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Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Ryguy » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:43 pm

Ok one more St. Maggie, I've tried the rest, so why not this last one.....Thanks Tross!

St. Magdalene 31yo 1975/2006 (46%, G&M CC, Cask #16, 286 bottles, exclusive to Royal Mile Whiskies)

Smooth, more wood overall, a whisp of smoke on the nose, along with fresh leather.

Nice and easy, light, but with a long finish of yummy sweetness.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:54 pm

Continuing with my and Ryan's St Magdalene-fest:

Linlithgow 25yo 1982/2008 (46%, Single Malts of Scotland, Cask #8902)

Nose: Wood and sawdust, a very faint hint of glue and the typical St Magdalene fruity, grassy character. A touch vanilla, mint and wood-smoke. Slightly winy.

Palate: Oily and drying. Grass, wood and fruit. Quite sweet. Vanilla.

Finish: Wood, oak and smoke, along with some grass and fruit and perhaps a faint hint of yeast.


Think it's time to move onto a different distillery now - too much of a good thing, etc!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 10:13 pm

Ganga wrote:Have to say, you guys have been good about staying on theme.:thumbsup:


Might as well do things properly Ganga :D

In other news, my wireless mouse has decided it needs charging :roll:

I'll be back in a bit!
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby TheTross » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:13 pm

Just a quick tasting before I have to go again:

Port Charlotte 5yo 2002/2007 (46%, RMW Ian Buxton bottling, Cask #299)

Nose: Soft peat and peated new-make. Slightly rubbery and smoky. Lemon, a little citrus and white pepper. Faint hints of green vegetables. Dark mint-chocolate. Subtle eucalyptus/honey every so often. A little fishy? Certainly briny and very salty. Reminiscent of a weak Ardbeg, actually.

Palate: Peat, smoke and rubber. Very soft for its age. Slightly fizzy and sweet. Lemony again.

Finish: Mint. Smoke and light peat again, becoming sweet and with a little citrus fruit coming through after a few moments. A little meaty and vaguely grassy.


I really like this bottling! Very, very good and belies its young age.
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Re: Live Tasting 7/4/08 - Independence

Postby Ryguy » Mon Jul 07, 2008 2:49 pm

Good idea Ganga for starting this up and thanks to The Tross for participating too. The St. Magdalene's were fantastic! :D :D :D
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