Scotch-A-P​alooza 2011

About this time last year, I wrote about my inaugural experience at the Single Malt Scotch and Whisky Extravaganza, an annual event held here in DC each autumn.  Last year was quite a hit: I discovered a number of new expressions, smoked two fine cigars, and nursed the mother of all hangovers while suffering through work the following day.  So this year, I was determined to have as much fun while not paying for it afterwards – immediately after purchasing my ticket, I made plans to take leave the day following the extravaganza.

Although the bar was set high, the 2011 extravaganza did not disappoint.  Perhaps it’s because I’m no longer a novice whiskey drinker.  I’m seasoned now, but by no means an expert.  I know what I like, what I don’t like, and – just as importantly – can articulate my reasons for each.  Regardless, this year’s extravaganza led me to several new expressions from a number of distilleries.

I was neither able nor inclined to take extensive tasting notes throughout the evening, instead preferring to casually wander from table to table, sampling and chatting with each distillery’s Brand Ambassador.  There were many, many choices to taste (and re-taste), so it’s not surprising I liked some and disliked others.  Some were so delicious I immediately noted the name so as to locate a bottle as soon as possible.  Specifically:

– Ardmore 30 year old
– Auchentoshan Three Wood
– Oban Distiller’s Edition
– Talisker Distiller’s Edition
– Glenmorangie Signet
– The Glenrothes Vintage 1994
– Highland Park 18 year old
– Laphroaig 18 year old
– The Macallan Fine Oak 15 year old

At the extravaganza’s conclusion, cigars didn’t feel right, not this time.  No, a tall, cold, cleansing glass of dark autumn beer sounded absolutely delicious.  So rather than depart for the neighborhood cigar lounge – as in the prior year – we instead walked a few blocks to a new pizza restaurant and enjoyed a few pints of seasonal microbrews.  For me, it was Schafly Oktoberfest.

The evening ended quietly, at the end of a long bar covered in numbers.  I arrived home with a few new trinkets for my bar: another tasting glass; a glass eyedropper for adding water to scotch; a few pens; and numerous advertisement cards and pamphlets, helpful reminders to be sure.

When I awoke the next morning – after sleeping in late and meeting my wife for a three course lunch – I had the memory of a second evening filled with drinking expensive liquor with a great friend.  Mucho gusto, First Sea Lord Roberto.  I look forward to next year.

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