jamie goode's wine blog

Friday, December 22, 2006


I'm a wine guy, but I'm interested more broadly in flavour. And, as you'd expect, I occasionally get to review other alcoholic drinks. One forthcoming Sunday Express column is on whisky, so I did a mini-tasting last night with three from Oddbins.

Tasting whisky is sort of like tasting wine, except you usually add a little water to help release the aromas. Of the three I tried, the most striking was the Bowmore, which as a 12 year old Islay has amazingly complex bonfire aromas alongside a lemony freshness. Monkey Shoulder is a blend of three single Speyside malts that's rounded and refined. Also in the rounded and refined category is the Balvenie 12 Year Old Double Wood, which is aged in whisky barrels and then Sherry barrels. It has smooth, soft, casky notes with some tangy toffeed flavours. All three are delicious.
Feeling a bit lousy today, not from overindulgence. I woke up in the night with terrible stomach cramps, and have been...how do you put this discretely...rather fluid today. Might be ready for food this evening.