We need to address the Rhino in the room.
No, I don’t mean elephant. I’m talking about the Rhinovirus.
noun: rhinovirus; plural noun: rhinoviruses
any of a group of picornaviruses, including those that cause some forms of the common cold.
I’ve caught a cold and it’s made tasting whisky impossible. I poured a wee dram of a new bottle of Ardbeg Dark Cove and it tasted more horrible than normal. (Which isn’t saying much for the peated taint of Scotland but it was especially horrible. I actually liked the flavors in the Dark Cove committee release…) At first I blamed the Ardbeg but after some careful thought…
Nope! I just poured myself some of my favorite Glenfiddich (the 19 AoD BCR) and sure enough the flavors that I know and love are missing completely. Knowing that 90% of what you taste is based on what you smell, none of this should be a surprise, at all.
I guess I’m stuck sipping on Robitussin CF from now until I’m over this bug. Wait… Will ‘tussin taste any better in a glencairn glass??
Ladies and gentlemen… the Robitussin CNPF!
Color: Ruby koolaid red
Nose: Medicinal, definitely medicinal.
Palate: I’m pretty sure this doesn’t have the pizzazz of their grape expression but their standard expression is nothing to scoff at! It’s super viscous, like Pappy Van Winkle 23 but with less complexity and obviously much less age! Again the medicinal notes from the nose are just dousing my tongue!
Finish: This dram has me feeling better already!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun post!
Happy Friday fellow scotch lovers!!