Wednesday 10 February saw the first our tweet tasting of 2016, inviting whisky enthusiasts across Europe to sample a variety of Scotch whiskies drawn by David Simpson (Head of Whisky Creation), from casks lying at Coleburn Dunnage warehouse, the home of Murray McDavid.
Our selected panel of whisky tasters were presented with six coded samples of scotch and six square sheets of paper to create a ‘visual tasting note’ or as we like to call it, a ‘whisky Doodle’. Each dram on display went through close inspection and tested even the most experienced Whisky enthusiast, distillery names and ages were kept secret until after each pour, in order to remove any bias and to solely focus on the flavours in the glass; here’s how our Tweet Tasters got on. . .
Dram No.01 16-01 Blended Malt Cask# 24 20yo
Franck Debernardi @LaCaveDeCobalt
“1st dram is creamy on the tongue with a sweet taste going a little bit bitter (citrus indeed) then peppery. It’s also herbal #MurrayMcDavid“
Pete Drinks @petedrinks
“#MurrayMcDavid SPR16/01 – spiced orange and salted caramel on the tongue, this is a rather tasty start to the evening!”
Dram No.2 16-02 Invergordon Cask# 900430 6yo
“16/02 on the palate I get salty shortbread, dessicated coconut, dried up marshmallows and scottish tablet! #MurrayMcDavid”
Polski Whisky Ninja @annawizauk
“#MurrayMcDavid 16/02 I like this one sweet, smooth easy drinker hints of vanilla and honeycomb quite buttery too”
Dram No.3 16-03 Mystery Malt Cask# 900298 6yo
“#MurrayMcDavid 16/03, soo much honey, a real winter warmer this one, that little extra % brings a lovely warmth with it”
Jon –scotchandscifi @dvdbloke
“16/03 – palate – dirty gerty. ltd of oily cereal malt. Fresh and turning creamy. grass/straw/hayshake! #MurrayMcDavid”
Dram No.4 16-04 Bowmore Cask# 2126 14yo
Steve Prentice | SWB @steveprentice
“#MurrayMcDavid 16/04 on the nose: Medium peat with some small TCP, i’m veering towards Bowmore for this I think, bbq yum, ooo this is goood.”
Jon –scotchandscifi @dvdbloke
“16/04 nose – bit of floral, lots of peat boom, sherry clearly, burnt plums and raisin stew! id saw Bowmore too! #MurrayMcDavid”
Dram No.5 16-05 Laphroaig Cask# 373 14yo
Andrew’s Share @Andrews_Share
“#MurrayMcDavid 16/05 Nose: Quite a “dusty” smoke to this one.. Lots of bandages and TCP… A tiny bit of mint in the background”
Barry Bradford @TheWhiskyFiles
“#MurrayMcDavid @Murray_McDavid SPR/05 N: Musty peaty, phenolic, farmyard/animal stalls fusty wet hay moss, herbal lemongrass, yeast scrumpy”
Dram No.6 16-05 Peatside 1st Fill Maderia Cask# 160016 4yo
Adrian Barnett @mynameisgone
“#MurrayMcDavid 16/06 nose, peaty, earthy, petrichor, red fruits”
“16/06 As soon as it hit my tongue I got a sugar sweet taste, followed by salt, followed by honey! A mighty fine mix #MurrayMcDavid”
Once the final dram of the evening had been discussed and doodled, Brand Ambassador Dean was on hand to take questions on the drams and coming whisky events. We would like to thank all of those involved in last night’s fast and furious episode of doodle filled Whisky tasting.
If you are at Whisky Live next month, come and see us for some more drams, doodles and plenty of discussions.