In late February, the LA Scotch Club held its annual tasting of the year’s K&L exclusive bottlings of single malt scotch. For 2013, we were treated to eight outstanding whiskys, including a 42 year old Glenfarclas!
Like last year, David Othenin-Girard, one of the K&L guys who selected the casks, was on hand to provide the educational portion of the night. He shared with us some adventure stories and backstories of each of the bottles, and even threw in some industry gossip. Fun!
From left to right (but not in the actual drinking order), we consumed….
- 1970 Glenfarclas 42 Year Old $$$$$
- 1984 Benriach 27 Year Old ( I was once in love with a girl born in 1984; she broke my heart)
- 2003 Bruichladdich
- Kilchoman 100% Islay Single Sherry Finish !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- 1993 GlenDronach 19 Year Old
- 1994 Caperdonich 18 Year Old (Lost Distillery!!!) bottled by Sovereign
- Faultline 10 Year Old North Highland (Hint: distillery origin starts with a Glen- and ends in a -morangie)
- 1998 Glen Garioch 14 Year Old
Money no object, my top 3 favorites of the night were:
The 27 year old Benriach. It’s peaty and sherry, like Ardbeg Uigeadail. Yum!
I’m bias. I think Kilchoman can do no wrong. I love everything about that distillery. With that said, this sherry-finished Kilchoman was OMG-unfreakin’ believable. Super complex. Supple. It reminded me a lot of strawberries. Delicious.
Like Kilchoman, Glenfarclas consistently puts out great scotch. Pretty much everything they release is liquid gold. This 1970 is no exception, and I love that it is bottled at 56.9% ABV. It’s got a punch. Outstanding!
Check out that color of the Glenfarclas 1970. It’s like Dr. Pepper.