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Once again I and my girlfriend foisted our presence on Mr and Mrs Van Winkle who not only seemed to remember us but, remarkably, seemed quite pleased to see us. Not only are they a great couple, they also acquainted me with the wonderful world of bourbon.
Did anyone else try that mesquite-matured McKendrick's that was available at the The Whisky Exchange stall? Strange, wasn't it?
For me, the find of the day was Connemara. The taste experience of the day was Highland Park 25-year-old which, sadly, I cannot afford to buy!
A great day!
Yes, I did taste the mesquite-mellowed McKendric. David Stirk came back to the Cadenhead table and gave me his glass. What's this, do you think? Nose full of citrus, oranges. Almost like Cointreau, but in a non-cloying way. Completely baffled (and quite impressed) I had a taste. Coming through the orangey-sweet notes came something resiny, almost like Greek retsina wine. At that point I was utterly lost as to what I was tasting. Turned out to be McKendrick, a bourbon which has had chips of mesquite wood added to it during the maturation process. I did know of the existence of this 'Texas-style' or 'Western-style' whiskey, but had never had the opportunity to taste it. Personally, I like it very much (and it doesn't taste like a bourbon at all, can't compare it to anything I've ever had), but my feeling is that this will be a whiskey that people either love or hate ..... And my father-in-law asked me a few days later whether there was a special whisky I'd like as a birthday present, so a bottle was ordered from TWE!
[This message has been edited by lexkraai (edited 21 March 2002).]
I have just been told that a friend I met later that night told me his wife was pregnant. I didn't remember even that.
Strangely, I do remember how nice the Ardbeg 25yo Lord of the Isles was, plus the 25yo Highland Park. I even remember thinking the Glenlivet 21yo was markedly better than the 18yo. And the Finlaggin (sic?) 8 yo was a bit spirity and unimpressive - you can see why Lagavulin leave it twice as long.
I really must get my priorities right. Or perhaps I already have......
I didn't find it too disappointing - given the price, I would consider buying it for glugging reasons (or is that sacriledge?).
I was particularly pleased, too, with my first taste of Longrow? Can't believe it's never crossed my path before!!
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