Blind tasting the hooch: brown bagging three dark spirits


Do you know your spirits? Try tasting them blind. Brown bag optional.

Taking a page from the blind wine tasting, we’ve been subjecting dinner guests to blind spirits tastings recently.

I pour three dark spirits of similar age into three glasses. Telling them apart by color is nearly impossible. The aromas tip off a lot of people. And on the palate is usually a dead give away.

It’s a fun way to sharpen your understanding of what cognac, whisky, and aged rum taste like. Here are the three that I’ve been pouring:

Chateau Fontpinot (Frapin), XO cognac (about $90; find this cognac) *
Bowmore, Islay, 18 year old whisky (about $80; find this whisky) *
Rhum Barbancourt, Haiti, 15 year old (about $35; find this rum) **

* These spirits were samples
** This spirit was purchased at duty free

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One Response to “Blind tasting the hooch: brown bagging three dark spirits”

  1. Have you ever tried comparing brandies from different regions/different styles? E.g., cognac vs. armagnac vs. … umm… E+J brandy?


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