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    today, i chatted with dominic west (you know, jimmy mcnulty from the wire) at a local pub near our friend silver's place in shepherd's bush. we're buddies now. true story

    and in other news... hello, whisky society, my old friend...

    well, we're back in london and couldn't resist the temptation of renewing our whisky society membership. here's a sample of what we sampled (description from the Society website):

    In the foreground:

    A dirty dram for Mary Poppins
    Cask No. 33.74
    £54

    The Vault-maniac said it cleared his sinuses! Others found Deep Heat, menthol and seaweed; the nose then developed plum jam and prunes. The magnificent unreduced palate had sweet Parma violets, smoke and coal-tar. “Like licking an ashtray,” someone said, while the manager called it “A Dick Van Dyke chimney-sweep’s dram”. Water promoted sweetness on the nose – puff candy, sticky-toffee pudding and vanilla, with Fruit ‘n Fibre and tobacco pouches. The palate became toffee and smoke with dried fruit and sweet sherry in the finish. The distillery draws water from Loch Uigeadail and the whisky swoops and dives in the mouth.

    Drinking tip: A mountain top dram or, if mountain not handy, could be served with cheese. Not to be rushed

    Colour: Bright orange gold
    Date distilled: May 1998
    Cask: Sherry gorda
    Alcohol: 56.6%
    Age: 10 years
    Outturn: 497 bottles

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    And in the background:

    Isle-la-la
    Cask No. 53.128
    £60

    The initial nose transported the Panel to France: French onion soup, mackerel pate, smoked jambon, Roquefort and ash-rolled chevre. One sip, however and our feet were firmly planted back on Scottish soil: toes curling in Islay sands, a sea breeze blowing at our backs and a roaring peat bonfire in our faces. The taste was rich, full and meaty: crispy skinned hog roast with applesauce. This dram lost nothing with water, with the Panel finding sea salt, mussels, goats’ cheese and smoky pork. This electrifying and exemplary offering hails from Islay’s second most northern distillery.

    Drinking tip: Definitely a dram for the outdoors
    Colour: Gold leaf
    Date distilled: December 1989
    Cask: Refill hogshead
    Alcohol: 56.1%
    Age: 19 years
    Outturn: 279 bottles

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    1. CAZASCO / Benoît Ferradini 89 months ago | reply

      Lucky you! Incredible you got to see this guy. In a pub! Was he drinking some bad Jameson?

      Those whisky descriptions are awesome. We should learn from them. And those scotch... Where do they find those? Will be able to know what distillery it's from?

      Have a good trip! And a lot of more tastings...

    2. 𝄆 Scott 𝄇 89 months ago | reply

      Mmmm, so envious! Have fun! How many trips to the society can you fit in in one week? :)

    3. Duckdeux 89 months ago | reply

      Of the six we tasted, we had three favourites, but two you can't buy in bottles (sold out/ only bottled for the American market ?!). And then, we were paralyzed by choice - what if we find even more that we love more? So we'll return today for more research, I'm sure!

    4. sashafatcat 89 months ago | reply

      dominic west was drinking wine, no jameson's unfourtunately.

      the secret distilleries of the above wiskies are: 33 = Ardbeg, 53 = Caol Ila

      and yes, more research today...

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