Six Nations Tasting Evening

To celebrate the start of possibly the most important annual sporting event, we ran the first Six Nations themed whisky tasting evening, featuring whiskies from England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, France and Italy (well almost).

The Rules

– each country gets a single dram to represent them
– where a country has multiple distilleries, the nearest distillery to the grounds will be chosen
– the distillery must actually distil the product onsite, no expressions ‘blended on behalf of’ or bottled elsewhere
– expressions must be between £30-£40 a bottle (excluding delivery)
– Scoring will be 1-10, highest score wins.

The Line-up

Scotland = Glenkinchie 12
Ireland = Green Spot
Wales – Penderyn Sherrywood
England = English Whisky Chapter 9
France = Armorik Classic
Italy = Puni Alba

The Event

2014-01-31 20.59.33-1There was a great evening and our first attempt as a group to organise a ‘formal’ event. I got to spend a little time creating a few extra’s for the event, including a tasting matt, which allowed us to keep track of what we were drinking. Unfortunately, we don’t quite have enough glasses yet, so this is how we would have wanted everyone’s to look, but you get the idea.

The surprise of night was really the Italian Puni, which is still technically a Malt Spirit, as it hasn’t come of age yet – this will happen in 2015. But considering it’s youth, this drink really stood up against the competition – it’s not harsh and youthful as you’ve expect, but quite refined. I can’t wait to see how it tastes next year.

In terms of scoring, the clear winners were England, Wales and Italy all joint first. France was in 2nd place, 3rd place went to Ireland’s Green spot (it’s nose was just so ‘odd’), and finally Scotland was in last place.

Overall, this was a lot of fun and I can’t wait to try it again next year.

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