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May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 07, 2012 8:14 am

Hey, I figure that folks are interested in new bottles now that they've cleaned up their "collection". And since I figure most guys "can't wait", we'll open it up early for "premature" activities..... :thumbsup:
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:24 pm

This could get messy :D
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:58 am

Kicking this off with Compass box Asyla.

Nice golden color. Lovely warm buttery bakery aroma. Cool vanila notes with a slight spice aroma but a lot of sugar and butter.

Slightly too woody for my tastes but lots of vanila and sugar. Also a nice hint of butter. Simple but somehow really works. Almost like fresh cooked chocolate chipcookies.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 08, 2012 3:06 am

Cracked a Bowmore NAS CS 1l tonight but there's not enough of that (or anything else) left for me to say anything sensible about it :D

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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:52 am

Redbreast 12yo CS.

Peaches spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. The syrup from fruit cups, with a little vanilla and white pepper. Very nice.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:04 am

Redemption rye batch 32


Aluring aroma of white pepper green peppers nutmeg coriander and bubble gum.

Very nice sweet but peppery taste, but as it heads into the finish it packs a spicy punch like jalopeno infused gasoline.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:20 am

Ancient age

Lots of spice wood and syrup on the nose.

Taste is almost too sweet fadeing into rum cake and alcohol flavors. Finish is raw carrots spice and sugapr.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:29 pm

anCnoc 12

Lovely aroma reminisceint of Monkey Shoulder with a bit more heft perhaps oak and touch of black pepper. In adittion to the pears and apples on the aroma a nice hint of coconut.

Taste is honeyed and vanilla with hints of apple. Also has quite an oily and chewy texture. Finish is on the rough side, its a whisky that lets you know you just drank whisky.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:15 am

Just opened a bottle of Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon. My 3rd bottle of it and a good deal at $20 for 1L.

Peanut brittle, peanut shells, some vanilla and caramel. Also a little rye husksl, saw dust and caramel.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Wed Apr 11, 2012 3:02 am

Clynelish 14 OB

Quite Delicious, very thick and chewy, and fruity. I love how I get lots of fruit in Clynelish, with hints of other sweetness. This has all of that with just a touch of drying smoke and grassy bitterness to give it a little extra character.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Thu Apr 12, 2012 6:03 am

Opened the Binny's Longmorn bottling to compare to a bottle of Longmorn 12. Binny's was much better. Think bourbon cask notes for it. I will do some more formal notes later.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:58 am

95/15 SV Imperial Cask 50314


Aroma comes across as a bit sharp, almost too alcoholic, heavy on the grains, lots of toasted rice, and barely. Where this fails in aroma, it makes up on the palate. It really steps up its game with an abundance of grain, with a bit of caramel. The finish is long with lots of black pepper.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Willie JJ » Sat Apr 14, 2012 1:01 am

Rattray's Selection 19yo Blended Malt Batch no.1 55.8% :D
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:29 am

Willie JJ wrote:Rattray's Selection 19yo Blended Malt Batch no.1 55.8% :D


Any thoughts?
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:28 am

pkt77242 wrote:Just opened a bottle of Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon. My 3rd bottle of it and a good deal at $20 for 1L.

Peanut brittle, peanut shells, some vanilla and caramel. Also a little rye husksl, saw dust and caramel.

Hey me too. And my third.... :thumbsup:


I get all those notes except that it is more almonds for me instead of peanuts.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 15, 2012 4:08 am

Ganga wrote:
pkt77242 wrote:Just opened a bottle of Kirkland Signature Small Batch Bourbon. My 3rd bottle of it and a good deal at $20 for 1L.

Peanut brittle, peanut shells, some vanilla and caramel. Also a little rye husksl, saw dust and caramel.

Hey me too. And my third.... :thumbsup:


I get all those notes except that it is more almonds for me instead of peanuts.

And tonight it is peanuts. Think crushed with bits of the meat and shell combined.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:23 am

Ganga wrote:Opened the Binny's Longmorn bottling to compare to a bottle of Longmorn 12. Binny's was much better. Think bourbon cask notes for it. I will do some more formal notes later.

Ok, I promised.....

N: sweet, malty, leather
P: more better malt, leather, lightly peated/smokey, waxy, honey - heather
F: long, complex, leather, smoke and wax
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:43 am

some of you have to be dying to open something.... :iwbrnt:
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Willie JJ » Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:46 pm

Was away to Skye last week so I opened a Talisker 2007 Distillery Only 53.9%. Sadly this sold out a couple of years ago and they have not replaced it. The distillery staff are keen that they should but no luck so far.

I also opened a 12yo Bowmore Enigma 1l and an A D Rattray Benrinnes 13yo 53.5% sherry cask. The Benrinnes is mighty :D
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:37 pm

Macallan 12

Brown sugar, vanilla, raisins, wheat toast and a little nuts with a hint of cinnamon. Good for the price and a nice everyday Macallan 12. This must be my 3rd or 4th bottle of this and I still really enjoy it for the price.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:43 am

99/11 SV Glen Rothes Un-Chillfiltered Collection Cask 12567 Tiffany's Wine and Spirits Kalamazoo

I want to like this, first impression is not bad, but I have a lot of bad memories from the likes of Aultmore and Glen Moray. This seems to be in their style, light, and refreshing, lots of lemon and other citrus's, and hints of oil. So while it seems so much like those others, it somehow succeeds where the others have failed, while definitely a lot of lemon, it lacks the overwhelming Lemon Cleaner the other have had. The taste is also a lot fuller, with a good bit of malt and sweetness. The lemon presents its self as almost a non sour filling to a lemon meringue pie.

The Clerk at Checkout asked me if I had purchased this before, because he said he was quite fond of it and insisted that they were down to their last case, so it won't be around much longer. From my first taste perspective, I a not sure I would pick up another bottle personally.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:01 am

00/11 SV Laphroig UCF Cask number 3599


Let me just say its good to have Islay back in the house. Thats a delicious aroma, even though there is not a lot of depth to it. Damn, does it deliver on the taste, lots of vegetable sweetness, fading into an almost stewed mushroom dryness and chewy-ness. This is one bottle I may need to go back and try and find more, damn this is tasty.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:06 am

In celebration tonight, I am opening up a Signatory Mortlach 9, 1988, 43%. Yes, I've had this before but it has been around 3 years since I finished the last bottle.
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Postby Ganga » Tue Apr 24, 2012 4:51 am

Tis St George's Day but I have no english whisky. So Mortlach it is

Signatory Mortlach 9, 1988, 43%, cask 2622

Nose: leather, cinnamon, nougat, heather
Palate: 3 Musketeers filling, cinnamon, marzipan, leather, dried oranges
Finish: surprisingly long, filled with cinnamon and marzipan goodness

This is a very good and relaxing dram. I'm glad that I have a couple more stashed away. I'm sure this will be missed when the last one is gone but I may be celebrating 60 by then.
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Postby pkt77242 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:49 am

Glenmorangie Artein

Sponge cake, oranges, strawberries, and vanilla. Then some blackberry jam. Hints of mint and almost a touch of new oak. Also a little plum.

An interesting whisky. Not sure that I love it but it is enjoyable.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:10 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Glenmorangie Artein

Sponge cake, oranges, strawberries, and vanilla. Then some blackberry jam. Hints of mint and almost a touch of new oak. Also a little plum.

An interesting whisky. Not sure that I love it but it is enjoyable.

Worth the entry fee?
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby pkt77242 » Mon Apr 30, 2012 4:59 am

Ganga wrote:
pkt77242 wrote:Glenmorangie Artein

Sponge cake, oranges, strawberries, and vanilla. Then some blackberry jam. Hints of mint and almost a touch of new oak. Also a little plum.

An interesting whisky. Not sure that I love it but it is enjoyable.

Worth the entry fee?


Depends on what it costs where you are. It was $80 here and I won't be rebuying at that price, but if it was $65 I would recommend (well on one nights worth of tasting, that could change after it has been open for a while).
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Mon Apr 30, 2012 5:19 am

Do you regret the purchase? One time purchase at that price or no-go?
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Willie JJ » Mon Apr 30, 2012 1:34 pm

I don't have an Artein yet, but on the basis of the taste I had I will probably buy one. I am a sucker for jammy flavours though.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Fri May 04, 2012 4:03 am

Chivas Regal 12.

Not bad taste wise, if I could somehow set aside the ultra bitter component wasn't there. Honestly tastes like a mix of sawdust, and rubbing alcohol.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby AdamMY » Fri May 04, 2012 4:28 am

Glenlivet 12.

Always consistent, lots of tropical fruits. Though either its the whisky after the icecream, so maybe the chivas 12 will be better, as the glenlivet is more bitter than I remember it being.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby johan brugge » Fri May 04, 2012 11:33 am

Aberfeldy 12yo as a present for my BD. Not bad but that's about it.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby Ganga » Sat May 05, 2012 5:49 am

johan brugge wrote:Aberfeldy 12yo as a present for my BD. Not bad but that's about it.

Ja, not one of my favorites either.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby johan brugge » Tue May 08, 2012 11:17 pm

Ardbeg Ten. It's been quite a while since I last opened a Ten. This dram was sweeter than I can remember from the last time. Maybe the glass of white wine before this Then had anything to do with it.
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Re: May 2012 Tasting - The Newly Popped

Postby pkt77242 » Wed May 09, 2012 6:11 am

johan brugge wrote:Ardbeg Ten. It's been quite a while since I last opened a Ten. This dram was sweeter than I can remember from the last time. Maybe the glass of white wine before this Then had anything to do with it.


I haven't opend a bottle of Ardbeg Ten in a while. I think it is about time to buy another.
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