Bell Wine & Spirits monthly grand tasting!! Held the last Wednesday of the month, these tastings cover wine, spirits, and beer. This one, bourbon and scotch. Clearly I had to be in attendance! As I develop my palate (fancy speak for I drink a lot and am trying everything) I’m kinda getting into bourbon and scotch. Having attending tasting for Johnnie Walker, The Macallan, and Glenfiddich recently, this tasting was an excellent way to taste a lot of different styles while not spending the money that it would cost to buy each one. (And some of the money would’ve been wasted as there were a few that just were not for me.) So for $10, I tried everything. And by everything, I mean 27 different scotches, whiskeys, bourbons, scotch whiskeys, rye bourbons… A Gentleman in attendance said that he was very proud and impressed as to how I handled myself throughout the entire tasting. I asked intelligent questions, sipped not guzzled, and I was still standing. Compliment much appreciated sir!
Some of the standouts of the tasting were:
- Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskey (12, 14, 15, 17, 21 year) — everything they make!! This was some of the most aromatic and smooth Scotch that I’ve had. And the 21 Year, aged in Port casks…OOOHHH!!
- Balblair 1989 (Single Malt) — Full bodies with a lovely toffee, vanilla finish
- Oban 14 Year
- Talisker 10 Year
- Lagavulin 16 Year — Totally smelled like bacon! Smoky flavor on the palate.
- Temptation Bourbon —75% corn, 25% rye. Sweeter style with a nice bite on the finish. This would be an excellent base for a cocktail