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March 2008 Live Tasting

What should distillery should we do for the March Live Tasting?

Bruichladdich
8
20%
Balvenie
21
51%
St. Magdalene/Closed Lowlanders
5
12%
Springbank
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17%
 
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby mikeymad » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:04 pm

Thanks for trying Matt..... I will have to just work the bottles I got... :wink:

Maybe in the future, if there is a rep over here that could breakdown a bottle and just ship some samples around. I don't think that it too bad.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:25 pm

Thanks again Matt!! And thanks also to Balvenie / William Grant too!! :D :thumbsup:
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby woodhill » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:47 pm

Thanks a Million Matt!

Looking forward to that Signature and the 21yo :P

Should be a great evening!


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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Matt2 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:25 pm

mikeymad wrote:if there is a rep over here that could breakdown a bottle and just ship some samples around


Exactly what I was thinking, and thank you for offering your services :wink: :D
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby SoMK » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:55 pm

I got mine today ! :D That single barrel looks really interesting .. and the Signature 12 has a beautiful colour imho... Many thanks Matt !
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:20 pm

My Balvenie Trio pack came in today! Just in time. So I'll be around Saturday at some point for the tasting, looking forward to it!! :D :D

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:29 pm

Mine came too :D . Thanks Matt. This will be fun.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby woodhill » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:33 pm

Matt :thumbsup:

Cheers. My parcel was also waiting when i got home.

Thanks - very excited to taste them. ( hope i can wait till then)

Is the Signature available anywhere? or is this the first taste?
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:34 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Mine came too :D . Thanks Matt. This will be fun.


Willie, I actually had to order mine locally. It was only $15.99 at my local store. Matt was unable to send samples to the U.S. or Canada this time around. Maybe next time! :D
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:37 pm

Mine too!

With Sig 12 and Port 21!

Thanks, Matt!
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Willie JJ » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:46 pm

ryguy wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:Mine came too :D . Thanks Matt. This will be fun.


Willie, I actually had to order mine locally. It was only $15.99 at my local store. Matt was unable to send samples to the U.S. or Canada this time around. Maybe next time! :D

Sounds like he is working on it Ryan. Fingers crossed he manages to sort out the logistics in time for the next one. Having said that $15.99 is not too bad for that set. Cheapest I have seen it in Edinburgh is £10.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 pm

Nothing for me. I'll check if the postie looks hungover tomorrow morning :(
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby arkle » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:51 pm

Mine was waiting when I got home, the family asked why was I sent urine samples in the post! Looking forward to my first live tasting with you all. Thanks Matt.(p.s I believe urine tasting is quite good too :wink: ,now theres a thought..........! :shock:
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:38 pm

I'm stuck to the mailbox for 4 days now, :roll:
No samples... yet
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 5:52 am

Oh well, I'll stick with the samples I have. Thanks for trying Matt. Ok ladies and laddies, only two days to go. Wee.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:33 pm

Big thanks to lovely Matt and lovely Balvenie. My lovely postie brought my lovely samples today. Really looking forward to tomorrow :D
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:09 pm

Gonna run out and check the mail now! Hope to have mine cause maybe a little tasting tonight is possible, (Musky, anyone else?) Fingers crossed!
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:17 pm

Di Blasi wrote:Gonna run out and check the mail now! Hope to have mine cause maybe a little tasting tonight is possible, (Musky, anyone else?) Fingers crossed!

I'm here.

Seems that I have to leave tomorrow for the city and will miss the Saturday tasting! The flight to Faro leaves early Sunday and we don't want to risk getting caught in a snowstorm driving up on Sunday so are going up a day early.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:21 pm

Are ya still here, Musky? I'll at least share a dram with you while you try some Balvenies.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:33 pm

Whaddaya got?
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:48 pm

Ok Musky, I'm here with HP 12 in hand.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:49 pm

Highland Park 12 yo
should we try "tasting notes" again?
Naw!
Nose: Honey, heather, I sense a sweetness like bananas as well
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:51 pm

We can certainly give it a go. I have the newest bottling of HP 12. You?
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:54 pm

Older bottling that's been around for a year or so. There is a new one dow in the lair, already opened, 'though.

Hang on a mo.

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oh darn, it's an 18.

Oh well....
Highland Park 18 yo (New bottle)
Colour: Pale yellow, not as deep and red as the 12 yo old botling.
Nose: Light grassy but with a powerful undercurrent of spice and alcohol coming to the fore.
Palate: Warm, definite fiery spice and peat notes along with a sweetness that is delightful
Finish: Long warming and getting more pronounced and sweet as the finish goes on. A definite tingle on the lips that hangs around as well.
Comment: Really surprised at how I enjoy this bottle. I always lean towards an Islay lately when looking for a dram. I shouldn't overlook the Island offerings.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:01 pm

Very understandable Musky. I need to get another bottle of the 18.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:05 pm

HP 12 #3

Highland Park
Newer bottling circa 2007
Heather/floral, light honey, oranges, strawberries (?) - some kind of red fruit, just a hint of smoke
Honey and a nice layering of smoke, apples, citrus, grains/malt
moderately long with interplay of fruit and honey
Very good beverage. One I'd find good for most occasions.
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12 Years Old
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No
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:08 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:Highland Park 12 yo
should we try "tasting notes" again?
Naw!
Nose: Honey, heather, I sense a sweetness like bananas as well

Colour: a deeper reddish gold than the 18.
Nose: Definitely honey in there as well as the heather. And close as I can come in that final note is still bananas.
Palate: Honey, sweetness from sherry notes, malt surfaces after a bit and a hint of saltiness, not overbearing 'though, very subtle. Apples, Ganga? Maybe that's the sweetness I can't describe... yes maybe a crisp winter spy.
Finish: Nice long and low, but there's a cereal flavour in the finish, somewhat like wheatabix. Odd I'd not noticed that before. Warms the belly and a gentle feeling of warmth infuses the body. What a pleasing little dram!
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:13 pm

Yes, I can see the bananas now. Not quite ripe but not overly green either. Very interesting.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:14 pm

I wonder if we drink too much sometimes. Now we both taste bananas in our whisky!
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:17 pm

Poured the same beverage into a brandy glass. Malt is so much stronger on the nose. Fresh berries on cereal! :thumbsup: Citrus is much more muted.

Bit o' Honey is really strong on the palate drifting off into a honeyed malt finish. I think I like this better in this glass.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:21 pm

Ganga:
Yes, we'd done a taste sampling with glassware last ear and found that somewhiskies tastes are better rponounced in different glasses than others. I've yet to sit and work it out as yet. It would be an interesting weekend experiment to try.

Mrs Musky is ready to go out for supper so I must beg leave. Have a good time at the Live Tasting tomorrow. I head ot tomorrow for Winnipeg as we fly out early Sunday morning to Faro.

Hold down the fort for me okay?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:21 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:I wonder if we drink too much sometimes. Now we both taste bananas in our whisky!

I'd suggest sometimes it is not enough. Sometimes taking a big woof brings out things I don't always see.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ganga » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:23 pm

My best to Mrs. Musky. Safe journey to you.
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:26 pm

Thank you Ganga.

Musky has left the building...
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:13 pm

Samples arrived. SB and Signature 12. Very interesting. :D
Going to the store now to get a 10yo.

What time do we start?
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