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The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:44 pm

Fscott wrote:Last one.

Arran Vintage Collection 1996 - bottled 2005

Nose: Custard, pear tart
Palate: Peppery, chamomile with honey
Finish: Golden raisins, lemon, cream


Sounds sweet and not spicey like the Lepanto PX Brandy finished one.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:12 pm

Finally I made it. Here's my first one of the evening. A Bowmore 1991 17yo Dewar Rattray 56.2 % (bottled 3 Nov. 2008).

Nose: Burnt plastic at first (not very pleasant) but after breathing for about 15 minutes it becomes very different. It's all about softly peated fruity sherry with a maritime touch. That about covers it all. Really nice.

Palate: The flavours of the nose seem to continue in the palate. There is much more peat than you would expect from a Bowmore. The sherry stays on the background but it gives a very nice touch to the palate. I really love it!

Finish: sweet sherry and gentle peat that lasts and lasts.

Brilliant whisky. So far the best Bowmore I've had.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 8:25 pm

Miltonduff 1991 Gordon & MacPhail 17yo 60.9 % (bottled in 2009), cask: refill sherry hogshead.

Nose: Hot and sweet. Ripe bananas. With water: more spicy and some anise too.

Palate: Hot yet sweet again. With water it's like a totally different whisky now. Much tastier. More spices and herbs, sweet fruit. It become more oily too.

Finish: Very warming and long with (again) spices on the background as well as a touch of mint.

It reminds me of a strong Nikka from the barrel and that can't be bad, right?
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:34 pm

Glentauchers 1975 35yo The Whisky Agency 47.3 % (bottled in 2010)

Nose: Very soft, very sweet with lots of ripe fruit and a little waxy/varnish kind of smell (but not bothering at all !). After a few minutes it becomes somewhat sourish. With water: same as first but I pick up more overripe bananas now.

Palate: Again a lot of very sweet fruit. It reminds me of my late Bunnahabhain 1973 TWA. It's a very delicate whisky with a firm body. With water it becomes a bit more peppery but for the rest it stays the same. I think it's much better without the water.

Finish: Long and sweet.

I you let this one breath for about 30 minutes it becomes really amazing.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:42 pm

Next up is a Glenturret 1991 10yo 56.6 % by G&M (bottled in 2008)

Nose: First impression was wax and varnish. Hot, slightly sweetish but the varnish is too dominant. After some breathing I pick up a vague scent of nuts but that's about it. Even water doesn't change much.

Palate: Wohoow. Sherry, and lots of it. Hot pepper, very sweet (honey if you ask me), slightly fruity. This one is a good swimmer. It becomes much better now. Less pepper and more sherry influences. And again some wallnuts but very briefly. It's gone very fast.

Finish: long, peppery and sweet. With water it's better: even longer and sweeter.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:56 pm

This one is bottled in 2010 but it's too good to be left out. Highland Park 1997 G&M 13yo 54.3 %.

Nose: From the moment this whisky is in my glass I can smell vintage port or something like that. After about 20 minutes of breathing I pick up burnt brown sugar and coffee. It's the very first time that I can smell coffee in my whisky. It disappears quickly though when I twirl the whisky in my glass a bit. When I stop doing that I can smell dry raisins and again this coffee.

Pallate: Hmmm. Love it already. Clearly sherry. Raisins (again) and a whiff of coffee. Very good!

Finish: Prickly, sweet, long. Slightly bitter like I drank the last drop of very strong espresso.

This is a very very good HP IMHO.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby TUFKAC » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:59 pm

Though recovering from a cold, tonight I took:

Highland Park 20 yo MWBH, 51.2%. Nice one, though not overly impressed by it, lacks a bit of depth, power and complexity.

And one disqualified high octane whisky:
G&M CS Glen Mhor 66.7% 15yo 1979/1995.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:08 pm

Ahaaah. I've got a whisky that is distilled AND bottled between 2001 and 2009. Isn't that peachy? It's a Kilkerran Work In Progress edition I, 5yo at 46 %

Nose: Malty, fruity (pear) and some minerals too. It makes me think of a Lowland whisky but then the minerals make you doubt. It's very nice for such a young whisky.

Palate: Tasty. Pretty much the same as in the nose. Again it's very well done. It tastes more like a Longrow now. Nice.

Finish: Rather short with some minerals and maltiness.

Like I said earlier, not bad at all for such a young whisky. If you didn't know it's only 5yo you'd say it's a 10yo.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 24, 2011 10:44 pm

OK, another one that is distilled in 2010 but like the HP 1997 it's way too good to be left out. This time it's a Laphroaig 11yo 1999 The Nectar of the Daily Drams 59.5 %.

Nose: Very smokey and peaty. Earthiness too (if that's a way of describing it). Seaweedy. With water: just beautifull !!! The peat, smoke and the sherry are perfectly balanced. Magnificent!

Palate: It's a very oily kind of whisky. Lots of peat, gentle smoke, brine, saltiness too. All of that coated with these delicate sherry flavours. This is a beauty!!

Finish: Just like all of the above. Long, salty, peppery, ... It doesn't stop.

This one's worth every Euro. Money very very well spent if I may say so.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 25, 2011 10:58 am

Bowmore 1990 19yo Signatory Vintage (casks 647 + 648), bottled 30 April 2009.

Nose: Peaches and apricot. Grassy, salty and little or no smoke.

Palate: Peat, pepper and green tea. Very special! This is the first time I've tasted green tea in a whisky. Well balanced.

Finish: Long, dry, salty, peppery and again this green tea.

I really love this one! Along with my Bowmore 1991 DR the best Bowmores I've had until now. And this SV cost me only 56 € or so. Value for money.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:05 am

Bruichladdich Micro Provenance 1992 - 2009.

Nose: Lovely, peat, minerals, wet grass and fruit.

Palate: Malty like a good Lowland whisky. Peat and fruit stay more in the background now. With a few drops of water it changes for the better. Delicious! Pleasantly complex with more peat than in the nose.

Finish: Some pepper, slightly peaty and smoky. Citurs after a while but not a lot of it.

Really a nice, soft Laddie.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:21 am

Ledaig 8yo 2001 - 2010 Heavily Peated 50 %, Kintra Single Cask Selection.

Nose: Soft, wet moss, grassy, peat. Very good. With water: more smoke and ashes and something strange like burnt plastic.

Palate: Very direct with lots of peat, smoke, BBQ, prickly, silky too. I've added a few drops of water but it's better without it.

Finish: Clean, salty and peaty. When there was water added I tasted more smoke.

This is a very nice surprise and highly drinkable even at 50 %!
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:36 pm

johan brugge wrote:OK, another one that is distilled in 2010 but like the HP 1997 it's way too good to be left out. This time it's a Laphroaig 11yo 1999 The Nectar of the Daily Drams 59.5 %.


But it was maturing during the naughts.... Props for:

1. stretching the envelope! :smoke:
2. providing such interesting drams for us to drool over. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 25, 2011 5:42 pm

Ganga wrote:providing such interesting drams for us to drool over.

My pleasure. A lot of the tasting notes I've posted are about 2 months old. I swapped samples with I_SPEY early this year and he only sent me non peated whiskies, and they were all brilliant.
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby dramtastic » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:42 pm

Japanese whiskys! Unpeated whiskys! My how your horizons have broadened for the better over the last 12mths or so JB. :wink:
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby johan brugge » Tue Apr 26, 2011 3:05 pm

It's cask number 2060, so it's a sister cask of the one you have. Can't be bad, huh?
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby Ganga » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:25 am

What do you know? I found another one.

Tamdhu 8, G&M

Nose: tangerines and leather, mild oak, malt
Palate: green oranges, astringent oak
Finish: bitter
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby Ganga » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:37 am

Oh, another one

Balblair 16, ADR
1990-07

Nose: Big hit of barley, almond paste, faint hints of citrus, pine shavings and some resin
Palate: Barley sugar, finished oak, crushed almonds, lemon lime soda
Finish: long, lots of grain notes but smooth
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Re: The Naughty Naughties - April 22-24, 2011

Postby Ganga » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:42 am

I like that one much more than the 1997 or 91 OBs. The OBs are "heavier" but not as clean. I like the clean malt and citrus this one has.
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