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Scarborough Faire

While the title of this month's Scotchcast may have you thinking of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, we actually found things a little more like butter, pipes, old leather, and grass.

See what the heck we mean as you join us for a tasting of the Auchentoshan 10 year and the Glenfarclas 10 year. We'll also take a look back at last month's show with a short dicusion on why we decided to consider it an "Independents" show, and we'll cover some listener feedback as well.

Join us next time when we'll be tasting the Balvenie Founder’s Reserve 10 year and the Glen Goyne 10 yr.

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2 Responses to “Scarborough Faire”

  1. Adam Says:

    Another great episode. You get lots of points from me for the Cookie Monster sound clip!

    You always comment on the color and cling/runs for each scotch. Is there a “best” color? Or do you only mention it to describe the scotch’s visual qualities? Similarly for cling & runs, is clinging to the glass good or bad? How about distinct runs?

    I know that for many aspects of the scotch it’s all in the palate of the beholder, and you often say that a “simple” scotch can be just as good as a “complex” one. But perhaps color or cling/runs are universally good or bad.


  2. Chip Says:

    I don’t think that there is a “best” color. Some would say that a darker color is better, but I don’t think it really matters. I’m far more interested in the nose and taste. A darker color is generally associated with a scotch that has a fuller, more robust flavor, while a lighter color is associated with a scotch containing lighter flavors. Exceptions to this rule abound. We comment on the color so listeners can get an idea of what a scotch looks like, though we do love interesting colors.

    As far as the cling goes, scotches that are a bit thicker tend to cling better to the glass and don’t run as quickly. Also ones with more alcohol tend to cling more. Overall, I don’t really worry much about the cling. It doesn’t affect my enjoyment of a particular malt at all, thought it can sometimes be a hint as to what the mouth feel will be like.

    As you say, most of this is much more in the palate of the beholder. Ultimately, the nose and taste of a scotch are going to be the main factors that make me decide how much I like it.