Fair Whisky in Pleasanton, CA

07 Sep

Being Labor Day weekend, there are a lot of end-of-Summer fairs and other activities. One that captured my attention was the 144th Scottish Highland Gathering & Games (billed as the world’s largest Celtic festival), hosted by the Caledonian Club of San Francisco. How could I not drive 40 miles to the Alameda County Fairgrounds? Did I think I’d find Haggis? Check. Meat pies? Check. Beer? Check. Lots of deep-fried sweet sweet treats? Oh yeah…check. Was I expecting to find a whisky tasting? No.

As I entered the fairground, my ears perked up when I heard someone mention “whisky tasting.” Score! It turns out that Whisky Magazine‘s “WhiskyLive” series can go big (e.g., New York, Sydney, London, etc.) and small (e.g., Pleasanton, CA).

Without going into much detail, here is what I tasted:

  1. Cragganmore 12
  2. Glenkinchie 12
  3. Laphroaig 8 Unchillfiltered (Signatory)
  4. Benromach Traditional (Gordon & MacPhail’s)
  5. Highland Park 8 (MacPhail’s Collection)
  6. Eades “double malt” – Highland
    1. 85% Ben Nevis
    2. 15% Clynelish
  7. Eades “double malt” – Islay
    1. 60% Bowmore 1999 – Bourbon/Guigal CôteRôtie
    2. 40% Caol Ila 2000 – Bourbon/Ridge Zinfandel
  8. Singleton of Glendullan 12
  9. Bruichladdich 1990 (Scott’s Selection)
  10. Bladnoch 1984 (Scott’s Selection)

Cragganmore is a new favorite! I am happy to have finally tasted it, since a good friend of mine has always recommended it.

I’ll write about Eades on Tom’s “Officially Unofficial” Bruichladdich Blog because there is a tie-in with Jim McEwan, master distiller, currently serving as Bruichladdich’s production director.

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Posted by on 7-September-2009 in Virginia, Whisky2.0


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