Tasting – April 12, 2024

 In New Opportunities to Taste Some Malt

Rhoda and I had the good fortune to meet Therese and Tyler from one neighborhood over. They are just beginning their single malt journey and we were glad to help them out. For our post-dinner tasting we chose four malts that provided a broad spectrum of colors, aromas, and flavors.

Everyone enjoyed the Balvenie 12-year-old Doublewood and the Oban 11-year-old Special Edition. The dried fruits paired well with the sweeter fruitier flavors found in these two malts. The transition came with the Lochlea Ploughing Edition. It is a light slightly earthy malt with a hint of smoke that finishes with an essence of damp embers. A little cheese with a pineapple-mango jam with a hint of habanero provided a delightful contrast to this light malt. We ended the tasting with a more robust Ardbeg An Oa. This beautiful Islay malt has plenty of peat and smoke that is balanced with a developing sweetness and a hint of citrus. Dates and dark chocolate paired well with the heavier flavors found here.

Therese and Tyler were very cautious with the smoke and peat found in many popular Islay malts. The Lochlea and Ardbeg in this tasting met with a very positive endorsement. Mission accomplished!

See our Tasting Notes for more detailed impressions of these malts.

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