Really sorry for the short post today, GrandMasterJohn got swamped with work and asked me to fill in last minute. With that I thought I would go off on a random rant at a pet peeve of mine…
The birthday before last my wife lovingly purchased a set of whiskies from dead distilleries. She got it from The Whisky Tasting Company. It was all bottled and packaged rather nicely in a black box. Each one was interesting and had a rightful place in the history of the drink we love.
Each drink in turn came with its own informative card explaining the flavours I should expect to experience, where the drink was made and the year it was distilled. Overall it was a pretty fine set. However, included with it was something I find one of the most pointless things in the world:- A tasting mat.
I find it hard to imagine a situation when I would use or encourage the use of a tasting mat, but at a real push I will accept that in an ‘official’ whisky tasting event they are considered a good idea for the sake of novelty if nothing else.
‘Supporters’ if they do exist, would say they might be needed for blind taste tests in an a scenario where you match the location on the board with the whisky being tasted, but sadly their website does not even mention that:-
The perfect accompaniment to Scotch whisky, each set comes with a Whisky Tasting Mat, a place where you can set out your whiskies and record your notes in a most civilised manner.[…]
is sure compliment your sense of enjoyment from each whisky, providing a special record of your whisky tasting experience.
So I am to believe that either the true connoisseur keeps her notes on what resembles many large game boards or that someone who does not have a great love of whisky has ordered (or been gifted) a whisky tasting kit, has decided whisky is not for them and yet has kept the board as a memento.
I wouldn’t care, but you know the prices are higher because they have at least one member of staff working on designing the damn things…