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April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Apr 28, 2012 9:51 pm

End of a bottle:

An Cnoc 16yo 46%
Nose: Honey and lemon cough sweets, star anise, light and refreshing. Grassy with lemon refreshers. There's some dried oak there. Like a carpenter's workshop in the summer, with a pile of malted barley in the corner. Clean as a whistle and quite charming.
Taste: Zingy lemon refreshers, surrounded by a multitude of tiny popping spice bombs. The honey is there on the palate too, but it's finely spread and delicate. Sugar sparkles in the background amongst more light oak.
Finish: Seems like it dies quite quickly, but then it begins to wash your palate with brown sugar, cinammon and chewed pencil. The more you drink the woodier the finish gets, but it remains delicate.
Comments: For years I've been trying to get folk to notice this stuff. It's not going to startle you in a festival amongst all those big hitters (although I've always thought it was good), but sit down with a bottle of this and you won't regret it. This was the last dregs of the bottle and another one will have to come soon. I hope the current batch is as good.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:43 pm

Another end of bottle:

G&M Exclusive Teaninich 16yo 1995 50%
Nose: Milk chocolate, cocoa powder and english breakfast tea. Malted barley sugar, with demerara sugar, coffee grounds and cinnamon.
Taste: Masses of cocoa and cinnamon wrapped in peppery sugar. Traces of lemon and malt creep gently through the intensity of the sherry notes. Plenty of chocolate here too.
Finish: Initially dry before a big hit of espresso, cocoa, cinnamon and light peppery sices. Very gentle and quite charming.
Comments: This is a real chocaholics dram. A perfect cask with not a hint of sulphur that delivers a delicacy of sherried character that marries beautifully with the fine clear Teaninich malt. Excellent whisky.

Fortunately I have another :D
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Apr 28, 2012 11:20 pm

Another bottle end:

Cadenhead's Glenivet 30yo 1976 57.1% sherry butt
Nose: Black coffee and a basket of tropical fruit. Light chocolate powder, pineapple, guava, pear and sandalwood. Pears in chocolate custard. Creme caramel and dark bitter oranges. A super clean sherry cask. A few drops of water lifts the fruit and turns it into apricot jam and orange marmalade. Strawberry jam too.
Taste: Chocolate and coffee explosion. Dark Oxford marmalade with heaps of cocoa powder and coffee mixed in. A couple of drops of water turns it into pure milk chocolate. Yummy.
Finish: Sizzling bitter oranges heavily seasoned with caramelised sugar. Lot's of oak influence, dry and softly spicy. Water makes it drier, but brings cinnamon sugar and a host of warm spices.
Comments: Top drawer whisky. It really can take water and its fun to play with.

Sadly I do not have another of these :(
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:04 am

:dead: 95/16 SV Linkwood Cask 649 Binny's Beverage Depot. :dead:

I hate to say this about any bottle, but this one just got worse as it has been opened. When I first got it it was quite sweet, and had a very odd herbal flavor that I actually quite liked. As it aged the herb flavor subsided, and while it is still a good whisky, it now tastes quite a bit more run of the mill.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:23 pm

Caol Ila Moch. I'm really sad to see this one go. Bang for your buck kinda whisky!!
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:06 am

Lagavulin 12yo 5th release. Good whisky but I expected more from this one. I thought I'd be blown away by it but unfortunately that's not the case.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:48 am

Laphroaig 11yo 2000 The Ultimate Selection by Van Wees (sherry butt). Very powerfull and excellent stuff, but my Laphroaig 1999 Daily Dram is even better.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu May 03, 2012 6:41 am

Both of those sound very nice Johan. :thumbsup:

Killing the Vat 69 tonight. Think lemons with a ton of grain alcohol.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Fri May 11, 2012 5:53 am

Mmm. Talisker 10, L5 bottling code. This one has a nice waxy note smothered in spices and cracked black pepper. Alas we knew thee well bottle.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sat May 12, 2012 2:38 am

Compass Box Asyla.

Opened up and fulled out while the bottle was open. Earlier on it was a little bit bitter and rough, though still enjoyable. I think I would rather explore their other offerings or get another bottle of Great King Street before repurchasing Asyla, but it is not a bad whisky, just prehaps a little expensive for what it is.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Mon May 14, 2012 8:55 pm

Still going eh? I think I'll need to join in again later
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Tue May 22, 2012 10:43 pm

The last bit of my Caol Ila Moch.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Wed May 23, 2012 11:46 am

I also finished my Brora 1981 27yo Duncan Taylor. Now that bottle has really grown on me over the last few years.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Fri May 25, 2012 7:25 am

KOpper Kettle, Virginia whiskey. Oi. A very poor whisky. It's like rotten copper. Thank goodness it is done.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Sun May 27, 2012 11:38 pm

Battlehill Jura 11. I'm not a huge fan of Jura but I found this one pleasant. It was earthy, with a fair bit of malty sweetness contrasted against sour lemons.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Sun May 27, 2012 11:39 pm

Weller 7 Special Reserve. Nothing fancy here. Some rye grain along with Hubba Bubba. If you like the contrast between those two, it is enjoyable.
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