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Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:14 pm

Welcome to the Closed Lowland Distillery Live Forum Tasting

The Whiskies

Rosebank
St. Magdalene
Littlemill

And any other closed lowland distillery malt you may have...

Date and Time


Friday 4th December - Sunday 6th December


Start time - 7:00pm GMT

About...
For those of you who do not know what these are about, they run for generally 12+ hours and we all sit down (at various times) to taste a range of whiskies and share our notes and comments on the forum. Have a look in the Live Tasting forum for past events.

They are a great way to meet people on the forum, chat about your experiences and learn something new about the whiskies you have, and we all end up having a good time.

Please feel free to join in and post any comments or tasting notes you have. Tasting notes can be added using the Tasting Note tab on the postings page. (Note, the Age field on the tasting must be a number such as 7,9,10,18)

We look forward to seeing you this weekend...
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:44 am

It's too late to start this tonight. I'll do it tomorrow.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 5:34 am

I will be on Saturday to taste my lot.

Signatory CS Rosebank
Littlemill 8yo OB

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 9:28 pm

JW Gold to get ready for the tasting. I am opening my bottle of Littlemill 8 next. Tad nervous for it as I haven't heard to amny good comments about it.

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:14 pm

Here we go

[TASTINGNOTE2=Littlemill 8yo]Td_ABV=0Td_Age=8Td_BottleNotes=-Td_Bottler=-Td_Brand=LittlemillTd_Expression=-Td_NoteID=0Td_Region=LowlandTd_Type=Single MaltTd_Vintage=0Tf_Cereal=0Tf_Feinty=0Tf_Floral=0Tf_Fruity=0Tf_Peaty=0Tf_Sulphury=0Tf_Winey=0Tf_Woody=0Tg_Glass=-Tg_Ice=noneTg_Water=noneTm_MemberID=0Tm_MemberName=NoneTm_PostedDate=0Tn_Colour=-Tn_Comments=When I read some of the reviews and it is rated in the 60's I was expecting something unenjoyable. While it is not great, it is definitely drinkable. Tn_Finish=short finish that is rather floral with some lemons. Also some oatmeal. Tn_Nose=marshmellow, barley and some sugar. slight hay and dried flowers. Simple but inoffensive. Tn_Palate=starts floral and then adds in hay, barley and some tangerines. Some citrus as well maybe lemon. Tn_Score=75 points [/TASTINGNOTE2]

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:31 pm

I think more recent Littlemill bottlings haven't had quite the bad press that older ones had Sean. I've certainly had a few rough Littlemills in the past.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:32 pm

The thread seems to have got very wide. :o
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:43 pm

Hello gents. I've got a MMcD Rosebank to add to the tasting. Will get to it in a few minutes.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Dec 05, 2009 10:51 pm

Rosebank 11

Murray McDavid
Rosebank 11
straw, dough, lemon rinds, green grasses
semidry grasses/straw, gristy, lemon, touch of acorns
moderately long, light, straws and cracked grains
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pale gold
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11 Years Old
1989
46%
Murray McDavid

Single Malt
Lowland
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Celtic Malts Glass
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:05 pm

Willie JJ wrote:The thread seems to have got very wide. :o


That would be my post :oops:

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:08 pm

Ganga wrote:

Rosebank 11

Murray McDavid
Rosebank 11
straw, dough, lemon rinds, green grasses
semidry grasses/straw, gristy, lemon, touch of acorns
moderately long, light, straws and cracked grains
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pale gold
0

11 Years Old
1989
46%
Murray McDavid

Single Malt
Lowland
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Celtic Malts Glass
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Sounds pretty good Ganga.

I just poured my Signatory CS Rosebank 1990 15yo. Will post notes in a minute but right now I am just savoring it. Very yummy.

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:18 pm

Signatory Rosebank 1990 15yo CS

Signatory
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lemon rind, gum drops and lemon pudding.
very sweet. Lemon pie, and lemon juice.
medium finish on lemon and more lemon.
Very nice but you must like lemon.
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0

15 Years Old
1990
56.6%
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Single Malt
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:02 am

I'm still recovering from a cold so i can't smell much, but it would be rude not to join in so I've poured a Cadenhead's 16yo Rosebank at 55.7%
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:11 am

This is a wonderful malt with crystalised barley and vanilla sugars. Honey and pineapple on the palate and a revival of the malt and icing sugar on the finish. Really nice.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:45 am

OK fellows, I'll join in in a somewhat limited fashion, as I only have three 'candidates' on hand. Yes, I'd dearly love to have experienced St. Magdalene in one form or another, but I suppose that will just have to wait for another day. Here goes...
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:57 am

Littlemill 10 Year Old, Distilled 1990 & Bottled 2000 by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky - 43%ABV

Pale lemon-lime silver gold. Scents of vanilla cake batter and marsh grasses with notions of pepper-laced alcohol. A slippery texture and definite sweetness. Very discreet and soft until a more surly sizzle appears. Thie one needs really healthy swigs to go anywhere at all. Even then, the finish disappears over the edge of the cliff. Sort of like a cream soda version of a Lowlander, and average at best.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:16 am

Got the Littlemill out of my system. :? Now onto hopefully better things...

Rosebank 8 Year Old, Distilled 1989 & Bottled 1998 by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky - 43%ABV

Bright gold with a canary yellow tone. Refill Sherry casks? Wow... Perfumed! Sweet grass, spruce needles, grapefruit and deep-fried bananas. Floral as well. Spicier on the palate. I'm sensing basil leaves and mint along with licorice and lemon pepper. Hot and buzzy, this one is. Now we're talking!
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:32 am

Last but not least...

Rosebank 8 Year Old, Distilled 1989 & Bottled 1997 by William Cadenhead - 57.9%ABV

Incredibly pale hue, platinum gold at best. I wonder how many times that cask was used? What a fragrance, though. It's like freshly picked grasses and grains enhanced with dried flowers, herbs and something faintly fruity - pear skins? The palate entry is nothing short of explosive. I'm almost reminded of an Alsatian Gewurztraminer eau-de-vie. In fact, I can't recall ever having tasted a Scotch where the wood aspect was so subservient to the malt thrust, except perhaps for Kilchoman's New Spirit.

This one's an absolute stunner, and I'm VERY happy I have another bottle of it squirled away.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:11 pm

Nice notes guys. Its very frustrating that I can't smell much, because I think I probably have a few things I could put in here. I'll hopefully get a chance to come back to it in due course.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ganga » Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:59 pm

In due course Willie.... Nice to see Rosebank and Littlemill well represented. Hopefully some others will have a chance to contribute in the next few weeks.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ganga » Tue Dec 08, 2009 5:28 am

Came back to the Rosebank tonight. Little more closed because of how cool it is here now. Still a very good dram. Very much in the Lowland character with straw, grass, heather, florals as the predominant characteristics.
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:03 am

Sorry I missed this the other day...I had really intended on participating, but I forgot I was going to be away on Saturday & Sunday.

I'm pouring a dram of SMWS #49.10 now, notes to follow. :D :D
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:17 am

St. Magdalene 26yo ( 59.1%, SMWS Cask #49.10, 1982 )
"A Royal Aperitif"

Glass: SMWS

Nose: A nice mix of sweet fruits, with a hint of honey in the background, then it all becomes a bit drying.

Palate: WOW! Loads of honey sweetness with lots of wonderful floral notes in the background. This whisky has alot going on and is very full in flavor.

Finish: The finish is long and sweet like candied fruits and lasts and lasts.

Comment: Another great cask selection from the SMWS, and certainly another excellent St. Maggie!
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Dec 12, 2009 8:03 am

Ok, I am going to have to find a St. Magdalene one of these days to try. Thank you all for the great notes, and keep adding to them if you have anymore (yes I am looking at you Willie).

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