And it was yet another edition of SMAC, this time near the town over the border, instead of our usual downtown locale. DC unearthed a bottle of Vat 69 from his family’s liquor cabinet. Turns out that the bottle belonged to his late grandfather, who may have bought it during World War II or shortly after. The label on the back sure is old school, I bet Guthrie Trading doesn’t exit anymore. We were surprised that it was drinkable after so many years, though in a way that Bry said “puts hair on your chest.” It’s whisky in its purest form, with a flavour profile having very slight tinge of vanilla and the rest just pure, well, whisky. It goes down singeing the throat, feeling like concentrated whisky, yet it seems to be only 40% alcohol – on the lower end of the scale for single malts. It wasn’t the best whisky to start the night with because we had to give our palates a rest from the fire before going for the rest.
Tricia had a Caol Ila 12 year (43%) that she very kindly let us open that evening. It was a lovely light drink, pale lemon yellow and gently peated. DC didn’t fancy it as he is used to more heft in his drinks. I liked its citrus nose and peaty, slightly salty flavour. A good one to start off the evening but not for long savouring.
We moved on to the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX (46%), a private collection bottle that found its way mysteriously to DC’s liquor cabinet. Its nose was full of oranges, raisins and fruit cake, very sweet. On the tongue, the golden brown liquor’s sweetness came out a bit more, and had an unctuous, almost oily texture. I liked the long, salty finish that had a touch of peat. A lovely dram for a quiet evening in.
Then it was time for the star of the evening, the Jura Prophecy (46%), a thoughtful gift from Delightt on her last trip back. She’s good at selecting her whiskies because it certainly held its own and was the firm favourite of the evening (there were other whiskies that night too, will review them another time). It’s a light brown brew with a spicy, savoury nose and plenty of spice that goes down very smoothly. There is a hint of cinnamon sugar, yet it doesn’t taste sweet at all. It ends with firm peat and more sea spray. A smooth, sophisticated whisky that’s turning into a new favourite.