Chicago Highland Games

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Chicago Highland Games

Postby whiskgeek » Sun Jun 17, 2012 8:05 pm

I went to the Chicago Scott's Scottish Fest and Highland Games yesterday. They had a whisky tent, apparently sponsored by Whisky Live. This was good and bad. One one hand, they had lots of whisky. On the other, I didn't see much of the games.

But I did have...
Glenmorangie 18
Deanston 12
Laphroiag 18
Oban Distillers Edition, 1996
Tobermory 15
Glenkinchie 12
Scott's Inverleven 1979-2004
Scott's Auchentoshan 1983-2004
Scott's Caol Ila 1984-2006
Scott's Bunna 1977-2005
Gordon & MacPhail's Glenallachie 1999 12-year
Gordon & MacPhail's Caol Ila 2004 6-year
Ardbeg Corryvreckan
Ardbeg Uigeadail
Balblair 2000
McGavin's Islay
McGavin's Highland
Lagavulin 16
Few rye whisky
Lark (Tasmanian single malt)
Four Roses Small Batch bourbon

So that was pretty cool. At first, I was a bit disappointed at the tiny pours, but in hindsight, this allowed me to try many more whiskies than I could have. Of all these, I'd sampled only the Ardbegs, Laphroiag and Lagvulin before. I was by no means staggering out of there when I was done.

The small pours (1/4 ounce?) violated the three-sips rule, for tasting, but having a full-sized sample wouldn't have helped much, since it was such a poor environment for tasting. It was an open-air tent situated near the food vendors (hmm, do I detect cooked meats on the nose?), there were cigars and it was very windy.

Special props to the crew from Binny's!

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