I recently had a delightful, short notice visit from my wonderful friend Kelci, and we decided to spend the evening with some drinks and the turntable. We started out with some homemade rhubarb pie and mugs of Murchie’s Government Street green and black tea blend, accompanied by some of Harmonium’s Si on avait besoin d’une cinquieme saison. Then we moved on to the “hard” stuff.
A few years ago when Kelci was living in Kelowna, we spent one afternoon visiting vineyards in the region, and I bought a bottle of Quail’s Gate Dry Riesling based on our mutual enjoyment. I believe it to be the only bottle of white wine that I have ever purchased in my life, and since I rarely drink white wine it was promptly cellared and then forgotten. A few weeks before Kelci’s known arrival, I had rediscovered the bottle and placed it in the fridge with the idea that it should be consumed sooner rather than later. When Kelci contacted me I knew it was a sign.
We shared the bottle, which was quite refreshing and none too sweet, whilst chatting the night away to more turntable tunes. We listened to Strawbs, Steely Dan, The Sheepdogs, Fleet Foxes, The Faces, Miles Davis, and for a special night cap, all of The Beach Boys Pet Sounds. We also enjoyed a dram of Highland Park 12 at the end, and Kelci’s desire to expand her whisky palate led to some tasting note banter.
Since I had already written tasting notes for this Highland Park, I merely added what new things we came up with. And as a good mark of consistency we found many of the same things.
Nose: apricots, peaches, toasted marshmallows.
Palate: honey Shreddies, butter, salty caramel, peat.
Finish: blue cheese dressing, peat, sea, pleasant alcohol burn, and hazelnuts.
Overall: Bold indicates Kelci’s corroboration. This is a very fine Scotch, balancing smoothness and sweetness with smoke and sea spray. Not many Scotches in the same price range can successfully combine both those elements.
Rating: Single malt rating 90/100. Excellent for the price here in British Columbia.