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Whisky tasting night - a success!

First whisky tasting was a great success.

The hint is in the title! The First of many whisky tastings was held on Thursday 22 March in the Corbie Inn.

It was such a success that it was designated the Inaugural Whisky Tasting and agreement made to set up a Whisky Club and hold successive meetings on a Sunday evening (watch this space and on Corbie Inn Facebook page for details).

Local enthusiast, Alan Mitchell from Linlithgow, of straight from the cask, ran the event and with his experience, knowledge and enthusiasm made the evening a great success and the reason to plan the next one.

If you are a whisky lover, missed this one, or just would like the get to know your national drink that wee bit better then the following is an example of what to expect next time round.

Five malts were tasted (listed below with their tasting notes):- 

Auchentoshan 1998 13 year old, Batch 0001 at 46% abv. by Duncan Taylor Ltd
Colour:   Antique gold
Nose:  Surprisingly you get a burst of sherry notes. Crisp apples,rice pudding with raisins.
Palate:  Very gentle, red apples, toffee, poached pears.
Finish: Double cream, hazelnut oil extract finish.

Linkwood 1997 13 year old NC2 range by Duncan Taylor Ltd at 46% abv.
Colour:  Pale Gold
Nose:  Fresh cut Granny Smith apples,barley sugar and creamy custard. Sweet and sugary.
Palate:  Oodles of tangy fruits, grassy and herbal. Delightful smooth, silky texture.
Finish:  Long and fresh, wonderful and a favourite of the evening.

Dailuaine 1998 13 year old, Duncan Taylor Dimensions Range at 46% abv.
Colour:  Polished Gold
Nose:  Rich caramel, dried fruits and spice, oranges and cigar box wood.
Taste:  Like walking into a bakery - fresh cream. Victoria sponge and milk chocolate, many said cherries!
Finish: Brown sugar,custard creams and slightly herbal.  Indulgent.

An Cnoc 12 year old at 40% abv.
Colour:  Amber with a slight yellow hue.
Nose:  soft, very aromatic with a hint of honey and lemon in the foreground.
Palate:  Sweet to start with an appetising fruitiness and a long smooth finish.

Big Peat  by Douglas Laing a blended malt from Islay and 96 points in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible in 2011!
Colour:  Pale white, Ardbegish!
Nose:  Salt,peat, heavy but light enough for the most delicate of citrus. Hard to find a nose which screams "Islay" at you with such a lack of ambiguity: it is, frankly, perfect.
Palate:  Demerara sugar and liquorice framework, the peat enters with varying layers of oiliness and depth. Then it brings out the Ardbeg and Port Ellen factions. Wow!
Finish:  long,softly oiledstill and then a slowly dissolving liquorice and spice; vanillas pop up very late, still accompanied by soft demerara.

A wonderful first get together at the Corbie Inn Bo'ness.... “looking forward to the next one already” Alan Mitchell, straight from the cask.

The Corbie Crow