Aug. 10th, 2005

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Classic Malts of Scotland miniature set

Round 4: Cragganmore 12 yr vs Lagavulin 16 vs Oban 14 (8/6)

In this three-way taste test the Lagavulin stood out as so different from the others, I took it out of the side-by-sides altogether. The smokiness and salt/bitter was very distracting for comparisons, especially in trying to clear my senses in going back and forth, but still interesting. The Oban was the clear winner, having more depth of flavors and finish than the Cragganmore, which I liked on its own.

Laphroaig 10 yr (8/7)

Busy day so I opened the bottle, leaving the miniatures taste test to another time. While I'd had Laphroaig before (only the 10 yr), as I paid more attention I found it to be very big, even more smoky, salty, and bitter than the Lagavulin. It was fascinating to taste and retaste, but for the moment I would kick it out of bed. Maybe I should save the bottle for when/if I see [ profile] singlemaltsilk next year, or something like that. I'm still trying to get a handle on the descriptions/language of single malts. I keep reading about the "seaweed" aroma and flavor, but having grown up eating seaweed in more than a few forms, I found almost none of those attributes in the scotch experience (right now anyway). I'm trying to find other words. Like so many people have advised, I won't give away bottles I don't love; I'll keep retasting over time. Did join the Laphroaig "club" or "plot owners" or whatever the interest group is called via their website.

The Glenlivet 12 yr (8/8)

After finding baby snake dead I wanted a less challenging taste, so I went with The Glenlivet. It was not as light as I'd expected, pleasant, sweetish and had some interesting stuff going on.

As for baby snake, I'm doing okay with it. I'm sad, but as a possible product of a brother/sister mating, it may not have been very healthy. One thing on my to-do in the next few months is to separate all three cornsnakes, or determine which two are the females and keep them together to save space.


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