|Tullamore D.E.W & John Quinn|
|An overloaded table of whisky and the nostalgia of the location.|
With John's arrival an intimate dinner staged in the Potting Shed's Lock In room at The Grounds of Alexandria. This is an outstanding location and I highly recommend you make the trip over for a lunch of dinner. On arrival I was amazed at the table setting. It was seriously near to over flow with whisky glasses prepped for tippling. Not 5, not 6, but 8 glasses filled our tasting mats so this was no simple tasting. While enjoying a cocktail named 'The Moondance', I had the opportunity to take in our full surroundings. In the low light deathly shadows were cast across the glassware, as souls of dead animals peered down on us from mounted locations on walls worn brick Vintage brink n brac laced the surrounding tables and cabinets lined with old bottles filled with god knows what (it certainly was not drinkable) gave a sense of historical nostalgia.
Many whiskies on our mats were in fact samples drawn directly straight from the casks for the evenings enjoyment.
1. Tullamore D.E.W Original 40% ABV: citrus and pineapples with vanilla woods.
2. 71% ABV grain: grapes, molasses and corn. Delivered a real punch.
3. 61% ABV Malt: Generated a intense profile of raspberries and boiled sweets.
4. Pot Still 60% ABV: Intense butterscotch overtones followed by cream, and chocolate. If there was ever a whisky to counter Baileys Irish Cream this would be it.
5. Make your own: I added blended about 60% malt, 20% grain and 20% Pot Still. A really unpleasant attempt at blending. Never use these ratios!
6. Tullamore D.E.W 10yo 40% ABV: Fruit Punch and leather.
7. Tullamore D.E.W 12yo Special Reserve 55% ABV: Smooth silky caramel creams.
8. Tullamore D.E.W Phoenix 55% ABV: Dark chocolate and nuts, rasins, toffee creams, vanilla oaks.
Through the tasting we were served a wide selection of entree sized meals ranging from quail breast to scollops to a rich black pudding. Towards the end John asked us to make up our own blend using the cask drawn whiskies provided. My blend was downright disgusting but delivered a fun exercise in appreciation of the whisky blending craft.
|Look a punching bag... John starting taking a few swings at it.|
It was truly a great night and thank you William Grant & Son’s, Weber Shandwick, and of course John Quinn for sharing a dram. Hopefully we will see John back in Australia again soon and he won't be leaving it another 20+ years to return.
D.T.W.C. was invited as a guest this event. All views and opinions are our own unless otherwise stated.