Following on from Part 1:
Jenna introduces her personal choice whisky, an Aberfeldy. Mark pipes up with, “I challenge anyone to flip a bottle of Aberfeldy!”
- N: Deliciously light, sweet floral & bourbon-floral [rose water, lilies, crocus]. Auchentoshan meets > Brora?
- T: That is one squidgy, light malty arrival with a light raisiny & decidedly subtle coppery travel. Follows through straight yet squidgy,….
- F: ,… finishing with slightly industrial coppery barley notes and just a little more squidge.
- C: Lovely if rather grating towards the end. Still, super campfire fodder.
Scores 84 points
“What do you think of this one?”, asks Cameron. I gauged a solid & considered applause from at least 50% of the audience, but I reckon most already want a bottle before they’ve even properly tried it.
- N: Hugely potent and floral, possessing a little smoke, a vibrant bunch of violets, cubed ginger, quince jelly, sweet olive oil/sewing machine oil,… This rocks!
- T: Delivers too, at first. Lots of smoke, violets, savoury-sweet veg, fruits, flora n fauna…..
- F: Turns a touch meaty > coppery with dried flowers and metallic herbal bitter.
- C: It seems that just about everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and is queueing for the Bowmore. I leave the warehouse and sit on a grassy knoll under the blazing sun, whilst reflecting on the Glenturret [and that peated English in Part 1]. Despite playing a tipsy Bah Humbug role, an hour later I have joined the queue that has almost disappeared, along with the whisky, save for a handful of people and the last swishes of a hogshead. The cask is very low but I manage to procure a bottle. There was no chance of me flipping it as I’d forgotten [in my stupor] to get it bottle-sealed. So, why did I buy this? For the violets! Isn’t that one of THE distinctive distillery character notes of yesteryear, and so perhaps this is a new/contemporary Bowmore masterpiece? Whisky sure does go to my head, and boy is it fun!
Scores 87 points
I see tOMoH also siting on the knoll, pouring! I claim I see him at the tasting, but photographic evidence would prove otherwise:
- N: I love Balvenie, so I wonder why I rarely buy/drink it. Maybe it’s like why Londoner’s never visit the Crown Jewels, because they’re there. This is fluffy-ish, gentle-rich, dried tropical fruit barley juice, aged two ways – in cask & glass. The punch is ridiculous and having dry/chapped lips doesn’t help.
- T: There’s no arguing the provenance. Add water for more consolidated/ideally married, tincture-like barley=oak sugar richness.
- F: Sings effortlessly, finishing with yet more tropical fruits, dried or otherwise.
- C: I’ve also tried this one before [Blog87]. In today’s context, it’s the best whisky of the day, and it’s been a whisky-packed day indeed. When 12yo’s are like this,…
Scores 89 points
C: Another cracking dram and not far off the Balvenie, except it’s slightly younger, fresher and not as rich. Thanks to tOMoH once again.
Scores a hugely decent 86.
That wraps up my Campbeltown festival 2018. We’re off to Islay next, with more blasts from the past!