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Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010


Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:39 am

In my note as a reply to Ed's note, I suggested he check to see if he's gotten administrator approval. Otherwise, I asked him to join us tomorrow night...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:44 am

Does anyone remember how long it takes to get clearance from the administrators?
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:46 am

S_tan_De_mon wrote:Does anyone remember how long it takes to get clearance from the administrators?


I didn't think that there was a waiting period... but I guess that was before attacks..

Will have to see..
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:50 am

Attacks? Are wine drinkers trying to sabotage this site? :wink:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:51 am

I would suggest that it depends on when the adminstrators check in. It's early am now so.... All depends on whether they check in over the weekend.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:52 am

No Marty. A former denizen got drunk one night and went on a spamming rampage.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:54 am

That's my take on it, Ganga. That's what I told to Ed...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:55 am

Macallan 12, 43%
D:22.12.88
B: 29.5.01
Cask 13935
Bottle 234/660

Color: Amber
Nose: soft caramel chews, creamy, leather finishes, warm applie pie
Palate: soft sulfur component that works well, cherry pie with the sugar on top, stewed oranges
Finish: lingering cinnamon/orange cider
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:03 am

Clynelish 29yo 1974 ( 55.6%, Signatory, 2.18.74-8.1.03 cask 2571)

Another D&M release from years ago. The color in the glass is just a lovely liquid gold. You can tell right away that this has spent a bit of time in wood. Woody notes on the nose are the center of just about everything that you fine. It takes a little bit to find other notes other than wood, bark, sap.... but the vanilla notes start to come out, which turns into a nice vanilla cake (freshed baked). All complemented by the cereal notes... Man I like the taste of this beverage.. the notes does not really prepare you to how big this is on the palate. A great combination of light spice, rich citrus, and wood notes, backed my a nice powerful burn from the %, gets right to the taste buds and takes over for a it.. and I like it. Second taste builds on the first really nicely builds the spices up and complements the rest of the flavors really well. The finish is really mid palate, which is really interesting considering the age (should finish back in the palate more). It is pretty long, but not super long. It is pretty much the woody notes that were on the nose that come back and sit in your mouth, with a touch of the sweetness from the citrus.

I was not sure this beverage was holding up over time from the nose.. But oh when you taste it.. yep it is all there and more...

PS - Added a touch of water.. the nose comes alive much more opens all up and wood blends together more. Tasting it everything is softened up a little bit, but all still nice.

I give it a :thumbsup:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:07 am

pkt77242 wrote:Signatory CS Ben Nevis 16yo 54.6% 7/3/1992-8/15/2008 sherry butt 2309 bottle 327 of 550.


I have #347...

I tried this at a tasting from Traverso's, where Ed Kohl was hosting. I really liked it at the time.. (I bought it)... Mine is still sealed.. Will look forward to trying it again. Hope that it does not leave me a little short.. I don't remember it being a short finish.. but it could have been the sequencing of the evening... Like your notes..
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:12 am

You guys are really putting up some scrumptious tasting notes tonight... :thumbsup:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:13 am

Mortlach 9 coming S'tan. :thumbsup:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:16 am

A newer bottle this time... - from Binny's

Linkwood 17yo 1990 ( 55.5%, Signatory, Binny's D-26/11/90 B-05/08/08 Cask 9724 108/232 hogshead )

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:-) - I like that Clyn S'tan...

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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:23 am

I suspect that I'd really like that Clynelish too!
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:31 am

Mortlach 9, 43%

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D: 26.5.88
B: 9.97
Cask 2622
Bottle /580

Color: light amber
Nose: orange blossoms, honey, leather factory, cinnamon toast, creamy
Palate: chewy rubber with burning alcohol fuel-think race track, cherry jam, orange marmalade, grape jelly
Finish: long and sweet, very much sweet fruit oriented
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:33 am

S'tan, my one question for Ed is whether he knows if the undeclared highlands (or other regions for that matter) were always from the same distillery or if they varied based on availability.

Questions from osfx: How many vattings of Hogs Head have been bottled?
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:46 am

Good question, Ganga. Hopefully, he'll be able to log on tomorrow. Are you going to be online during the day? We can ask him whenever he is able to get on...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:58 am

Go for broke I say. Let's open one up.

Benrinnes 11, 59.3

Hogshead
D: 25.11.97
B: 21.8.09
Cask 93
Bottle 113/267

Color: dark gold
Nose: vanilla, rising bread dough, wheat field at harvest, incense
Palate: steamed cauliflower, freshly crushed mint, peanut brittle, candied almonds, butterscotch hard candies
Finish: long, light, refreshing. Lots of different things going on but really bringing each element of the palate back.

I shall return with a watered down version.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:59 am

I can maybe return mid-afternoon. Busy at least until 1 PM.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:01 am

Linkwood 17yo 1990 ( 55.5%, Signatory, Binny's D-26/11/90 B-05/08/08 Cask 9724 108/232 hogshead )

Breaking away from the D&M bottles this was a 'hand picked cask' from Binny's Sig collection (which they have a lot).. At cask strength of course.

This one looks pretty in the glass, as the nice reddish amber color catches the light very nicely. Layers and layers are there on the first nosing.. hmmm The bottle say's hogshead, but maybe a hogshead made from and ex-sherry cask.. The nose has so much sweetness and citrus that I just don't seem to get out of the ex-bourbon. Cooked Cherries with all the syrup is right there with the floral of heather mixed in. Very pleasant candy smell. Playing around with the glass can pick up some grass notes. The first taste really brings out the sweet nature on the palate. The cherries are still there, and it brings along a lot of spice, kind of all over the mouth (hard to identify a spice). Second try comes up with a little spice cake (xmas) and some brandy flavors coming in. The beverage sticks around a bit on the finish with the spice and cake lingering on for a long time. Making the next sip a little bit better. I like that trick. At full strength it can burn yo a little bit, With a touch of water the nose goes much more grassy and the palate becomes unorganized and looses a bit of spice (note to self - stick to CS)...

Glad to have this Link...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby mikeymad » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:05 am

Going to drop off... Notes takes a lot of work.. Will try to add additional notes later...

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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:20 am

Lucy just returned... I've got to pay some attention to her now...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 6:34 am

Trying the Benrinnes watered down to around 50%.

Nose has vegetables but not really that identifiable. They are cooked though. Loads of sugary goodness and some light cooking spices.

Palate is more vegetal. Some waxiness has come in too.

Either way gets a :thumbsup: from me.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:39 pm

Yup. Most Littlemills seem to have a lot of negatives and very little positives. Be interesting to see the collector's market on these in 10 to 15 years.

Also have found it very interesting that we haven't repeated a distillery yet. :thumbsup:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sat Sep 18, 2010 8:54 pm

And both 17 yos. I think we've done quite nicely getting a broad spectrum of whiskies in. Covered Campbeltown, Mull, Islay, Orkney, Speyside, Lowland, Highland.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:05 am

I've just opened a Glen Ord and will open a Caperdonich next. As my first impression of a newly opened bottle rarely matches what I think on subsequent tastings, I'll try to revist these tomorrow or next week.

Signatory Vintage Glen Ord 1998. 8yo, 43%, hogshead
Dist: 20.02.1998, Bott: 30.05.2006, Cask #3439, Bottle # 231 of 419

Color: White wine
Nose: Hay, cut grass, malt. With water: pear and peach arrive
Palate: Apple cider, mint. After a few minutes in the glass, peaches in cream. With water: a bitterness appears toward the finish
Finish: Short, drying. White pepper, pine resin

Comment: Is young, tastes young. Rather green, the cask doesn't appear to have imparted much. Below average but nothing offensive here.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:22 am

Welcome HolySinner. Nice to see yet another different distillery, especially one you don't see many different bottlings of. :thumbsup: Then again, I think we've missed many of the more familiar distilleries (Macallan the exception I think). I will join in with some whisky a little later.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:44 am

Thanks Ganga! :D Some great notes here, I haven't made my way through all of them but a terrific assortment of distilleries I see. It was a fantastic idea of Johan's to go with one IB for a live tasting.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Sep 19, 2010 1:49 am

Signatory Vintage Caperdonich 1996. 12yo, 43%, hogshead
Dist: 16.05.1996, Bott: 13.08.2008, Cask # 82229, Bottle # 352 of 371

Color: White wine
Nose: Sweet malt, lemon juice. Salted oatmeal. Herbal (tarragon).
Palate: Sweet and sour (lemon) and salty. Unusual combination of flavors, quite savory.
Finish: Lemon hard candy.
Water brings out the salt on the nose, making it positively maritime - almost fishy - savory and herbal.

Comment: This I like, a jumble of interesting scents and flavors, not necessarily in balance but there's still more to discover here I'm sure.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sun Sep 19, 2010 2:59 am

S'tan reporting for duty tonight... I'm ready for some serious "study"... :wink:
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:01 am

Ganga, et al:

Ed K still hasn't received his registration OK from WM so he still can't log on tonight even. A real bummer. He had some great info on his new business venture, IMPEX, as well as Signatory news. Apparently no administrators work on weekends. Sounds like they're unionized. :P
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby Ganga » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:14 am

Sorry, I ended up having to do some stuff with the boys. I thought I would add one more interesting whisky to this tasting.

Glencraig

Glass: brandy
Color: dark gold
Nose: smoked grapefruit, fresh baked buns, stuffed mushrooms, sprinkle of mixed spices
Palate: earthy, roasted barley, chocolate chocolate chip cookies, pineapples, coconut in seawater
Finish: long, melted chocolate
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:29 am

Good evening, Ganga:

Tht's the Sig bottling, I assume...
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby S_tan_De_mon » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:01 am

Poured a wee dram of Isle of Skye 8 yr old. A great value blend with a nice Talisker peppery component, a sweet maltiness in the body with a peachy, apricot fruit character; warm and lasting white peppery finish. A real bargain! This is one of the lines that Ed Kohl is importing into the U.S. via his new enterprise, Impex.
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Re: Signatory Live Tasting Event, September 17-19, 2010

Postby smn » Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:33 am

pkt77242 wrote:Signatory CS Ben Nevis 16yo 54.6% 7/3/1992-8/15/2008 sherry butt 2309 bottle 327 of 550.

N: Big notes of licorice. Some raisins, walnuts and cranberry, strawberry and cherry.
P: Heavy sherry. Very similar to the nose with licorice, raisins and cherries. A note of smoke, and some cooking spices. Cooked strawberries.
F: Medium short. starting nicely on spices and raisins, but fades a little too quickly.

A very good whisky with a slightly disappointing finish.


Very interesting. I've got a sister cask for this one, #2304, 92/08 15yo, also Signatory. It's one of the those bottles that I really don't like neat at all, but which turns very very nice with some water applied. Looks like I have to visit it tonight for some comparison!
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