Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Duke of Perth
A friend and I met for early evening drinks at Duke of Perth, a Scottish pub in Lincoln Park featuring some 90 single malt whiskeys. Scottish music plays lightly in the background. Black and white framed photos line the walls, along with an antique clock and a deer head wearing a police hat. Oh, and there's no TV in this pub.
We decided to order flights in order to sample more of the single malt menu: for peat's sake and roving dover. For Peat's Sake featured peaty single malts from the islands: Talisker 10, Caol Ila 12, and Laphroig 10. Roving Drover highlighted single malts from the Highland and the Lowland: Clynelish 10, Glenkinchie 12, and Caol Ila 12.
Of these, the Talisker 10 and Glenkinchie 12 were our favorites scotches. The Talisker was complex and showed good peat with a lingering pepperiness that had a warming effect. The Glenkinchie was smooth and pleasant with intense lemon on the palate with oak. We bought found the Caol Ila to be too oily for our taste.
Duke of Perth is always packed on Wednesday and Friday for unlimited fish and chips night for $9.50. And if you are worried about having a balanced meal, don't you worry, the breaded cod and french fries come with a generous side of peas!
Duke of Perth
2913 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60657