OK - we've published out list on the event booking page - http://www.irishwhiskeysociety.com/even ... 2010-10-28
When we planned this tasting at the beginning of the year, I immediately thought "Islay" - at the annual home tasting, we've more than once focused solely on Islay and typically had 20 samples over an 8-9hr evening - there are worse ways of passing the time. Islay whisky is the spiritual home of peated whiskys and in recent years, a trend to heavily peated whisky has gathered momentum.
At the society's tasting in September, we got wind that our Peaty tasting might coincide with the release of Cooley's heavily peated offering, the Connemara Turf Mór
. Being a Connemara fan, I'm truely looking forward to this. Cooley's Innovation Manager, Alex Chasko will be in attendance to say a wee bit about it and we're also promised a nice surprise
Naturally, we have to keep the Connemara in good company. Accordingly, Luke and I have raided our shelves to present you with what we trust will be a wonderful night and tasting experience. In addition to the Turf Mór
, we plan on tasting ...Port Ellen 26yo
- ní bheidh a leithid arís ann
- this distillery closed in 1983Big Peat
- a vatted Islay malt from Douglas Laing - it doesn't have to be a single malt to be perfect!Bowmore 25
- sublime ...Lagavulin Distillers Edition
- finished in Pedro Ximinéz (sherry) casks - my desert Island whisky (not whiskey!)Laphroaig 20yo
- a sherry cask offeringBunnahabhain 11
- a rare peated Bunny from 1997
None of these whiskys are overpowering, but they do tend to have long finishes, i.e. linger in the mouth for a long time. We might go a little slower than ususal (need to brush up on a few jokes
). We recommend that you bring some dark chocolate or snack of choice (e.g. Carr's water biscuits) with you to restore the tongue to some semblance of normality between tastes and drink lots of water too.
Looking forward to seeing you on the night...
(naturally, we reserve the right to change the line-up if reasons beyond our control force us to