Tuesday saw possibly the most perfect whisky event ever conceived play out upstairs at Tetsuya’s. More to come about whisky and food matching brilliance, but I wanted to talk about the most enjoyable vote taking place in Australia this September
The climax was the opportunity to taste and vote for the selection of the next limited edition release from the world second largest whisky brand by volume. 2,500 bottles will be brought to market based on the votes of the brand passionate around the world.
First up was the Revival. A light colour, the result of ex-Bourbon casks and I suspect the least time out of the three in the wood. Nose and palate are spectacular in their alignment, it’s all vanilla, honey and creme brulee. slightly all up front with less going on in the finish.
Second was the Classic. Closest in style to the Glenlivet you’re used to. A fair whack of time in Spanish and American oak delivers a bigger taste, cinnamon and dried fruits. This is the one that got my vote, a gorgeous well rounded liquid that was true to the brand but a welcome twist too.
Lucky last was the Exotic. Finishing in ex-Sherry butts gives this the sort of pleasant wonkiness you find in weeks old Christmas cake. Kind of incredible to smell, but I found it a little disappointing in the finish. This drop won the popular vote on the night. No word yet on the outcome after preferences are taken into account, but it was a margin of two in a room of forty.
Each of the expressions are bottled at a pleasantly hefty 48.7% abv and soften to open up with a few drops of water. Look out for it if you like your whisky of rare quality and full of story.
You can try these delicious whiskies too, by purchasing a ticket through Vintage Cellars
20th and 21st September – Sir Stamford Hotel, Sydney
22nd and 23rd September – The Woolshed, Melbourne
25th September – Port Office Hotel, Brisbane
26th September – Sosta Argentinian Kitchen, Adelaide
27th September- Grosvenor Hotel, Perth
1st October- Char Restaurant, Darwin
To get in on this sort of action in the future, you should sign up to be a Guardian. http://www.theglenlivet.com/guardians