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Tasting the Grain: a whisky world tour

A Whisky World Tour - by Suzy-homemaker.co.uk

The really great thing about W Club whisky tastings, is not just the chance to experience fabulous whiskies.

It's not even being greeted like an old friend by the wonderful staff at The Whisky Shop in Trentham.

The really great thing about W Club whisky tastings is meeting new people.

A recent "Whisky World Tour" attracted a larger than usual turnout, with many new faces and Beloved and I hit it off straight away with Pop and his best buddy, Paul.

When it comes to their whisky, they know what they like and they like what they know. Even if that flies in the face of the purists... and they ain't afraid to say so.

Our kind of people!

(Anyone for coke?!)

In between drams, we chatted about OneandSeventy. Pop's in the building game and he offered encouraging advice about some of the issues we'd been left with. For the first time since we moved in, my mind was slightly more settled that the problems really aren't as serious as we imagined. Let's hope he's right.

USA

Our first whisky (or rather, whiskey!) of the evening was Woodford Reserve, a Kentucky Straight Bourbon.

With a high rye content this bourbon, which is often used in cocktails, is matured in casks which are only used once, before being sent to Scotland to age scotch whisky.

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon (£37.00)
Sweet on the nose, quite harsh on the tongue. Tastes "earthy", better with water. 6/10

IRELAND

Another whiskey (with an 'e'), Writer's Tears is a Pot Still blended whiskey from Ireland.

Triple distilled, as most Irish whiskies are, Pure Pot Still is unique to Ireland and is a type of whiskey traditionally made from a mixture of malted and un-malted barley, that's distilled in the same pot still.

Writer's Tears Pot Still Blend Irish Whiskey by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Writer's Tears Pot Still Blend Irish Whiskey (£45.00)
Sweet on the nose, fairly bland on the tongue, with a very nice aftertaste. 7/10

JAPAN

Next up, we're in Japan for the Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky named in honour of Masataka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka and "Father of Japanese Whisky".

You may not have given much thought to Japanese whiskies, but they're doing really well right now, having won awards for World's Best Single Malt and World's Best Blended at recent World Whiskies Awards.

So, if you've never tried one, now is a good time for a wee dram of the Japanese variety!

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt Whisky (£60.00)
Quite spirited on the nose. Very pleasant with a lovely aftertaste. 8/10

SCOTLAND

Back "home" in Scotland, we tasted the very nice Tullibardine 228 with Burgundy finish, the stunning Glenglassaugh Torfa and the utterly divine Douglas of Drumlanrig Single Cask 17yo Laphroaig which, although ½ a mark shy of the perfect 10 attained by its younger brother, would most certainly have made its way onto my shelf had it not been for the £117 price tag!

Now you know what to buy me for Christmas!

I won't mind if you all club together… Laughing

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Tullibardine 228 Burgundy Finish Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£57.00)
Nice on the nose, sweet on the tongue. Very nice! 8/10
(Apparently, an underscore means it's at the high end of the number. You learn something new every day!)

Glenglassaugh Torfa Richly Peated Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Glenglassaugh Torfa Richly Peated Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (£50.00)
Very pale. Peaty on the nose and the tongue. Absolutely lovely! 9½/10

Douglas of Drumlanrig 17yo Single Cask Laphroaig by www.suzy-homemaker.co.uk

Douglas of Drumlanrig 17yo Single Cask Laphroaig (£117.00)
Pale in colour, peaty on the nose, but not too much. Sweet and peaty on the tongue. Utterly gorgeous! 9½/10

All the whiskies from this and other Tasting the Grain sessions can be purchased online or from your local branch of The Whisky Shop.

Don't forget. Please drink responsibly.

Sláinte!

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