Whisky club „Lithuanian whisky brotherhood“ event with guest from the UK

 

This week our club had fantastic regular event. All our members were present. In addition to that we have had very interesting guest from Angus Dundee – Jimmy Robertson who is also hosting whisky tastings in Kaunas („W1640”) and Vilnius („King and Mouse“) whisky bars this week. Angus Dundee owns Tomintoul and Glencadam distilleries and also Islay malt from Secret distillery called Smokey Joe. They also deliver some indie bottlings under the name of Mackillop‘s Choice. We had a nice chance to try 3 different new makes (unmatured whisky spirit) and to compare them. We had Tomintoul, Glencadam and Old Ballantruan (smoked Tomintoul malt).  It is always interesting to try finding the differences in the aroma. And in the taste also – I have tried to taste them all!. Spirit from Tomintoul is robust, more powerful while that one from Glencadam is more delicate and gentle. When we later had 21 year old versions from both distilleries (tasting notes one day!), I could distinguish the same differences (gentle and robust) in mature whisky. Then for the great finish we had Tomintoul 1976.

Jimmy Robertson presented us some stories from his current job at Angus Dundee, but also from his past adventures while working with Johnnie Walker (when it was still under United Distillers ownership) and Morrison Bowmore (Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch distilleries). It was always nice to know or confirm the perception why whisky spirit is so various event excluding peated malts. Shape of the pot still, fermentation time, how worth is mixed with warm water, how much pot still is filled, etc – evertyhing has slight influence to the final spirit that we sip enjoying afer many years. For sure, time and oak has the most influence, but every whisky spirit matures differently and these differences are somehow still felt after long cask ageing.

Another pleasant surprise we had.. Our member, Laurynas, had a trip in the USA, where he had a chance to visit St. George distillery. This distillery despite it‘s bourbon making in addition with some interestingly strange spirits (like distillate from orange blossoms, or from the oysters(yes!)) did some single malt batches in the past. Laurynas, after several tries to find it in different stores finally found that one and took home to us to Lithuania. I should post tasting notes soon also.