the whisky lounge - a journal tracking a whisky maturation project involving a newly-acquired oak cask and a significant amount of patience

Sunday, January 27, 2008

The End, and The Beginning

"It's almost like a tawny port"

"Oh, that's stunning"

"You suck"

These are just some of the phrases tossed about the other night when I had a couple friends over for dinner. I decided to spread the joy and remove the sherry from the cask in the presence of some of my posse, amidst serving dinner and delivering a crushing defeat in a game of Scrabble. I think J was speaking of my use of the word QI when she piped up with "You suck." The other comments I'm pretty sure had to do with the sherry.

I've never had tawny port, so I don't know what it's like other than it's vaguely like the sherry I matured. The sherry was pretty much the same as when I'd tested it on Wednesday, so I don't think we need yet another description other than to say it was tasty and well-received. J noticed that it had nice legs. A denser body than the un-matured spirit.

In any case, this marks the glorious end of the sherry campaign of 2008. It also signals the beginning of the hopefully even more glorious whisky expedition. I'll start examining the whisky on weekends so you can expect a new experiment-related post each Sunday.

I hope that the remarkable and rapid transformation of the sherry is a harbinger of good things to come for the whisky.

With fingers crossed,


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