Dark567 wrote:EDIT:Today I bought Auchentoshan aged in Bordeaux casks. Super excited to try it tonight.
Do report back here!
Bar night was a great success. Sampled Aberlour A'bunadh, Laphroaig QC, Oban 14yo and Balvenie Doublewood. They all were all great. No detailed notes, but a few observations:
- The Oban was quite pleasant, but not my favorite of the night. It reminded me of a peatier Highland Park. Very good, but it seemed the least distinctive of the malts I tried, if that makes any sense.
- Doublewood smells exactly like hay and tastes like ambrosia.
- Huh. Laphroaig QC really does smell like iodine. Which raises the question: what the hell? Iodine is an element. What could possibly be in there that smells like iodine aside from iodine? Also: it's delicious and I want some more. My friend described it as "like sticking your head inside a barbecue", which sounds like a ringing endorsement to me.
Vancouverite scotch enthusiasts should definitely check out the Blue Water Café. The bartenders knew their stuff, the scotch was served in appropriate glasses (sherry copitas, I think), and they gave me a container of distilled water with a freakin' eyedropper for diluting, which I thought was brilliant. Don't know how the prices compare to the rest of the city, but the Laphroaig QC cost $11 and the A'bunadh was somehting like $13. The barkeep claimed they were priced "agressively", for what it's worth.
Terrifyingly: they had Highland Park 40yo at more than $100. Also terrifyingly: the bottle was half empty.