Don’t bother adding water – the whiskey may disappear completely.
Regardless, this is my official Irish easy-drinker. A great introduction to the world of whisky – primarily due to that inability to offend.