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Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:47 am

I've been absolutely fascinated just how differently each blend reacts. You can't just say, "Add a splash of water " or "Straight up!" And switching over to the Irish blends the fleshy fruits really become apparent.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:52 am

Hmm, I never thought about bringing Irish blends in here (don't know why). Too late tonight though.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:55 am

:D I ran out of Scottish blends Willie. However, it is an interesting contrast and worth doing sometime...even if on a limited basis.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:06 am

Water in the Te Bheag really brings fruit to the nose. There's oranges and barley that were hardly in evidence before and the palate and finish are much less salty and more citrussy. The finish has lime juice on it. Really good whisky, both with and without water, but quite different either way.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:10 am

Jameson 12 on the rocks has a very similar nose to the NAS, just a little bit richer. I really like the fleshy fruits on the nose compared to citrus and things like apples. Palate has kind of a strawberries dipped in dark chocolate on the palate. Really nice whisky on the rocks.

Does this make me an infidel?
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:15 am

So is it better with or without water? My opinion is unchanged; it is just different. I still, in general, prefer it undilute and would love to play around with cask strength blends. I guess, in principle, what I don't like is someone else deciding how I will drink my drink. Give it to me straight and I'll make my own mind up.

Anyway that's me done for the night. Cheers to everyone for the notes and especially to Ganga for the organisation and the herculean effort with this tasting.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby mikeymad » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:16 am

Nice liquid Easter Dinner..

Cheers,
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:16 am

Ganga wrote:Jameson 12 on the rocks has a very similar nose to the NAS, just a little bit richer. I really like the fleshy fruits on the nose compared to citrus and things like apples. Palate has kind of a strawberries dipped in dark chocolate on the palate. Really nice whisky on the rocks.

Does this make me an infidel?

You've tried it all ways and that's the way you like it so how can that be wrong?
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:17 am

Hi Mikey. I was just about to depart.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby mikeymad » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:19 am

Saw you on Chat first Willie...

Pretty late over there...

But I guess I will have one Blend....

Little JW Gold... from ganga.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:23 am

One last effort, Jameson 12 chilled in the freezer.

Frozen fruits, hoarfrost. Warming to thawed peaches and straw.

Peach, mango smoothie. Lightly malty.

This is freakin' fantastic. This is like one of those fruity alcohol drinks-daquiri, margarita, sex on the beach...
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:25 am

Willie, this one is absolutely the best (for me) in a chilled glass. The fruits seem to condense and then you get a kick from the alcohol content following. :D
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby mikeymad » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:36 am

JW Gold -

Some nice malt and light citrus in the nose... drinks with a touch of cinnamon and caramel.. very smooth with a touch of heat on the end.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:36 am

Well, I'm out of blends. I found this to be one of the most enlightening tastings we've held thus far. Maybe we can do this one again next fall.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:41 am

Hello Sean! I'm interested to see where those two fall for you with the addition of water. I'll be in and out grilling dinner for the wife as it's her birthday.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:08 am

Very much agree with you Sean. And I can honestly say that words don't do justice to the differences in the aproach to the whiskies.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby mikeymad » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:17 am

Adelphi "Loyal Old Mature" Blend - 40%

Had this sample for a long time.

There is a peat influence that you get right off the nose, along with some pear notes....

Slight bit of oil on the palate, and then melts into a nice combo of spice and cooked pears, with the peat notes following it all up

nice little medium short finish...

Good drinking dram
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:22 am

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Ganga wrote:Hello Sean! I'm interested to see where those two fall for you with the addition of water. I'll be in and out grilling dinner for the wife as it's her birthday.


Ganga, you had some really nice notes today. It was interesting what ice or a chilled glass did to the blend.

Sean

I agree. Really interesting stuff.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 2:54 am

Well, it's been very pleasant to run through these whiskies with everyone. Thanks to Sean, Willie and Mikey for joining in today.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:39 am

I'm finally getting around to tasting a couple blends that I had handy, Teachers and Dewars White Label for tonight...so here goes.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:45 am

Dewars White Label 40%

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Dewar's
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Very light on the nose, not much to offer here. A faint hint of citrus fruits but not much else going on.
Lemon peels, it's all a bit bitter really, not the least bit smooth. It becomes 'flat' really, like a soda pop that's lost it's fizz.
Short and very light.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:58 am

Teachers Highland Cream

Teacher's Highland Cream

Teacher's
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Hints of honey with some light fruits.
Very light, fruity, with lots of bitter orange peels.
Medium finish with some drying fruits and hints of grain.
Better than the previous dram, but not by much. Clearly blends are not my thing.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:00 pm

I read my notes from last night, and I noticed I said "clearly blends are not my thing". What I should have said was, these two blends are not my thing. I have had some very enjoyable blends, including Campbelltown Loch and JWG, but for the most part, I prefer single malts.
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