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"Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:16 am

DL Double Barrel Bowmore/HP 46%

Nose: Pear, apple, honey, peat, sawdust, hint of diesel. Quite a light, refreshing nose.

Palate: Creamy mouth feel, but also like sucking on a honey lemon cough drop.

Finish: Is warming, mouth coating, medium length and a little drying. After about 20 minutes I note some spearmint.

I'm not really a fan of HP or Bowmore but this works well as a combo. Not the most complex whisky but very moreish and hard to stop at just one. Good price for the quality as well.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:05 am

Talisker 18 45.8%

Nose: Brine, peat, yeast, red grape, oak, varnish. Quite subtle.

Palate: Is smooth, basically follows the nose but also some nuttyness, coconut and peppery spice.

Finish: What can I say, it's long! Adds mint and a little ashy dryness as well. Gotta love the coconut!

Just an excellent whisky. Quite some breadth of talent!
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:59 pm

Lots of great notes guys. I'm going to join in later on.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:08 pm

I'll be checking in now and then this afternoon as I work on a report. Very nice notes thus far. :thumbsup:
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:38 pm

Evening all. If there's anyone else here that is :)
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Fscott » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:39 pm

Talisker 1992 Distillers Edition

Nose: Smoke, orange peel, almond, vanilla
Palate: Hot, sweet, molasses, pepper
Finish: Long, spicy, lingering smoke

A great whisky for a snowy winter day. I've only got about two pours left in the bottle.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:04 pm

Hi Fscott. The Talisker sounds nice. I seem to recall having a bottle of that once. I'm going to start with a few Caol Ila's. Standard NAS CS OB first.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Fscott » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:05 pm

Bowmore Mariner 15-Year-Old

Nose: pear, damp wood
Palate: cinnamon stick, hint of smoke, ash
Finish: mince pie, salt caramel

I can get a liter bottle of this expression at a good price. This one is almost gone, but I'll replace it quickly.

Can't wait to read others' notes.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:06 pm

Good afternoon gents. I'm about 1/2 way through the report. Then I'll join in with a couple.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Fscott » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:09 pm

Hello, Willie

I need to pick up a Caol Ila one of these days. I've only tried the 12yo. I look forward to your notes.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:25 pm

Ganga wrote:Good afternoon gents. I'm about 1/2 way through the report. Then I'll join in with a couple.

Afternoon Ganga. It's taking a wee while to do the first note because everything is freezing cold. Almost there.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:32 pm

Caol Ila NAS OB 59.3% (2005 bottling)

Nose: Mixture of peat and coal smoke, lots of iodine, faint citrus, fresh seaweed.
Palate: Massively intense, sweetness and smoke, lots of heat, citrus and fizz. Very exciting.
Finish: Sugar and coal dust, long and fizzy.
Comment: A typically enjoyable CS OB. Youthful and exciting.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:37 pm

Time for a note that I've been meaning to write for some time. Caol Ila Feis Ile 2010 bottling.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:57 pm

Caol Ila Feis Ile 2010 61.9% 10yo: 19/08/99-05/2010 Sherry Cask #305646

Nose: Walnuts, cream and chocolate. Cigar boxes, ginger and creosote. Mossy. Orange and figs. Candied peel. This nose is to die for. Incredible complexity.
Palate: Sugar burst and then a smoke explosion. Orange barley sugars and smoke smoke smoke. Incredibly intense, what a ride.
Finish: It dissolves into an essay on sweet smoke. Utterly amazing.
Comment: There are few things as good as a classy sherry matured Caol Ila. Sadly there are few things as rare too.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:03 pm

That was fantastic. I'm glad I tried it on a fairly fresh palate. Now for some Bladnoch Forum Caol Ilas. I'm going to taste them from the eldest first.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:05 pm

Ooooh. That just makes me drool. Love young CIs.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Fscott » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:06 pm

Go Willie, go!
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:20 pm

Bladnoch Forum 30yo Caol Ila 54.2%: 15/05/80-26/05/2010 Hogshead #4686

Nose: Butter toffee and vanilla fudge. Condensed milk and very gentle smoke with a hint of bog myrtle. Stewed apples.
Palate: The smoke is much more prominent here as is the fruit, sprinkled with sugar.
Finish: Lots of smoke that emerges from the sweetness and builds to a real peat fire.
Comment: Very nice elderly peated malt.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:22 pm

That was a real change of gear from the Feis bottle. Very nice though. Now for another 30yo from the same batch of casks but bottled 5 days earlier.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:33 pm

I think I'll join the CI train. G&M 11, 1996, cask 16113 for BevMo!
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:38 pm

Bladnoch Forum 30yo Caol Ila 52.6%: 15/05/80-21/05/2010

Nose: Plenty of sweet fudgy notes here, but the fruit is more prominent than it is on the other 30yo. This one is mustier too with a definite hint of bung cloth. More signs of age despite being a whole 5 days younger.
Palate: Barley sugars, citrus, stewed apples, but then dust, cardboard and pencils. The wood has got to this one a bit, but its still enjoyable.
Finish: Sugar and sizzling kippers. What a great finish.
Comment: For the most part this cask has gone a little over the top, but its worth it for the fishy finish.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:40 pm

Good to see you with a pour Ganga. :thumbsup:

Going for a slightly younger one now.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:48 pm

Caol Ila 11
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Cask 16113
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43%

Glencairn
Color: lemon gold
Nose: sour lemons, oak coals, sweet maltiness, creosote
Palate: seaweed and driftwood bonfire, lemon zest, floral, sweet oiliness, iodine/brine
Finish: moderately long, dying embers from the beach bonfire
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:50 pm

Good to pour. :D

I have the feeling Sean will get me going later tonight. :lol:
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:57 pm

Bladnoch Forum 28yo Caol Ila 55.2%: 18/09/80-10/06/2009 Hogshead #8154

Nose: Lapsang souchong tea, seaweed, dried fish, lemon, cream and vanilla. Really first rate and very complex.
Palate: Flavour explosion. A wonderful interplay between the sugars and the smoke with a near perfect injection of sweetened lemon juice. fantastic.
Finish: Just keeps on bursting with flavour. sea shells, shellfish and hemp.
Comment: Thank you Mr. Armstrong for this genius cask. It's worth searching through them to find gems like this.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:59 pm

Shoot, now that you mention shellfish, I started thinking about seasfood with this one. I'm getting something like mussels or scallops.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:59 pm

Is Sean likely to arrive soon?

Going for even younger bottlings now.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:01 pm

I tend to associate shellfish most with Bowmore, but it definitely pops up a lot in Islay malts. Yummy!
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:01 pm

I'd think that he will be along more like early evening out here.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:03 pm

I love the Laphroaig 10, 43% with seafood. It has that brineness to bring things out in the shellfish w/o over-powering the seafood.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:14 pm

Bladnoch Forum 25yo Caol Ila 53.2%: 12/10/83-18/10/2008

Nose: Another lovely nose. Fresh lemon juice to the fore this time beside lovely malty draff and salt spray. The smoke is there but its overwhelmed by the intensity of the citrus. Not that complex, but truly delightful.
Palate: Massiveley sugared lemon segments, with a gentle smoke emerging to warm the palate.
Finish: Salty, malty and citrus with little spikes of heat to pep up the finish.
Comment: Incredibly refreshing for a malt of this age, but this is my favourite age for Caol Ila. Great stuff.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:17 pm

Hey Sean! Now we're getting some critical mass for a good tasting. What happened to Fscott?

Got another 25yo coming up :D
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:26 pm

Laphroaig 10, 43

glencairn
medium gold
Nose: undercooked brownies, briney, oily smoke mixed with grist, lemon rinds
Palate: salted fish, lemons, brownies, diesel oil
Finish: moderate, oily brownies, bitters
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:28 pm

Nice to see you Sean. :thumbsup:

Love the 10 Phroaig.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:31 pm

Bladnoch Forum 25yo Caol Ila 54.1%: 13/11/84-29/03/2010 Hogshead #5388

Nose: Suddenly I'm at breakfast. The arome of smoked bacon is everywhere along with singed toast. Must've cut myself slicing the lemon though, because there's iodine and elastoplast too.
Palate: Licked a lump of coal and then chewed a rasher of bacon and washed it down with lemon juice and a grilled scallop. Plenty of malt, salt and sugar too.
Finish: Too much salt to taste the bacon clearly, but its still delicious.
Comment: Yet another great 25yo Caol Ila.
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