I really enjoy some interesting discussions, especially ones that might cause a little un-nervy-ness amongst people.
So when i read David's (@TIA568B), from Glenuntitled.com, article on Whatâ€™s the worst whisky youâ€™ve tasted? i just had to think a bit more about it and add in my own wee post to this blog about Whatâ€™s the worst whisky I have personally tasted!
Bells 8 Year Old Blend
So where to start, well it has to be with Bells, the blend that is pretty well known throughout the UK (and i'm assuming worldwide). My family were always fans of Famous Grouse, Black Bottle or Black and White as the normal blends to have in the house when i was growing up, I never remember seeing any Bells (well apart from in my Grans collection of Miniatures - which were never for drinking anyway). That told me a lot and maybe, just maybe, prejudiced (sp?) me a bit against Bells.
I remember being around 18/19 years old and beginning to try a lot more spirits, and one day being in a pub and ordering a whisky, the house whisky was Bells so thats what i got. The next memory was pretty much spitting it across the room. I couldn't say what it was that i didnt like about it as it's been so long since i tried it, but i do remember thinking at the time "this is utterly foul" and i've never went back to it. I never experienced that with any other whisky so Bells was always, and is always, the one i will avoid like the plague.
Bruichladdich Rocks - The Rhinns of Islay
This whisky is one that i really really can't stomach.
My review (click the title) mentions that the nose was amazing but the metallic (tannic) taste ruined it for me and that's the only thing i can say about it, it was overpowered by the tannic taste of the wine cask used to mature it in and i simply couldn't drink the stuff. My mate (a red wine drinker) loved it and after some discussions it seems like there are a few around the world who do too, but it's just undrinkable for me.
This leads onto my view on this that like pretty much everything in this world, not everyone is going to like it, it's subjective, people like things or dislike things for no other reason that "they do" and it might be as they dont like a particular flavour, or a smell or that they've had a bad experience with something that the nose/taste reminds them of.
The problem comes when it stops you doing other things and i have to admit to being guilty of that, it stopped me sampling anything that have been wine finished as i simply had this track in my mind of "wine casked = metallic = yuk" but i was persuaded, many thanks to David(@TIA568B), to attempt some other wine finished whiskies and despite my fears i actually really enjoyed them.
I had tarred all winey whiskies with the same brush and shot myself in the foot in the process. I'm trying to rectify that, drinking more wine finished whiskies to try them, including the Diurachs Exclusive Isle of Jura which is done in a Grande Classe Cask which i loved (review later today) and wished i'd bought a bottle before it sold out.
I'm kind of rambling here but i think the point is that its worth trying lots of different things and just because one thing you don't like doesnt mean you're going to hate all things similar.
So to that end i will be trying Bells again and i might even be persuaded to try some Red wine sometime.