Drinking in early 2018


I've been attending a lot of tastings, classes, etc. over the last year or so. Getting some details down in writing seems like a thing to do. Posted by Thomas Sutton on March 25, 2018

The last few years I’ve been dabbling with whisky and sake: attending tastings and events, buying bottles of drinks I don’t really know much about, running a whisky club at work, etc. I often take notes about what I drink but they generally aren’t worth bothering with.

Below I’ve listed most of the events I’ve been to and what I drank, along with a note or two.

4th February

I visited Starward Distillery in Port Melbourne and took the distillery tour. It ended with a tasting and I tried one or two others at the bar before heading for the airport and home to Sydney. I really like Starward: they make some great whisky and they make sure it’s available and affordable.

  • Starward Solera

  • Starward Wine Cask

  • One of their pre-mixed cocktails, can’t remember which.

  • Starward 10th Anniversary Bottling

Their 10th Anniversary Bottling is very nice and I bought some to take home.

15th February

Whisky appreciation at the Oak Barrel

  • Slane

    Nose sultanas, raisins, vanilla, Xmas cake

    Thick mouth feel, coated the mouth.

    A oak, spice, fruit.

  • Glenrothes

    Bigger nose, savoury umami egg seaside notes.

    Quite thick, coating.

    Flash of alcohol, lots of oak.

    With water less burn, more of the spices and sweetness to the fore, long oak finish.

  • Paul John

    Massive blast on nose, nutty almond/walnut nose.

    Water makes nuttiness much more prominent. Brings out a syrup note

  • Kilkerran

    Much tamer nose. Some seaside hints.

    Light Highland peat.

  • Overeem

    Port with a sour note

  • Kilchoman

    Quite pale

    Ashtray nose first, then rained out bonfire.

    Very light mouthfeel.

    Smoke, spice, oak drawing out.

    Later the nose calms down: less ash and a touch of iodine.

  • Stroma

    Nose is interesting. Honey, floral, maybe a chilli

    Thick in glass and syrupy in mouth, really coats tongue.

19th February

Tasting of Bruichladdich whisky with brand ambassador Chloe Wood at the Oak Barrel.

  • Bruichladdich

  • Bruichladdich

  • Port Charlotte Islay Barley

  • Octomore 7.1

  • Octomore 7.3

  • Octomore

20th February

Sake appreciation at the Oak Barrel

27th February

After a company dinner several colleagues adjourned to the Baxter Inn. This is one instance where I didn’t note anything down.

1st March

Tasting of Kilkerran whiskies at the Oak Barrel.

9th March

Whisky club

  • Limeburners PX Sherry cask
  • Starward 10th Anniversary
  • Upshot Bourbon
  • Melbourne Moonshine barrel aged

10th March

WSET Level 1 Sake at Chef’s Armoury Sake Shop.

13th March

Tasting of North Star bottlings at Oak Barrel.

14th March

Masterclass with Dave Broom, Charles MacLean and Alex Bruce at the Oak Barrel.

15th March

Whisky appreciation at the Oak Barrel

22nd March

Sake masterclass “hot vs cold” with Rey from SakeNet at the Oak Barrel.

This post was published on March 25, 2018 and last modified on March 25, 2018. It is tagged with: drinking, sake, whisky.