After a day sweltering in the Melbourne Summer a few of us decided (we few, we lucky few, we band of sisters) to go ahead with a whisky night at the Northcote Home for Wayward Girls. We started the evening with a 10yo Glenlivet, just to open the palate and went on to the Hakushu Single Malt Distillers reserve. This was a fresh and light whisky, perfect for an evening that hadn’t yet dropped below 30 degrees (my cat had melted).
As we kicked back and enjoyed the crisp Hakushu, a glance at our headliner, the Intravagan’za revealed that it should be served chilled, so in the freezer it went. Twenty minutes later, and also armed with ice-blocks, we finally got around to tasting it. It was sweet, but not overwhelming, with hints of caramel and pear, almost reminiscent of stroop. Adding ice is not usually my approach to drinking whisky but it works with this particular drop. The whisky opened up and smoothed out, it was super easy to drink. It was perfect for an over-warm summer evening before the cool change came in.