Whisky Tasting; Glenfiddich & Balvenie

I was one of the many, many people who turned out for The Wright Wine Company’s tasting event on 17th November in Skipton.

Not only were we treated to the usual enthusiastic welcome from Julian Kaye, but we had 10, yes 10 Whisky’s to sample. Split 50/50 between Glenfiddich and Balvenie, the session took us on a journey – personally out of my usual taste-zone, into these 2 spirits.

David Stewart was the ambassador for these 2 distilleries, and was as proud, knowledgeable and enthusiastic as you would hope for as a host in this way – with representatives from the Wright Wine Company being suitable foils to the banter.

I can’t recall each dram, or claim to have the knowledge enough to give tasting notes, but the next day i had kept cards for;

Balvenie 15 yo
This was a single barrel whisky, quite rich but with honey taste to it.

Balvenie 21 yo
Finished in Portwood casks, this is quite fruity.

Glenfiddich 18 yo
Warm and rich – kind of like fruit cake. A wintery feel.

Spicy, nutty, vanilla. No age given.

So, i liked 4 out of 10 – not bad I don’t think. Variety is the spice of life and all that – and this evening certainly delivered..

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