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

Sunday, February 17, 2008

The Third Time's a Charm

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So, what do you think? Looks pretty good in my opinion. Remember how I'd previously mentioned that the colour looked washed out or watered down? I wouldn't say so any longer. It's achieved a rich, dense, saturated dark amber colour now that's quite nice.

Like last week, I wanted to see how it looked against my other whiskies, so here's a photo:

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From left to right, they are Talisker 10, Johnnie Walker Green, Whisky Works after 3 weeks in the cask, Whisky Works unaged and Oban 14. It's close in colour to all of the other whiskies, but is most like Johnnie Walker. The colour itself has not changed much from the last trial, but it is denser. I don't expect there will be much change next time.

Observant readers will notice that the Highland Park 12 which has graced our presence a few times in the past is no longer featured in the above photograph. I'm sad to say it's no longer with us, having been polished off the other night over a good book ("Absolution" by Caro Ramsay) and fantastic music ("Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis). Personally, I can't think of a better way to finish off a bottle.

But you're probably less interested in my drinking habits than in the description of the nose and palate of the whisky, so read on!

Cheers,

Ian

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