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Winter 2018 – Uncommon Countries

Lee Schiebel hosted this night, with five different whiskies, mostly from countries less known for producing whisky.  This was a blind tasting, one round at a time, and we had one traditional food dish from each country as a hint.  There were nine in attendance on this wintery, snow-laden evening.

Whiskies (from left to right):

  • Suntory Toki (Japan)
  • Paul John Brilliance (India)
  • Pur-Geist (Germany)
    • Distilled from a richly malted bock style beer with the addition of hops.
    • Aged 2-4 years in ex-bourbon barrels, finished in ex-grappa casks made of chestnut wood.
    • No colour added.
    • Non-chill filtered.
    • 42% ABV.
  • Mackmyra (Sweden)
  • Bain’s Cape Mountain (South Africa)

Most agreed that Paul John was the most “scotch” like and balanced, with a well-rounded flavour including some depth and complexity.  Bain’s was cloyingly sweet.  Pur-Geist was interestingly different. And the remaining two were good examples of younger, yet well-made whisky…each in its own right.




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