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2016 Tasting Notes

Details of the tastings we sponsored or attended in 2016.

Glendronach Tasting Notes

posted Aug 29, 2016, 10:00 AM by Whisky Belles   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 9:03 AM ]

Inaugural Tasting Event  (08/04/2016)
We had a fun evening for the introduction of the Whisky Belles at Keg and Cork’s Women’s Only Scotch tasting. This evening had us exploring a range of the Glendronach whiskies.

The history behind the creation of Glendronach is women finding and enjoying whisky, which seems fitting for the audience of the evening. Women enjoying whisky is not a new idea, and in the case of Glendronach led to the demand for the whisky to be readily available. This helped to make Glendronach a success then and a whisky we can still enjoy now.

The gathering of ladies around the table ranged from experienced whisky drinkers to first timers. This is always exciting to hear, that someone is out and trying whisky for the first time and when we have several it adds to the fun of sharing whisky.

Glendronach is a highland whisky, known for their sherry finished characteristics, while not all their expressions are sherry finished, the majority of their whiskies are and for the tasting 4 out of the 6 were. There is no denying the sherry when nosing our glasses and this lead to an informal discussion on the malting process and barrel sizes. Rather than getting to bogged down in the minutia of the malting and barreling of the whisky, the ladies around the table had an opportunity to share what they liked and didn’t like and to explore the whiskies over great conversations.

The surprise favorite for the evening, even from the newest whisky drinkers was the “peated” expression. This whisky has the rare use of peated malted barrel during distillation, matured in bourbon casks before finishing in Oloroso and Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. Given the pale golden tone of the whisky, we agreed that the sherry finish would easily be a second or third fill. What we did find welcoming was the balance of the smoldering woody smoke with the sweetness of the sherry to the nose and this carried through to the tasting. We had that combination of spice cake with cinnamon and hints of vanilla and honey, paired with that light peat, this kept bring you back to the glass for another taste.

As the tasting concluded we chatted with the ladies on the idea behind Whisky Belles – as a social group wanting to provide a fun environment for women to come and enjoy whiskies together.

We had a great response and are looking forward to working with Keg and Cork for the next tasting in October. We hear that there will be more peat involved so it should be another fun night!

Glendronach @ Keg 'n Cork - Aug 4, 2016

posted Feb 17, 2010, 10:08 PM by Whisky Belles   [ updated May 9, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

Keg n' Cork Liquor Company LogoWe're a new group so we're starting off small. We recognize that there's a lot to getting a whisky tasting group up and running; so many moving pieces and balls to juggle! Rather than try to plan an event from scratch, we've reached out to local purveyors of whisky to learn about their upcoming whisky (& women) themed events.

In a stint of fortuitous timing, the Keg n' Cork Liquor Company is hosting a women's only GlenDronach tasting from 7:30 - 9:30 PM (MDT) on Thursday, August 4th at their store at 3845 99 St NW, Edmonton. The lovely team at the store has offered us a chance to hone in on their fun. 

Tickets are $35 each and are limited in number; please do consider purchasing yours in advance. 

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