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Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:20 pm

The Whiskies

Johnnie Walker Red, Black and Gold
Dewar's White and 12
Chivas Regal 12 and 18
Famous Grouse 12
Cutty Sark
J&B
Grant's
And any other blended whisky you may have...

Date and Time


Friday 3rd April 7:00pm GMT - Sunday 12th Apri

About...

The focus is on blended whiskies, those whiskies products that include grain whiskies with malt whiskies. Although most of what I have is Scottish blends feel free to incorporate blends from around the world.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:25 pm

I'm going to start off today with three of Johnnie Walker's products: the Red, the Black and the Gold.

I have poured all three into glencairn glasses and will be trying these without any water or ice...at least to start.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:38 pm

JW Red

Johnnie Walker
Red
very light maltiness, fruits-apples, coconut, vanilla, estery lemons
doughy, thin varnish, chocolate covered coconut
lingering spiciness and esters from the grains
-
dark straw
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%
Johnnie Walker

Blended
Scotland
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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:41 pm

As I sit with more of this on the palate, I can see where Talisker would be an influence on the flavor profile. It becomes more peppery with time. Still, not really my kind of whisky.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:43 pm

Of course, always in the interest of science...and my fellow drammers too.

I've managed to put my hands on 10 blend samples so should be able to really go through the gambit.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:50 pm

JW Black

Johnnie Walker
Black 12
Pepper dough, Elmer's glue, deft (wood sealer)
smokey malt, iodine, cucumbers
lingers with a hay like quality
-
dark straw
0

12 Years Old
0
40%
Johnnie Walker

Blended
Scotland
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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:52 pm

This is a pretty big step forward. Still not my first choice for a whisky though. Onto the gold.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:57 pm

JW Gold

Johnnie Walker
Gold 18
Honey malt, smokey, nail polish, dried herbs
bread cooked over an open fire, dried herbs and spices, varnish
spices and old varnish
-
Gold
0

18 Years Old
0
40%
Johnnie Walker

Blended
Scotland
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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:59 pm

I am at work for a couple more hours but will join in when I get home.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:00 pm

That is a huge step forward. The grain content has integrated and started to add to the depth of the malt structure within the whisky instead of tasting like "alcohol". Yes, I could sit with this whisky for an evening.

Now I'm starting to get a little bit of honey too.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:01 pm

I should be around for awhile and probably again in the evening. Look forward to seeing you later Sean.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:04 pm

I'm moving onto three more blended whiskies: Cutty Sark, J&B and Grant's. Information, as much as it is available, will be shown in the notes.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:11 pm

Grant's Blended Scotch NAS

William Grant's
Blended Scotch NAS
very spirity, lemon Pledge
strong vanillans, some liquid varnish, malty
malty
-
pale straw
0

NAS Years Old
0
43%
William Grant & Sons

Blended
Scotland
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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:13 pm

A big swig brings the grain alcohol to the fore. I'd still say it is surprisingly different from the nose.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:22 pm

J & B

J & B
Rare Blended Scotch Whisky
grain alcohol, lemon spritz, dough comes in with some swirling
green grasses, rough grains
august harvest
-
canary yellow
0

NAS Years Old
0
43%
J & B

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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:25 pm

Not nearly as enjoyable as anything prior. Obviously young with a high grain alcohol content.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:35 pm

Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky

Berry Bros. & Rudd
Blended Scotch Whiskey
sour, barley underneath it, grapefruit and lemon
old silage and barley, lemons
barley and lemons.
-
light gold
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%
Berry Bros & Rudd

Blended
Scotland
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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:57 pm

Old St. Andrews Barrel

Old St. Andrews
Barrel
doughy, lemon, furniture polish/varnish
chocolatey dough, spirity lemons
spirity (not so much in a bad way)
-
gold
0

12 Years Old
0
40%
Old St. Andrews

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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:07 pm

Dewar's White

Dewar's
White Label
Farmyard smells - waste, rotten grains!
Grains, old straw, estery
Straw
-
light gold
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%
John Dewar's & Sons

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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:09 pm

By far the least enjoyable thus far. The Drumguish of blends.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:19 pm

Famous Grouse 12

Famous Grouse
12 yo
cinnamon buns, pudding
cinnamon sticks, maltiness, lemon rinds
mildly spicey
-
old gold
0

12 Years Old
0
40%
Famous Grouse

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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:20 pm

This is good whisky. Flavors and aromas are well integrated and work together.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:34 pm

Chivas Regal 18

Chivas Regal
18
lemon bread (heavy bread), cinnamon sticks
old grains-dry bread, cinnamon-ground, dried lemons
cinnamon and lemons
-
medium gold
0

18 Years Old
0
40%
Chivas Bros

Blended
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Glencairn
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:38 pm

Very interesting tasting. I will try to revisit these again either tonight or later this week. Maybe a different glass or water or with ice. Hope the rest of you can join in at some point. Definitely will check back in tonight Sean.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:43 pm

Well done so far Ganga, way to kick it off! You've already provided a great range, with some excellent notes. At home here I have a couple samples of Nikka (which I believe are blends, labeled Black and From the Barrel), Teachers, Compass Box Orangerie (which is a blend I suppose), and I think that's about it. I'll try and get to some of these a little later this evening. :smoke: :smoke:
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:52 pm

Just got home from work and getting my blends lined up.
I will be in and out for most of the afternoon and evening.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:22 pm

First up is J&B rare. just poured it and the nose is rough. Will post notes in a second.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:34 pm

J&B Rare

J & B
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Turpentine, lemon, and dish soap.
Much better than the nose. Lemon, slightly sweet wood and grain.
short, very little burn, and just a hint of lemon
The palate is much better than the nasty nose. but still not very good
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0 Years Old
0
40%
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Blended
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None
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:58 pm

Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark
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lemon, and well lemon. though it is not very expressive. maybe just a hint of floralness.
lemon, and well lemon mouthwash. almost makes the mouth feel dirty. Lots of grain and little malt.
Thankfully very short, with a fair amount of burn.
I wouldn't even mix this with coke, as it would be a waste of coke. Maybe I would use it for a hot toddy but only if I had lost my sense of taste. Definitely a step down from the J&B.
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0 Years Old
0
40%
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:14 am

Dewars White Label

Dewar's
White Label
not very expressive. maybe just a hint of citrus but almost nothing else. maybe a hint of wet wood.
lemon, wet wood, very inoffensive but also very little flavor.
extremely short finish.
Must be a great mixing whisky as there is little flavor.
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0 Years Old
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40%
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Blended
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:30 am

Good evening.
Don't have much time but will try to taste a few.
Starting with Scotch Blue 40% nas, a korean brand blended in Scotland.
n: wet dog changing soon in fruits, melons, pears, apples, wood, after some 10 minutes the nose loses all the fruiy things and it is time to drink.
t: citrus, tea, wood
f: short, citrus,
c: much better than I remember. young and tasty.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:50 am

Dewars 12yo

Dewar's
-
lemon, vanilla, hints of wood.
lemon and hints of vanilla. still alittle grainy but definitely a higher malt content.
medium length finish. but still a little like cleaning solution
Definitely getting better but still not worth the purchase of a full bottle.
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0

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Blended
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none
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:20 am

Just had some Scotch Blue 21, nice, subtle maybe a little thin. Now a fuller one, Chivas Regal 18. Smells like grilled chicken.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:46 am

Chivas Regal 12yo

Chivas Regal
-
slight sherry, apple, maybe some nut, so far the best blend
caramel, nut, hints of sherry. soft.
medium finish. caramel.
so far the best blend. Very soft and sweet. easy to drink.
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0

12 Years Old
0
0%
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Blended
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I am going to take a coule of hour break and then will be back later to taste the JW red, black and gold.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 2:43 am

Very interesting notes there Ras and Sean. Thinking about doing some of the blends with some water added a little later tonight.
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