The Tweeddale Blend – Batch 3 (# 095)
OCTOBER 08 – translated into English from the original Post by Frank in French.
Posted by Frank J. Plamondon
Twitter Tasting # C2CC
October 2, 2013 at 21h (Montreal time) I attended my first “Twitter Tasting.” But what is it? These are events that take place on the Twitter social network organised either by a distillery or distributors wishing to promote a new release or simply by a dedicated and passionate enthusiast wanting to gather a group, in order to create links and discussions around a given product. The Twitter users that are selected or have registered for the event receive “magically” a sample of the product in question. Then, at a time instructed by the organiser, on the Twitter network, they all exchange thoughts, comments and appreciations on the smell and taste aspects of liquid. Throughout the discussion participants use as a predetermined hashtag ( hashtag), which helps to keep the comments in order and easy to find in the general Twitter feed. Everything is done in less than 140 characters per Tweet! No “beating around the bush” or great novels!
This #TT was pan-Canadian and was organized by Johanne McInnis ( @ WhiskyLassie ), and had the characteristic of being a blind tasting! In fact I received a sample in a brown bottle with no mention or information … that was a mystery! Once the session is complete, the name of the whisky was revealed, at everyone’s surprise!
Here are my tasting notes:
Name: The Tweeddale Blend – Batch # 3 (12 years)
Alcohol content: 46%
Price: $ 70 ±
Availability: LCBO # 331066 and soon SAQ
The liquid is slightly syrupy and a very pale golden colour, approaching even a white wine (thank you Martin Vigneault for the precision!)
The nose is very sweet, delicate floral and then scents of green apple, green grapes and wet stone arrives. After some time in the glass, notes of cinnamon and pepper appear.
In the mouth it is fresh fruits and earth cherries that are in the foreground. Thereafter, a touch of grassiness shows up. Then the oak plank and a ton of heat and spice spices overrun the tongue!
During the blind tasting, all this heat from the spices led me to believe in an alcohol content higher than 50%, but the general feeling in the mouth brought me on the right path and instead I suggested a rate between 43% and 46%.
The finish is rather vegetal with hints of fresh tobacco and green foliage. Spices still very present. As the finish extends, some saline notes develop.
A beautiful blend that goes down pretty well and easy of approach, it really outshines from the usual brands of blended Scotch. It seems perfect for a nice evening spent with some friends remembering good old memories. I absolutely must revisit it!
How is a “twitter Tasting”? It’s fast, expeditious and really cool! It was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, I would do it again anytime!
BRAVO yet to Johanne McInnis for putting up this Twitter tasting.
Hint: # C2CC pt.2 in progress I was Told! stay tuned!