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Closing off The Winter Whisky Wonderland of 2015

Author: Matt Wooler - Thursday, September 03, 2015

Thank you for attending

The Australian winter season has now passed and spring is in the air. Closing off the winter we held our Winter Whisky Wonderland tasting at the Castle Hills Bowling Club.

Attendance was high with another sell out event enjoyed by a jolly bunch of revelers. We are all about building the whisky community out here in The Hills and it was great to see just as many new faces as there were returns.

This evening, as the name suggests, focused on displaying a variation of Scotch whiskies that best suite our colder months. Not wanting to simply do sherry cask after sherry cask we looked a variation of regions and styles throughout Scotland. Peated whiskies, sherry cask whiskies, smoky whiskies, and even whiskies with a bit of everything. This event also saw both the newly released Glenlivet Founders Reserve grace the table and the extraordinary Kilchoman Original Cask Strength blow the minds of the attendees.

Again we did a give away ticket to one lucky guest. How to enter was a simply case of describing in 25 words or less why you should come to our Winter Whisky Wonderland Tasting. Sunil Bhakri, winner of our competition and a local of Castle Hill, submitted the very creative answer “Great in winter because it Teachers and Grants you Southern Comfort while having a Lark with Jack Daniels and Jim Beam in the Canadian Club”. Thanks to Sunil for attending and double congratulations on winning our whisky stones event giveaway as well.

It was great to see everyone and look forward to presenting another tasting soon.

Whiskies Tasted

Our section of whiskies tasted needed to cover a basis of affordability, accessibility, be warming in winter, and unique in their own way. All whiskies are from Scotland with regions including Speyside, Islay, and the Highlands.

The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, Single Malt

Distiller: The Glenlivet Distillery
Region: Speyside, Scotland     ABV: 40%     Wood: Ex-Bourbon American Oak
Nose: Ripe green pears, peaches, orange flesh, floral caramels, toffee apples
Taste: Creamy mouth feel that is fruity at first leaning towards sweet oranges with a little ginger zing
Finish: Drying sweet fruits & caramelised apple
Average Price: $49
Other: Replacing The Glenlivet 12yo. Delivers lovely fresh morning fruit cake.

Aberlour 12yo Double Cask matured, Single Malt

Distiller: Aberlour Distillery
Region: Speyside, Scotland     ABV: 40%     Wood: Ex-Bourbon & Ex-Sherry
Nose: Sweet and woody that bounds with cherries & apples
Taste: Creamy & light with gentle sherry notes of dark chocolate, cinnamon, cherries and some raisins
Finish: Long & warming delivering ginger spices
Average Price: $68.99
Other: Lovely balance and seriously good value for money. Matured in both ex-Bourbon & ex-Sherry casks then married.

Glengoyne Cask Strength, Single Malt

Distiller: Glengoyne Distillery
Highland, Scotland     ABV: 58.7%     Wood: European Ex-Sherry
Explosive rich malts, vanilla, dark berries, butterscotch, bubble gum
Taste: Oily & thick across the mouth, fruity, strawberries, red apples, bloody and a little coppery
Finish: Long & rich with cranberry spice on the lips & tip of the tongue tending to dark fruit cake
Average Price: $99.99
Other: Slowest distillation in Scotland. A whisky to nose all day. I dare you to see how long you can nose this for. Responds well to water.

Jura Origin 10yo, Single Malt

Distiller: Jura Distillery
Region: Jura, Scotland     ABV: 40%     Wood: Ex-Bourbon American Oak
Nose: Big warm caramel fudge, liquorice & coffee smoke
Taste: A Soft honey & creamy mouthfeel at first becoming more tannic to earthy with dark woody liquorice building  
Finish: Medium length that has dry wood, marginally medicinal, leather chairs & mild wafting smoke
Average Price: $69.99
Other: Works well for those not liking heavily peated whiskies but enjoy darker earthy robust flavours & a warm finish.

Kilchoman Original Cask Strength, Single Malt

Distiller: Kilchoman Distillery
Region: Islay, Scotland     ABV: 59.2%     Wood: Ex-Bourbon American Oak
KAPOW! Rich young peat with caramelised pineapple bubbling on an outdoor charcoal fire on a cold night
Taste: Oily thick cereal malt mouthfeel that continues to display ashy pineapple fruits
Finish: Bracing & lengthy delivering malt & ash that lingers before spice tingles drying to sweet fruits
Average Price: Not Available Yet
Other: 50ppm at 5 years old. Young heavily peated whiskies display excitable sweet charcoal characteristics. Responds well to water.

The Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso, Single Malt

Distiller: The Glenlivet
Region: Speyside, Scotland     ABV: 48%     Wood: Ex-Sherry Oloroso
Christmas cake, dark fruits, sweet sherry and oak
Taste: Cinnamon spice, rasins, dark chocolate, baked fruits, citrus oranges
Finish: Long and spicy that is drying and sweet
Average Price: $99
Other: This is a duty free release from 2014 to 2015. Cask strength version is now avaialble in regular retail. Nadurra is Gaelic for "Natural".

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