AdamMY wrote:I visited my Parents and Grandmother this weekend, as last week Monday my grandmother took a fall and gashed her head. She is doing well now, but its when things like that happen that you realize you really need to spend more time with loved ones.
So this upcoming week I will try and contribute notes for The Black Bottle, McClelland's Islay, and Bowmore Legends.
Alzarius wrote: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.
dramtastic wrote: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.
dramtastic wrote:Hart Brothers Laphroaig 10 1996 52.9%
In my books this is an effin superstar!
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.....
johan brugge wrote: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.
johan brugge wrote: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.