As is The Cabinet's long-standing tradition, the last meeting of the year is given over to the democratic concept of "member's choice", wherein three or four members in rotation each select a bottle to sample, typically an old favourite. This also provides The Cabinet Secretary with a small respite from his duties designing the tasting programs. These are, incidentally, often among the most successful of the meetings, so perhaps there is a lesson there...
The photo above is of our current stock list. From this, the members selected the Lagavulin Distiller's Edition, the Laphroaig Lore and the Ardbeg Uigeadail, for an all Islay evening. There are, it must be said, far worse ways to spend an evening. Far far worse ways. We also had an excellent guest who chose the Springbank 10, departing from the theme on the strength of our recommendation of it as being perhaps the best value scotch in our collection.
I will also take a respite from my blog writing duties, citing pre-Christmas demands on my time, and wrap this post up quickly. Suffice it to say that all four whiskies are excellent and that each had it's supporter that night. There was no consensus as to a favourite. Nor should there have been, for taste is the most subjective of our subjective senses.
In closing, thank you to our members for another brilliant year of The Cabinet! Thank you for your stories, thank you for your snacks and, above all, thank you for your fellowship.