The joys of youth

This month’s tasting is a comparison between young and old whiskies.

A cask matures and develops the spirit – you could also say that it tames it. In the old days many whiskies barely saw the inside of a cask, and pubs would proudly advertise “this season’s spirit”.

A young Kilchoman or Highland park is truly a fine thing, where the exuberance and freshness of young spirit shines through. Conversely a more mature whisky can offer an exquisite mellow richness unlike anything else.

The success of a whisky is in the balance between the influence of the spirit and the cask, so that together they can make something more than the sum of their parts.

So let’s try some younger malts, and while we’re at it compare them with their more mature siblings, and see how maturation has affected their development.

  • Clynelish 9 year old.
  • Clynelish 18 year old.
  • Ledaig 7 year old.
  • Ledaig 18 year old.
  • Longmorn 11 year old.
  • Longmorn 21 year old.

The tasting will take place on Thursday 15th October at 7:30pm (for an 8pm start) in the back room of The Lord Nelson Inn on Trafalgar Street, close to Brighton Station.

We’re using Eventbrite to manage our bookings, but in order to keep costs down we’re sticking with cash payment – the tasting will cost £20 per person on the night.