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Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby jmrl » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:03 pm

Second of two tastings comparing 6 un-named and cask strentgh Islay bottlings:-

Malt Whisky Buyers Helpline 'Essence of Islay' vatted malt 61.5%

James MacArthur 'The Trinity' 2000-2006 61.0% vatting of three malts

Harris Whisky Company 1993-08.06 12yo 57.3% malt

Blackadder Raw Cask 'Peat Reek' 60.9% bottled 02.08 single cask single malt

The Golden Cask 1993 54.7% single malt

Finlaggan 58.0% single Malt

Tickets £17/14* Tolbooth Tavern, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Thursday 3rd July 27 spaces total. Drams can be mailed out for an additional £4 postage and packaging. *first timers/members discount. Membership cost £10 for first 13 months, £5 for second then free.

In an attempt to quantify how well the drams are received scoring sheets are issued with 10 possible grades. Results were summed up and converted to a percentage to represent popularity. This is a VERY crude method but gives a rough idea of which drams proved more successful than others for these 20 odd individuals on one particular night. The first tasting's results:-

Duncan Taylor Ltd 'Big Smoke' NAS blended malt 60%abv 40% of possible points

Cadenheads Islay vatted malt 56.6%abv 48% of points

Signatory Vintage single malt 5yo 58.4%abv 60% of points

The Highlands & Islands Scotch Whisky Co. Ltd 'The Ileach' single malt
58%abv 64% of points

Ian McLeod 'As We Get It' single malt 8yo 58%abv 67% of points

Adelphi 'Breath of Islay' single cask single malt 13yo 68% of points

Next tasting 19th June £20/17:-

North of Scotland 34yo 52.3% single grain
single malt clearach 43% sherry cask (less than 3yo)
Glen Fraser 21yo 40% Sherry cask
Talisker 25yo 57.8%
Haig bottled 1950s
mystery dram
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:00 am

Looking forward to it!

Who's all going?
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Jul 03, 2008 11:49 am

I'll be there :thumbsup:
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby Deactivated Member » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:09 am

And a good night was had by all!

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Well done, Mark, on another excellent night!
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby Deactivated Member » Tue Jul 22, 2008 9:46 pm

Mark, when's the next one? I've lost my wee sheet with all the listings...
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby jmrl » Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:15 am

A great question, and no he's not a plant. Due to the inconvenience of the Edinburgh International Festival, the Fringe, Jazz, Book, TV, and chocolate biscuit (I made that last one up) festivals there will not be a venue available in August, unless of course you know different. And as I'm on holiday for the rest of July (off to Speyside) the next tasting will be...

September 3rd :- Inverness

for this tasting Inverness wil be interpreted as ;-

Glen Albyn 15yo from Royal Mile Whiskies 40% (a limited chance to try one of the closed distilleries at a relatively low age)

Ord - Cadenheads have recently bottled a 12yo cask strength although their 22yo is also attractive

Millburn 31yo again Cadenheads but perhaps one of my top 10 drams currently in the shop. bit pricey for the budget though.

Royal Brackla 12yo guess what another Cadenheads, 12yo cask strength

Glen Mhor - a bit stuck here any suggestions? What about the 28yo Rare Malt? Anybody tried it?

Confirmed details to follow.
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:48 am

Sounds great to me! But why do we have to go to Inverness for it?

:P
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby Deactivated Member » Wed Jul 23, 2008 3:52 pm

For Glen Mhor, the Whisky Shop did an excellent bottling - but may have sold out. The Oddbins Against The Grain was also very drinkable - nice and lemony - and might be possible to source. Or - if you can find it - the G&M 8yo was nice and toasty.
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby jmrl » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:08 pm

Butephoto. You are kidding, right?

Thanks Nick I'll ask darren about TWS bottling. I used a 1978 64% G & M not so long ago, it was bottled sometime back and was most enjoyable. I've also got an 8yo from G & M but had hoped to keep that one for a (far) in the future tasting. While I'm at it does anybody have any thoughts on the Rare Malts Glen Ord 1973 23yo?
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Re: Islay, Anonymous and cask strength

Postby jmrl » Wed Jul 23, 2008 10:26 pm

Also here are the overdue 'results' from this tasting:-

James MacArthur 61%abv 2000-2006 61% of possible 'points'

Malt Whisky Buyers Helpline 61.5%abv 'Essence of Islay' 46% of votes

Harris Whisky Co. 12yo 57.3%abv score=55%

Golden Cask 58.1%abv score=65%

Finlaggan 58%abv 60% of votes

Blackadder Peat Reek Raw Cask 60.9%abv 65% of votes.

If you missed my scoring template, or I forgot to detail it, let me know.
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