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

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Like the Steps to Heaven

Seven, that is.

Seven weeks.

It doesn't seem nearly that long, but time flies when you're having fun, and I've quite enjoyed myself so far.

I should warn you: I'm not going to be able to deliver a good review this week. I'm fighting a cold, so my sinuses are all stuffed up, interfering with my sense of smell and taste. If I'm feeling better in a few days I'll try again. In the interim, though, this'll have to do.

The nose has mellowed out quite a bit. The overpowering alcohol smell has greatly reduced, letting a cooked fruitiness challenge the toffee. There's a much stronger currant and raisin quality to it now, though the butterscotch is still there. The original spirit now has a bit of an iodine tang to it that I hadn't noticed before in comparison.

The heat on the palate is also calming down quite a bit. The wood is coming out more, as is the smoke now, which is nice. Raisins again, and butter. It's still quite spicy, but it's smoothing out. The sweetness comes early, then it dries out, leaving a warm, long finish. I didn't try it with a splash of water this time, as my tastebuds are sub-optimal, but my guess is that water would take the last of the edge off rather nicely.

When I can taste and smell again, I'll write up a short comparison against a bottle of Longmorn I just picked up. I hadn't tried Longmorn before, so I'm curious to see how the two fare against each other.

In any case, I'll be back when I'm healthy!




Anonymous said...

Good for you for picking up the Longmorn - 15yo I assume. It is probably the best value at the LCBO!

Ian said...

Yeah. I had been led to believe that Longmorn was hard to find, but I managed to find a store within walking distance of my place that had 4 bottles. I was a bit underwhelmed with it at first, but I've got a cold, so I can't really appreciate the way things taste or smell right now, which is too bad. I'm thinking that my opinion will improve once my sinuses are back in working order. After all, it's a very well-rated whisky from what I've read, and shockingly cheap. :-)