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Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Ganga » Wed Jul 01, 2009 4:51 pm

Folks it's time to break out your independent bottlings and join in a little social comraderie.

Signatory
Douglas Laing
Duncan Taylor
Glenhaven

or anything else that you might have on hand.

Starts now, runs through the weekend. Please feel free to join in anytime as I will be popping in and out starting this evening.
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 3:58 am

I will be on in about 30 minutes to taste a couple of indies. Tonight I will probably do a Sig Mortlach, Sig Benrinnes and an OMC Benrinnes, though if some people are on I may do more. I will also try to check in a couple other nights and taste my other ones.

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:24 am

Signatory Mortlach

Signatory
Mortach
nutty, apples skins, slight sherry.
unripened apples, brazil nut, barley
short, and slightly bitter
Slightly more bitter now than last time I had this.
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0

10 Years Old
1989
43%
-

Single Malt
-
none
None
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 4:33 am

Signatory Benrinnes

Signatory
-
Almonds, slight smoke, melon, and pear.
almonds, and barley. salt, and some mushrooms. Melon and overripe pears. Slight sherry.
medium length. nutty, and melon.
Much nicer than the Mortach.
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0

10 Years Old
1989
43%
-

Single Malt
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None
None
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:33 am

Old Malt Cask Benrinnes 1994 14yo

Old Malt Cask
-
lime, cabbage, almost a fish taco. cranberry, and slight plastic smell. Also faint hints of sherry.
lime and tortilla. cranberry, and barley.
Medium, slight bitter lime, and a hint of sherry.
Kind of like a meal of fish tacos and a cranberry limeade to drink.
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0

14 Years Old
1994
50%
Douglas Laing

Single Malt
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none
none
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Sherry Cask

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Ganga » Thu Jul 02, 2009 5:57 pm

Very nice Sean. Sorry I didn't join you but the internet at home was acting up on the working computer.
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 1:43 am

Ganga wrote:Very nice Sean. Sorry I didn't join you but the internet at home was acting up on the working computer.


No problem Ganga, as I still have seven or eight left to sample. I was wondering when everyone else was going to be on?

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:23 am

Off and on for me Sean. I'll hit up tomorrow a couple of times.


Tonight, the Signatory Orkney 8 yo. Yeah, I've done this one before so no need to go all out on the notes. Several more to work through for the weekend.

Nose: light lemony malt, slight sourness
Palate: much stronger earthiness, slight sour apples (new makish?), oily malt
Finish: long, malty fading to a burning sensation
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby borgom » Fri Jul 03, 2009 8:41 am

Hart Bros - Rosebank

Rosebank
Ex-bourbon Aged 15 Years
Fresh and a little acidic. Underneath there is vanilla and honey. On top we have sweet lime, mandarin and some light floral notes. With a little time there's also notes of lemon tea and Pink Lady apples.
Soft. Honey, sweet bread and lemon. Some acidity and a subtle bitterness are present with a little time in the mouth.
Short to medium. Fresh with a little honey and lemon lingering.
So this is my first Rosebank and I already understand why this distillery is dearly missed.
Light champagne
0

15 Years Old
1990
46%
Hart Brothers

Single Malt
Lowland
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May 1990 / June 2006

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby borgom » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:22 am

Murray McDavid - Auchroisk

Auchroisk
Bourbon/Syrah Aged 13 Years
Dry, balsamic, wine barrel, apple, cinnamon, black pepper, hot red chilli and black berries. There's also something unusual and salty which reminds me of Polish dill pickle brine.
Metallic and almost tannic. Sour apples, balsamic, pepper and some spice. The malt is there briefly but can't make it through the wine notes.
Long. Initially it is dry and hot but gives way to tangy, metallic and salty flavours.
A very different whisky which is dominated by the ACEing. It's not great but I like it. The bottle notes say: "Strawberry, cranberry, redcurrant, flapjacks, breakfast cereal" but I don't get any of those!
Dark amber with a touch of red
0

13 Years Old
1992
46%
Murray McDavid

Single Malt
Speyside
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-
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:42 pm

Nice notes Borgom. That Rosebank sounds very enjoyable.

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:47 pm

Borgom, I suggest revisting the finished Murray McDavid products about 3 to 4 months after they've been opened. Usually the wines dominate initially but then diminish.
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 03, 2009 7:52 pm

Glen Ord

Signatory
Cask 3439 - Hogshead
bananas, dough, dried apples
straw, bread, banana crisps
short, lingering dough and bananas
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Straw
0

8 Years Old
1998
43%
Signatory

Single Malt
Highland
-
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Glencairn
d:20.2.98, b:30.5.06, bot 218/419

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 5:24 am

I am going to try 2 Signatory UCF Peated Bunnas tonight.

First up

Signatory UCF Peated Bunnahabhain 9yo

Signatory
UCF
Slight cooked raisin, campfire smoke, slight strawberry and a little dry leaf smell. Dead wood and unripened peach.
Loads of smoke and peat. Slight raisin and nut sweetness. Wet hay and the dead wood again.
Medium length, very smokey, and raisin.
A very nice malt, that would give most of the other Islay whiskies a run for their money.
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0

9 Years Old
1997
46%
-

Single Malt
Islay
None
None
Brandy Glass
Refill Sherry Butt

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:06 am

Next up

Signatory UCF Heavily Peated Bunnahabhain 10yo

Signatory
UnChillfiltered Series
Very ashy, like the embers after a bonfire has been put out. Slight lemon peel and oak. The ash seems to overwhelm everything else.
Extremely ashy, lemon pledge, and some sweet peat. Faintly nutty.
medium and ashy, with the lemon peal showing back up.
An ok whisky but a little unbalanced IMHO with too much ash. Not as good as the 9yo
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0

10 Years Old
1997
46%
-

Single Malt
Islay
None
None
Brandy Glass
Refill Sherry butt

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby jhershauer » Sat Jul 04, 2009 6:50 am

This sounds like my kind of whisky. I saw this at the Scottsdale store a few weeks ago...I'll have to see if they still have it at the tasting next week.

pkt77242 wrote:I am going to try 2 Signatory UCF Peated Bunnas tonight.

First up

Signatory UCF Peated Bunnahabhain 9yo

Signatory
UCF
Slight cooked raisin, campfire smoke, slight strawberry and a little dry leaf smell. Dead wood and unripened peach.
Loads of smoke and peat. Slight raisin and nut sweetness. Wet hay and the dead wood again.
Medium length, very smokey, and raisin.
A very nice malt, that would give most of the other Islay whiskies a run for their money.
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0

9 Years Old
1997
46%
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Single Malt
Islay
None
None
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Refill Sherry Butt

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Sat Jul 04, 2009 10:54 pm

Just starting off with this one for now and I'll be back later with a few others after dinner and fireworks!



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Dailuaine
-
Sugar n spice, new pencil erasers
Spicy oak and softly sweet like shades of Bing cherries.
soft and a little rubbery with some added salt which really gets the juices flowing making a finely aged aperitif
-
light gold
0

28 Years Old
1976
43%
Lorne MacKillop

Single Malt
Speyside
None
None
Glencairn
Contains no additives of any sort and has not been subjected to chill stablization or filtration.

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Jul 05, 2009 5:42 am

Sounds nice Wave, what other whiskies are you going to have (or had by now)?

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:29 am

I never know till grab a bottle though one will be a DL Brora
Back from a restive dinner and a dud fireworks show (too rainy)

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Highland Park
-
Heather and pungent peat with clove and cinnamon spices
Creamy and peaty, clover honey
More honey in the finish and slightly chewy with a nice medium length
A HP expression that only strengthens my love of Highlabd Park IB's over OB's
Medium Gold
0

19 Years Old
1985
53.5%
Scott's Selection

Single Malt
-
a couple drops of spring water
None
Glencairn
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:46 am

Before my taste buds get too wrecked .... :wink:

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Brora
-
Smoky peat and prune juice
Chewy sweet like a thick Christmas pudding with late peat
Long and spicy slightly salty and drying
Great Brora's ghost!
Mahogany
0

26 Years Old
1977
54.9%
Douglas Laing

Single Malt
Highland
None
None
Glencairn
Old & Rare Platinum Selection

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Jul 05, 2009 6:53 am

Wave wrote:I never know till grab a bottle though one will be a DL Brora
Back from a restive dinner and a dud fireworks show (too rainy)

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Highland Park
-
Heather and pungent peat with clove and cinnamon spices
Creamy and peaty, clover honey
More honey in the finish and slightly chewy with a nice medium length
A HP expression that only strengthens my love of Highlabd Park IB's over OB's
Medium Gold
0

19 Years Old
1985
53.5%
Scott's Selection

Single Malt
-
a couple drops of spring water
None
Glencairn
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Now that sounds like an amazing whisky. :thumbsup:

Thank you for posting notes (and making me jealous :mrgreen: ).

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Sun Jul 05, 2009 7:08 am

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Port Ellen
Sherry Cask
a smoky rubber burn-out and struck matches (a motorheads dream!)
Mouth-coating peat, rubber tires, fruit gum drops
Very long with chewy peat and mildly sulphuric like unstuck matches. the rubber is evident throughout the taste and the finish but in a good way (it's actually very tasty!)
Loads of layers in this PE, Marvelous!
Medium Walnut
0

25 Years Old
1982
58%
Signatory Vintage

Single Malt
Islay
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Cask Strength Collection

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:11 am

On to 2 Signatory CS whiskies before taking a break and coming back later to finish my last 3.

Signatory CS Rosebank

Signatory
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Lemon yogurt, vanilla, sesame seeds, and white bread. Water brings the vanilla to the fore.
Lemon yogurt, with lemon peels, toast, and some cardboard. Also a few notes of vanilla. With water, it become vanilla creme, some banana, and fresh baked bread.
Medium length, toasted sesame seed bagel, hint of butter and lemon. Oddly with water the finish gets longer and adds a nice banana bread note.
A very nice whisky that water opens up a little.
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0

15 Years Old
1990
56.6%
-

Single Malt
Lowland
None
None
Brandy Glass
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:27 am

Signatory Laphroaig CS

Signatory
-
Loads of vanilla, with some peat and grass in the background. just a faint hint of salt
Lots of vanilla and peat, very close to a peated bourbon. Also a fair amount of grass, reminds me of chewing on grass while playing outfield when I was younger. Also a hint of grapefruit and lemon.
A nice long finish, with lots of grapefruit and lemon going on and on. Vanilla and peat dominate the first 10 seconds or so but then it becomes a citrus fest
A very different Laph unlike any I have had before.
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0

15 Years Old
1991
53.8%
-

Single Malt
Islay
None
None
Brandy Glass
Bourbon Barrell

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:13 am

Back to finish up my final three independent bottles that are open.

Signatory Brora

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-
Slight peat, woodsmoke, a hint of mint, pine, and some herbal notes. Some salt.
Peat, and mint, along with some herbal notes. Tea, and a slight cough drop feel. Salty.
Tea and salt. Slight mint/menthol. Woodsmoke comes through at the end.
A very nice whisky that is well balanced and enjoyable.
-
0

21 Years Old
1981
0%
-

Single Malt
-
None
None
Brandy Glass
Refill Sherry Butt

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:50 am

G & M Cask Series Old Pulteney 1993 13yo Sherry butt

Gordon & MacPhail
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Sherry, and more sherry. Raisins, cranberry, and fig. Walnuts.
Very sherried. Cherry, raisins and fig. Walnuts (very close to the nose) and spicy orange chicken.
Very spicy, with candied walnuts, and cherries. Long finish.
A very enjoyable whisky. If you like sherried whiskies and live in the UK this bottle is worth getting. I wish that their was more Old Pulteney's done in Sherry butts on the market, as this is fantastic.
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0

13 Years Old
1993
59.9%
-

Single Malt
-
None
None
Brandy Glass
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:54 am

Having just a couple for tonight

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Millburn
-
Honey, oak, candied fruits and a distant smoke
Honey and peat. Lots of peat actually and without the medicinal taste of an Islay
Good medium length to long Smoky peat embers and oak with a smidgen of salt and spice.
Another Millburn winner!
Light Gold
0

27 Years Old
1976
46%
Gordon & MacPhail

Single Malt
Highland
None
None
Glencairn
Unchillfiltered Collection

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:55 am

My final open indie bottling.

Signatory CS Ben Nevis 16yo 1992 Sherry Butt

Signatory
-
Spicy, sherry, cherry and strawberry. Also some figs and asian spices. Dark Chocolate
Very spicy (asian spices) and bing cherry. Also some nice cherry pie. Fig newtons.
A nice long finish, that is full of asian spices, cherry and dark chocolate.
One of the top 10 whiskies I have had and may even crack the top 5. Just a great sherried whisky.
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0

16 Years Old
1992
54.6%
-

Single Malt
-
None
None
Brandy Glass
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Jul 06, 2009 4:59 am

Wave, I have never had a Millburn before but this sounds great. Do most Millburns taste similar to this?

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:06 am

pkt77242 wrote:Wave, I have never had a Millburn before but this sounds great. Do most Millburns taste similar to this?

Sean

The one I finished (Millburn 13yo Cadenhead) recently and other Millburns I've tasted are fairly peaty and with the case of the Cadenhead creamy too. The G&M I just opened reflects the ones I've had in the past, best of all this one is still available at Binny's! :D


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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Mon Jul 06, 2009 5:23 am

Bunnahabhain

Scott's Selection
-
Cherries and freshly mowed grass, baking spices
Initially cherries before giving way to a mellow peaty mouthful
Long, oily peaty with red fruits and sea salt spray
Now this is a Bunny I can sink mt teeth into!
Medium Gold
0

28 Years Old
1977
49.1%
-

Single Malt
Islay
None
None
Glencairn
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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:23 am

I know it's the 6th .... :wink:

Aberfeldy

Cask & Thistle
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Musky heather, wet hay, lipstick, bananas and pears
Slightly oily and oaky, salted nuts, apples and pears
Short to medium length. A salt and pepper on a Fuji apple finish.
-
light gold
0

29 Years Old
1974
46%
-

Single Malt
Highland
None
None
Glencairn
Not Chillfiltered

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Tue Jul 07, 2009 6:49 am

Highland Park

Lorne MacKillop
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Heather and red fruits, very light smoke
Creamy, lots of heather and peat with a feint smoke and a touch of honey
Long sweet peat, mmmmmmm!
-
very light gold
0

32 Years Old
1973
43%
-

Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
None
None
Glencairn
Has not been subjected to chill stablization or filtration

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Wave » Tue Jul 07, 2009 7:17 am

From my divorce selection :D I bought this bottle on the day I met my wife and opened it on the day of our divorce. It doesn't get much better than that folks!

Longmorn

Signatory Vintage
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Fruitcake, a prune Danish, Christmas cookies
Lots of red fruits, cherries and rasberries, creamy then dry with late salt
A fairly long finish with lots of sherried fruit and dark chocolate.
-
Deep Walnut with a reddish tinge
0

27 Years Old
1973
55.1%
-

Single Malt
Speyside
None
None
Glencairn
Sherry Cask #3962

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Re: Indpendent Bottling Tasting - July 1-5, 2009

Postby Ryguy » Sat Jul 11, 2009 2:26 am

Better late than never I suppose, been a bit busy lately for me, but all is well. Here goes! 8)

SMWS #43.15

Port Ellen
Port Ellen 26yo
Dirty with sea salts, notes of diesel engine smoke and some iodine.
Starts a tad sweet, nice and oily, a little bit drying towards the beginning as well. This is just a very nice dirty dram, loads of PE smokiness!
The finish is long and wonderful, truly a classic PE that coats the palate just perfect. Very long and satisfying indeed!
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Pale Gold
0

26 Years Old
1982
56.1%%
SMWS

Single Malt
Islay
None
None
SMWS
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