Blog: Olly WehringThe whisky-taster ahead of his time - that's me

Olly Wehring | 8 July 2008

Among my friends, there is one drinks-related story that gets rolled out far too often than I would prefer.

About a year ago, I (somewhat foolishly) thought it might be fun to introduce some friends to the joy of a whisky-tasting, hosted by my good self, based only on the handful of tastings I'd attended, and not on any training of note that I'd been given. I looked quite the Don, swirling and sniffing - my chums were all most impressed.

Straight afterwards, one friend produced another whisky and asked for my opinion. “Oh yes,” I sighed. “This is very good. I'm quite impressed. What is it?”

Punchline – The whisky in question was a supermarket's own brand, bought for cooking purposes.

How they all laughed – at me – again.

Well, revenge is mine.

My heartiest congratulations go to Tesco, whose 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt won the Anglo Overseas Trophy for the best malt whisky up to 15 years old at the International Wine and Spirit Competition awards.

While I forget, exactly which supermarket the whisky that made me a butt came from, I maintain I was ahead of my time. Now, does anyone of you want me to host a tasting?


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