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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby jmrl » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:13 pm

At the last tasting we tried a Michel Couvreur bottling. He is French and matures Scotch whisky in his own sourced sherry casks in Burgundy (don't we all). At these tastings everything is tried blind even though you might know what is in the starting line up you still have to guess whats in the glass in your hand. The format includes guessing the age/strength/cask/provenance. We're used to people well under estimating the age of the older whiskies but this was a slippy devil. Some of the more frequent visitors had it as a late teenager or older. Turns out to be about 18 months old! The cask must have been tip top along with the spirit. 43%abv didn't have us feeling we had been short changed. At around £20 there were oodles of character to enjoy. Lots of depth, width, finish, development along with some pretty unique aromas and flavours. I'm not sure how easy getting another will be. RMW stock some of his range but inconsistantly. I'm looking forward to re-trying the 4yo grain which featured in Regis LeMaitre's stand at last year's Whisky on the Fringe. The next tasting is of 6 anonymous Islays (3rd July £14) but the one following (10th July Exclusive whiskies) also features a Couvreur coup: a 16yo+ bere barley, it seems to have been malted at Highland Park then distilled at Edradour, review to follow....
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby mikeymad » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:28 pm

Ganga wrote:And where were you drinking last night? :evil: We all missed you though. :wink:


I was there... I guess some could not stay up as late as others.... :-)

Had a buddy over to listen to headphone gear all evening, then jumped on the chat later.

Cheers,
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby jazz lover » Fri Jun 27, 2008 10:49 pm

Mikey this is your liver speaking
'' slow down slow down" :cry:
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby mikeymad » Fri Jun 27, 2008 11:01 pm

That is why I ordered a spare... it should be here in a couple weeks... just in time too..... :dead:

Cheers,
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Iain » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:16 am

Clynelish 14, 46 abv. Good, but not quite so good as I had anticipated.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jun 28, 2008 11:30 am

Was it different from previous batches Iain? Assuming you've had it before of course.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Dubois » Sat Jun 28, 2008 10:50 pm

Laphroaig 10 Yrs
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Dubois » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:15 am

Highland Park 18 Yrs
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby les taylor » Sun Jun 29, 2008 8:25 am

Bushmills 10 year old. :)
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby RyanFantastic » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:02 am

Bruichladdich 12yr and Lagavulin 16yr, both freshly opened, unmolested bottles.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Klas » Sun Jun 29, 2008 10:55 am

Bowmore, 12 yrs
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:16 pm

Mostly a lot of Balvenie Doublewood, but I also had some Signatory Bunnahabhain 9yo and a wee spot of Allt-a-Bhainne 15yo from Robert Graham courtesy of butephoto.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby vengey » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:48 pm

Gelnfiddich 18
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Jun 29, 2008 12:55 pm

Famous Grouse 12y Blended Malt.......
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:16 pm

Marty and I drank like a pair of sailors last night. I will report on these later today when I'm a little more awake. I can tell you we dammed through Islay. I will report a little later when I am a little more awake.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:24 pm

Ganga wrote:Marty and I drank like a pair of sailors last night. I will report on these later today when I'm a little more awake. I can tell you we dammed through Islay. I will report a little later when I am a little more awake.


Looking forward to it. Looking forward to it. :P
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:25 pm

After the 2 Springers, had a A10 nightcap. Nice change of pace.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Sherried Malt » Sun Jun 29, 2008 3:28 pm

Klas wrote:HP21, Laphroaig 10 and Caol Ila 12.

I liked the HP21 better this time after realising that it is nothing like the HP18, but has its own qualities.
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Klas, how would you compare the 21 to the 18? I have the 21 but I have to clear up some room before it gets opened. Probably won't be anytime soon...

Thanks a lot. :thumbsup:
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby AnttiH » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:03 pm

Yesterday I had a few drams of Ardbeg Ten. I wasn't quite sure about this whisky in the beginning but it's starting to grow on me. I had a Sierra Nevada Bigfoot on the side; great beer and I had no problem with the combo!
On Friday I had some Laphroaig 10yo, which is a great dram in my opinion. It's fun to find the differences between these Islay malts. Next sunday is my birthday; I'll probably sample some Lagavulin 16yo and Talisker 18yo then :)
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby anationonfire » Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:41 pm

Jim Beam Black
Cragganmore 10
Springbank 10
Johnnie Walker Green
Bruichladdich 3D3

Later on had a Chimay Blue Cap :P :P
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby TheTross » Sun Jun 29, 2008 6:41 pm

Bit of an Aberlour-fest last night, which included an 11yo (TWE bottling), a'bunadh #22 and 18yo. Had a Balvenie 17 SherryOak and Aberfeldy 12 afterwards. With a couple of beers thrown in between times. Also, a couple of my parents' (non whisky-drinking) friends came round last night so I attempted to convert them... I didn't succeed. But I had a pretty good evening all in all and didn't get to bed until around 5am...
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby orangedogofglory » Sun Jun 29, 2008 7:06 pm

Opened BenRiach 12. Very good - seems to typify Speyside. Will have to try a couple more times to get an accurate picture, as it seems slightly mild.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Gov » Sun Jun 29, 2008 9:25 pm

While out of town this weekend, the wife and I eat at a pretty good irish pub that had a good selection of irish whiskey. I ordered a dram of Midleton Very Rare and Tyrconnell. I do not think the Midleton is available in the states, so I was very excited to try it. They served it in a medium sized brandy snifter, neat of course. I really liked it, but was not worth what I was charged for it :shock: It is almost to smooth, but was rather complex if that makes sense.
The Tyrconnell was OK and nothing special. I would have liked another dram of the Midleton, but could not justify the cost.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby UUNetBill » Mon Jun 30, 2008 4:29 am

Gov - the Midleton Very Rare is available in the states; most 'big box' stores I visit keep it in the pricey cabinet up front. Don't know why - it's not that expensive. . .I usually find it in the $130-160 range; I think I paid around $140 for my 2005 bottling. And I agree with your assessment - it's smooth yet complex. A good whiskey for a summer evening on the deck. I'd probably pour a dram tonight if I hadn't already poured a Laga 16 - that would absolutely overpower the subtleties of the Midleton.

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Would it be too rude to ask what the pub was charging for a dram of the Midleton?
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Dubois » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:11 am

Dewar Rattray Mortlach 15 Yrs
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Gov » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:27 pm

UUNetBill wrote:Gov - the Midleton Very Rare is available in the states; most 'big box' stores

Would it be too rude to ask what the pub was charging for a dram of the Midleton?


Yes, I see Binny's has it. Thanks for pointing that out to me.

The pub was charging $18 for a dram. And it was NOT a generous pour :evil:
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Jun 30, 2008 2:52 pm

Laphroaig 15 then some Laphroaig Quarter Cask, then back to the Laphroaig 15.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:57 pm

Last night I had a nice Mortlach 15 (G&M) and a very interesting and pleasant single cask Aberlour 15 at a restaurant in Dufftown.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:06 am

A little catching up from Saturday night. S'tan and Ganga style.

McCarthy's of Oregon 3 yo
42.5%, Batch W0801
Courtesy of Ryguy

We found it to be oily, with a soft peat and some smoke.

Longmorn 15 yo, 45%
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: apricots and peaches, wisp of smoke, non-distinctive citrus
P: dried apricots, slight spice with a drying finish

Longmorn 38, 51%
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: wood spices, herbal spices, fruity-apricot/peach, woody
P: cooked oranges, spices

Mortlach 13 yo, 58.9%, G&M
N: doughy, waxy, creamy
P: doughy, light spice, wax
Note: water leaves only the dough on the nose and the palate goes to a cinnamon dough

Glen Grant 17, 53.9%
SMWS 9.35
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: malty, spiced wood-cedar, leathery, fruity
P: orange honey, woody

Macallan 16, 57.4%,
SMWS 24.96
Courtesy Ryguy
N: orangey-caramel, slight sulfur, nutty, hint of varnish
P: caramel, burnt matches, very Macallan

Highland Park 24, Signatory
N: peaty, lemons, herbs, sandalwood
P: herbal, peaty, anise, citrus, wax

More to follow.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:12 am

Highland Park 20, 50.5%
SMWS 4.120
Courtesy Ryguy
N: wee hint of peat, lemony, ripe grain on the stalk, wax
P: cracked grains-derum wheat, peat

Brora 24, 60.1%
Signatory
Courtesy Randall Fairbrook
vestige of peat, lemony, bees wax, Clynelishy (S'tan didn't get told what it was)

A little experiment follows.

Glenfarclas 11, 46%, Traversos
Bowmore 12, OB
Glenfarclas 11 again

This is actually a good combination of the two whiskies. The sweet nature of the Farc brings out the smoke of the Bow while the Bow emphasizes the sweetness of the Farc.

Arran NAS, Founders Reserve (for Shareholders)
N: sweet malt and light citrus
P: malt-partly ground, swwet, fruity

And the asault on Islay was on.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:23 am

Bruichladdich 1970
Courtesy of Sherried Malt
N: vanilla, cocoanut, wood spices
P: wood spices, vanilla, cocoanut, fruity
(the star of the night)

Bruichladdich 1986, Whiskyship Valinch
Courtesy of Sherried Malt
N: vanilla, cocoanut, wood spices over the top
P: malt, wood-oak, cocoanut, spiced fruits

A good beverage that suffers from following the 1970.

Bruichladdich 21, 43%, mid 90s bottling
virtually the same notes as above. 1970-lite.

Bunnahabhain 18, 43%
N: burnt bread-charred crust, vanilla, fruit compote
P: woody, doughy, cooked fruit

Bowmore 10, 55.6%,
SMWS 3.137
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: heathery, smokey, malty
P: smoke, malt, heather

Bowmore 17, 43%, late 90s bottling
N: lavendar and smoke
P: lavendar and smoke

Bowmore 1984, 58.8%
N: floral, light smoke
P: floral, light smoke, malt

Bowmore Claret
no notes, just says "It was good."

Coal Ila 15, 54.5%
SMWS 53.109
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: oily, chocolate
P: oily-creosote, tarry, malt, dark chocolate

Coal Ila 21, 58.1, 1976
Adelphi
N: malty, oily, olives
P: sour malt, oily, chocolate

Port Ellen 25, 50%
OMC
Courtesy of Sherried Malt
N: lemon, light wood, light pepper?
P: oily, smokey, peaty, lemon

Lagavulin 12, 56.4%
7th release
N: vanilla, smoke, peat
P: peat, smoke, rich maltiness, vanilla

And yet, more Islay was still to be conquered but first an interruption.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:39 am

Well, we interrupted the siege of Islay to visit Glen Garioch.

Glen Garioch 10, 43%
Circa 1970
N: herbal, smokey
P: rich spices, licorice, caramel
This shoud never be confused with the current release of GG 10. To quote my compatriot, "This is what Glen Garioch should be."

Onwards to Islay

Port Ellen 11, 1983, 43%
Corsini-Verona bottling
N: very ripe malt, lemon and other citrus
P: malty, lemony, peat smoke

Laphroaig 17, 59.1%
SMWS 29.60
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: Oily, malty
P: malty, oily, jalapenos (very strange)

Laphroaig 18, 56.4%
SMWS 29.64
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: candied malt, peat
P: oily, peaty, malt, chocolate and caramel

Ardbeg Oogie 54.2%
N: creosote, dark fruits, overlying smoke
P: oily-creosote, chocolate

Ardbeg Beist 16, 46%
Notes were really short: Woohoo!!!

Ardbeg 9, 58.0%
SMWS 33.66
Courtesy of Ryguy
N: mango, smoke, peat
P: creosote, dark chocolate, smokey peat

Ardbeg Renaissance, 55.9%
N: creosote oil, chocolate, malt
P: charred creosote, roasted malt, peat smoke
Let me tell you how much this one sucks. :D

To finish off the evening a couple of bourbons: George T Stagg and Michters 10 yo.

All in all, a very pleasant evening. I'd like to thank Ryguy, Sherried Malt and MikeyMad for some of the whisky sampled and also S'tan for playing my host.
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Dubois » Tue Jul 01, 2008 6:57 am

Glenlivet 15 Yrs, French Oak Reserve
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby les taylor » Tue Jul 01, 2008 8:16 am

Glenlivet 12, well it was a warm monday evening. :)
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Re: What did you drink last night?

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Jul 01, 2008 10:37 am

A Highland Park 18y, but I never got to the Macallan 18y I had planned on.
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