There’s times in your life where you need to go do something to take some pressure off.
Hypothetically, let’s say you’ve recently started a new job,are finishing a very detail oriented class, having a major milestone birthday for a parental unit that you’re close to, tying to find a gift for a friend and a relative, and have two desserts to bake, some jam to make up, and you still work (and can’t take a day off).
Hypothetically, of course. What do you do? Why you find the solution to your problems at a bar, of course!
No, you go do something that is fun to relax yourself. Then you get back to studying.
My relaxing endeavor was an impromptu visit to The Feather’s Pub and do some reviews. Not get drunk, just have a nice bit of food (Mac and Cheese) and do some reviews (prior to the Mac and Cheese).
Old Fettercairn 10 is a dusty whisky back from back before 2002. Back when we were all innocent and shit. I’ve had a few Fettercairn’s, and I’m growing happily fond of them. Not fondly happy though, more so happily fond. I’m happy to have found them, yet not found them happy. As such, I thought I needed to try it back before it was young and old when it was old, and therefore, young.
It’s odd that I ordered a Highland to relax, but I did. Probably because I thought it was on a list of things to try that I actually didn’t try. Or maybe because I was trying to not delay and be a good customer.
Or maybe because I needed something that wasn’t too pricey so I could save up for my next dram (foreshadowing…)
So, let’s see how it tastes, shall we?
Colour: 7.5Y 8/6
Nose: Honey, cinnamon, floral, coffee, pear
Really floral. A little bit of peat in this dram leads to a spicey, earthy tone. This is light peat done correctly: Not just there, more so adding to the dram.
It is quite simple though, however it’s floral coffee cinnamon, so I can’t fault it too much on being simple.
Taste: Honey, rose water, salt, ginger, cereal
More floral. Like floral? Get in the van!…
And we’ll drop you at the florist? What am I on?
Okay, it’s floral, and there’s light cereal notes. Not much else. It’s young, has a nice mouthfeel, kinda simple, but it cleans up. Like the workers at McDonald’s.
Finish: Cumin, pear, pepper, coffee, grit
Hot finish, and kinda gritty. The first place where the earth is doing a little too much work. Again, like the workers at McDonald’s.
Conclusion: I think this is one of the first earthy drams that I’ve had that I can say is well suited for a warm day. It’s not refreshing, yet it’s simple and nice to sip on. Also reminds me of flowers.
It was a good way to relax. Nothing too strenuous. Given this is a dusty, it probably (see: does) sell for more than it’s worth. Last price I saw was $150, which it’s not worth unless you’re a collector, and if that’s the case, you’re collecting because it’s old, not because of what it tastes like.
Try it if you can for a okay amount.
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