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November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:00 am

Did you read that right? FOWL...as in birdies. Find some whiskies with some connection to fowl and give it a ride. Examples. Wild Turkey (obvious, huh) or Oban (not so obvious).

Choose a whisky or more that feature a fowl in the name, in the graphics, or if you are lucky in a fowl decanter and yes I've seen them in the store in the last month.

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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:32 pm

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Just proof that there are little birdies on it. (Freshly opened bottle)

Color a wonderful yellow amber.

Nose: Sea salt, iodine, clover honey, wildflowers, heather.

Taste: Salted Caramels, Honey.

Finish: Salt water solution, brown butter.

Let me just say it works a whole lot better than it sounds.

89/100
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Sat Nov 05, 2011 12:51 am

Famous Grouse

Color: Pale Straw

Aroma: Sulfur, alcohol, hay, brown sugar.

Taste: Light but a touch oily. Almost too sweet, with a hint of heather.

Finish: Nothing special, rather standard, sweet remnants, with a touch of raisins.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:21 am

Old Pulteney 12

N: Salted peach and salted mango with some barley sugar. Just a hint of smoke. A little melon as well.
P: Big time salt, with mango and peach. Hints of vanilla drizzled over melon and a little smoke and oak.
F: medium and getting more salty as it goes on, just a hint of the fruit from the nose and palate with some smoke. A little oak, vanilla and some caramel at the very end.

A great value sinlge malt.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:40 am

I hadn't realised that this had started (D'oh), but I just thought I'd observe that Linkwood has a Swan as its emblem.

I'll try to join in tomorrow
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Sat Nov 05, 2011 1:41 am

Old Crow 40%

Color: Tawny

Aroma: Holy hell that is a lot of mint. Mint and brown sugar muddled with perhaps a touch of spiced rum.

Taste: Minty, cleansing, and only mildly sweet.

Finish: Brown sugar, and zucchini bread, with a lot of fresh mint.


Holy hell, I think I have had mint toothpastes with less mint, but it oddly works. For 9 dollars a bottle it is incredibly drinkable.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:10 am

Willie JJ wrote:I hadn't realised that this had started (D'oh), but I just thought I'd observe that Linkwood has a Swan as its emblem.

I'll try to join in tomorrow


Looking forward to it Willie. :iwbrnt:
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:17 am

Fighting Cock Bourbon

N: Big alcohol, with some vanilla, mint and corn. Simple
P: Corn with vanilla and a touch of mint. A little cinnamon as well with just a hint of oak
F: Long and burning. Big alcohol with vanilla and cinnamon.

Not bad for $13. Not complex but enjoyable.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:25 am

The Fighting Cock Bourbon with some water.

N: Big time corn, with some vanilla. Alcohol is now in the background with some brown sugar and mint.
P: Big corn, some tortilla flavor and vanilla. Kind of an odd combo. A touch of cinnnamon and brown sugar.
F: medium in length with corn and vanilla. Still some alcohol but not overwhelming. Then a touch of the cinnamon and mint.

Not sure if I prefer with or without water.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby AdamMY » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:50 am

Wild Turkey Rye (101 proof).


Color: Amber.

Aroma: Wow thats alluring, black pepper, carrot cake, shitake mushrooms, and cherry cough syrup.

Taste: Cayenne and black peppers, Incredibly sweet though too, with perhaps a cherry hard candy shell ( like the kind occasionally put on icecream cones).

Finish: Powerful peppers of all sorts, with a lingering incense touch to it.

85/100
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 3:01 am

Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix (a Phoenix is a bird after all).

N: Warm cinnamon pears with some vanilla drizzled on them. Some lemon, barley and apples.
P: Very similar to the nose. Warm cinnamon apples with vanilla, and barley. Just a hint of oak, raisins, and nuts.
F: Medium long on the cinnamon apples and vanilla. Oak becomes more ponounced with just a hint of sherry (raisins and nuts).

A very nice whisky but not amazing. The longer you hold the whisky in your mouth the more pronounced the sherry becomes.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby johan brugge » Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:44 am

Hi guys. It's been a while since my last post but work has consumed me the last few months. Interesting thread. Here's my (limited) input: Bowmore Legend (old label). I had this one many years ago an never bought another one so don't ask me for detailled notes. All I can remember is a lot of smoke in the nose. Dito for the palate along with briny and seaweedy notes. I didn't really like it that time. Too young and too hefty for me back then.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby TUFKAC » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:25 pm

Just a little input on the Fowl whiskies.

I was not very creative in choosing one, it became a Famous Grouse miniature (43% and flat 3.9 cl bottle, 80's)
Nose: Time has not been nice for this one. OBE present, background some smoke and sweetness (malt or even corn?), everything is quite thick and needs time to open.
Taste: Smooth and sweet, bit creamy with little spices.
Finish: short and soft.

Hidden underneath should be a good one, but time has spoilt it a bit, although bottle and fill was still in good condition. No rating.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 12:13 am

TUFKAC wrote:Just a little input on the Fowl whiskies.

I was not very creative in choosing one, it became a Famous Grouse miniature (43% and flat 3.9 cl bottle, 80's)
Nose: Time has not been nice for this one. OBE present, background some smoke and sweetness (malt or even corn?), everything is quite thick and needs time to open.
Taste: Smooth and sweet, bit creamy with little spices.
Finish: short and soft.

Hidden underneath should be a good one, but time has spoilt it a bit, although bottle and fill was still in good condition. No rating.


Nice tasting note :thumbsup:
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:20 am

Wild Turkey 101

N: Corn, cinnamon, a touch of rye and some vanilla. A fair amount of alcohol as well.
P: Cinnamon, vanilla and some alcohol. A touch corn and just a hint of mint.
F: medium on cinnamon and vanilla. just a touch of mint (maybe I am imagining it).

Not a bad whisky for the price. Not complex but enjoyable.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:32 am

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit

N: leather, tobacco, and sandalwood. Corn, rye, vanilla and mint. hints of butterscotch and cinnamon.
P: Old leather, beautiful cigar tobacco, sandalwood, with cinnamon and butterscotch. Mint and polished oak as well.
F: Medium long on polished oak and cigar tobacco. some cinnamon and leather as well. Gets rather drying at the very end.

Just a great bourbon. My favorite under $40 bourbon (heck probably my favorite under $40 bourbon as well). :smoke: :thumbsup:
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:32 pm

Willie JJ wrote:I hadn't realised that this had started (D'oh), but I just thought I'd observe that Linkwood has a Swan as its emblem.

I'll try to join in tomorrow


The G&M Linkwood 15 has a raven or is it a rook.... :D
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Wed Nov 09, 2011 6:35 pm

johan brugge wrote:Hi guys. It's been a while since my last post but work has consumed me the last few months. Interesting thread. Here's my (limited) input: Bowmore Legend (old label). I had this one many years ago an never bought another one so don't ask me for detailled notes. All I can remember is a lot of smoke in the nose. Dito for the palate along with briny and seaweedy notes. I didn't really like it that time. Too young and too hefty for me back then.


Thanks Johan! I remember the old Bow Legends. Some were good and some were awful. There were some particularly bad ones with lavendar perfume. :yuk: In the better ones I remember the smoke being charred oak.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Sun Nov 20, 2011 11:53 pm

AdamMY wrote:Image

Just proof that there are little birdies on it. (Freshly opened bottle)


One must follow this up with their own notes. :D

My bottle has been open for roughly a year.

Nose: sea air - briney, gristy, light tropical fruits, light dry spices

Palate: dried tropical fruits (mangos), briney, bready

Finish: moderately long, dried salted apricots

I find this a fine whisky to have just about any time. Light enough for the summer yet the maritime character takes me right into winter storms on the sea.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:04 am

Wild Turkey 101, Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Nose: sweet corn, husked rye, vanilla, caramel

Palate: rye, some dusty mint-crushed, worthers candies, vanilla notes

Finish: long, minty caramel
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:23 am

Something not yet addressed in this tasting, Black Eagle KSB, 40%. This was purchased for this month's tasting and is not something I regularly have. Hopefully, this will provide insight to anyone that has been looking at it but hesistant to purchase.

Nose: buttery, cream of corn, just hints of rye

Palate: light bazooka bubblegum immediately, nice balance of rye, vanilla extract

Finish: lingering but light, mixture of canned corn and rye

Amazingly enjoyable for something to be had for a 10 spot.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:37 am

Not sure exactly what this next one is. Highland Bird Rare Scotch Whisky NAS. Yup, doesn't say blend. It is 40%.

Nose: vanilla, rising dough, dried fruits

Palate: resiny oak, bitter/astringent, lemon juice

Finish: short but continues with the palate resolving from a woodiness to oak

I would have to say this is a young blended scotch whisky.
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Re: November 2011 - Fowl Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:51 am

Famous Grouse Gold Reserve 12, 40%

Nose: Bit o Honey, whispy smoke

palate: waxy (taste and feel), honey, smokey, little meaty (bacon?)

Finish: long, waxy

Very enjoyable.
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