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July 2011 - Independent bottlings

July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:22 pm

July seems to have a bunch of independence days. So why not go for independent bottlings for the Month of July. Please join in with your favorite independent bottlings (and yes, if you have something like a Murray McDavid rum bottling go for it).
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby johan brugge » Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:03 am

Any date in particular? Anyway, count me in. We're having our 'National Holiday' on July 21st and the French are having theirs on July 14th. You've got your on the 4th, so we'll have some busy days then. :D
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby dramtastic » Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:35 am

Well I have a Murray McDavid Rioja Cask Longmorn so I'll kick off the tasting

Notes:
Pretty sh*thouse
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby johan brugge » Sat Jul 02, 2011 1:43 am

Always straight to the point, huh, DT? :iwbrnt:
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 02, 2011 4:04 am

dramtastic wrote:Well I have a Murray McDavid Rioja Cask Longmorn so I'll kick off the tasting

Notes:
Pretty sh*thouse

Is it the brick version...? :P
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby MacDeffe » Sun Jul 03, 2011 11:31 am

Upcoming blog, but it's here first :-)


Clynelish 12yo Norse Cask 1995 57.3%

Nose : Sweet dried fruit, spices, plum juice
Palate : Somewhat dry spicy edge to the sherry sweetness
Finish : long with a very spicy touch emerging after 10-15 seconds then vanilla. Great
Rating ***** (4/5)
Comment : Another nice pure heavily sherried whisky, with no sulphur flaws, and with an extended complexity making this just more than sherry but also Clynelish
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:49 pm

It's good to see some notes up already as we didn't really discuss this much. I'll be chipping in several as well. Probably one or two today, 15 or so by the end of the month.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:49 am

Geez, I really need to get back to this. I should have taken notes on the Sig CI 15 that I had last weekend. It reminded me more of the younger cask strength stuff with some big peatiness but no real "green" notes.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 09, 2011 6:36 am

As previously threatened, I'm back. :D

G&M Dallas Dhu 12, 40%

Nose: tangerine spritzed over freshly baked bread, very light cinnamon and herbs, waxy
Palate: parafin, cinnamon dough
Finish: actually quite long, still waxy but the cinnamon keeps strengthening.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:08 am

I'm having a repour of this before the bottle is gone..... What I noticed is that there is much more straw in this now.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sat Jul 09, 2011 8:18 pm

I should be but it might be a little bit later than 7. I've a few independents I would like to add.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:01 am

Sig Highland 7

Nose: smells like my hands after making dough for the pizza (really), lemon Pledge, oak furniture
Palate: astringent oak, lemon rinds, over baked bread (to the point it gets hard but doesn't burn
Finish: lots of astringency with lemons
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:17 am

Bladnoch forum bottling
Glen Grant 27, Cask 20291

Nose: dried mangos, mushrooms, pineapples, waxy notes, dough
Palate: soft cinnamon stick notes, button mushrooms-sauteed, cinnamon bread, raisins
Finish: long, elegant. Everything from the palate just goes on and on.

The first year I had this, I thought it was decent whisky. Now I think it is very good whisky.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:29 am

G&M
Speymalt 9, 1993

Nose: cinnabons, little waxiness, very underripe oranges
Palate: huge cinnamon notes, sauteed baby bellas, overripe Valencia oranges
Finish: big, Christmassy
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:39 am

Blackadder

Arran, cask 96/039

Nose: kinda reminds me of the Powers NAS, new makish apples and berries, slight touch of grist
Palate: vanilla pudding, cinnamon dust, black berries
Finish: light, berries in whipped cream
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:42 am

pkt77242 wrote:Cadenhead Clynelish 15yo 63%

N: Salt, malt and some apples. Some wood smoke and spices. Embers from a fire.
P: Big salt, apples, pears, wax and some tropical fruits. Lots of wax. faint wood smoke and oak.
F: Medium long on salt, wax and pears. the wood smoke shows up lightly at first but grows stronger and hangs around with the salt.

Damn good.

I had a very mediocre Clynelish a few weeks ago. It tasted more like a vatting of a peated whisky and an unpeated, very doughy whisky. They seemed to be fighting each other to say "I'm better".
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:53 am

Cadenhead

Glenallachie 11, 1989

Nose: lemon bread, little bit of black pepper (fine), honey drizzle
Palate: home baked bread with honey butter, late summer grass, some barnyard characteristics
Finish: long, hot, grassy
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 4:55 am

pkt77242 wrote:
Ganga wrote:Bladnoch forum bottling
Glen Grant 27, Cask 20291

Nose: dried mangos, mushrooms, pineapples, waxy notes, dough
Palate: soft cinnamon stick notes, button mushrooms-sauteed, cinnamon bread, raisins
Finish: long, elegant. Everything from the palate just goes on and on.

The first year I had this, I thought it was decent whisky. Now I think it is very good whisky.


Sounds like a very interesting whisky. How does the Mushrooms mix witht the cinnamon and tropcial fruit?

This one used to express it more as sweet and pungeant like chinese food. Now the elements are more distinct. Think about putting together a kabob.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:12 am

Cadenheads
Benrinnes 12, 1988

Nose: bread (double does of yeast) in the oven, cinnamon toast (different part of the glass), wood polish, lemon
Palate: Woof (very strong), lemon lick, ground grain
Finish: long and hot

water does nothing for the nose, neither negative nor positive. Water mellows the palate and finish and adds a little pepper but that is about it. More drinkable with water.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:19 am

Signatory

Scapa 9, 1990

Nose: herb bread, light pepper, citrus
Palate: mixed dried herbs, sea air, light spiciness, doughy
Finish: moderate, crushed nuts and herbs
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:20 am

pkt77242 wrote:AD Rattray Balblair 1990 16yo sherry cask 62.4%

N: lemon yogurt with a strawberry drizzle. Some vanilla, walnuts and apples.
P: Very simlar to the nose with lemon, strawberry, vanilla, and nuts (in particular walnuts). A touch of malt and oak.
F: Medium on strawberries, malt and lemon. Also a touch of nuts. Very good


Not sure about the strawberries (seems so Bogartish) but the rest sounds like a whisky I'd love.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:26 am

Vintage Malt Whisky Company

Finlaggan OR

Nose: lemon, tar, bonfire, charred bread, a sweetness kinda like cotton candy (spun sugar) with no flavoring or coloring
Palate: The dying embers of a beach bonfire, seaweed, briney, iodine
Finish: more of the palate

If I guessed, I'd say very young CI.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:23 am

ADR

Cragganmore 17 for Bevmo

Nose: hawaiian bread, lemon spritz, dash of ground pepper, all spice, certain oiliness (cooking?), dried coconut
Palate: pound cake, cinnamon and black pepper combo, tropical fruits, straw
Finish: lots of spiciness and tropical fruits that go on and on and on
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:31 am

pkt77242 wrote:
Ganga wrote:ADR

Cragganmore 17 for Bevmo

Nose: hawaiian bread, lemon spritz, dash of ground pepper, all spice, certain oiliness (cooking?), dried coconut
Palate: pound cake, cinnamon and black pepper combo, tropical fruits, straw
Finish: lots of spiciness and tropical fruits that go on and on and on


You are making me jealous. A couple of different AD Rattray's for Bevmo made it over here but not the Cragganmore. :evil:


I can always get one for you when they next go on sale.

I would like to add that the nose has added papaya and honeydew. By far the most enjoyable Cragganmore I've ever had.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:33 am

pkt77242 wrote:
Ganga wrote:Blackadder

Arran, cask 96/039

Nose: kinda reminds me of the Powers NAS, new makish apples and berries, slight touch of grist
Palate: vanilla pudding, cinnamon dust, black berries
Finish: light, berries in whipped cream


Is this a sherry cask?


Looks like a bourbon cask (on the light side and very young).
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:40 am

I found another young Arran

Blackaddar

Arran cask 96040

Nose: Now this is a much more interesting nose. Vanilla custard, light oakiness, Elmer's wood glue, some light fruity notes dancing at the edges
Palate: white grape juice, straw, Granny Smith apples, lightly spiced, again some new makish notes
Finish: very long, fruity.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:42 am

I should be more specific on the blackberries (and no not the electronic ones), it's the frozen version. There's a certain bit that shows up. It's not the ultra-rich flavor that you get from those freshly picked (room temp) ones that you find in wines.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:01 am

But the glue holds it all together.... :lol:
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:30 am

Ok, trying a couple of new Battlehill bottilings tonight. First up is the Jura 11 @43%.

Color: straw gold
Nose: earthy (with mushrooms?), salty, hints of cocoa, some grist buried in there with maybe a touch of honey
Palate: flour (white), earthy peat, little bit of honey
Finish: it seems to continue with the earthiness with a bright honey note on top.

While not the greatest of whiskies, it is one of the more interesting Juras I've tried.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 12, 2011 3:44 am

Ohhh, the anticipation. This bottle is calling me with that gentle bubbling like a springtime brook. This is the Battlehill Bowmore.

Color: antique gold
Nose: some light woodsmoke over a bouqet of citrus blossoms, light spices, a sweetness is there but I can't tell what kind of sweetness
Palate: Floral (not lavendar and not perfume), gentle smokiness and charcoal, sea breeze, some interesting citrus notes
Finish: moderate, vascillating between the smoke and floral notes
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:32 am

I wanted to retry to the two Battlehills further away from supper and in reverse order. Bow first.... The one difference I note in the nose is that there is a kinda of sweet woodiness to it...poplar? Palate is about the same.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby mikeymad » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:40 am

Thanks for the notes on the Battles...
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:47 am

The nose for the Jura has the same notes but seems to be much better integrated. And the cocoa might be more described as chocolate. In some ways this reminds me of the Glenhaven Fettercairn from oh so many years ago. Hm, the palate seems to have some tangerines now. Very interesting.
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Tue Jul 12, 2011 4:47 am

mikeymad wrote:Thanks for the notes on the Battles...

No problem. :thumbsup:
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Re: July 2011 - Independent bottlings

Postby Ganga » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:00 pm

Wm Maxwell & Co
Trader Joe's Tomatin 10

Nose: very sour lemons, cracked grains, mild spices, vanilla
Palate: chocolate bread, lemon juice (from bottle), wheat chaff, little bit of polished wood
Finish: moderate, more of the chocolate bread with just a touch of lemon rind
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