Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience

Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience Back in December I was lucky enough to be invited to attend an Enlightening Experience with The Scotch Whisky Experience and really enjoyed the experience so when I was invited back to attend a Morning Masterclass i really couldn't say no.

We were greeted at the reception of the building by Graeme and Lucy who made sure everyone was ready for the experience and dealt with the task of etting tickets to everyone and taking tea and coffee orders.

Our tour was conducted expertly by a smartly dressed young man called Marcus, who introduced himself confidently and led us up to the Diageo Claive Vidiz collection room where he chatted to us all in a relaxed and informative way. If you are in Edinburgh you really must come to The Scotch Whisky Experience and do a tour just so you can have a look around this magnificent collection.

With interesting discussions in the group, with some relatively new to Whisky and others, like myself, who have been drinking Whisky for a good number of years able to spot bottles that are not only familiar but that we had partaken on in the past, and most definitely some we wish we could partake of at the moment.

Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience

We then moved on to the Blending Room where we were faced with a table of drams and small numbered bottles. marcus explained that before we tried the drams, we would try a small Sensory Perception test with 10 "fragrances" in little bottles with us having to guess what each one was and being scored 2 points for a correct answer and 1 point for ballpark. Afterwards we were informed a score of 14/20 or above puts you in the top 5 percentile for this so I was more than happy with my score of 11/20 considering i'd been sneezing and coughing for the last few days, although i now want to do it all again to see if i can improve that score also.

As the fragrances were being announced Marcus explained why each had been chosen and what part of the whisky production process would cause, or create these notes within whisky, something i found really nice to hear and the rest of the gents in the group seemed to take in well also.

We then moved on to a tasting of 4 different drams, I knew in advance it would be 1 blend, 1 single grain and 2 single malts but I was not expecting this quality of dram, in fact I actually thought it might have been some more of the standard bottling range so it was great to see some interesting, high ABV and drams that I'd not yet reviewed being poured.

My notes on all of these drams are shown below.

We were then presented with our Goody bags, featuring a Scotch Whisky Experience engraved cystal Glencairn glass, a poster showing the location of all the distilleries in Scotland and a stunning post card of the Diageo Clave Vidiz collection.

We then returned to reception being being asked if we wished to do the barrel ride, which explains much more of the whisky process, I've done this before so chose not to, but i would highly recommend you do it, it is worth the 10 minutes or so that it takes.

Overall the Morning Masterclass is a great morning out, informative, educational and very much good value for money, a great group experience or even if you are on your own, the staff are all friendly, informative and happy to answer questions.

The other thing in the Goody bag was for the Whisky Training School which has been on my radar for a while and after seeing how well The Scotch Whisky Esperience can do a Morning Masterclass i'll be looking to book myself on the Training School in the near future.

Thanks to The Scotch Whisky Experience who oranised for me to participate in this tour.


Aberlour aBunadh Batch 53

Aberlour aBunadh Batch 53 I tasted this Aberlour aBunadh Batch 53 whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.

It's been a while since i tried an Aberlour aBunadhwith Batch 45 being the last one I had a try of, which is really bad as these drams really do offer such fabulous value for money as well as a great drinking experience with nutty, fruity, sweetness. A definite must buy for any sherry cask lover.

Available online and in store at The Scotch Whisky Experience (although they only deliver within the UK) although it isalso available from most good specialists such as Master of Malt also.

Thanks to The Scotch Whisky Experience Who oranised for me to participate in this tour.

 

yup this is a typical Aberlour aBunadh nose, with leather and tobacco mixing with raisins, sultanas, apricots and other dried fruits before a bag of mixed nuts gets opened and someone throws in some dark rich cake

this is spicier than i remember, with cinnamon and nutmeg leading the charge, tangy fruit peel and light gentle balloon rubber in there also, mixed nuts again and a demerera sugar sweetness

long lasting with nuts and dried fruits.

Bottle Name: Aberlour aBunadh Batch 53
Age: NAS
ABV: 59.70
Distiller: Aberlour
Bottler: Aberlour
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Speyside


Bowmore Tempest Batch 5

Bowmore Tempest Batch 5 I tasted this Bowmore Tempest Batch 5 whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.

Bowmore Tempest is one of those iconic Bowmore drams, with Batch 4 being the last one i had the pleasure of, this smoky Bowmore matured in first-fill American Oak gives huge vanilla and smoky seaside.seafood notes that take you right to the doors of the distillery, this dram is an experience all on it's own.

Available online and in store at The Scotch Whisky Experience (although they only deliver within the UK) although it is also available from most good specialists such as Master of Malt also.

Thanks to The Scotch Whisky Experience Who oranised for me to participate in this tour.

 

The nose begins with smoky seafood and seaside notes, beach like sand in the air, vanilla and light fresh ozone

Earthy and sweet smoke, smoked herrings and light vanilla with a hint of citrus juice over the top

tangy but gentle, sweet smoke lasts

Bottle Name: Bowmore Tempest Batch 5
Age: 10
ABV: 55.90
Distiller: Bowmore
Bottler: Bowmore
Type: Single Malt
From: Scotland, Islay


Cutty Sark 12 Year Old

Cutty Sark 12 Year Old I tasted this Cutty Sark 12 Year Old whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.

Cutty Sark is a blend I've tried a number of times and overall have enjoyed a lot, it's very much an easy drinker with lots of fruit character and this 12 year old is no different, lovely sweet orchard fruits with a hint of spice.

Available directly from the online shop at The Scotch Whisky Experience (although they only deliver within the UK) of from other specialists like Master of Malt

Thanks to The Scotch Whisky Experience Who oranised for me to participate in this tour.

 

The nose opens with lots of orchard fruits, the freshly sliced apple and pear notes are quite strong in this before vanilla and then touches of gentle spice join the party

Spicy and fruity on the tongue with orchard fruits, cinnamon and tangy orange peel all coming through

short spicy finish that turns slighty orangey

Bottle Name: Cutty Sark 12 Year Old
Age: 12
ABV: 40.00
Distiller: Cutty Sark
Bottler: Cutty Sark
Type: Blend
From: Scotland, Not Scottish


Strathclyde 13yr Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)

Strathclyde 13yr Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers) I tasted this Strathclyde 13yr Cask Strength Edition whilst at the Morning Masterclass at The Scotch Whisky Experience in March 2016.

Younger single grains can sometimes be quite light and tame but this dram had plenty to offer, the high ABV helps with some added punch and this is some seriously drinkable stuff, and my favourite of the session.

Out of stock at The Scotch Whisky Experience (although they only deliver within the UK) although it is in stock at The Whisky Exchange

Thanks to The Scotch Whisky Experience Who oranised for me to participate in this tour.

 

I got more vanilla first before the huge waves of acetone (or paint stripper as the guy next to me described it) came through, pear drops add a touch of sweetness and invite you in before gentle oak woody notes and char mix together

this is thick and oily on the tongue, the pear drops are strong and sweet, making you want to drink more and more of this before oak leaf sauce and vanilla come across too

thick and oily, very longlasting vanilla and hints of char

Bottle Name: Strathclyde 13yr Cask Strength Edition (Chivas Brothers)
Age: 13
ABV: 64.40
Distiller: Strathclyde
Bottler: Chivas Regal
Type: Single Grain
From: Scotland, Lowland


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