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

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Second Look

Sorry for the lag time, folks. I got distracted yesterday, then ran out of time to get the posting finished.

So it's been another week, the whisky has been happily doing its thing in the cask, and the time has come for a peek under the hood to see how things are going. And here we go:

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The change in colour is far subtler this time around than last, though it's noticeable, at least in person. Remember last time how I mentioned that it looked sort of washed out? That's changed. The density of the colour is higher. It's not really oranger or browner or anything; it lost looks less watered down in the colour department. The difference is quite subtle, though.

If I had to guess, I'd say that the whisky probably won't change too much more in terms of colour over the remaining weeks. The sherry, remember, changed scarcely at all, and the whisky's now a nice, dark shade of orange. I don't know that the cask can impart any further colour transformation, but I guess we'll see.

I thought it would be interesting to have a quick comparison against the other bottles I keep lying around, so here is a photo of the (slightly out of place in this photo, but hey, it's good enough for our purposes to leave it in a glass, right?) whisky against, from left to right, a Talisker 10, a Highland Park 12, an Oban 14 and a Johnnie Walker Green. Observant readers will notice that the colour is a little different than the previous photo. In my rush, and subsequent failure, to get everything done last evening, I forgot to take the photo of all the whiskies together, so had to do a shoot in the light of the morning. Sorry about that. I guess this is what I get for watching TV again.

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Although there's scarcely any Highland Park left in its bottle, it's the closest to the Whisky Works whisky in my collection. All the others are clearly a bit on the darker side, though I can't predict how much of that is a factor of being photographed in a bottle rather than in a glass. At the end, there will be a nice line up of the usual suspects for a better comparison.

But in the mean time, I have to talk about the nose and the palate. And buy more Highland Park, apparently.

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