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Whisky Tasting 12: Macallan 18 Yr Fine Oak Fr Speyside, Scot

Whisky Tasting 12: Macallan 18 Yr Fine Oak Fr Speyside, Scot

The name Macallan is legendary. It is sometimes called the ‘Rolls Royce of all whiskies’. Famous for it’s sumptious Spanish dry Oloroso sherry cask finish style. The house has perhaps more versions of it’s malt than anyone else. Macallan is from the heart of Speyside. It’s uncompromising style is being duplicated by others but seldom matches its calibre. The 18 years old Fine Oak is a relatively new offering along with the Elegancia series. Both were introdcued because of a shortage of these rare Spanish Oloroso Oak casks and a hugh demand for it’s style. The colour is bronze. On the nose, honey, sherry, malt, buttered pop corn, caramel toffee and buttered nuts all emerge but with a feel of volatile alcohol. The body is medium and soft. Again, honey, sherry and spicy christmas pudding characters came through. Neither too heavy nor too light. However, when compare to the original 18 this is but a shadow of the big brother with lighter colour, a leaner body and overall less complexity. The finish is long with a lingering fruity note. (Score 88-90 points) Tasted by Michael Lam of Beverage Review.

Bourbon Tasting Class – Art of the Drink 41

Bourbon Tasting Class - Art of the Drink 41

Join Anthony in a Bourbon Tasting Class hosted by Master Distiller David Pickerell!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Whisky Tasting: Macallan 12 Jahre + Vorstellung Macallan Single Malts

whisky.de N 1:08 T 1:50 Wir verkosten den 12-jährigen Macallan im The Whisky Store. Ein intensiver, sherrylastiger Single Malt aus der schottischen Speyside. Der Rolls Royce unter den Single Malts. whisky.de

Whisky Tasting 10: Lagavulin 16 Yr from Islay, Scotland

Lagavulin is from Islay. A distinct island region renounced for producuing peaty whiskies. 4 distilleries especially produce whiskies BIG in peat: Laphroaig, Port Ellen (silent now!), Ardbeg (reopened) and Lagavulin followed by the medium peat distilleries Bowmore and Caol Ila then the least peaty Bruichladdich and Bunnahabhain. Lagavulin 16 is the flagship of this distillery. On the nose, sea breeze, sea mist, peat, sweet sherry, sweet maltiness, gun powder and smoke. Very complex nose! More of the above mixed in harmoniously with a velvety, full and round body. The finish is powerful and long with sustained peat and dark chocolate. The single malt is heavenly scoring extra points on complexity. Not a style for the faint hearted and can be a shock to the system! Just a note, I often serve a good malt whisky (or two or three!) rather than dessert wines after dinner. Is this an after dinner malt? Yes but for me an all day 24 hours malt! Yahoo! (95-97 points) Tasted by Michael Lam of the Beverage Review

Famous Grouse Tasting with Ali Mutch on Manly Beach Australia

Ali Mutch and Martin Johnson hit the beach at sunrise for Singlemalt TV for this tasting session with The Famous Grouse.

Chivas Regal Tasting

Downtown whiskey bar Reserve 101 will hold a complimentary tasting of world-renowned Chivas Regal 12-, 18-, and the “lost” 25-year-old vintage of the blended Scotch Whiske

Champagne Tasting : Diebolt-Vallois FLEUR DE PASSION Brut 2004

Kris Van de Sompel, the Belgian sommelier elected “Ambassadeur de Champagne” in 2007, is tasting some of the best grower champagnes.

Tasting Johnnie Walker Blue Label

Whisky Master, Stephen Wilson takes you through a tasting of the world’s rarest and most sought after whisky – Johnnie Walker Blue Label.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Tasting 2006 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at Village Wines in Nashville, TN

Leonardo Pizzolo of Valle Reale and Hoyt Hill of Village Wines taste and discuss the Tre Bicchieri 2006 Valle Reale Montepulciano d’Abruzzo at Village Wines in Nashville, TN
Video Rating: 5 / 5

6 Tips for a Successful Whisky Tasting

When you plan to hold a whisky tasting – which can be anything from inviting a few friends to a large formal event – there are quite a few things that should be considered. After all, your guests want to have the best possible experience with the offered drams. And there are some pitfalls you should avoid.

Here are six essential tips to turn your whisky tasting event into a memorable experience for the participants

1. Start with a Meal

You are going to consume a decent amount of alcohol, so it is best to set a solid foundation by eating enough before you start with the tasting. With an empty stomach you are much more likely to encounter the undesirable effects of alcohol when you’ve had a few.

No Chili, no Garlic!

The meal should not by overly spiced, and you should refrain from using garlic as well. Chili paralyses your taste buds, and the taste of garlic is so persistent that it will be with you for the rest of the tasting which clearly is not something we want to happen.

Little or no Alcohol

You want to enjoy the tasting with clear senses, so try to hold your horses before. A glass of beer or light wine with the meal is OK, but don’t overdo it.

2. Water and Bread.

Prepare jugs of cooled water, both for adding to the whisky and to drink in between. Don’t use tap water unless you are sure it is not contaminated by chlorine. To be on the safe side it is recommendable to use still spring water.

To neutralize your senses between drams, serve bread. Other light snacks are also possible, but make sure they are not too spicy (see above).

3. Less is More

Even if you are convinced in your drinking capabilities, it is better to restrict the amount of whiskies in a tasting. Sooner or later you will notice the effect of the alcohol, and you don’t want your senses to be dimmed to early.

The number of whiskies in a tasting should not exceed five or six, even if you are tempted to show off all the great whiskies you might have in your collection.

4. The Right Order

There are some useful rules of thumb when choosing the order of the whiskies in a tasting session. All can be summarized by the musical term crescendo:

From Low to High ABV

When you begin your session with a cask strength whisky, your taste buds might be numb from the start. So it is best to start with the “normal” alcohol content of 40% to 46% and them work your way up to the cask strengths (if planned at all)

From Young to Old

The older a whisky becomes, the more complexity it gains. It is therefore advisable to help your palate adapt to the growing complexity.

From Mild to Strong

This does not mean ABV but the general character of a whisky. If you have heavily peated, sherried or otherwise finished drams on your list as well “untreated” ones, save the richest ones for later.

From Cheap to Expensive

This sounds a bit cheesy but has its justification. If you are lucky enough to serve a dram of Black Bowmore, you don’t really want it to be followed by a Grouse, no matter how famous.


When trying to follow these rules, you will likely run into dilemmas like “cask strength 12yo lowland or 40% 18y madeira finish first”? In these cases you have to make a decision to break one or more rules. The rule of thumb for this kind of situation might be: break as little rules as possible but be careful with early cask strengths. In this example I would actually prefer to take the finish first.

But then again, a whisky tasting is not a Japanese Tea Ceremony. So, if in doubt, just take one first and then the other.

5. Set a Theme

The right choice of whiskies is very important for the success of a tasting session. It is not just about quality, though. If you’re on a tight budget, you can have a great session even with entry level whiskies only. More important is that the choice is balanced.

It is easy to get lost in the whisky world with its thousands of available bottlings. But even when you narrow down the choice to the dozen or so bottles on your shelf, you should think of a red line to follow.

Here are a few starting points for your inspiration:

Example 1: World Wide Whisky

1. Quality blended Scotch (12yo or older)
2. Quality bourbon
3. Irish pure pot still or single malt
4. Japanese vat or single malt
5. Typical Islay
6. Speyside sherry monster

Example 2: Islay

1. Bunnahabhain 12
2. Bowmore 12
3. Caol Ila Distiller’s Edition
4. Lagavulin 16
5. Laphroaig 18
6. Ardbeg Lord of The Isles

Example 3: Scotch Regions

1. Lowlands: Glenkinchie 12
2. Highlands: Dalmore Gran Reserva
3. Islands: Highland Park 18
4. Islay: Port Ellen Annual Release
5. Speyside: Glenfarclas 30yo

6. Don’t Drink and Drive!