Tasting – December 18, 2023
We managed to meet just before the holidays began in earnest! Our December tasting featured four solid malts AND included a special find.
The Tamnavulin White Wine Cask (NAS) was the lightest of the group at only 40% abv. Honey notes with a delicate spicy finish were the highlights of this dram. Clearly, better suited for the spring or summer months. But pair this with honeydew melon wrapped in prosciutto for a real treat. The Old Pulteney Coastal Series (NAS) came next. It is always a pleasant dram. This expression featured salty notes tempered by hints of honey and finished with a spicy nuttiness. The Glenturret 12 yo, non-peated was most satisfactory. It’s warning ginger spice and toasty oak hit just the right note for a breezy cold day in our neck of the woods.
The real find was the little known Glenglassuagh Sandend (NAS). Little known until Whiskey Advocate named it the 2023 Whiskey of the Year that is. Our colleague and scotch taster, Terry, found this bottle at one of his favorite stops in New Brunswick, New Jersey! This little shop, Stage Left Wines, at 5 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, specializes in highly curated wines and spirits. The day Terry stopped by there were only 19 single malts in the inventory BUT the Glenglassuagh Sandend was among them. This malt was subtle in its nose and palate punctuated by vanilla and mango witha faint saltiness on the finish. We found it to be a most pleasant dram but not as complex or as bold as were we expecting for a Whiskey of the Year.
A more detailed description of our impressions can be found in our individual tasting notes.