Please take into account that these are my personal tasting notes and personal experience, as such you may interpret these whiskies very differently from me.
At the start of December Balblair Distillery ran a competition to win a place on their #FestiveTreats Twitter Tasting and I was fortunate enough to be picked as one of the winners. For those of you who don’t know what a Twitter Tasting is you basically have a selection of people who get sent samples of different whiskies. Then at a set date and time you all do a joint tasting. However instead of all meeting up to do this you Tweet your notes and opinions instead, all of you using the same hashtag, in this case #FestiveTreats, to enable you all to follow along. The use of the hashtag also enables the organiser of the Twitter Tasting to later compile what everyone said.
For the #FestiveTreats Twitter Tasting Balblair Distillery supplied three 5cl samples of whisky. These were also paired with chocolates from Iain Burnett – The Highland Chocolatier:
- Balblair Vintage 2005 1st Release paired with White Lime & Hint of Chilli Velvet Truffle.
- Balblair Vintage 1999 1st Release paired with Lemongrass & hint of Lime Velvet Praline. In addition this was also paired with the White Lime & Hint of Chilli Velvet Truffle.
- Balblair Vintage 1990 2nd Release paired with Dark Velvet Truffle.
Although I have made my own tasting notes for each (see links in red above) I wanted to do something a little different with this post. As there were so many people involved in the tasting who came up with much better tasting notes than myself I’ve decided to share their insights here for you.
Balblair Vintage 2005 first release:
Balblair Vintage 1999 1st Release:
Balblair Vintage 1990 2nd Release:
I have to be honest the whole experience was a bit of a whirlwind! I’m used to being able to take my time with a tasting and patiently write notes. However with a Twitter Tasting there’s no time for that. As well as making notes you have to make sure to tweet them and include the hashtag, all the while also trying to follow everyone’s tweets, which with a temperamental internet connection is not the easiest thing in the world. That said I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I’d certainly be up for doing a Twitter Tasting again.
I will be writing up my own tasting notes for the three samples in the fullness of time. Until then though I’d like to say a big thank you to Balblair Distillery, Iain Burnett – The Highland Chocolatier and all those involved in the Twitter Tasting, particularly those whose tweets I have used above. You can find links below to the Twitter accounts of anyone whose tweets I have used in this post.