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Laphroaig Live Coming to Sydney

As any Whisky lover worth his (or her) salt would know, Laphroaig Live is coming to Sydney on Thursday 6th October.

For the uninitiated, Laphroaig Live is an event that has been put on by the Lophroaig Distillery each year since 2007 in various locations around the globe. Streamed live across the internet, it is an opportunity for Whisky lovers to watch (and possibly taste in simulcast with) Distillery Manager John Campbell and a panel of guests work their way through some great Laphroaig drams.

Laphroaig Live 2011 will be held on the foreshore of Sydney harbour in the Rocks district.  This is sure to set an amazing backdrop of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the beautiful harbour in all it’s glory.

This years panel will include:

John Campbell – Distillery Manager

Robert Hicks – Master Blender

Rebecca Varidel, Author, insidecusine.com

Lin Johnston, descendent of Alexander Johnston

Just announced is that television personality Simon Reeve will be hosting the evening as the tasting line-up is unveiled.

I imagine what most would like to know is what Whiskys will be rolled out for the event.  As I understand the list this year will be:

Laphroaig Quarter Cask


Laphroaig Triple Wood


Laphroaig Cáirdeas 30 Year Old


The star of the show will undoubtedly be the final bottle which John announced on twitter earlier in the month.

Laphroaig 10 year old – distilled in the 1950s- the last production by the Johnston family

I have setup a page to stream all the action live from smokeandbooze.com so I am planning on linking to the live stream from smokeandbooze.com so you will be able to come back to this site on Thursday 6th October at 8pm EST (GMT+11) to view all the action.

To add to the evening I am starting to hear that many of Sydney’s food and booze community will be at the event so it will be a great opportunity to see many of you all again in the flesh.

More information including voting on the BBQ for the evening can be found at the Laphroaig website.

 

 

Posted by on 29th September 2011 in General, Scotch Whisky

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Sydney Cigar Event (6th Sept 2011)

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the first of the Spitbucket Sydney cigar events.  The evening was organised by Elie (from Spitbucket.com) and his mate Kent who did a superb job of giving us the best of hospitality.  I wasn’t taking numbers but guess there was about 15 in attendance which was an awesome effort.

The event was held at Fix St James who were incredibly generous with their venue and provided two (plus) courses of great food that suited the evening beautifully.  The antipasti course was a cracker and highly recommend you drop in for a meal next time you’re in the city. Thanks Stuart.

The evening was composed of two cigars on offer while working your way through a tasting of six single malts supplied by Max from Al-dente wines.

I must say that I had all good intentions of taking a few notes on the tastings (cigars and whiskys) but this was a social situation so just the bare minimum is all I have.  Below are my raw notes purely for completeness.  You may notice that things thin out to the end.  No explanation required I am sure.

Cigar 1 (pre dinner) – Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Dauphin

Size: 38RG 152mm

Box Code: ??? 2001

  • very light aroma at cold
  • good draw (to the end)
  • Floral smoke given off. Beautiful.
  • 1st third – light body, some leather, very fine boned
  • 2nd third – a little cream, leather and wood, some sweetness a patch of pepper/ spice.
  • 3rd third – picked up to medium, more leather + cedar box
  • Very delicate all round.
  • Burn was even to the end.
  • Great pre dinner cigar

 

Whisky 1: anCnoc 12 year old

  • Very light dram
  • Nice legs.
  • Pale colour, light straw
  • Subtle vanilla nose
  • Sweet palate. no great length.
  • Enjoyable.

 

Whisky 2:GlenDronach 15 year old

  • light caramel colour
  • citrus/ orange nose with alcohol
  • Full of sherry on the pallet that fills the mouth
  • some warmth down the throat
  • coats the mouth well
  • no peat to be found.

 

Whisky 3: Tobermory 15 year old

  • light caramel colour
  • long legs
  • a little sherry and raisins
  • good length and warmth

 

Cigar 2 (post dinner) – Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro

Size: 49RG 192mm

Box Code: ??? 2008

OK, I don’t have any notes on this one as I was having a great chat with a couple of guys and notes seemed of second importance.  It was a big stick, even wrapper and a great burn to the end with barely a touch up required.  Flavours ……. ahhh I’ll get back to you.

 

Whisky 4: Old Pulteney 17 year old

  • light colour – similar to chardonnay
  • floral nose with some caramel
  • liqueur velvety mouth feel
  • honey and oaky sweetness

 

Whisky 5: Kilchoman Summer 2010 Release (3yo)

  • Light colour
  • Amazing whisky for 3 yo
  • Definitely an Islay, peat on the nose
  • ‘sprightly’ smell (I don’t even know what I meant by this comment, it was getting late)
  • salt and seaweed profile
  • some controlled peat

 

Whisky 6: Bunnahabhaim 18 year old

Again it does appear that by this stage the notes were a bit thin on the ground.  This was definitely one of the great dram’s of the evening.  The colour was dark amber like an aged rum and it had huge length. Most enjoyable.

That’s about it for the details of the evening.  Thanks to all the guys for being so welcoming and I look forward to the next event.

Mitch.

 

 

Posted by on 7th September 2011 in General

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