Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin'-race! So wrote Robert Burns in his poem, Address to a Haggis. On Friday 23rd January 2014 we're paying homage to the great man by holding a Whisky Tasting. Here at Whitmore and White we love whisky and pride ourselves on having a diverse and wide-ranging whisky selection.
Auchentoshan 12 Year Old Whisky - CrÃ¨me brulee and citrus on the nose with a smooth, sweet palate with hints of orange and lime. The finish is crystallised ginger and hazelnuts.For this evening we will be showing eight malts from the natural home of whisky, Scotland. As seasoned guests at our tastings will know, we always serve a selection of food from our Food Hall at our tastings, but this time we're going off piste (again?!) and will be serving a freshly caught haggis - although we can't promise it will be piped in on the bagpipes. This particular tasting sold out several weeks in advance, but we normally hold a whisky tasting in the Autumn too, so don't get too upset! For those of you in attendance, here is the round up of whiskies we will be showing. For those of you who missed out on tickets, in the immortal words of Jim Bowen, "Let's take a look at what you could have won!" We'll be embarking with the sweet citrus and spice of the Auchentoshan 12 from the foot of the Kilpatrick hills on the outskirts of Clydebank in West Dunbartonshire, before moving on to the smallest distillery in Scotland and the Edradour 10, a creamy, heathery whisky with a big following at our Heswall store! Following that we will nip up north to Speyside and taste the Distillery Label Mortlach 15, which is sweetly unctuous with a fiery heart. From there we will pop north east to the coast and Old Pulteney 15, which is sea salty and delicious.
Laphroaig Triple Wood - a lush, creamy character mingled with caramel, butterscotch, oak and spicy leather notes with a lingering finish.We will continue with a Gordon and Macphail's Connoisseur's Choice Dalmore 1999, which was bottled in 2013, so is 14 years old and has a winter spice element coupled with a smooth finish. The last three malts begin with Speyside's Aberlour A'Bunadh, which is cask strength and at 60.1% alcohol, packs a suitable punch but is devilishly sweet and complex. The penultimate malt is another of Gordon and Macphail's bottlings, this time the Connoisseur's Choice Ledaig 1996, an Island malt and feisty to boot. An iron fist in a velvet glove, so to speak. We will finish with a behemoth of a malt, a recent expression from the peat-monster distillery that is Laphroaig. This being the Laphroaig Triple Wood. Aged in Bourbon, Sherry and finally Port casks, this malt marries the phenolic notes classically associated with Laphroaig to the sweet, spicy notes from ageing in Sherry and Port casks. So, if you missed out this time, check out the Events page for future tastings! We look forward to seeing you on the night! Graham