The Toronto Whisky Society had another meetup this weekend, and had a number of fantastic bottles to sample from. We had 9 people out, including many of our contributors from here: Devoz, TOModera, Boyd86, Throzen, Xile_, DistillAsian, Kyle Butler, and Bryan Vanderkruk with special guest CharlesDobson from Alberta.
We had a line-up of 9 bottles and sampled, dissected and discussed each one. The reviews will be posted by each of the users separately, but here’s the line-up and thoughts on each one:
|Gretzky’s Red Cask||40||Not a bad entry level Canadian spirit, should have been bottled at 99 proof (duh) and aged longer|
|Braeval 1995 G&M Connoisseur’s Choice||46||An inoffensive salty dram with a ton of fruit flavor.|
|Limerick Slaney 1991 23yr Irish||48.3||One of the highlights of the night, wouldn’t peg it as an Irish if tasting blind. Tons of flavor and depth|
|Benriach 1984 27yr single Cask||56.1||Possibly the best expression of ex-bourbon casks some of us had ever had. Absolutely delicious|
|Arran 19yr SMWS 121.77||53.4||A good look at pure Arran spirit out of ex-bourbon casks.. Reminded us how much we love Arran when it comes from some other type of cask.|
|Heaven Hill 11 Cadenhead’s||61.2||Another one that topped the list for the evening, this bourbon was balls to the wall, in your face delicious.|
|Glendronach 10yr 2002||54.1||Proof that the post-mothball Glendro can stand up to some of the best sherried whiskies out there.|
|Tamdhu 1995 17yr Adelphi||58.8||Lighter than we expected with a lot of salt, malt and fruit|
|Caol Ila 16yr SMWS 53.234||64.1||While most were too intoxicated to get much detail out of this, it was a beautifully smoky, meaty Islay to finish off the night.|
Final conclusions for the night:
- Buy Adelphi bottlings. They pick great casks
- Next time, we’ll limit to 6 bottles. 9 was insane. glad I didn’t have to drive!
- Fire Wayne Gretzky whisky’s marketing person