Whisky tasting notes: August 2020

During the restrictions of the Covid pandemic, I’ve joined in another online whisky tasting… this one consisted of three pairings and one individual dram.

My standard disclaimer: I know nothing about whisky. I jot down how each one makes me feel (in my own way), and it’s entirely possible if I tasted a particular whisky again I’d come to a completely different conclusion (depending on my frame of mind.) Regard these notes more as an exercise in creativity than a comment on each dram!

Whisky tasting notes: 22 August 2020

Whisky 1a)

  • Nose: a rambunctious West Highland Terrier humping a sheepskin rug.
    Palate: sweet and a little bit cucumbery.
    Finish: as ethereal and insubstantial as the ghost of a cucumber. Or Westminster’s response to the pandemic.
    (Glenkeith 10yo 43%, owned for 15 years, bought for £14 at the time)

Whisky 1b)

  • Nose: watered-down paint thinner and melted-down scented candle.
    Palate: like those foam banana candy sweets, or a Beverly Hills Cop banana in the tailpipe.
    Finish: stall like a car with a banana in its tailpipe. I AIN’T FALLIN’ FOR NO BANANA IN THE TAILPIPE!
    (Glenkeith 40% -no age statement- £22)


Whisky 2a)

  • Colour: amber traffic light – full speed ahead before it goes red!
    Nose: like hints of the perfume counter at the pharmacy, when you’re way over in the medicine aisle.
    Palate: tangy, sweet, gentle; with water it’s like a liquid shrug, or a Hershey bar.
    Finish: That bland, emotionless feeling of exiting a pharmacy, except someone’s smoking by the doorway.
    (Macallan/ Spey malt sherry cask, 14yo 43%, £65)

Whisky 2b)

  • Colour: join me on the dark side!
    Nose: forest walk and modelling glue, like a teen who’s off to the woods for a sly huff of a plastic bag…
    Palate: burnt rubber with spice and pepper, like a hot mess at a fetishists’ ball.
    Finish: a bit salty, a bit smoky, so an island whisky?
    (Berry Bros. & Rudd -established 1698- Batch 2, 44% blended malt, £27.95)

Whisky 3)

  • Nose: “Smoooooooke on the waaaaater…” – is this going to wipe out my taste buds?
    Palate: sweet, honey-glazed ham and bacon – or a mix of sweet and salty popcorn to watch Trump’s latest meltdown with.
    Finish: I was expecting the ashes of 2020, but left with the sweet, tasty hope of 2021.
    (Ben Bracken 46% 27yo single Islay malt, £70 from Aldi – collectively and personally, this was the favourite of the evening)

Whisky 4a)

  • Colour: so white it can’t dance.
    Nose: nothing, like the vacuum at the heart of government.
    Palate: faint hint of vanilla, like a placebo?
  • Finish: a lingering heat, such as you might find when the rest of the universe is going through its interminable heat death.
    (Kirkwall Bay 46%, no age statement, £38)

Whisky 4b)

  • Colour: so white it would demand to speak to the manager.
    Nose: gluey.
  • Palate: smoky, sweet, watery.
    Finish: throat-grabby and rough like a pipe-smoking granny who’s also a wrestler.
    (Tobermory 47.5% 21yo, £65)

Now go away; I’m drunk now!

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