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Our whisky club met up just a few days ago for our second whisky tasting at the local whisky bar, Helvetica.
I'd arrived early in order to enjoy a dram, and when I flipped through the whisky menu I decided I was going to be in big whiskies only today.
Campbeltown and Islay.
I'd started the night with Longrow 11 Year old Cabernet Sauvignon Finish. As I was enjoying this little dram I was joined by the first member of the group to arrive.
As I went up for my second my brother in law arrives.
He decides he's following me a little bit tonight and also jumps straight into Campbeltown, heading right for the Longrow Cabernet Sauvignon Finish.
Something catches my eye as I head up to place my next order.
Springbank 12 year old Calvados Finish.
A whisky that's been making the blogger rounds lately and one that has had my interest ever since I heard about it due to the fact that I import Calvados into the country to sell.
So I immediately snag a dram of this and head for more seat to take a look at it and see what I can see.
An interesting nose that shows off the Calvados cask finishing.
An initial soft peaty nose gives way to lovely fruit. Apple cider, green apples, some citrusy fruits, cinnamon, a lovely dose of vanilla, a little pear and just a hint of smoke as the whisky's nose develops.
Earthy and smoky with fudge and pepper, a little leathery, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla make for a nice and sweet, yet slightly smokey palate.
It's very enjoyable. A little too sweet at times for me, but still very enjoyable.
A very long dry, smokey and peaty finish ends off this whisky and once again makes me question why I don't have any Campbeltown whiskies in my cabinet.
This is a problem that needs to be remedied, as soon as possible, but thankfully I can pick up this whisky for a reasonable amount of cash with just a little bit of looking. Runs at around $145 AUS at the few online liquor stores that I've seen carry it. Which considering what I'm getting, is more then worthwhile.
If you're lucky enough to spot this whisky, definitely give it a try, it's excellent!