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What did you drink last night?

Postby Lawrence » Mon Jun 14, 2004 3:59 pm

We tried the Murray McDavid 1969 Glen Grant, it was very nice but not worth the very high price and the OB Caol Ila 18 which I find to be a really excellent dram.
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Postby Stephen » Mon Jun 14, 2004 4:31 pm

We held a Blackadder blind tasting last Saturday.

Glenrothes 14yr 1989-11.2003 Blackadder Aberdeen 43%
Rosebank 12yr 1991 Blackadder Aberdeen 43%
Linkwood 13yr 1989 Blackadder Raw Cask Cask NO.:5624 59.3%
Mortlach 13yr 1989-3.2003 Blackadder Raw Cask Cask NO.:5149 59.9%
Bruichladdich 11yr 1991-4.2002 Blackadder Raw Cask Cask NO.:3264 56.1%
Blairfindy (Glenfarclas) 23yr 1980-11.2003 Blackadder Single Sherry Butt Cack NO.:5983 57.5%
Glenury Royal 30yr 1973-11.2003 Blackadder Raw Cack NO.:5983 50.7%

Blackadder has some characteristics:
Rich malt in the palate. Huge, powerful and a little salty in the finish.

Glenury Royal 30yr is a very nice and beautiful dram that has enormous malt richness and complexity, but it must be very expensive.
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Postby Matt2 » Mon Jun 14, 2004 4:36 pm

Well last night I had one too many pints of beer and then started on the red Aftershock when England threw away a 1-0 lead against France in the final minutes :x

But on Satuday I was enjoying a glass or two of Oban Montilla Distillers Edition. Quite nice, but doesnt come close to the peaty ones.
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Postby Lawrence » Tue Jun 15, 2004 3:42 pm

Last night was Auchentoshan OB 1978 Cask Strenghth at 54.4%, it was not what I expected, almost if the cask had been used to mature Rye before the scotch wnet for it's long sleep. Then before bed a dram of Ardbeg 17.
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Postby Ash » Tue Jun 15, 2004 7:40 pm

Something new in my cupboard. Glenlivet OB 16yo Cask Strength 56.6%. A very pleasant surprise. :D
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Postby Admiral » Tue Jun 15, 2004 10:33 pm

I sampled the three malts from Jon Mark & Robbo's Easy Drinking Range, i.e. The Rich Spicy, The Smokey Peaty, and The Smooth Sweeter. All very interesting. I'll probably start a different thread to discuss them.
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Postby Jim » Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:11 am

Nothing last night, but Sunday night, I had the Highland Park 18. Simply one of the best malts for the money.

I just received a 1/2 case of Ardbeg 17, which I was having a very difficult time finding recently. I am sure there will be many Ardbeg 17 nights in the near future.
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jun 16, 2004 3:25 pm

Last night was a Glen Garioch 10 and a Cadenhead's Aberlour 13 year old. The Glen Garioch I quite enjoyed, it was sweet and had some sherry notes, a nice dram for the price. The Aberlour is not your typical distillery bottling and I think it is from a plain oak cask because there was no evidence of sherry or bourbon.
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Postby SpiritofShetland » Wed Jun 16, 2004 4:12 pm

Nothing last night. But tonight I'm going to an Ardbeg-tasting: 10YO, Uigeadail and Lord of the Isles... :D
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Postby hpulley » Wed Jun 16, 2004 5:07 pm

Finished off a bottle of 10yo Signatory Ben Nevis on the weekend. Decent, easy drinking stuff but won't be replaced.

Tuesday night it was a 19yo OMC Brora digestif, followed by a 9yo M&McD Ardbeg nightcap, a great combo (will have a Bladnoch apertif next time!).

Last night it was a 12yo Cadenhead's Clynelish. Wonderful stuff!

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Postby ojingoh » Thu Jun 17, 2004 12:06 am

<long time listener, first time caller!>
penfolds 2002 thomas hyland shiraz. jammy!
lately though the 15yo db Longmorn has been hoisted in the evening, although i just got a notice from my liquor store (yeah they call me when they get something good in!) that 10 cases of Lagavulin 16 just came in! WOOT! WOOT!
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Postby Lawrence » Thu Jun 17, 2004 4:18 pm

Last night I opened a bottle of 1991 Glen Scotia bottled by James Mcallister, a bottler I've never heard of. It was what I expected from a Glen Sccotia, a slight buttery maritime malt, a hint of the sea but not too strong. A nice dram for the price.

And earlier, Laphroaig 10, Roses lime Cordial (not too much) and ice water, it was hot out!
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Postby Aidan » Fri Jun 18, 2004 8:28 am

Not last night, but tonight I'm opening my Jameson 15 pure pot still. I have tasted it before and it's stunning. Very few whiskys can touch it.
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Postby hpulley » Fri Jun 18, 2004 12:56 pm

A couple of islay middleweights last night. First Bowmore 12yo OB, just about done that bottle, and Signatory 12yo Caol Ila, lots left of that one. Nice, full bodied islays but not rip roaring peat monsters.

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Postby Lawrence » Fri Jun 18, 2004 3:39 pm

Same here, I had a Bowmore 12 last night, it's the "new" Bowmore with the paper label, I found it had lots of floral notes which I don't remember in the stenciled label.

....and a small Bladnoch from Gordon & Macphail with dinner.
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Postby hpulley » Fri Jun 18, 2004 3:41 pm

Yes, the 'new' 12yo Bowmore is much smoother than it used to be. The 12yo used to be pretty rough and as you say, more of an islay peat whisky without the floral notes. I find the floral notes overdone in Mariner these days, however.

Which G&McP Bladnoch do you have? I enjoy the 1988 distilled/2002 bottled one. An '89 14yo Signatory I have now is very good.

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Postby Eightball » Fri Jun 18, 2004 3:56 pm

I haven't sampled anything since Tuesday. What I did sample is Johnnie Walker Red Label. My notes are here in the tasting forum. I'd like to hear what you think about it-- with comments on blends in general as well.
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Jun 18, 2004 4:11 pm

I like the blends and I've always liked Johnnie Walker Red Label, I find it improves quite a bit with the addtion of water and it you can have it in a wine glass or a brandy snifter you'll be surprised by the complex nose.

I was given a bttles of Bell's a while ago and had read some harsh words about it on this forum so I was pleasantly surprised, again a little water and the right glass and you have a nice dram.

I've been travelling one airline between Canada and Scotland and they only have J&B so I have fond memories of that blend. However it's in a plastic glass glass at 30,000 feet so what do you expect!


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Bell's and Johnnie Walker

Postby Eightball » Fri Jun 18, 2004 5:02 pm

Can't say I ever tried Bell's before. I don't think shops here in Michigan carry it because of the LCC. I suppose at 30,000 feet there are no rules!

I have tasted the entire range of Johnnie Walker available in my state....

The Blue Label is outstanding. I first heard of Johnnie Walker Blue when I called a local retailer and asked about a so-called Green Label, which I now know is a vatted malt. At the time I only knew of Red, Black, and the Idea of Green. I thought green was some extremly rare Black Bowmore type only available in Scotland. The sales associate told me of a blue and gold label and I was quite surprised.

The Gold Lable was excellent. It was VERY creamy and when water was added the vanilla and raisin notes are amplified. I read in a pamphlit that I acquired at a tasting that it goes well as a digestif and is best served chilled for 24 hours before serving to amplify smoothness.

The Black Label was satisfactory, however excellent over ice. I tried this blend at a bar with ice and loved it. As for the red, I think it is a good dram, and yields satisfactory marks.
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Postby mr_a_non » Fri Jun 18, 2004 10:05 pm

Tried the Dalwhinnie 1981 Distillers Edition. Considering I picked one up for £35 for a litre, I am quite impressed with it.

Can certainly detect a sweet licorice on the nose. A first taste that is light with honeyed flavours that develops into a long, lightly peated, finish. Overall I think it is a thoroughly worthwhile whisky that does have a sherried flavour throughout - certainly one to try!
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Jun 19, 2004 3:29 pm

Last night I had a Scotch Malt Whisky Society Ardmore 25 years old from a sherry cask, what a nice dram, smokey like an Islay but at 55% it did not need any water.
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Postby Patric_Louis » Mon Jun 21, 2004 2:37 pm

I went to see the only opera of Beethoven... Fidelio,
and I had a warming Lagavulin 16Y in pocket.... It was a nice opera :-)
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Postby Lawrence » Mon Jun 21, 2004 3:19 pm

Last night it was a Longmorn 15, I'm really beginning to appreciate this warming and flavourful Speysider. I'ts very well priced here, C$42 so it's also very good money for value.
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One of the Classic Six...

Postby Eightball » Tue Jun 22, 2004 2:25 pm

Last night, and the night before, I had Oban 14 year old. I have tasting notes but their not on me at the moment. It was excellent and reminded me a little bit of Glen Deveron in the maltiness it showed. I like this characteristic in a whisky.
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jun 23, 2004 1:19 am

Last night was a revisit to Longmorn 15, aahhhh.
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Postby Admiral » Wed Jun 23, 2004 4:24 am

Glen Keith last night; Bunnahabhain the night before.

Bunny wins hands down.
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jun 23, 2004 5:19 am

:D I'm a big fan of the Bunnahabhain OB when I can find it, the Glen Keith is nice but I really like the Bunna. I was at the distillery when they released the 1965 but they were sold out. They had one bottle left but were keeping it for some reason and would not sell it to me. Big tears.
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Postby Eightball » Wed Jun 23, 2004 2:43 pm

I found the Bunna 12 year old simple and earthy-- a suprisingly non smokey Islay malt. While I have to disagree with it being terrific, it did have nice cream and toffee notes to it.
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Jun 25, 2004 4:00 pm

Last night I had a Springbank 10 in a really good glass which allowed the nose to develope. I'm always so impressed that a ten year old is so good.
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Postby clayton jr » Fri Jun 25, 2004 7:33 pm

Had a bit of the Old Rip Van Winkle 10-year 90° last night, nearly the last of the bottle. One of the first bottles of bourbon I ever purchased, and it was time to revisit it.

Not as impressive as I found it originally. A good bourbon with strong maple-sugar and vanilla notes, but not as strong or complex as the 12- or 15-year ORVW.
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Last tastings

Postby Old Bollard » Sat Jun 26, 2004 12:32 am

Half-finished a bottle of Tamdhu last week-end, maybe not the most complex of drams, but eminently drinkable :)
Had a small tasting in a Danish shop two days ago, Iona of Atholl, Deanston 6 yrs and a Nikka - forget which type.
Bought the Iona and Deanston though....
Looking forward to next week-end, a few friends coming together for a malt evening, for my own part I'll be bringing along the Tamdhu, a 12 year old Dalmore, a Glen Moray Chardonnay and the Iona of Atholl.
Time will tell what else will show - I expect it to be a thoroughly enjoyable evening!!!!

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Postby Stephen » Sat Jun 26, 2004 3:01 pm

Springbank 10y 100 proof
Nose:no fragrance
Palate:sweet at first, then only has the ethyl alcohol taste ,completely does not have the fragrance
Finish:lets me want to spit
Comments:I can't believe it is Springbank.
Score:55

Bowmore NAS Dawn has the light Bowmore seaweed taste,the feeling in the mouth concentrates, but cannot very intense, is one kind of quite delightful lovable Bowmore seaweed taste,Score:83
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Postby Lawrence » Sat Jun 26, 2004 6:37 pm

Stephen, did you add any water to the Springbank?
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Postby Stephen » Sun Jun 27, 2004 1:38 am

Lawrence wrote:Stephen, did you add any water to the Springbank?


Lawrence:
i try it in a shop,so i didn't add water to Springbank 10y 100 proof.
i will try if i have chance to meet it again.

But, i'm afarid that Springbank starts to decline.
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Postby Jeroen Kloppenburg » Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:25 am

A Pittyvaich from the Flora and Fauna series, maybe a bit heavy influenced on the sherry wood, have yet to determine if I really like this one or not...

The second was a Craighellachie I picked up at the Aberfeldy distillery. I first tasted this distillery while spotting a half full bottle at a shelve in a Kirkwall (Orkney) pub last year, which was absolutely fabulous.

At first I was afraid my bottle was corky, as on the nose the wood tones were getting close to those of cork... But after having a few drams I beging to like this distillery even more and more! Defenitally one of THE discoveries for me, and IMO very much worth to see more available bottled as single malts.

No real tatsing note yet, as I have yet to deciver this nose ...
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