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April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:34 am

Willie:

Does the Clyne have any peatiness? Usually get some soft notes that are either earthy or smokey in Clynelish.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:52 am

No, not that I noticed. Granite was the closest it came to earthiness I thought.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Fscott » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:23 pm

Scapa 14

Nose: Chamomile and honey
Palate: Creamy, Maria biscuits, cinnamon, light ginger
Finish: Short, spicy, pleasant

One of the two or three whiskies in my collection that don't benefit from a few drops of water.

I would buy you again at that price, but I don't think you exist anymore.

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Aye. did you ever try the 12? It was quite good. 16 is good as well but I think I prefer the 12 and 14.



I have never even seen the 12. I once had the 16 in my basket and ended up not buying it. So many to try...
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 08, 2012 1:13 pm

The 12 was the bottling before the 14. They have gone up in ages due to stock problems arising from the period when the distillery was closed. I suspect that at some point we will see a return to a 12yo, but we might get an 18yo first. Time will tell.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:45 am

Robert Burns Blend.

Sometimes in whisky you get less than you pay for, but when you pay 20 dollars for a bottle and you get less than that, it is scary. Lots of Maraschino cherry syrup mixed with cheap vodka, and cherrios a flavor combo I really have come to associate with cheap grain whisky.

Just just not a good blend.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby whiskgeek » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:21 am

Just emptied a Talisker 10 that had been opened, I don't know when. It seems to have lost a bit of its nuance. I had some Fresh Tal10 the other night, and detected some fruit, which I don't find in this bottle. Something's changed with the spice, too. More dominant, but not as sharp?
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:22 am

pkt77242 wrote:
lockejn wrote:AnCnoc 16. I rather enjoyed this one all the way through - it surprised me. One of the better whiskies - and better values - in this style. Would love to try it with a few more years.

Locke will you be buying another bottle?

Hard to say. I'm not opposed to it. Probably.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Thu Apr 12, 2012 1:24 am

Jameson NAS. Probably the best cheap Irish whiskey, but still not something I want to buy more of. People keep giving it to me, though.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:00 am

Saturday we finished the Longmorn 12 (G&M bottling I think, I'll have to go look). It was a decent Longmorn but when we opened the Binny's G&M Longmorn, the 12 became rather weak in comparison.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:24 am

G&M Highland Park 8. Excellent stuff. While I never managed a h2h, I think this is preferable to the OB 12. I'll be looking for another next time I'm in NY.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:40 am

Ardmore Traditional Cask.

This bottle has continuously changed since it has been open, it went from honey with a hint of peat. To almost an Ardbeg light, like a toned down ANB. And now I am getting something quite interesting, its very sweet peat. Honey, golden raisins, and a lot of carrots, and other sweet vegetables.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:21 am

pkt77242 wrote:
lockejn wrote:G&M Highland Park 8. Excellent stuff. While I never managed a h2h, I think this is preferable to the OB 12. I'll be looking for another next time I'm in NY.

Care to give a description as I think I might have seen it around here

Smokier with a bit more peat than the OBs. Also something vaguely herbal which I also find distinct from the distillery expressions. Has aged very well in only 8y.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:47 am

W.L. Weller Special Reserve. Binnys Select.


A quite interesting whisky. While its cleaner and more refreshing than most bourbons, probably due to the wheat influence, and occasionally produces incredibly powerful bubble gum notes. This is by no means a bad whisky, and even though it is not expensive, I am not completely sold on this Bourbon. I may get a bottle again, but I'll write this one up as good but will get after I exhaust the other whiskys I want to try.

It has not changed much as far as I can remember in terms of flavor over the life of this bottle.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:15 am

Wild Turkey Rare Breed. Great stuff.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:16 am

Joshua Brooks 8. This is really good bourbon. At $10, it is a steal. Even better steal than the Kirkland is. Will go in search of this sweet one in May. (some search, it's down the street from the office)
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:50 am

Michael Collins 10. Probably my value preference in Irish. The peat is such a nice touch.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:45 pm

Glenfarclas 15yo 1989 first fill Oloroso sherry butt at 60.2 %. If you like a cask strength Speysider that has truck loads of sherry flavours and everything that comes with it, go for it. I know a lot of Belgians (Flemish and Serge Valentin) adore this one but not me. It's way too much on sherry.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:24 pm

johan brugge wrote:Glenfarclas 15yo 1989 first fill Oloroso sherry butt at 60.2 %. If you like a cask strength Speysider that has truck loads of sherry flavours and everything that comes with it, go for it. I know a lot of Belgians (Flemish and Serge Valentin) adore this one but not me. It's way too much on sherry.

sounds like my kinda dram. :D I take it this was a small release or just for Europe.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:55 am

Indeed. Only 618 bottles from this cask. There are still a few bottles out there, but only a few. And it costs about 100 €.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:36 am

Inverarity NAS. Nice balance of waxy grains and smokey peat. Probably been around for 12 years. :D
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:27 am

Secret Stills Bowmore 1991/2007. Preferable to the OB Legend and 12y. Started off a bit too woody, as the others, but has really mellowed nicely. A bit more on the coal side of peat, which is nice.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby lockejn » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:50 pm

WhistlePig Rye. A very good rye, one of the better I've had. But it's just too pricey. There are other greats at $10-$20 less. I'd drink it again, but probably wouldn't buy again.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:38 pm

Just killed my 4th or 5th bottle of Kirkland Signature Bourbon. This is also the longest a single bottle of KSB I have had has been opened, so it will show the most change I have seen from a single bottle yet.


For its price for a 1L bottle, KSB is a long standing favorite. Its always rich and flavorful, with a sizeable ABV to back it up. This is just about the only bourbon I have had yet that I occasionally get those orange cider flavors, but mostly its a heck of a lot of spices, and hints of maple syrup.

I will need to replace this bottle.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:54 am

Wathen's 8 yo, single barrel.

Been around awhile. Good not sure that the price is justified. Lots of green vegetation but not overly negative. The vanilla and caramel notes more than make up for it.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:15 pm

Another sample:

Signatory North British 14yo 1997-2011 43%

Nose: Toasted cereals, faint grapefruit, banana toffee and slightly burnt butter tablet.
Palate: Vaguely citrus again, but mainly vanilla, spirit and a slight metallic tang.
Finish: Drying grainy and short.
Comment: Very easy to drink although not overly complex.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Willie JJ » Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:42 pm

End of a bottle:

Johnny Walker Green Label

Nose: The initial burst of fruit and flowers is quickly caught up by the oily shellfish and gentle smoke. The peated malts certainly dominate, but the speysiders make their presence felt too. Nice but like most vattings its not the easiest thing to sort out.
Palate: sweet smouldering ash with a salty/sweet interplay and light white fruit juices and burnt malt.
Finish: Plenty of salty, ashy character here and much less sign of the Speysiders.
Comment: This is great fun to drink, but it doesn't have the poise of a great single malt. Incredibly good value though.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:03 am

Recently finished bottle

Springbank 14, Madiera Butt 07/`178-02, d: 6.97
58.6

This was a very good bottle from Springbank. I don't think it is nearly as good as the Springbank 12, 56.4 that was released last fall. Not something I think I would try to replace but was fun while it lasted.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:06 am

Another recently finished bottle

G&M Rosebank 1991
cask 1536
59.3

Think light, airy, grassy. A very lovely Rosebank that is worth replacing.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:16 am

Last one finished recently

Berry Bros Linkwood
1991-10
57.1

This was a beautiful Linkwood. Light for a Linkwood but you just want to keep coming back for more. Definitely worth purchasing if found again.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:47 am

Sample kill

from Sean

Old Forrester 75th Anniversary.

N: vanilla, caramel, green vegetation from a meadow, some buttercream
P: vanilla extract, crushed greens, creamy texture, slight grainy notes
F: grainy and green, nice and long.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 26, 2012 5:53 am

Another Sean sample kill

Weller 2011

N: creamy vanilla notes...almost cake like, some rye notes
P: blended fresh greens, lots of fresh rye
F: long, hot summery
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Fri Apr 27, 2012 5:47 am

Black Eagle is still a pour away from finishing which will come in about 20 minutes. But some thoughts.

It is pretty simple. Think bubble gum. Lightly grainy on the nose and a touch of powder sugar found on some bubble gum. Palate is Bubblicous. It is sweet and cheap so very replaceable.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:23 am

Isle of Skye NAS. This is an older bottling. Thinking lat 80s or early 90s.

Heavy waxy peat. Grain component comes off as much older and lower part of the mix than in todays blends.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Fri Apr 27, 2012 6:42 am

And another one's gone.....

Dew of Kilkarren

This bottle is at least 30 years old.

it has some very interesting things going on. Little bit of waxy peat and polished wood. How about some corn stalks? I won't say great but it is interesting.
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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Ganga » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:43 am

Dickel is going out the door

It has the corn character of bourbons but there is this huge influence of charcoal....in terms of coal/anthracite....

Very strong whisky. And it will be replaced.
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