whisky ever tasted before or since. What was that all about, I forget, except it had something to do with getting those "damn Jerries" out of the garden. Am still looking for a bottle of Caol Ila here in Milwaukee. It's like finding a needle in a haystack.
a question more of less to the editors/moderators and wondering about your opinion:
Should the news on this website be regularly updated?
I noticed that the 'all the latest whisky news' dates 26 March, now it's 30 April. Hasn't anything interesting happened in the mean time?
A blind nosing and tasting could be very nice, but that is nice if you don't want to find yourself deceived by any color or brand. I think that this is more to get your self to your maximum senses, your only reliable tool is your nose. From time to time this could be fun, and you can't misled your self by other opinions from people who are selling a particular brand or their opinions about a specific brand. However I can understand why people say: "no blind nosing and tasting for me" because they want to note the color and its viscosity etc. I think that blind nosing and tasting is useful if there is some "brand benefit" is involved.....
Blind tastings is the way to go when sampling whiskies
Except for on thing: WHy bother comparing or even taking notes on the coulour of whisky? It's pretty pointless, since caramel (E150) or other artificial colouring might have been added to obtain the "corporate colour" or the "right shade of reddish brown"...
And Frederick, i think you're mistaken. It is definitely possible to identify Talisker, Laphroaig, Knockando, and other brands in a blind tasting. I've done it and many others too.
Most times my friends and I taste whisky we tend to overindulge things get out of hand, and the tasting turns into a *whisky*-party...
However, there are several whiskies from Speyside where I haven't got a clue what brand or age I am drinking. It's not always easy
Regards and Skål
[This message has been edited by mgmtmbeh (edited 27 May 2001).]
although this is an older issue, I'd like to share my experience with blind tastings.
If asked, what the best way would be to enjoy and appreciate whisky my outcome would be:
1. Ex aequo: with your best friends or at blind tastings
3. At 'normal' tastings
I have participated in some blind tastings and that is absolutely great fun!!
In a group of 20 people we got 10 samples in clear glasses with someone animating the session. After each sample, the discussions and taking notes, the bottle was revealed.
You really find out how your taste buds work. Especially when there's an Irish whisky among them and everybody claims it to be one of the Lowlands...(to be honest, I did not think of Irish either...) I learned quite a lot from the discussions we had.
What you see, is that 'well known' regional characteristics can be identified by many group members, with the experienced participants getting approximately 50% right!
For me that still as a long way to go, but well, I keep on practising!
PS1: there was no brand benefit involved, there were OB's, independents, finishes, cask strengths, limited editions, almost any variation possible.
PS2: Frank, have you found your bottle of Coal Ila by now? Surely since there's a range of OB now. Have you already improved your score of 33.3%? And about high end audio: there are also some very characteristical differences like dynamic vs. electrostatic speakers or solid state vs. tube amplifiers. So here the differences should be noticeable as well...
I think its even possible to spot a difference between the Islays, all distilleries have a different character. As a beginner I wasn´t able to figure out a difference between smoky whiskies, but it takes lots of experience to realize the differencies between smoky whiskies. I agree on the point that its not possible to spot certain distilleries.
For me blind tasting is the most interesting way to conduct tastings, I often swap samples with other whisky fans, you would never believe what these tastings reveal. The guess about the distillery is often totally wrong, especially when you´re misguided by peaty batches of Speyside distilleries.
Thinking about the tastings in the whisky magazine I would really appreciate if the way of the tasting is stated-whether blind or not. If the tasters see the bottle or the colour of the whisky they will start their tasting with expectations from what they know from the past.
We use plain glasses so the tasters can study the colour, appearance and clarity of the whisky.
Dave and Michael have their samples prepared. They assess and score them once and write their notes. They assess them a second time to 'double check' their notes. The identities of the whiskies are then revealed allowing the tasters to write their comments.
The only exception to this is the occasional food and whisky matching exercise, which tend to be far less formal.
I hope this helps to explain.
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