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Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:34 am

Ganga wrote:Occasionally I find some whiskies that desensitize my palate. These can be the first things that I have and I'm shot for an hour. What I really find is that my mind starts to wonder long before the palate goes.


Thanks Ganga. Just poured a dram of JW Gold with some water. nose is all honey.

N: honey, honey, pear, and papaya.
P: pear drizzled in honey. very sweet.
F: short. still slightly off but the finish is better with water than without.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:35 am

Novice Scotch Fan wrote:Enjoy yourselves gentlemen, I am retiring for the evening. the whisky has gone to my head. I a little tanked right not. Have a good one!


Good night NSF.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:38 am

Good night NSF. Enjoyed having you here.

Ok, I'm moving off the blends tonight. I'll check in tomorrow.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:18 am

Back to tasting notes after getting the kids to bed...

JW Green

Johnnie Walker
Green
Peat, something slightly medicinal, not as sweet as the other JWs
Stronger than Gold, peppery, some sweet spices, a bit hot
Pepper, earthy peat, lasting
I like this JW. It's much more interesting than the Gold, and makes for a nice gateway to Talisker and Islay single malts.
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I think I'm going to call it quits on the blends for tonight after a JW trifecta. Tomorrow I'll pull out the Teachers and Black Bottle 10 year.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:36 am

Good night Jeff.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:07 pm

I thought I would provide a reminder to all that this is the 2nd weekend for tasting blended whiskies. Depending on how things go, I will show up sometime to retry some of the blends in chilled glasses and on the rocks.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:49 am

Ganga? You or anyone else around tonight to continue a tasting of blends?
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 12, 2009 6:52 pm

I'll try to do a couple of blends tonight. I missed last weekend due to being in Skye. I'm back now though (dammit).

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:53 pm

Trying some blends this morning/afternoon. I will be trying several first in a chilled brandy glass and second in a tumbler with ice. First up Dewar's white.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 7:58 pm

Dewar's White Label

Dewar's
White Label
rancid maltiness but much lighter than previous experience, little bit of cinnamon too.
Palate is actually not to bad. cinnamon buns.
short, bitter malt
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John Dewar & Sons

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Scotland
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Cubes
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:11 pm

Dewar's White Label

Dewar's
White Label
Bad malty notes grow in intensity as the whisky and glass warm
Much more intense flavors of cinnamon and bread
longer with bitter chocolate and cinnamon
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John Dewar and Sons

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:13 pm

Reflecting back on last weekend, I would say that I got the most enjoyment out of the White Label in a tumbler with ice. :shock:
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:20 pm

Ganga wrote:Reflecting back on last weekend, I would say that I got the most enjoyment out of the White Label in a tumbler with ice. :shock:

Nice Rich. Maybe that's because you can't taste it so much, :wink:
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:24 pm

I'd suggest that water cuts the flavors down and the cold temperature mutes it some more.

Next up the Cutty Sark.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:28 pm

Cutty Sark Blended

Cutty Sark
Blended NAS
sour balls, rough oak
oaky, wheaty (whole grains including the husks)
short, touch of spices
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Berry Bros & Rudd

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:41 pm

Cutty Sark Blended

Cutty Sark
Blended NAS
sour maltiness
harsh mixture of grains, husky
very short, grainy
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Berry Bros & Rudd

Blended
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:53 pm

I think Cutty benefits from the addition of water. That's right, water drowns some of the flavor.

J&B is up next.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 8:56 pm

J&B Rare Blended

J&B
Rare Blended Scotch Whisky
very light maltiness and spices.
cinnamon and grist
short
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Justerini & Brooks Ltd

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Scotland
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:01 pm

J&B Rare Blended

J&B
Rare Belnded Scotch Whisky
light straw, cocoa powder
vanilla, cinnamon, oak, straw
medium, cinnamon oakiness
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Justerini & Brooks Ltd

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:02 pm

I really didn't care for this last time but in the chilled glass it is more than drinkable; it's enjoyable.

Hmm, what next? Grant's NAS
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:13 pm

Grant's Blended

William Grant's
Blended NAS
Strong grain alcohol.acetone, wet flour, lemons
bitter cocoa beans, buttery, lemons
short astringent oak
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William Grant & Sons Ltd

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:23 pm

Grant's Blended

William Grant's
Blended NAS
lemon sweets in dk chocolate, as it warms up a little thrashed straw,
chocolate covered barley, lemon rinds
bit anestisizing, lemony barley
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Willian Grant & Sons Ltd

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:26 pm

Hm, Grants has the most going for it although not necessarily the most enjoyable thus far. Each way presents a different and interesting perspective to the whisky. I'd suggest that there is no "best way" to have this particular whisky.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:37 pm

Famous Grouse 12

Famous Grouse
Blended 12
rich maltiness, citrus, cinnamon dust, oaky
like following a combine during harvest-dusty grains mixed with chaf and straw, dry lemon rinds
short, gristy
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Famous Grouse

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Highly quaffable with ice.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:46 pm

Famous Grouse 12

Famouse Grouse
Blended 12
not much initially, lemony straw starts to come in,
cinnamon, oak, vanilla, waxiness
moderate, cinnamon with lingering waxiness
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:47 pm

I really enjoyed the Grouse today. Chilled is a very interesting way to have the Grouse as the flavors tend to appear at different times as it warms up.

Old St. Andrews next.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 9:55 pm

Old St Andrews 12

Old St Andrews
Blended 12
squeezed lemons, August wheat field, chocolate butter
roasted barley, chocolate, cinnamon
moderate, sublte barley notes
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:07 pm

Old St Andrews 12

Old St Andrews
Blended 12
old straw, dusty,
roasting peanuts, creamy chocolatiness starts to come in later, lemons even later.
longer, rich, chocolatey barley
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:07 pm

Really enjoyable in the chilled glass. 8)

Next, Chivas 18
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:32 pm

I'm sorry, needed a small break for a late lunch. Chivas Regal 18 is up next.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 10:45 pm

Chivas Regal 18

Chivas Regal
18
italian spices, heather
nutmeg, cinnamon, barley, limey citrus
short, nutmeg and spices
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:01 pm

Chivas Regal 18

Chivas Regal
18
wheat straw, arctic air
very bitter, old barley kernels, early lemons
short and bitter
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Chivas Regal

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:03 pm

Well, give me the Chivas Regal straight up or with a dash of water. Ice and chilled glasses make this one really bitter.

JW Red next.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:23 pm

JW Red

Johnnie Walker
Red NAS
Very peppery, little maltiness
gristy/doughy, ground pepper
long, peppery, slightly bitter
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JOhnnie Walker

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:30 pm

JW Red

Johnnie Walker
Red NAS
astringent malt, lightly smoked grains
nice cracked pepper mixed with raw grains,
short, grainy
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Johnnie Walker

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