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"Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

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

Postby Ganga » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:35 am

Indeed Adam. My wife's grandmother is not doing so well. Not expected to last much longer. Try for some quality time. The remnants in the glass to your grandmother.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:52 am

I've seen a couple of blended/vatted malts come through. I decided it is appropriate to put a blended whisky in the mix. White Horse 12 coming up.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:57 am

I think that was the recent one I finished Sean. It really needed time to open up.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:01 am

White Horse 12, blend

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Nose: smokey malt, lemons, polished oak
Palate: more oak furniture, lemons, wax, smoke
Finish: short, earthy smoke
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:14 am

Ok folks, I'm done for the night. Please join in when you can. It is my understanding that some of the folks will be back out tomorrow.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Alzarius » Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:56 am

I stared at the big glass box for a while, deciding whether I should open it. I think I was afraid I would end up liking it so much that I would go and buy another bottle or two to keep. Alas, I pulled it out, and unwrapped the wax seal. And while I was at it, I decided to turn on one of my favorite soundtracks- On Her Majesty's Secret Service - Escape from Piz Gloria. Ahhhh...... yes.......

This is the Compass Box Flaming Heart Tenth Anniversary (Third Edition) 48.9%alc.

First, I read somewhere that the bottle label smells interesting too... so I took a sniff of that. Yes, definitely interesting. It reminds me of some paper smell I used to know from way back in elementary school- some parchment thing. I can't put my finger on it, but it's oddly familiar. I like it!

Color: gold, not too pale, not too dark. Just.... gold
Nose: Smoke.... kind of like Lagavulin smoke (though I know this is supposed to have CI in it) but has a distinctive chlorine (definitely swimming pool) brinyness to it.
Palate: Oily, some vanilla, cereal, toffee
Finish: Peat, tar, gentle spice, sweet cereal lingering.

I REALLY like this. The balance is just awesome. My first Compass Box and I'm impressed. :thumbsup:
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:02 am

Montgomeries Clynelish 32YO 1974 43%

Nose: Brine, pine, pear, lemon, varnish and a little smoke.

Palate: Very tangy like sherbert, toffee, peanuts, peat and smoke.

Finish: Is quite short, with toffee, macadamia, smoke and a little dry and then bitter.

At least on this tasting it's not as good as the first half of the bottle seemed.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:26 am

Hart Brothers Caol Ila 10 1996 46%

Nose: Diesel, car mechanics workshop, lemon, honey, shrooms.

Palate: Savoury(pepper)/sweet(honey) combo. Diesel engine dipstick coated in honey, lemon and chocolate. Some nuttyness as well. Thick earthy peat.

Finish: Medium length with basically the flavours from the nose and the thick earthy peat.

Very tasty. Such a consistatly good distillery.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby dramtastic » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:57 am

Hart Brothers Laphroaig 10 1996 52.9%

Nose: Looking for a typical Laph medicinal nose, this ain't the place. Butterscotch, lime, varnish, stewed apples, tabasco, licorice, corned silverside. Take your time with this one, it's subtle but very complex. Now there's a little diesel and lemon.

Palate: Nice creamy mouth feel. The smoke from a fishing trawler diesel exhaust wafting over the deck and picking up the fish smells. Salt and pepper. Tabasco. Drying starfish(yeh I've never used that in a tasting note before either). Dark chocolate and diesel. Ashtray.

Finish. Looooooooooooooooooong! Gosh I'm even finding some vanilla on the nose now. Hang on..........well hello mint and tobacco leaf.

This is outrageous and I love it. Eccentric but somehow it works. I actually don't believe my notes have done this whisky justice. The best Islay I've had, could be! For 55 bucks in Australia which is 10 cheaper than HP12 for instance, this is better than many whisky's I've had for triple the price. In my books this is an effin superstar!
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:55 am

dramtastic wrote:Hart Brothers Laphroaig 10 1996 52.9%

In my books this is an effin superstar!

You liked it then? :wink:

That was great fun last night. I need to decide if I'm going to continue with the Caol Ila tonight or if 'm going to try some other stuff. Decisions decisions. :D
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Jan 30, 2011 6:18 pm

haven't been able to do anything for this months tasting due to 2 Burns Meals and getting the New February "A Whiff of Peat Smoke" up on my site . Will see what happens later.....
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:52 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:haven't been able to do anything for this months tasting due to 2 Burns Meals and getting the New February "A Whiff of Peat Smoke" up on my site . Will see what happens later.....

It would be good to see you later Gordon. I have to go and get a bit of shopping in now but, ...


I'll be back :)
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:30 pm

Bruichladdich 2003 Super Heavily Peated 46 %.

Nose: Peat of course, but less than you would expect. A little bit of smoke, something sweet. Wet moss and 'wet dog'. Sounds funny, but still... With some water there is a lot more peat.

Palate: OMG!! Very peaty at first indeed, some smoke but it remains a 'gentle' attack. It's a very oily whisky. I almost have to chew this one before I can swallow it down. It's lovely peated but it's not as 'in your face' as the 3D3 Norrie Campbell Tribute. Behind all that peat I find some fresh cake and maltiness too.

Finish: rather short if you ask me. Again a lot of peat and smoke, salt and rather dry.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:53 pm

Expression - SMOS 10yo Caperdonich Heavily Peated
Year - 1998
Age - 10yo
ABV - 58.5%
Cask / Bottle No. - Barrel #1277 / 1 of 251
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - definite peatiness at first on the nose , not heavy though , Smoky bacon crisps , a lemoniness and fresh cut grass .
Palate - quite strong on the palate , a fresh , clean peatiness , slight maltiness and lemon.
Finish - Long , sweet , malty and peaty .
Comments - Dist 04.05.1998 Bott 01.10.2008 . A very good peated Speysider .
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:05 pm

Hi Gordon and Johan.

Gordon I tried that Caper recently and it reminded me of nothing so much as salt and vinegar crisps; almost exactly what you got.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:32 pm

Hi Nick. I'm just getting a glass.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:56 pm

I'll break up the Caol Ilas a bit:

Queen of the Moorlands Laphroaig 1996 50.8%, The 'Earl Grey' bottling

Nose: Cigarette ash, tea, Kola Kubes wrapped in elastoplast, tobacco and mango, malt.
Palate: Very ashy, medicinal and very spicy.
Finish: Someone used the sticky side of a plaster to clean an ashtray and then stuck it to my tongue. Aargh! I think there was a lit dog-end in the ashtray.
Comment: Strangely fascinating, but not exactly soothing.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:13 pm

Cadenheads Laphroaig 16yo 55.2% Bourbon hogshead 1994-11/2010

Nose: Smokey lemons and apples with shellfish.
Palate: More lemon and coalsmoke. The peat is gentle and charming.
Finish: Medium length with the smoke coming through more strongly here.
Comment: Nice easy going dram. Nothing to dislike.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:20 pm

Amrut 100 57.1%

Nose: Hugely complex. Smokey, vaguely fishy, berry fruits, citrus, tannins, malt concentrate and jam.
Palate: Sweet, fruity, spicey bursts, cardomum and cinammon.
Finish: Waves of peaty complexity.
Comment: Superb whisky. Another stunning Amrut.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:55 pm

Caol Ila 1984 Samaroli 46 %.

Nose: Peat, some smoke, medicinal and yet somewhat sweeter than the average Islay whisky. Faint citrus in the background (orange peel), fresh heath fragrance. With water: I'm on the beach again. More citrus flavours now, but they're not dominant. Perfect balance.

Palate: Again peat and smoke. Liquorice, a tad of vanilla. Wonderfully complex. It's like a heavily peated Longrow. With water: a bit sweeter, but I don't think it needs water at all.

Finish: Long, softer than the 'heavy hitters' like Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Some salt stays on my lips. After a while there is a kind of sweetness like the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Can't be bad.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:07 am

Bruichladdich 15yo 1986 Murray McDavid 46 %

Nose: Very gentle peat and little bit of smoke. Seaweed, cereals and a bit of vanilla.

Palate: The same as the nose. Just brilliant!

Finish: Rather short, cereals, sweetish, peaty. I really like this one a lot. Value for money as I payed only 56 € or so last year.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:37 am

It certainly is, Sean. It just blew me away.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:45 am

Hey, good to see you Nick...and Gordon as well as all the rest of you on this rainy Sunday. Nice notes. Peated Caperdonich...how wild.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:19 am

Lagavulin 14yo Vanilla Sky for The Whisky Fair

I'm not going to write a tasting note because this is first dram of a newly opened bottle. I'll post a note after a few weeks.
At first nosing it is clearly a Lagavulin, only a lot less sweet than the standard 16yo OB. It's almost a nice change. Maybe it's not as complex as one would think but it's more straight forward. Lots of peat, a little less smoke and maritime. The same for the palate. After the first sip I didn't really like it all that much but after a long while it just gets better and better.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Mon Jan 31, 2011 1:37 am

One more before I'm off again. Not so long ago I tried a sample of Ledaig 2001-2010 61 % The Nectar Of The Daily Drams.

Nose: Very intriguing. Very peaty, smokey and yet there is something sweet like honey or flowers. Really nice. If I didn't know any better I'd say it's an Ardbeg or something like that.

Palate: Again lots of peat, smoke, seaweed, zesty, zingy and again this sweet fruity flavour. It reminds me of a chewing gum called 'Bazooka'. Don't know if you've heard of this. It's a big strongly fruit flavoured chewing gum (mainly on strawberries).

Finish: Very powerfull. Long. Excellent! This is on my wish list for sure.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:55 am

Yup, Bazooka. Used to come in little squares with a powdery sugar coating. It reminds me of the gum that used to come with Topps trading cards (for those old enough to remember it, I believe that the gum was discontinued from the packs in the early 80s).

Intriguing Johan.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby AdamMY » Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:21 am

I forget everything I read yesterday, but it seems Bowmore is slightly under represented (correct me if I am wrong).

McClelland's Islay
(NAS Bowmore Single Malt)
Color: Light Amber
Nose: Great malt aroma, with slight hints of smoke, and sweet peat. Also incredibly floral with heather and lavender. Dare I say it also has a slight hint of what I've come to associate as toasted oak, with perhaps a slight bourbon note.
Taste: Sweet, with subtle hints of smoke. I can not get past how sweet it is, although today I am picking up some rather off putting notes ( perhaps a bit too much pepper). Though the taste does have a definite marine character, with hints of salt and seaweed. I know I say apples in a lot of my reviews, but this one has hints of a cinnamon apple sauce.
Body: Light and oily.
Finish: Dry and smokey, rather reminds me a bit of breating in second hand smoke through my mouth.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:08 pm

I find the PlowedRiach (PX finish) to be extremely complex and chameleonesque. Each time I have this one, it presents itself differently. Sometimes tea, sometimes coffee. Lots of different nuts and in different states-salted, candy-coated.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby johan brugge » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:23 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Johan, you are officially making me jealous.

Ha! If you ever get the chance to try or buy this one, don't hesitate. I tried this Ledaig before I stumbled on a tasting note by Serge Valentin. I could really relate to his notes. Here it is:

Ledaig 8 yo 2001/2010 (61%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams) Five stars Colour: white wine. Nose: Ardbeg??? Seriously, this is just like a young un-bourbonized Ardbeg. Flinty, zesty, coastal, very peaty, crystal-clean, with notes of seaweed and fresh oysters, a little lemon and no dirtiness at all (while earlier young Ledaigs could be a tad dirty-ish in my book). It's quite stunning I must say... With water: and now come the wet dogs (yeah, we're sorry, dogs!) and clothes. 'An old Harris tweed jacket after a walk on the beach under the rain' - yeah well... Also a little cane sugar. Mouth (neat): maybe a wee tad less Ardbeggian, just a wee tad. Ultra-clean again, extremely zesty and zingy, lemony, with a very 'chiselled' peatiness. Impressive and dangerously drinkable at 61% vol. With water: a little sweeter, with also a bigger earthiness. Finish: very long, very clean, very peaty. Comments: surprisingly good and definitely Islay-inspired. Also reminds me of an old 14yo 'Tobermory' by Sestante bearing a very Germanic label. Anyway, all very great, let's hope there will be more of this breed coming out in the coming months/years. SGP:358 - 91 points.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:35 pm

Are we still going? I'll get some dinner and sort out a dram :D
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:41 pm

Hi Nick. Just pouring a dram. :D
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:54 pm

Arran Machrie Moor (14ppm) 46%

Nose: Young, porridgey and slightly butyric. Pears, stewed apples, buttermilk, yeast and anchovies
Palate: Pear drops, allspice, stewed apples and burnt sticks.
Finish: Heaps of spice, but not very long.
Comment: Very interesting. Youthful and a little feinty, but the palate is pretty nice.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:23 pm

I don't think so Nick.. I think it was the Supernova that was the same batch between committee and regular bottlings. I think the Corry was different. Could be wrong though.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:30 pm

Golden Cask Caol Ila 1996-2007 58.5%

Nose: Oysters laced with lemon juice on the beach with a peat fire in the background.
Palate: Very salty and clean.
Finish: Lint and carbolic as the peat-reek returns. Long and mouth-watering
Comment: A delightful youngish Caol Ila.
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Re: "Keep the Peat Logs Burning" January Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:48 pm

Golden Cask Caol Ila 1982-2009 53%

Nose: Creosote, carbolic, tar, cooked swede and love hearts.
Palate: Very tarry with a splash of iodine, pencils and coffee grounds.
Finish: Long and smokey, like a peat fire smouldering in the mouth.
Comment: Fantastic! Even at about 27yo the peat is massive, but beautifully balanced.
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