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Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

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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NAS Years Old
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43%
Willian Grant & Sons Ltd

Blended
Scotland
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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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12 Years Old
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40%
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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12 Years Old
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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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12 Years Old
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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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0 Years Old
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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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18 Years Old
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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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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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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:33 pm

Not really overly fond the Red in either of these cases. If given a bottle it would likely sit on the back of the shelf.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:35 pm

Whyte & Mackay Special Scotch Whisky 40%

Colour: Mid gold
Nose: citrus, orange and lemon, rich and malty. Very clean.
Palate: Juicy malt, more citrus.
Finish: Medium length and spicy
Comment: I find the palate of this a little thin, but that might be the strength (or lack of). The bottle I'm drinking from is an ancient 75cl and I can't even remember where it came from. One of the striking things about it is that it seems to lack the heavy caramel that is present in the current W&M bottlings and it is so much better for that. This is a pleasant, refreshing whisky that I would be happy to drink anytime.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:39 pm

Johnnie Walker Black

Johnnie Walker
12 yo
heavy malts, light acetone
smokey barley, earthy, estery
short, barley and estery
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12 Years Old
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:42 pm

Well hello Willie. :D I've made it through most of 10 samples 4 times, each attempted in a different fashion. I think the most surprising thing is how some whiskies fair better in the different manners.

I should ask you if adding water or ice makes a negative or positive impact. Or does it just present something different?
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:54 pm

Johnnie Walker Black

Johnnie Walker
Black 12
lightly malty, most everything is gone
lightly peaty/earthy, smoked barley, slight mintishness
short but refreshing
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:58 pm

Well, I would say that the Black is far more elegant than the Red. Much better with water than compared to the chilled or with ice. One more to go, Johnnie Gold
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 12, 2009 11:59 pm

Bailie Nicol Jarvie Old Scotch Whisky 40%

Colour: Deep gold
Nose: Malt rush. Cereal notes all over the place. Horlicks. Then the fruit starts to come through: orange and mango, then some vanilla too.
Palate: Barley and woodspice. Wonderfully clean. Lemony and sweet.
Finish: Lovely, medium long, gently spicy.
Comment: What a lovely dram. This really makes a case for blends. Ok so it lacks the complexity and surprises of malt whisky but what a pleasant journey it is. Lovely.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:06 am

Johnnie Walker Gold

Johnnie Walker
Gold 18
beautiful cinnamon malt, becomes a cinnamon dough
Cinnabon shop, smoked honey
short, smokey dough
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:09 am

Ganga wrote:Well hello Willie. :D I've made it through most of 10 samples 4 times, each attempted in a different fashion. I think the most surprising thing is how some whiskies fair better in the different manners.

I should ask you if adding water or ice makes a negative or positive impact. Or does it just present something different?

Hi Rich
to be honest i can't remember the last time I added water to a blend. If we were talking malt then I would say that the addition of water or ice just makes a change and the nature of the change is unpredictable. For me the drams can lose some of the intensity that I love, although I recognise that many different flavours and aromas can be released. I certainly wouldn't say they are better or worse either way.

I only have three drams here so I may play around with them shortly. :D
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

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

Johnnie Walker Gold

Johnnie Walker
Gold 18
Honeys and smoke, load of vanilla underneath
smokey honey bacon, rich barley
short, bacon
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:16 am

Willie, I found that some improve just because you ARE diluting the flavor.

I did find that the Johnnie Gold was pleasant no matter what I did to it. The surprise for me was that I probably had the most fun and enjoyment from the Famous Grouse 12.

I think I'm going to look up a few of the Irish blends now....
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:22 am

Te Bheag Gaelic Whisky 40%

Colour: Amber
Nose: Lovely peat smoke, kippers, salt and malt. Some fruit but the peat smoke, while not strong, is in charge.
Palate: Very salty and nicely malty.
Finish: Long lingering salt, wrapped around the clean barley.
Comment: Given its provenance it would be no surprise to find Talisker in this, but given its flavours it would be amazing to find that it does not comprise much of the malt component here. This is terrific stuff for the price. I like it very much.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:24 am

Ganga wrote:Willie, I found that some improve just because you ARE diluting the flavor.

I'm not sure if you are saying that this was a good thing because the flavour was unpleasant or not.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:25 am

Jameson NAS

Jameson
NAS
some dried herbs and spices over a bed of malt
Last years grains, nutmeg, bay leaves, oregano
moderate, dried herbs/spices
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:28 am

Wow, this whisky just came back. It's the fleshy mango components. Here's to the Jameson. EDIT: A little later (warmed up) is kind of a mixture of mango, peaches and rose petals.

Willie, some of the blends I've had have not been all that pleasant. By adding water, either through direct or through ice, it dilutes that unpleasant nature thus it is improved. Dewar's White Label is something that is much more drinkable with ice than straight.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:34 am

I tried adding some water to the W&M and it has released the malt on the nose. The fruit has faded into the background and has become sharper, more like gooseberries. There is an emergence of youthful, feinty aromas too. On the palate the water has made it even more refreshing, like cool diluted lime juice. The finish has become a little more spicy and and shows some vanilla. So much better than the current caramel ridden version.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:37 am

Ganga wrote:Willie, some of the blends I've had have not been all that pleasant. By adding water, either through direct or through ice, it dilutes that unpleasant nature thus it is improved. Dewar's White Label is something that is much more drinkable with ice than straight.

Ok. Can you identify a common element in the unpleasantness? Is it a bitterness in the finish that you might expect to find from added caramel (at the risk of sounding like I'm on a JM hobby horse).
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:38 am

Jameson NAS

Jameson
NAS
peach blossoms, light sea air, malty
dough mixed with peach/mango pulp, dry herbs
moderate, fleshy fruits
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:41 am

Generally I would identify it with old grains that have "turned". I spent some time as a youth cleaning out the bottom of silos. That's where the water collects, things begin to ferment in an uncontrolled environment, and also adds kind of an "old" or "musty" element.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:44 am

Interestingly, water in the BNJ seems to lift the fruit out of the malt, which is exactly the opposite effect that it had with the W&M. There's a bit of lemon on the nose and the palate and the finish gives more toffee and vanilla. Again very refreshing.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:45 am

Ganga wrote:Generally I would identify it with old grains that have "turned". I spent some time as a youth cleaning out the bottom of silos. That's where the water collects, things begin to ferment in an uncontrolled environment, and also adds kind of an "old" or "musty" element.

Interesting. I haven't seen that with any of the three that I had, but they've all been young.
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