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Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:25 pm

Buffalo Trace it is here too:
n: densed, wood, lots of wood, also rose wood, mud, earth and a lot of other dirt(old bananas maybe), shoe polish, a whiff of smoke smoke.
t: oranges, kiwis, cheescake, wood
f: oranges,
c: poured the glass 30 minutes before nosing, that explains the heavy wood maybe. this is a good one for Islay lovers.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:47 pm

Woodford Reserve 45.2% Kentucky Derby 133 from the oldest working distillery in Kentucky.
n: vanilla, beeswax, honey, praline, creme brulee, all very smooth, I think I smell horses,... :roll:
t: beeswax, creme brulee, leather, nice mouthfeel
f: oranges, leather
c: very, very nice bourbon. best sofar this tasting.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:48 pm

Four Roses small batch 45% (thanks to treaclesponge for this one)

Colour: tawny
Nose: hmm, interesting. The barley sugar is there, there's some of that mealy feintiness and a little mustiness too (not in a bad way), but there's also a very clear glassy sugar that makes it fascinating. There's a surprising fruit element to it as well
Palate: Quite light sugar, musty wood here too
Finish: Lots of drying wood and wood spice.
Comment: there's huge wood influence on this one. Surprisingly it has some of the characteristics of old wood rather than the fresh new stuff you would expect. A very nice dram, but not as fresh as some bourbons.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:49 pm

Evening gents. Nice to have some company. :D
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 08, 2009 9:51 pm

Collector57 wrote:Georgia Moon 40% Kentucky corn whiskey <30 days old (not sure who sent me this - Ras maybe?

Nose: Not promising. A rancid kind of a smell I'm afraid. You can smell the corn through it, but that's about all.

Palate: Hm, just about as rancid as the nose. I didn't take a big enough mouthful to get more than the rancid corn. Thanks goodness I wasn't brave enough.

Finish: Fortunately not enough to get an idea of the finish

I'm discarding this glass and getting a fresh one out. I don't think a rinse will be enough....


Lovevely isn't it, it remind me of bio-ethanol. :mrgreen:
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:15 pm

Georgia Moon 40% Kentucky Corn Whisky <30 days old

N: Sweetness, fish, brine, cereal

T:Bitter, mouth filling, hot cereal, slightly minted

F: Short, dry, slighly cereal like, more dryness, leading to a lingering fish taste.

This is a very strange whisky and not really one that I like, no pleasant smells or tastes really. Probably the worst whisky that I have had.

3/10

Thanks Raz Maszunga for the sample
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby LagaDrinker » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:20 pm

Old Overholt Rye Whiskey 40% 4YO

N: Warm toffee, wood, mahogany, cinnamon spices, oranges, old leather.

T: Instant rich warm spices, very distinct full rye flavour, smoke, tobacco, oranges.

F: Fresh citrus orange, sweet tobacco lingers on.

A lovely rye whiskey - the second I have tried. I really like them, this one is excellent although not as good as the Old Rip Van Winkle that I tried at Whisky Live.

8.5/10

Once again, thank you to Raz Mazunga

I have 5 more to try but need to go to bed as I am in agony after my race today - will post more later this week. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:32 pm

Eagle rare 10yo 45% (thanks to treaclesponge for this one too)

Colour: tawny
Nose: Light brown sugars, oranges, pears, kiwi, some floral, fabric softener notes, A little mealy too.
Palate: Orange. Perfumey. sprinkled with sharp sugar crystals, cocoa, coffee, pure magic.
Finish: Cocoa, dark, bitter chocolate, more cocoa, fabulous.
Comment: Simply wonderful. It's not in your face like the regular Buffalo Trace, but give it the time and this is really excellent stuff. Nor is it expensive. Must pick one up, because I could happily drink this on a regular basis. I never expected this kind of subtlety from bourbon.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:33 pm

Goodnight James
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:36 pm

Good evening Ras, Willie, Nick (& anyone else)

I'm just going to pour a few drams and let them breathe. Where did the weekend go? I'll get ready for work tomorrow and be back in 20 mins.

Cheers
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:51 pm

Georgia Moon Kentucky corn Whiskey 40% (thanks to Ras Mazunga for this one too)

Colour: Almost gin clear
Nose: Really new-makey, aniseed, licquorice and the scent of fresh cooked corn.
Palate: more of that aniseed and licquorice.
Finish: Fresh corn, buttery, spirity, fizzy and hot.
Comment: This may sound perverse, but, unrefined as this is, I like it. takes me back to my youth when I would drink any old rubbish just out of curiosity. But I can't say this is rubbish. It seems well made and fresh and has lots of charm. It's just incongruous amongst all the wonderful sugars and vanilla of the bourbon.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:52 pm

Hi Steve. Welcome to the party.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 10:58 pm

I think Nick's right though, I'll change my glass after the Georgia Moon.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:04 pm

I had a feeling you were going to like it Willie.
:)
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:07 pm

Maybe I just have weird tastes. :)
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:18 pm

Elijah Craig 12yo 47% - many thanks to Treacle Sponge (TS)

Nose Fruity, jam like, vanilla, slightly 'dense', sweet, very gentle and enticing indeed

Taste Jam, sugary, heavy/thick, juicy

Finish Medium length, tingly, then smooth

Comment Easy drinking, very enjoyable, delightful, I am in a good mood! Like an alcohol version of a barley sugar sweetie, yum yum.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:31 pm

Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 yo 45% - thanks again TS

Nose Rather sweet, medium weight, easy, no nose prickle, maple syrup, honey, marmalade (took a while for the orange marmalade to reveal itself, well to me at least)

Taste Bitter, orange marmalade

Finish Medium length, satisfying, gentle tingling

Comment Very enjoyable, easy drinking and enough to think about at the same time, this one could also be dangerous
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby mikeymad » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:31 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Geaorgia Moon Kentucky corn Whiskey 40% (thanks to Ras Mazunga for this one too)

Colour: Almost gin clear
Nose: Really new-makey, aniseed, licquorice and the scent of fresh cooked corn.
Palate: more of that aniseed and licquorice.
Finish: Fresh corn, buttery, spirity, fizzy and hot.
Comment: This may sound perverse, but, unrefined as this is, I like it. takes me back to my youth when I would drink any old rubbish just out of curiosity. But I can't say this is rubbish. It seems well made and fresh and has lots of charm. It's just incongrous amongst all the wonderful sugars and vanilla of the bourbon.



Very nice.. I got the same notes on the nose of that one... a buddy brought over a jar of it one day and left it....

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:46 pm

Collector57 wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:Maybe I just have weird tastes. :)

Ras Mazunga wrote:I had a feeling you were going to like it Willie.
:)


May I put forward a tentative theory that it has alcohol in it?

:lol: :P
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:48 pm

Dram fine idea wrote:Eagle Rare Single Barrel 10 yo 45%

Comment Very enjoyable, easy drinking and enough to think about at the same time, this one could also be dangerous

I couldn't agree more.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby mikeymad » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:48 pm

Collector57 wrote:
mikeymad wrote:a buddy brought over a jar of it one day and left it....

cheers,

I don't blame him ...

are you sure he was a buddy?



hehe....

yep he is... 2 bottles of crap and one bottle of goodness... left them all... so I was happy either way... I feed the bad stuff to guests... So I guess I am the bad friend.... :wink:

Some stuff is bad but still interesting...

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:56 pm

Yeah those are the kind of friends that I like too Mikey.

i had intended to do another one tonight, but I had to nip away and do something else for a while so i think I'll quit at this point and take it up again tomorrow.

Night all.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Sun Mar 08, 2009 11:58 pm

Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby 133 45.2% - thanks to Willie

Nose Fruit, jam, vanilla, leather and almonds

Taste Smooth, gentle, fruit explosion, almonds, vanilla dryness creeps in, leather, then juicy and a menthol/minty note as well

Finish Medium to long, cough medicine?, menthol/mint, almonds, liquorice and leather

Comment This has really good depth and is more complex, superb!
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:03 am

Goodnight Willie, Nick

I'm going to wrap it up shortly with Blantons Gold and may well be back tomorrow evening to try a few others

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:20 am

Blantons Gold barrel 245 51.5% - thanks to Willie

Nose Fruity, spicy, orange marmalade, honey, vanilla, almonds

Taste Deeper, sweet/juicy/fruity at sides of mouth, dry and slightly hot in the centre/back of the tongue, wow, this one is interesting

Finish Long, flavours continue, clean as a whistle, almonds, hints of cooling mint, and orange marmalade at the end

Comment A really challenging and rewarding dram
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Dram fine idea » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:23 am

Goodnight Ras (and anyone else), time for me to go to bed, catch you later
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Wave » Mon Mar 09, 2009 1:17 am

Man, you guys are quite brave in tasting Georgia Moon! :o I remember drinking that swill about 20 years ago and even then I thought is was just a gimmick drink, kinda like whiskey's punk kid brother.

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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Ganga » Mon Mar 09, 2009 5:06 pm

Well gentlemen, it was a most enjoyable weekend although for some reason I couldn't login on Sunday. :evil: Very good notes everyone! I find myself looking forward to experiencing some additional bourbon in the future.

It is also my understanding that several people intend to do some tasting this week so I suggest those interested check back in later.

Recall that blended whiskies will be on the menu for the first two weekends of April. Does someone have a suggestion for another tasting for sometime in the summer (June-August)? If so, put it forward.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Mar 09, 2009 11:35 pm

A. H. Hirsch Reserve 16yo 45.8% (thanks to Jobi for this one)

Colour: Brown sherry
Nose: Crystalised oranges, syrup, nutmeg, hint of musty wood, rye, gorgeous.
Palate: stewed oranges, cinnamon and oak, oak, oak. the thing is that for all the weight of wood it still retains a freshness because of the stunning citrus.
Finish: Now the oak is drying and the spice intense, yet the overall experience is mouthwatering, with juicy fruit to the end.
Comment: This is like a great old malt whisky 2-3 times this age. The way that the wood is all over the palate and finish, but yet hasn't mastered the spirit is lovely. Really glad to have tried this dram.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:11 am

Elijah craig 12yo 47% (thanks to Treacle Sponge for this one)

Colour: Mahogany
Nose: Sharp citrus, mealy, toffee, corn, linseed, dates.
Palate: Dates, raisins, bitter citrus, hard oak, like pencils.
Finish: More spicy wood. Massive spiciness. The intensity rises for ages.
Comment: Very drinkable, but it feels as if the wood has got on top of this a bit. The intensity of spice at the end makes it slightly daunting as a session dram.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby cathach » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:31 am

Blanton's Gold 51.45% Barrel no. 245

Nose: Spicy, astringent

Palate: Quite odd and tart with a bit of cooking apple (??)

Finish: Again, very dry and tart

Comment: Very unusual, like drinking cider whiskey.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby cathach » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:43 am

Old Overholt Rye Whiskey 40% 4yo

Nose: Linseed, and sweat

Palate: Almost pure menthol.

Finish: Sweet and clean

Weird, not what I would have expected from a non-barley grain.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby cathach » Tue Mar 10, 2009 1:54 am

Elijah Craig 18yo 45% 24-October-1989

Nose: Glue or some other solvent.

Palate: Somerwhere between liquorice and Toilet Duck

Finish: Very light and spearminty

Err...this is some really whack stuff.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby cathach » Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:08 am

Buffalo Trace 45% >9yo

Nose: Again a really artificial of food additive type smell, like a newly opened packet of jelly beans

Palate: Vanilla and coco, but bitter wood tones as well

Finish: Medium dry finish.

My favourite of the lot so far.
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Re: Bourbon - 6 March 2009 - 7pm GMT

Postby cathach » Tue Mar 10, 2009 2:20 am

Georgia Moon Corn Whiskey <30 days old

Nose: It smells like a slurry pit.

Palate: Tastes like oily metallic vodka without the industrial ethic.

Finish: Thankfully brief.

How can you drink this (neat) and live?
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