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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 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

Blended
Scotland
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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

Blended
Scotland
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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

Blended
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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 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 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 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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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:28 am

I'm back. Starting with the JW Red and Black but I'm adding a fair bit of water.

JW Red with water.

Nose: loads of citrus-lemons and limes, dry grass
Palate: loads of black pepper, some cayenne maybe, gristy barley
Finish: not much it is so short I can't really say anything about it

I do enjoy the JWR better with the water. Surprising for me.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:47 am

JW Black 12 with water

Nose: wheatfield following a soft summer shower
Palate: light spiciness over a bed of flour
Finishz: short, doughy
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:53 am

I agree with you Sean. Of the 5 NAS I had, it was the best of the lot.

It will be interesting to see what you think when you go up the scale a little bit with 12 yos and possibly 18 yos.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:02 am

Dewar's White Label with water

Nose: rotten sneakers, some baked buns
Palate: raw grain and stalks, little pepper
Finish: short, peppery

Thankfully the water really dilutes the nose and the palate isn't anywhere near the nose.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:11 am

Totally agree that the Black is a big step up. Still don't want a bottle but I would drink a bottle if given one.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:15 am

Cutty Sark with water

Nose: fermented grains, crab apples
Palate: lemon peels, barley kernels with chaff
Finish: very short, barley
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:20 am

Starting the night with JW Black:

JW Black

Johnnie Walker
Black
Light smoke and peat, followed by candied orange
Sweet, light spice, a little pepper
Medium-long, pepper, smoke coming up back of nose
Excellent daily dram. When I first opened the bottle, I thought it was a little bitter on the finish. Not getting that at all now.
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0

12 Years Old
0
40%
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Riedel SMS
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:30 am

J&B with water

Nose: sweet maltiness, dried lemon peels
Palate: unleavened bread, wheat with chaff, cracked pepper
Finish: short, pepper

This is much better with water. Quite quaffable.
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