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Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:43 am

Hello Sean. Will you be doing some tasting this evening?
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:49 am

Ok, I'll be right back with a couple of blends.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 3:57 am

How low can you go? :P I'm starting with the VAT69.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:02 am

VAT 69 Gold Golden Light
40%
large brandy glass
Color: bright gold
Nose: fermenting grass, grain husks, estery
Palate: old raw grain, green grass, honey graham crackers
Finish: short, graham crackers and esters
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:09 am

pkt77242 wrote:Dewars White Label

N: honey, porridge, and some grain. Slightly bitterish. Some alcohol. Very slight okra smell.
P: Honey, lemon zest and some alcohol. Just a touch of grain and bitter nuts.
F: Short, bitter and some alcohol. A touch of lemon and nuts (mostly brazil).

Not to my liking. Not the worst I have ever had but I am not buying a bottle (this was a gift).


Gift? :o Seems more like some baited a trap.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:31 am

JW Black 12 (I'd guess from the late 90s)
40%
large brandy
Color: medium gold
Nose: cinnamon sticks (candy), honey, peach pastry (heavy dough, not flaky), bee's wax
Palate: honey in wax straws, thrashed straw, dry spice rub
Finish: moderate, light smoke and dough
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:42 am

JW Red (circa mid 1990s)
40%
Large brandy
Color: gold
Nose: cracked black pepper, cinnamon, August wheatfield, whisp of smoke
Palate: very peppery, wood smoke/smoked bacon, finished oak furniture, Southern iced tea
Finish: long mellow lightly spicey with smoke coming in and out
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:49 am

Teacher's Highland Cream (guessing early 90s)
43%
large brandy
Color: medium gold
Nose: creamy, peaty smoke, lemons, cracked grains, wood wax
Palate: cried lemon rinds, rough grains, overcooked brownies, oily, salty
Finish: long,oily brownies
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 4:59 am

Sunny Brook Kentucky Blended Whiskey
40%
large brandy
Color: medium to dark gold
Nose: rough grains, maple wood
Palate: maple syrup, cracked grains (mixed), some rye
Finish: long and rough
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:07 am

Ballantine's 12
Gold Seal
40%
large brandy
Color: amber
Nose: oak shavings, late summer meadow, dried honey
Palate: clover honey, sweet glazed bread, lemon rind shavings
Finish: mild, sweet
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:18 am

White Horse 12
40%
large brandy
Color: orange/amber
Nose: Cinnabon store, orange and lemon mix
Palate: cinnamon cider, cedar, waxy
Finish: long and spicey, lingering
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:33 am

White Horse America's Cup (1987)
43%
large brandy
Color: amber gold
Nose: cinnamon, parafin, oranges (Valencia?), wax, orange honey
Palate: Big cinnamon, orange tea, waxy feel
Finish: long, cinnamon and wax
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:38 am

Dew of Kilkarren
40%
large brandy
Color: lemon gold
Nose: tangerines, freshly cooked buns (light)
Palate: doughy, orange rinds, roasted malt
Finish: shortish, citric
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:49 am

&$*%$^ I need to try that. :evil:

Inverarity NAS
40%
Color: gold
Nose: malt and herbs, smells like the milll
Palate: waxy, smoked cod (it's a Norse thing), waxy
Finish: moderate, wood and smoked fish
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby dramtastic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:55 am

The Blend of Nikka 45%

Nose: Sweet and malty, oranges, pineapple, sawdust, hints of ginger and smoke.

Palate: Creamy, malty, some orange zest zing, pepper, peanut shells and smoke. Well balanced.

Finish: Creamy, nutty, pepper, nutmeg, lingering smoke and a little drying.

Another fine Nikka Blend. Nice way to finish of the bottle with some tasting notes.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:00 am

Famous Grouse 12 Gold Reserve
40%
large brandy
Color: Gold
Nose: cinnamon, smoke, woody - cedar
Palate: cinnamon, nutmeg, mixed spices, honey, malt
Finish: lingering sweetness
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:11 am

Dew of Ben Nevis 12
43%
Color: gold
Nose: harsh straw, some dough, citrus
Palate: sweet dough, dried lemons
Finish: mod long, citric dough
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:18 am

Mitchell's blend (circa 07)
40%
Color: light gold
Nose: sweet cinnamon (springbanky), dough, straw
Palate: smoke fish, brine, malty
Finish: moderate, beautiful
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby dramtastic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:25 am

Karuizawa Oakmaster 37%

Nose: Sherry, cherry, orange, plastecine, some sulphur but not out of place.

Palate: Reasonable amount of body for only 37%. Some oilyness, sweet spice, malt and grain.

Finish: Is sweet, oily, orange, nuts, with more malt and light grain.

Perfectly drinkable but nothing special. What can you expect for 10 bucks.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby dramtastic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:27 am

pkt77242 wrote:Nice notes DT and great to have you posting notes. :smoke:



Cheers Sean :)
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:29 am

Makes me thirsty DT! :D
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:43 am

House of Lords 8
large brandy
Color: dk gold
Nose: caramel, malt, wax, peat
Palate: waxy peanut brittle, orange mix, cinnamon
Finish: short, waxy, peanuts
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby dramtastic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:45 am

Mercian(Karuizawa) Ootori Aged 15 years 40%

Nose: A big bunch of bananas, vanilla, walnuts, oranges, firm grain and fresh cut timber. Sounds sweet, it is!

Palate: Smooth and creamy. Mashed banana's, more orange, sweet lemon and the same firm grain.

Finish: Is smooth, fairly short, with nutmeg, orange chocolate and basically the flavors from the palate.

Extremely Rare. No doubt there should be other bottles of this in Japan, but it's the only one I've ever seen for sale. The kicker, cost me 20 bucks!!!
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby dramtastic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:49 am

Ganga wrote:Makes me thirsty DT! :D



Me too Ganga :D
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:53 am

Ballantine's NAS
40%
Color; gold
Nose: waxy, woody, light spices
Palate: cinnamon, waxy
Finish: moderate, waxy
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby dramtastic » Sat Oct 09, 2010 7:20 am

Suntory Century 2001 Aged 15 Years 43%

Nose: Lots of orange and sweet lemon. Firm grain. Not dissimilar to the Mercian from before but without the banana's. Fresh dough, woodstain and something slightly chargrilled. Light florals.

Palate: Smooth like it's cousin the Suntory Royal Aged 15 Years. Zingy citrus, creamy, some oak, fresh dough. Excellent balance.

Finish: Is smooth, medium length, sweet and creamy with just enough sweet spice to add some oomph.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:29 am

Well, since I was limited on the Canadian whiskies I thought I would contribute some more on the blended whiskies. Three Mitchell blends: Mitchell's NAS, Campbeltown Loch NAS, Campbeltown Loch 21. All are at 40%.
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:36 am

Mitchell's NAS, 40%
large brandy
Color: light gold
Nose: vegetal-like chopped fresh veggies, mixed dried spices, dough
Palate: waxy, doughy, light sprinklle of cinnamon, some citrus
Finish: moderate, bakery
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:43 am

Campbeltown Loch 21, 40%
large brandy
Color: gold
Nose: wood polish, light cinnamon, lemon bread
Palate: soft caramels, doughy, cracked grain, herbal (fresh greens), fennel?
Finish: soft, spicey
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Sat Oct 16, 2010 3:51 am

Campbeltown NAS, 40%
large brandy
Color: gold
Nose: butterscotch over ice cream, some grains, dough
Palate: old hay bales, light butterscotch
Finish: short, very sweet like an ice cream dessert
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Thu Oct 21, 2010 2:47 am

Ok, by request I'm going to add two Pinches to the thread.

First up is the Pinch 15 from the mid 90s or so.

Glass: Talisker "tumbler"
Color: bright gold
Nose: fresh straw, lemon peals, dough, light waxiness, oily peanut butter?
Palate: oaky, lemons, old oak furniture, used cinnamon sticks, slight esteriness
Finish: moderate, with lots of cinnamon and dried spices
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Ganga » Thu Oct 21, 2010 3:02 am

Pinch 12, tax stamp, 4/5 qts/750 mls (circa late 70s)

Color: amber gold
Nose: dried basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, oily furniture wax, dried oranges
Palate: third use cinnamon sticks, orange cider, dusty storage shed filled with furniture, mixture of dried basil and nutmeg
Finish: shortish, wax cinnamon and old oak
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Re: Blends Live Tasting Oct. 8th-10th

Postby Lucas » Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:31 pm

Something modern but still a bit unusual? :wink:

Hankey Bannister
12yo Regency
40% ABV
Spiegelau snifter

Nose: Light and creamy, vanilla dominates but underpinned by soft fruit... pears perhaps?
Palate: Sweet and toffee like on the delivery, then vanilla again and a hint of spice.
Finish: A bit drier, more bitter oak.
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