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Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Thu Jul 03, 2008 9:21 pm

I have tomorrow off and seeing as it's Independence Day my thoughts were to make a theme based around independence. Initial thoughts are towards independent bottlings and independent distilleries but feel free to expand the thought as it were.

Projected start time is 7 PM BST/11 AM PDT.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:18 pm

It's not quite 11 and I've arrived. 8) Contemplating and opening dram.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:30 pm

I'll be with you shortly - just finishing off the last of the Glenfiddich samples.

Now then, I need to think which drams to have...
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 7:32 pm

Welcome Tross. I found my opener. Springbank 12, Hart Bros, Park Ave Liquors. Independence on so many levels.

N: very herbal, quite nice. some bits of sawdust, not quite cedar-almost a mixture of wood sawdust-oak and cedar? a touch of oranginess
P: really spicey (in part first dram of the day), orange chocolates, a bit of herbalness mixed with caramel.
F: mild, with bits of spices and herbs flitting about

Very yummy. :thumbsup:
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:08 pm

That Springbank is very yummy, especially in my tummy.

Moving along. Glenfarclas 11, Traverso bottling.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:10 pm

Hello Hello, Happy 4th of July!! :D :D
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:13 pm

Happy 4th Ryan. See, I'm dramming. :lol:
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:13 pm

Any suggestions, I see you're on Springbank, but I have none.......
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:15 pm

Glenfarclas? Family owned distillery.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:16 pm

I know, I'll finish up this lovely dram and we can have the Binny's Laphroaig.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:17 pm

Ok I'm in...I'll go grab it. :D
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:20 pm

Ryan and I are chatting on http://www.spiritofislay.net/warehouse4/stillroom/ . We'll be posting whiskies here.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:21 pm

First dram of the day (well I had a few beers earlier after the parade, but those don't count)....

Laphroaig 7yo ( 59.4%, Signatory, Binny's Bottling, 2000/2007, Refill Butt Cask #3672, 186/621 )

Big peat on the nose, and a tad hot. Oily and rich, coats the palate well, with a load of peat, leaves an ash like taste in the finish (but in a tasty way). I like this Laphroaig. :D
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:22 pm

The Glenfarclas is wonderfully sweet. There are notes of cherry and tobacco today. Definitely a :thumbsup: bottling.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:24 pm

Laphroaig 7, 2000 from Binny's courtesy of Ryan.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:35 pm

Next up....Tullibardine 16yo ( 55.7%, SMWS, Cask #28.14, June-1990/Aug-2006 )

Lots of pepper and spice today, perhaps that Laphy has thrown me off a bit....
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:38 pm

Happy Independence Day to all the US folks!

First for the tasting from me:
Aberlour 11yo 1994/2005 (46%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #112)
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:38 pm

What are you dramming Tross??
Aha, Aberlour, excellent choice! :D :D
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:46 pm

Aultmore 11yo 1986 SMWS#73.4 57.9%

A small dram, which finishes off a sample from C57. Very nice stuff, and really enjoyable for such a hot day. 8)

This has a very interesting minty aftertaste, in a really enticing way!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:47 pm

Afternoon/evening again Tross. 8)

Lap 7, Binny's.
N: toasted malt, touches of citrus
P: charcoal, burnt brownies (not hash), roasted malt
F: long with lots of brownies
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:51 pm

Next up a much lighter whisky. Knockando 24, 1980, Scotts.

N: citrus mixed into grist
P: grainy, unhusked derum wheat, light citrus in the background.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:56 pm

Cheers Tross, and ty for this sample! I figured now would be a nice time for me to break it out!!

St. Magdalene 23yo 1982/2006 (50%, DL Old Malt Cask, DL Ref 2918, 331 bottles)

N. Light nose, grassy and a tad floral.

P. Oooh, not what I'd expect based on the nose. Interesting and tasty with some malt and more of the grassy notes.

F. More of the grassy floral notes.

A nice dram indeed! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:59 pm

Aberlour 11yo (46%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #112)

Nose: Fresh, with quite a bit of mint and malt. A touch peppery and herbal (basil?). Lots of vanilla, a little pastry and cereal and also some steamed/boiled green vegetables. Fragrant and a touch of lavender.

Palate: Vanilla and malt. Cereally. A touch spicy. Some citrus fruit.

Finish: Some mint and vanilla again.

This came from a single bourbon cask; no sherry in sight, so is a different take on Aberlour. I enjoy it, though I do think Aberlour benefits from the addition of sherry.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:04 pm

Another sample, many thanks to The Tross again!!

Linlithgow 23yo 1982/2006 (61.4%, DT Rarest of the Rare, Cask #2204, 282 bottles)

Now this has character!!! And it's got a completely different profile than the previous. :shock:

Some similarity on the nose, but this one is a bit more sweet. Wow, then the palate just explodes!! I'm not sure if it's just the higher ABV here or what, but this is just plain tasty!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:04 pm

Aha, you're onto the St Maggies are you Ryan? :D

I'll join you with a Linlithgow 25yo 1982/2007 (57.4%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #1872). Notes to follow!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:10 pm

I really do like bourbon Aberlour and Macallan. As for Macallan I haven't cared for their vatting of bourbon/sherry that is the FO series. Glad you have a good Aberlour. Save some for the Live Tasting.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:12 pm

TheTross wrote:Aha, you're onto the St Maggies are you Ryan? :D

I'll join you with a Linlithgow 25yo 1982/2007 (57.4%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #1872). Notes to follow!


WOW, that last one was just crazy!! Do you agree with me, is that 23yo DT just great, or is it me??

I'll join you, I happen to have a sample of the 25yo here! :D
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:13 pm

SMWS bottling, 9.35. Wonderful little Glen Grant number.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:14 pm

Another wonderful dram......

Linlithgow 25yo 1982/2007 (57.4%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #1872)

Thanks again to The Tross!!

N. Nice and sweet, some floral notes and hints of cut grass.

P. Hmmmm, sweet and dry, some winey taste (like a dry red actually).

F. Dry on the finish, but very long and lasting.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:23 pm

Linlithgow 25yo 1982/2007 (57.4%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #1872)

Nose: Fragrant. Some dust, soot and a little smoke. Grassy and earthy. Quite fruity. Leather and polish. Quite a lot of bourbon character.

Palate: Oily. Smoke again, becomes drying. Powerful and hot at full strength. Fruit and a little yeast. Grassy. Bourbon.

Finish: Sweet and minty. Bourbon-ish. Notes of home-brew beer!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:24 pm

SMWS 33.66. 9 yo Ardbeg. Yum.

Having this with a grilled sirloin. Absolutely wonderful pairing. The Ardbeg emphasizes all the spices from the steak and provides a wonderful earthy bed for the steak to rest upon.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:26 pm

ryguy wrote:WOW, that last one was just crazy!! Do you agree with me, is that 23yo DT just great, or is it me??


Nope, it's great alright! I really love the nose on that one, it's spellbinding!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:27 pm

This stuff is just doing it for me right now...so why stop I say....... :D

St. Magdalene 24yo 1982/2006 (58.3%, MM 'Mission Gold' series, Port finish, 446 bottles)

Nice one, definitely more of a sweeter profile overall, and you can't help but taste the port influence. A very good expression IMO.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:29 pm

TheTross wrote:
ryguy wrote:WOW, that last one was just crazy!! Do you agree with me, is that 23yo DT just great, or is it me??


Nope, it's great alright! I really love the nose on that one, it's spellbinding!


Ok, because I'm not an expert on St. Maggie's, these are my first tastes, that DT bottling is my fav. so far!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ganga » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:39 pm

Moving along to a Whisky Galore Ardmore 15.

N: lemons followed by grist
P: very grainy, unhusked derum. light lemons with an earthy quality. A wisp of smoke.
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