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An evening with Jameson Irish Whiskey hosted by Connor Timmonds

On Feb 24th, 2017 the club had the pleasure of having a guided tasting hosted by Jameson Irish Whiskey Canadian ambassador Connor Timmonds.

Where to start?  How about the incredible lineup of whiskies that Connor brought with him in his travels down the 401 to Waterloo Region.

Jameson Original Irish Whiskey
Black Barrell
Caskmates
Rebreast 12 Year
Crested
Blenders Dog
Coopers Croze
Distillers Safe

Connor presented a fantastic story of the history of the distillery inter woven with timely tastings of each of the 8 expressions. I must say it was quite the treat to sample the new lineup of the 3 special expressions, Blenders Dog, Coopers Croze and Distillers Safe. Each had a fantastic story behind the blends.

Thank you Connor on behalf of Expensive Taste for the fantastic tasting.

Tasting write ups coming shortly.

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Masters 2016 Revised Entrants

Please see attached for revised Masters entrants sheet.
There were two entries missed (Peter Hughston and Wayne Reidel). I have their time-stamped emails should anyone have any concerns with this.
Furthermore – it was brought my attention that Patrica Bester had Mickelson listed twice. She was missing her Zach Johnson pick. This has now been corrected to show her correct submission (I have her time-stamped emails should anyone have any concerns with this.)
With these 2 additional entries – our prize pool has been modified.
Pot: $600
1st: $270
2nd:$140
3rd: $70
4th: $50
5th: $20
Site Fee: $50

Please let me know if there are any further errors.

Thanks and good luck!

The Glenlivet Tasting

The Glenlivet Tasting:

The club had the pleasure of a guided tasting with Frank The Glenlivet Ontario ambassador.  We were all enthralled with the detailed guided tours supplemented by some fascinating whiskey stories.  Frank brought 4 scotches for the main tasting.  Founders’ Reserve, 12 Year, 15 Year and finally 18 Year.  The tasting took just under an hour while Frank treated up to an oral history of The Glenlivet, mixed in with personal Glenlivet stories, including his trips to Scotland.  After the 4 tastings Frank surprised the group by pulling out a special bottle he had hiding in his trunk. We had the enjoyment of tasting The Glenlivet Nadurra First Fill Selection.  Overall a great guided tour, thank you Frank and Glenlivet, now time for detailed tasting notes below:

Founders’ Reserve:  Sweet fruit notes of oranges and pears with the hint of apple toffee. Great smooth finish with a touch of cream.  You can almost taste hints of the over 23 whiskeys that were blended together for this complex dram. Overall a fantastic whiskey that is available at the LCBO for just over $50.

12 Year:  Little touch of a floral note mixed with fresh peaches and pears.  Touch of vanilla and sweet honey. Finished smooth with a light spiciness mixed with a nutty note… I can’t quite place the type of nut, maybe a hazelnut flavour.

15 Year:  A slightly darker version compared to the 12 year, this 15 year iteration has a sweet balanced flavour with the traditional fruitiness rounded out by a touch of cinnamon and spice, almost like the oatmeal flavour from when you were a kid.

18 Year:  A balanced darker finish as this gets the bourbon and sherry cask treatment to make it quite distinct from the other three tasters.  Smooth balanced flavour with a burst of spice mixed with oranges or orange peel and a nice oaky toasted touch. The sherry cask finish is one of my favourites.

Nadurra First Fill Selection:  For this one I will consult The Glenlivet web site so you get the full picture; Nàdurra, meaning “natural” in Gaelic, is The Glenlivet’s range of small-batch expressions made using traditional 19th-century techniques. The Nàdurra First Fill is drawn from casks made of American white oak which have never before been used to mature Scotch whisky. These oak casks, which distillers at The Glenlivet have favoured since the early 1900s, impart hints of creamy vanilla to this wonderfully rich single malt.

You can really taste the difference with the different finish of a virgin oak barrel, sweet pear and pineapple notes with a touch of citrus followed by a bit of a spicy finish as this bottling is a little strong at 48% ABV.  Great overall Glenlivet expression.

My favourite of the night is the one I am most likely to purchase in the near future the Founders Reserve. I absolutely loved the expression, was a perfectly balanced blend.  Who needs a date on the bottle to enjoy Whiskey? Not this guy.

Overall a huge thank you to The Glenlivet and Frank for the fantastic tasting and history lesson!

Glenfiddich Tasting Review

On February 26th, Expensive Taste KW was graced with the presence of Glenfiddich and taken on a tasting tour of a variety of the drams available, and a special rare cask Storas 21.

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For anyone that hasn’t tried any of the Glenfiddich bottles I suggest you go out and purchase one of these fine batches. Whether it’s the beginner level 12 year old or a rare hard to find 21 year old Stòras with only 4,600 bottles produced I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

12 year Review
Nose:  A nice scent of fruits mixed with a hint of caramel. Although a little dry, it has crisp earthy tones with next to no smoke scent.

Pallet:   It has a thin, watery body to it which flows very well down the throat.  Slight taste of pear with very mild oak and vanilla flavorings makes this a very easy drinker.

Finish:  The finish is a little sweet but has a long, smooth and mellow taste that makes me want to indulge more frequently. Great overall bottle, especially for the price.

15 year Review
Nose:
  This 15yr old has an amazing smell of honey and vanilla mixed with rich dark fruits that all blend beautifully together.

Pallet:  The pallet is smooth with hints of sherry, cinnamon and vanilla which give it a full body of bursting unforgettable flavor.

Finish:  The finish is definitely anything but bitter. With a taste of faint dried fruits, a little nuttiness and almost a shortbread lingering, this 15yr old is satisfyingly rich in sweetness and is one of my all-time favorites.

18 year Review
Nose:
  A rich aroma of fruit, oak, hint of apple and a slight whiff of sherry make this an amazing kick to the nose for a batch that has been in casks for 18 years.

Pallet:   The taste delivers rich, elegant flavors you could only expect from an 18 year old.  Strong hazelnut and pecan flavorings mixed with fruit and honey make this an exceptional year.

Finish:  Medium finish but very warm and inviting. Leaves a savory, distinguished taste at the back of your throat. Glenfiddich knew what they were doing with this batch.

The Original – 63 Review
Nose:
  A great mixture of vanilla, sweet honey, berries, dry fruit and a touch of oakiness makes this original flow nicely with the senses. Also has the strongest scent of these 5 reviews.

Pallet:  Starts soft and sweet with notes of caramel and honey, then dips into Smokey oak with just a touch of peat, citrus and spices.

Finish:  Has the finish Glenfiddich is known for but enough character to keep it interesting and deliciously dry. Great bottle.