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Postby SpiritofShetland » Sun Jun 27, 2004 10:33 am

Last night:

The Macallan 25 Years Old

Bought for £120 in Norway(!) of all places.

Dark deep copper colours.

Heavy mix of sherry and oak on the nose, perfectly balanced. With ripe fruits and spices

Brilliant aromas, deep, rich, sweet, oaky, fruity, complex. Last for ages.

Marvelous.
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Postby brian12069 » Sun Jun 27, 2004 12:58 pm

Last night...finished off some Old Rip Van Winkle 15 year. The finest adult beverage known to man...
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Postby BourbonBorderline » Mon Jun 28, 2004 6:55 pm

2 Fingers of Wild Turkey Rare Breed with just a couple drops of H2O........Mmmmmmmmm :D
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Postby Aidan » Mon Jun 28, 2004 10:05 pm

Had a Highland Park 12 last night. I didn't enjoy it as much as the last time I had it, but it was still very good.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Tue Jun 29, 2004 12:32 am

Was at a work's event at a bowling club with cheap 35 ml drams available of Johnnie Walker's Black Label plus 8 yr old Isle of Skye.

I limited myself to 14 over the course of six hours. :twisted:
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Postby Admiral » Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:17 am

Battling through the dregs of a bottle of Glen Keith, but a 1975 G+M Dailuaine is looming on the horizon.

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Postby bamber » Tue Jun 29, 2004 9:50 am

Ardbeg 10YO
Ancient Ancient Age 10YO
Buffalo Trace

To Finish

Laphroaig 10YO cask strength - no water :)

The Last one won the day last night.
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Postby hpulley » Tue Jun 29, 2004 3:46 pm

Three nights ago, picked strawberries and made jam that day and ate lots too. After all that sweetness, a 19yo sherry casked Brora from Douglas Laing's Old Malt Cask series went perfectly.

Two nights ago, had a salmon dinner and a 13yo Caol Ila by Signatory was a wonderful digestif.

Yesterday afternoon I needed an apertif so I poured a nice 12yo Bladnoch, also bottled by Signatory. Went down well so had another into and after a dinner of chicken pasta salad.

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Postby Stephen » Tue Jun 29, 2004 4:49 pm

Glen Elgin, 1971-1985 Samaroli

Nice nose with fruity, vanilla, honey, peaches and tangerine.
Wow! Peaches and tangerine!

Glen Elgin can muder Cragganmore to be the first speysider of Diageo if it do well.
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Postby BourbonBorderline » Tue Jun 29, 2004 5:49 pm

Yesterday both my wife and I got word that we are each getting raises at our respective jobs. :)

So to celebrate, it was Booker's bourbon. It never ceases to amaze me how good it is. And how smooth it is considering the 126.8 Proof raiting.
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Bookers

Postby bamber » Wed Jun 30, 2004 11:09 am

I've been pondering a bottle of Bookers for a while now.

The thing is I'm not a JB fan - including the black label. (I do quite like Knob Creek and the Rye though).

Is it similar ?

Same price as 15yo ORVW here - Is it worth it ?
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Postby Stephen » Wed Jun 30, 2004 2:09 pm

Just finishing a interesting dram, a peated Irish!
It's Cooley 12yo 1991/2003 ÔpeatedÕ (43%, The Spirit Safe) .
The fresh fragrance unfolds refined peat, and the feeling in the mouth balances, but the overall style is monotonous.


And I tasted three nice drams of Springbank yesterday:
1965-1998 Csak#580, Murray McDavid
1966-1990 Local Barley Cask#441, OB
18yr 1973 Rum cask (darker coloured), Cadenhead

Three different styles of Springbank:
MMcD's 1965 has a ace in nose, bit a little flat in palate, shows bourbon style.
Local Barley is sherry style, very rich in nose and palate, and has a ery long finish almost linger 1 min..
Cadenhead's Rum cask is very especail, shows both Springbank's style and Rum style, well married!
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Re: Bookers

Postby BourbonBorderline » Wed Jun 30, 2004 4:18 pm

bamber wrote:I've been pondering a bottle of Bookers for a while now.

The thing is I'm not a JB fan - including the black label. (I do quite like Knob Creek and the Rye though).

Is it similar ?

Same price as 15yo ORVW here - Is it worth it ?



The difference is night and day, IMHO. I can't believe that Booker's, Baker's, and Knob Creek come out of the same distillery as Beam and Beam Black.

IMHO, Booker's is the definitive bourbon. Booker Noe really knew what he was doing.
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Postby ojingoh » Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:03 am

booker's -- i'll have to give it another shot. i found that eagle rare 17, elijah craig 12 and stagg kicked its a**. but i can respect that you like it. my favorite 'merican whiskey right now is a rye: winkle family reserve 13yo. i'm getting a bottle of sazerac soon so it will be nice to compare the two, especially since they are both BT products. but booker's -- i'll try it again on your recommendation!
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Postby Lawrence » Thu Jul 01, 2004 1:52 am

:D I've been away on business since Saturday an could not sign on from my northern location :x but now I'm back. I stayed in a hotel that had a good selection of malts, about 35 and I worked my way through an older dump bottle of Glen Scotia and finished off a bottle of Glenmorangie 1971, about 5 drams left in the bottle. I also put a serious dent in a bottle of Lagavulin DM, all very very nice whiskies. I also tried a Murrray McDavid Mortlach :evil:

On my way out I had some Johnnie Walker Black with my dinner (which I really enjoyed) rather than the bland standard offering from Glenlivet nad Glenfiddich.
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Re: Bookers

Postby bamber » Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:27 am

BourbonBorderline wrote:The difference is night and day, IMHO. I can't believe that Booker's, Baker's, and Knob Creek come out of the same distillery as Beam and Beam Black.

IMHO, Booker's is the definitive bourbon. Booker Noe really knew what he was doing.


I'll get one in the next fortnight and let you know how I get on :)
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Postby bamber » Thu Jul 01, 2004 11:31 am

ojingoh wrote:booker's -- i'll have to give it another shot. i found that eagle rare 17, elijah craig 12 and stagg kicked its a**. but i can respect that you like it. my favorite 'merican whiskey right now is a rye: winkle family reserve 13yo. i'm getting a bottle of sazerac soon so it will be nice to compare the two, especially since they are both BT products. but booker's -- i'll try it again on your recommendation!


VWFR 13 YO - my favourtie whisky currently.

Sazerac is currently my 3rd favourite - just so good.
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Postby Stephen » Thu Jul 01, 2004 4:41 pm

Port Ellen 23yo 1979/2002 (43%, Signatory, cask#5151)

An elegent Port Ellen has light Islay nose, especial woody palate, and light but long finish.
It changes my impression of Port Ellen, and i like it.
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Postby clayton jr » Thu Jul 01, 2004 5:37 pm

Woodford Reserve bourbon -- Labrot & Graham

A lovely bourbon. Spicy, with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and orange peel.
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Postby Admiral » Fri Jul 02, 2004 3:03 pm

A somewhat oxidised and lifeless Bunnahabhain.

Anybody else feel this thread is a little silly? :roll:
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Postby Stephen » Fri Jul 02, 2004 5:25 pm

Tonight, i have another Signatory's Port Ellen, is also a very good dram.
Port Ellen 23yo 1978/2002 (54.3%, Signatory, cask#5344):
It has sherry and powerful style.
It's a little tingling in nose, but complex and rich in palate.

It's really different form cask#5151 i tasted recently, but both two are good enough that i give them the same score
87 points.
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Postby brian12069 » Fri Jul 02, 2004 10:54 pm

12 year old Weller...a fine bourbon...mmm, mmm, mmm.
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Postby Lawrence » Fri Jul 02, 2004 11:40 pm

Yesterday was Canada Day so I finally was able to have a dram later in the evening, an excellent OB Laphroaig 10.
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Postby Stephen » Sun Jul 04, 2004 3:51 am

We had a "Wood Fisish" tasting yesterday afternoon,here are what i tasted:

Glenmorangie NAS Madeira Finish (43%, OB)
Glenmorangie NAS Port Finish (43%, OB)
Cragganmore 13yo 1987/2001 Distiller's Edition
(40%,OB, Port Finish, Re#CggD-6552)
Glenfiddich 21yo Hanava Reserve (40%, OB)
The Balvenie 21 yo PortWood (40%, OB)
Bowmore NAS Dawn (51.5%, OB, Port Finish)
Glenmorangie NAS Burundy Finish (43%, OB)
The Balvenie 17 Islay Cask(43%, OB)
Springbank 1991 12yo Bourbon Finish(58.5%,OB)
Lagavulin 1987/2003 DE Double Matured (43%,OB)

The best 3 i ranked :
1. The Balvenie 21 yo PortWood
2. Cragganmore 13yo 1987/2001 Distiller's Edition
3. Bowmore NAS Dawn
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Postby Stephen » Sun Jul 04, 2004 1:42 pm

Laphroaig 15yo 1985/2000 'Laudable' (50%, Old Malt Cask)
A very good Laphroaig!

Merit:
First,Complex palate with sweet, peatry, smoky, moss, leaves, minty and chocolate.
Second, very long finish linger almost 2 min..

Shortcoming:
First, a little tingling in nose.
Second, long finish is only flat.
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Postby Lawrence » Mon Jul 05, 2004 4:00 pm

Last night I finally opened one of my six remaining bottles of 32 year old Lochside from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, distilled in 1966, bottled in 1998 and matured in a sherry cask. The color is deep deep dark brown with reddish hints, huge sherry on the nose, the taste is of fruit cake with a little wood and a long, long finish, one of the most amazing malts I've ever had.
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Postby hpulley » Tue Jul 06, 2004 2:29 pm

Last night I made a mistake in order. I had a wonderful Murray & McDavid 9yo '91 Ardbeg 46% unchillfiltered followed by a Signatory 13yo '89 Caol Ila 43% chillfiltered and the Caol Ila was very mild compared to the Ardbeg. The reverse order would have been better, I think.

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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jul 07, 2004 3:41 am

Harry, have you tried the OB Caol Ila 18?
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jul 07, 2004 3:41 am

Harry, have you tried the OB Caol Ila 18? Or anybody else?
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Postby Admiral » Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:17 am

I have a bottle of the Caol Ila 18yo OB, but I haven't opened it yet.

There seems to be quite varied opinion as to whether the 18yo is better than the 12yo.

Any thoughts, Lawrence?
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:20 am

Admiral, I've not tried the 12 year old Caol Ila :( yet, only the 18. I would imagine that the 12 more powerful as per the Laphroaig 10 & 15, the Lagavulin 12 & 16 etc etc.

Diageo only brought in the 18 (I'm glad to have that) and I think it is a really fine whisky from a distillery that people are too ready to write of as a makers of whisky for blends only. I've add some stunners from the SMWS. I liked the 18 so much I went and bought a back up bottle because there is so little of it around.

As an aside Diageo has been bringing in small lots from various distilleries, like Caol Ila, and once the supplies are gone they will not be replaced. It seems they're trying to satisfy the collector/malt lover market without expanding the normal product line up (classic malts etc).
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Postby hpulley » Wed Jul 07, 2004 11:50 am

For some reason, they don't seem to sell the Caol Ila OBs here. A friend brought the 15yo Flora & Fauna bottling over which is nice (not quite an OB) but otherwise I've only had IBs of Caol Ila. The 18yo 1984 Signatory was better than the 13yo I have now, though more expensive of course.

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Postby Stephen » Wed Jul 07, 2004 12:23 pm

I had Bowmore Dawn Ruby Port Cask Finished, again.
Perfumed Bowmore style and winey: lavender, peat smoke, red fruits, seaweed, heather.
A gentle and light Bowmore that show good "Wood Finish'.
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Postby Lawrence » Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:19 pm

Harry, I cannot understand why Diageo will sell one product in one part of the country and not the other. I presume it's becuase the individual liquor boards decided not to purchase it. If you want a bottle of Caol Ila 18 I can try and track one down for you.
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Postby hpulley » Wed Jul 07, 2004 4:55 pm

Have you had luck in shipping it, even within Canada? I know there are some couriers who don't mind.

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