Posted on Sunday, Dec 5, 2010 at 09:43 AM
We Los Angelenos have a little difficulty getting to Limburg, Germany each year -- where The Whisky Fair is held. So last March, we dedicated a meeting to bottlings exclusively for the Fair.
That meeting was such a favorite that it demanded an encore. So this December, we met and explored seven bottlings by The Whisky Fair's sister labels, The Whisky Agency and The Perfect Dram:
Strathisla 1967 Whisky Agency
Clynelish 1989 Whisky Agency
Lochside 1981 Whisky Agency
Laphroaig 1998 Liquid Library
Glengoyne 1972 Perfect Dram
Longmorn 1976 Perfect Dram
Bunnahabhain 1974 Perfect Dram
As members motivate and enter notes, you'll see that the meeting lived up to expectations. Some of these are still available, get 'em if you can!
Posted on Saturday, Nov 13, 2010 at 09:27 PM
This November, Chris and I (Adam) needed an excuse to open two great Bowmores that had been collecting dust on our shelves -- a 1970 Signatory 35yo and 1968 Celtic Heartlands. We'd drank and loved both in the past, but never featured them in a LAWS meeting.
So, we threw them in an all-Bowmore lineup, adding the semi-historic Seadragon, an extinct 21yo from the mid 1990s, the always-controversial discontinued 17-year, a random 1984 Cadenhead's bottling, plus a nip of some old Claret and a recent 16yo from The Perfect Dram.
The 1968, Seadragon, and 1970 were the hits of the meeting, with the 1968 being the most-drained at the end of the night. On the other hand, there was the 21. Its God-awful stench seemed to scream, "This bottle is tainted!" Yet our best investigative efforts indicated it wasn't. It just stank like… uh… the most common descriptors were "corpse" and "farts."
Yep. Another good night on the books.
If anyone can help verify that this 21-year-old is indeed as intended by the distillers, shoot us an email. I'll send you a sample… I'm pretty sure none of us will miss it.
Posted on Friday, Oct 29, 2010 at 02:06 PM
No. There is not. But there were so many whisky events in California this October -- WhiskyFest and Whisky Live in particular -- that I (Adam) couldn't schedule a meeting this month. Ah, what a "problem."
Kudos especially to John Hansell for pulling off another spectacular evening in San Francisco. And special thanks to lohssanami and mikeymad for the great hospitality afterwards.
Posted on Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 at 08:12 PM
This September, LAWS tasting meetings officially resumed with a rematch: Chris and I (Adam) stepped into the ring and again duked it out to see who could choose the best bottles from their collections for a blind tasting meeting.
Leading the charge was a 27-year-old Port Ellen, bottled for the Japanese market.
(As usual, ratings/reviews will appear as members motivate).
Posted on Monday, Jun 28, 2010 at 08:48 PM
Ardbeg. What else is there to say? Folks seem to love it or hate it. For those of us who fall into the "love" category, we pulled a handful of distillery bottlings from our personal stashes and stuck them in a meeting. But since they were somewhat random choices, we were in a quandary as to how to structure the tasting.
Solution? Pass the buck! Tim Puett, the mastermind behind The Ardbeg Project -- and newest member of the Malt Maniacs -- came into L.A. to join the fun. And he courteously brought a sampling of his own collection to quaff as well! (Thanks Tim, HLH!) Not that we came up with any better way to structure the meeting because of this, but Tim's being there added enough legitimacy that we felt we did justice to this grand distillery.
The lineup was as follows, ratings/notes will appear as members enter them:
LAWS is now on summer hiatus, the next tasting meeting will be in September.
(Members: For those who weren't here, we did the "lotto" drawing for the Reserves Spring Cleaning bottles, a list of who got what will be on the Message Board. Also note that when we regroup in September I expect the Duke to come up with some sort of make-up activity that truly provides "suspense and excitement," as this one was more like a LAWS near-death-experience.)