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PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:22 pm

It's the festival of the bog. :D Come one, come all and share a dram or more of your favorite peated whiskies.

The Whiskies:

Any whisky with a bit of peat from anywhere in the world.

The Time:

February 6, 7 PM GMT.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:30 pm

Ardbeg Almost There, an awesome balance of peat and fruit, a wonderful nose that promises umpteen treasures and a taste that delivers even more,I suspect that few of my drams tonight will surpass this.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:39 pm

Good afternoon Andy. Good to see you started us off with a bang. As soon as the groceries are away I will be there with you.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:42 pm

Hi Gang !
Decided to start the night with a few from the back of the cupboard that normally don't get touched and aren't exactly my favourites....
First off a bottle of legendary proportions !
Expression - Ledaig Peated
Age - NAS
ABV - 42%
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - A very pungent peat , very youthful , a touch citrusy
Palate - a sweet peat but still quite spirity ,
Finish - long and a spirity finish .
Comments - the near legendary peated Ledaig , not as bad as some make out , just a tad young......
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:47 pm

Welcome Gordon! Interesting choice for opening up your tasting. Think I'll start with the Johnny Gold.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:53 pm

Johnny Walker Gold

Johnny Walker
Gold
Parafin, honey, straw, cracked barley kernels, wisps of smoke, wood shavings, vanilla
Bees wax and honey, old straw mixed with some burnt straw, butterscotch, vanilla
short, waxy butterscotch
Not nearly as intense as it once was. A very pleasant dram. The grain portion is not dominant but adds a little character to the whisky. Would probably like this better at around 50%.
antique gold
0

18 Years Old
0
0%
Johnny Walker

Blended
Scotland
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:16 pm

Next up......
Expression - Benriach Signatory UCF "Heavily Peated"
Year - 1994
Age - 10yo
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - Hogshead No.1644 / 48 of 425
Colour - Chardonnay Wine
Nose - light peat , pine nuts , distant chocolate , pine washing up liquid......quite mossy.....
Palate - more peated on the palate , quite lemony , not a lot else .
Finish - Long , chewy peat and lemon juice .
Comments - Dist 20/6/1994 , Bottled 10/9/2004 , Marginally better than the ledaig , would probably catch a few out in a blind tasting but still inferior to the "Kings of Peat" !
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:25 pm

Moving along to a single malt, HP 12

HP 12

Highland Park
12 yo
heather honey, rich grains, nutty-brittle
sweet caramel nougat, almonds, Bit O Honey, heather-straw
long, soothing, dessert sweetness
Really, this is one of the finest drams you can have from the bargain tier pricing.
dark amber
0

12 Years Old
0
43%
Highland Park

Single Malt
Highland
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:37 pm

An old bottle
Expression - Cadenheads Authentic Collection 1992 Longrow
Year - 1992
Age - 9yo
ABV - 57%
Cask / Bottle No. - Bourbon Hogshead / 1 of 342
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Peat , very coastal (seashore / iodine) , green fruits , a little chemical.....
Palate - Peat and Liquorice , touch peppery , a sweetness to it . almost medicinal in a Fishermans Friend sort of way......
Finish - Long , peat , liquorice and seashore .
Comments - Bottled Sept 2001 , looking at the dark colour i would have said a sherry cask but it says Bourbon , must have been very active , a decent enough young Longrow .
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:44 pm

And now for something way different. An Ardmore.

Glenhaven Ardmore 18

Glenhaven
3.77, 4.95
lemon juice, charred oak, vanilla, wax, light wood spices
Waxy, doughy, slight seaweed, lemon rinds, oak embers
Long, warming, citric
A beautiful rendition of what Ardmore can be.
Squeezed lemon juice
0

18 Years Old
1977
59.3%
Glenhaven

Single Malt
Highland
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:57 pm

Next up , one of Raymondos....
Expression - Bladnoch 6yo "Lightly Peated"
[Age - 6yo
ABV - 58.5%
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Slight Smokiness at first , a slight peatiness that hides behind the lowland grassiness , quite citric . Vanilla and fudge .
Palate - a subtle peatiness that is nearly hidden by Vanilla , grass , green fruits and late on spices .
Finish - Long , green fruits and spicy .
Comments - This must have been a very active cask , ist fill by the tastes , actually reminds me of Glen Morays from the Society .
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:06 pm

Benromach Peat Smoke, bought this for this tasting. Quite sparse on the nose, nicely smoky on the tongue and a wee peated kick at the end. A bit "Victoria Beckham" for me though, skinny, girly and saccharine sweet.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:08 pm

Transitioning to Islay....

McClelland's Islay

McClelland's
Islay
Lots of straw and grain, smoke from wood and leaves, some sweetness-Hubba Bubba?, heather
Big ashy hit up front resolving to malty sweetness
short with a battle between the ashes and malt.
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reddish gold
0

NAS Years Old
0
40%
McClelland

Single Malt
Islay
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:10 pm

andyt wrote:Benromach Peat Smoke, bought this for this tasting. Quite sparse on the nose, nicely smoky on the tongue and a wee peated kick at the end. A bit "Victoria Beckham" for me though, skinny, girly and saccharine sweet.


I don't think I'll ever look at the whisky the same again. :P
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:14 pm

A surprising rediscovery......
Expression - RoyalmileWhiskies Young Peaty Islay
Year - 1999
Age - 6yo
ABV - 61.5%
Cask / Bottle No. - / 1 of 322
Colour - Pale white Wine
Nose - Very nose hair tingling.....spirity and peaty (so it does what it says on the label....) , after a while lemon comes through .
Palate - Whoof ! peaty ! actually tastes better than it smells , wow ! Not as spirity as i would have thought , really nice peat , balanced , quite refreshing .
Finish - Not too long but peaty and citrusy .
Comments - Dist 17th Feb 1999 , bott March 2005 . A very nice drinking dram for it's strength , begs the question "where does it go wrong later in it's life ?"
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:24 pm

Big Peat 46%
Great whisky this. Very tasty. Nice to notice the older whisy in here.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:35 pm

Expression - The Ileach
ABV - 40%
Colour - An un-natural burnished Copper
Nose - a flat peatiness , not a lot else
Palate - Again a peatiness but not much else , there is a distant floralness which would make me think of one Islay Distillery.....
Finish - Gone as quick as it was there.....again a distant floralness....
Comments - this is an old batch , bought out of curiosity more than anything else , wondered why i'd left it alone for a while......ok my guess......Bowmore
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:40 pm

Ardbeg CC 1979, very little smoke but none the worse for that, vanilla and orange peel/pith. Sorry about this but it makes a wonderful burp :oops:
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:42 pm

Bowmore 25 Moonlight

Bowmore
Bowmore 25 ceramic "Moonlight"
cinnamon, sandalwood, vanilla, orange cider, whisps of smoke, grapefruit blossoms
cinnamon sticks in tea, light tar and coals, light grapefruit
long, grapefruit and dying campfire
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Orange gold
0

25 Years Old
0
43%
Bowmore

Single Malt
Islay
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:49 pm

Expression - Dun Bheagan 8yo Islay
Age - 8yo
ABV - 43% and unchill-filtered (!?!?)
Colour - Copper
Nose - sweet fudgy peat , Lemon , eventually it becomes wet peat
Palate - definite wet peat on the palate , mossy
Finish - medium lemon and peat .
Comments - Not a bad dram (better than the Ileach...) , my guess would be a Caol Ila......
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:52 pm

SMWS 29.78

SMWS
Laphroaig 8
bacon grease, oak embers, oily, glue?
charcoal, oily feel and taste, kippers
long, warming, bacony
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straw gold
0

8 Years Old
2001
58.2%
SMWS

Single Malt
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:04 am

I have a Cunning Plan......More cunning than the cunningest Fox at the University of Cunningness.....
Expression - Blackadder Smoking Islay (2002/04)
ABV - 55%
Cask / Bottle No. - 2002-04 /
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - loads of wet peat interweaving with smoke from a fire on a beach .
Palate - Wow a mouthful of peat smoke , almost like chewing a mouthful of peat , nearly woody infact .
Finish - extremely long , peaty and smoky , touch of strong lemon right at the end .
Comments - Again does what it says on the label , as for it's origin ? my guess is again a young Caol Ila.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:06 am

SMWS 53.133

SMWS
Caol Ila 19
doughy, Elmer's glue, straw, cooking grease/bacon fat, meadowy
dough mixed with fresh greens including sparse mint, mosses, light Crisco, wet hay
Moderate, seaweed bonfire
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dark straw
0

19 Years Old
0
53.2%
SMWS

Single Malt
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:14 am

Bunnahabhain 1997 Peated

Signatory Vintage UCF
UCF 9 yo, d:1.12.97, 4.12.06, cask 5268
Tarry, creosote, lemons, seaweed/iodine, heather straw
Charred seaweed, oily, cured salmon, dough made with sea salt
moderate, diesel and brine
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Pale gold
0

0 Years Old
0
0%
Signatory

Single Malt
Islay
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:19 am

Expression - Blackadder Smoking Islay (2003/05)
ABV - 55%
Cask / Bottle No. - 2003-05 /
Colour - very pale Gold
Nose - Again Very peaty , whisps of peat smoke , lemon , hint of Cocoa , slightly nose hair tingling.....
Palate - the peat sucked in my cheeks ! almost like standing over a peat fire and drawing the smoke across the palate .
Finish - Long , pungent peatiness
Comments - Again does what it says on the label , Could be a young Ardbeg but doubt it , more or likely a Caol Ila though Bowmore could come into it after the RMW one.......Not a Lagavulin !
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:21 am

Caol Ila 2000 7yo hogshead 66.7% Van Wees
c: sauternes
n: lemon sweets on a freshly tarred road, suprised this amount of alcohol doesn't irritate my nose. not sure if this says anything about my nose or the whisky.
t: sweets, peats, lemons and some cake. Peated lemoncupcake maybe
f: lemon and pepper(black).
c: young, strong and peated a great combo.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:26 am

Bruichladdich "First Born"

Bruichladdich
Bruichladdich "First Born", K&L exclusive
Straw fire, deft
pepper, bell peppers, straw, dough, slight wininess
Short but strong, lots a burning peat moss
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Red gold
0

5 Years Old
2001
46%
Bruichladdich

Single Malt
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:28 am

Ras Mazunga wrote:Caol Ila 2000 7yo hogshead 66.7% Van Wees
c: sauternes
n: lemon sweets on a freshly tarred road, suprised this amount of alcohol doesn't irritate my nose. not sure if this says anything about my nose or the whisky.
t: sweets, peats, lemons and some cake. Peated lemoncupcake maybe
f: lemon and pepper(black).
c: young, strong and peated a great combo.


Maybe you don't have any nose hairs left to burn after the Bows. Looks like my kind of CI though.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:31 am

Jura Superstition, I usually like this a lot but tonight it seems slightly wanting, I must try the Prophecy though.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:37 am

Chieftains Ardbeg 10

Chieftains
Chieftains 10
melons and tar, dough rising on a sunny afternoon, seashore breezes
slight soapiness overpowered by road construction, green melons soaked in brine
Long, seashore bonfire
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gold
0

10 Years Old
1999
54.8%
Chieftains

Single Malt
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:38 am

Expression - SOS 1996 Ardbeg Cask 898
Year - 1996
Age - 8yo
ABV - 51.7%
Cask / Bottle No. - 898 /
Colour - Gold
Nose - Wet peat , pine cleaner , creamy Coffee .
Palate - a typical peaty lemony Ardbeg palate .
Finish - Long peaty /slightly woody , lemon finish .
Comments - A very good Ardbeg from Spirit Of Scotland more commonly known as Gordon and Macphail , why the hell didn't they release CS Ardbegs in the UK ?
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:40 am

Talisker 175th

Talisker
175th Anniversary Limited Edition
Tar, fishing boats.
Peat, salt, yoghurt.
Wood smoke, oak, and pepper.
Sample set aside from a bottle finished months ago, this doesn't match my notes from previous tastings at all. Much more maritime and peaty than I recall, with little sweetness and a less peppery finish. Still good, just different. With time in the glass it does approach the profile I recall.
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0

0 Years Old
0
45.8%
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Single Malt
Island (non Islay)
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None
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:45 am

Lagavulin 12

Lagavulin
12, 2009 edition
cooking bacon, wet grist, dried peat and mosses, beach sand
burning driftwood and kelp, tar rope, lemons, ground lemon rinds
Huge bonfire
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medium gold
0

12 Years Old
0
57.9%
Diageo

Single Malt
Islay
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:49 am

Bowmore 1995 13yo 56.4% sherry butt smos
n: wax, oil, old furniture, panforte, fresh tabacco, kippers, very nice smoked fishy notes, walnut oil.
t: cooked fruits with sundried seaweeds.
f: smoked panforte
c: a suberb whisky. best Bowmore I ever had.

It really annoys me that there are so few sherried islanders for sale.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:05 am

Springbank 10

Springbank
10
Tropical fruits, slightly medicinal. Coconut, whiff of smoke.
Loads of fruit and peat.
Sweet then drying, ashy peat.
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Straw
0

10 Years Old
0
46%
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Single Malt
Campbeltown
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None
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