Taiwan whisky beats Scotch in blind taste test: report
Monday 25 January 2010
A Taiwanese whisky beat a trio of top Scottish blends in a connoisseurs' blind taste test organised to mark Scotland's annual Burn's Night festivities, the Times reported Monday.
The Taiwan-distilled Kavalan brand, described as a "Far Eastern incomer", came top in a test against three Scottish and one English whisky in a historic hostelry in Leith, north of Edinburgh, said the paper.
"Oh. My. God," author and whisky connoisseur Charles MacLean told the paper when the unexpected result was confirmed.
The newspaper organised the test itself, in what it called a "piece of mischief-making" inspired by the launch of an English whisky, "St. George's" last November.
Its hope was to catch the experts out with the tipple from Scotland's traditional "Sassenach" English rivals - but to their surprise it was the Asian whisky which came up trumps.
"It's tropical fruits. Tropical fruit jam," said MacLean, chairman of the panel, after Kavalan - which is not marketed in Britain - came out top with 27.5 points out of a possible 40 maximum.
Langs, a three-year-old Scottish premium blend, scored 22 points, followed by King Robert - also from north of the border - on 20 and the English three-year-old malt on 15.5.
Last came quadruple-distilled Scottish blend Bruichladdich X4+3, on only 4.5 points, described by MacLean as "not cooking oil. Not diesel oil. Sewing machine oil."
In a commentary the Times noted: "Asians are not only some of the world's most sophisticated consumers of Scotch, but have begun distilling malts that compete with the best Scottish distilleries."
Burns Night, named after 18th century poet Robert "Rabbie" Burns, competes with St. Andrew's Day as a focus for traditionally whisky-fueled celebrations in Scotland and by Scots around the world.
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