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

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Where's the Kaboom? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering kaboom!

Hi folks,

Sorry for the longer-than-usual silence. I'm just back from my whirlwind tour of such esteemed communities as Toronto, Orangeville, Kitchener and Cambridge. I had fun, but it's good to be home. And to make up for the delay in posting, you're going to get TWO - count'em - TWO posts over the next couple of days.

First off, cast your mind back a couple of weeks (or to last week, I guess) when I said that Jim, the good and fluffy doctor himself, would be cask-sitting for me. Funny how it's really easy to get friends to say "yes" to babysitting a cask and getting a free sample. :-) Jim did his job admirably, and here's what he had to say (assuming I am reading his cuneiform-style "handwriting" correctly):

"Nose - balanced smokey caramel becoming butterscotch
Taste - again caramel with a nice long smokey finish. Well-integrated, front-to-back of tongue - start to finish.
Verdict - Yum! (or KABOOM!) I'd be happy to drink it as it is now."

The thing that pleases me most about Jim's review, other than the distinct lack of "dog poo" anywhere in the description, is that he thinks it's ready to drink right away. I like the fact that it appears quite balanced after only a couple of weeks. I'm going to give it a try on the weekend as usual and see what shakes. If it takes only a few weeks to turn a run-of-the-mill McClelland's into a really nice, drinkable whisky, then I'm right chuffed.

Which I guess raises another question: what next? I should be able to get a few more uses out of the cask before it loses its potency, so it's high time for some ideas for the next whisky to experiment with. What do you guys think?



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