October 22nd, 2007


The tasting

On Thursday, I went to a whisky tasting held by the SMWSA with the inimitable pacingincircles and jediseth. The event was held at the Taj Boston, a very swank venue. Upon arriving, we made our way to the ballroom, where we checked in. Upon check-in we were given a tasting glass, a pen and a journal that listed the whiskies available along with room to record our impressions, and a chit which was to be exchanged for cigars. We headed directly to the tasting room, where we staked out a spot at a table, and looked around. There were 30 purveyors of whisky with things to sample around the edges of the room. We decided that we would try the Japanese whisky, Suntory Yamazaki 18 year. We followed this by hitting the food, which was buffet style, and quite tasty. Then, back to the tasting. I tried quite a few really good whiskies, but the outstanding one was from The Classic Cask, batch SW105 a 35 year old whisky. It was the favorite of pacingincircles and jediseth as well. Quite possibly the best i've ever had. The event was quite a bit less snooty than I had feared -- people were friendly and comparing notes. The president of the Society was serving behind the society's table and was quite friendly and would go on at length about the whiskies you were tasting. The Laphroaig guys were taking a torch to a big chunk of peat occasionally filling the room with the smell of burning peat. All in all, we came away with the agreement that it was totally worth the price of admission, and that we were definitely going next year.
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