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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:38 am

pkt77242 wrote:Ardbeg Uigeadail L6 271

N: Raisin, walnuts, sultana and some soft peat. Some toast and cranberries.
P: Much smokier. Some nice peat and raisins. Briney.
F: Long. Smokey raisins and slightly burnt toast. Briney peat.

Very enjoyable. Has a great thick/oily mouthfeel. 91 points.

I have an L6 as well. The emptier the bottle gets the more sherry I pick up. What about you?
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Fri Feb 26, 2010 4:42 pm

Don't know. I have a spare bottle of Uigeadail L5 left. I'll tell you how this one tastes as soon as I opened the bottle.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Ryguy » Sun Feb 28, 2010 3:46 am

Nice notes on the tequila Sean, I enjoyed reading them! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Bruichladdict » Mon Mar 01, 2010 3:56 pm

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby clicker7 » Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:21 am

pkt77242 wrote:Macallan 12yo

N: Raisins, prunes and figs. Some nuts and a little polished oak. Classic sherry.
P: Oatmeal raisin cookies, with tons of raisins. Some walnuts and a hint of sulphur. A little cranberry and orange.
F: medium short finish. on raisins, cranberry and walnuts.

Um, by far the best of the tasting.

85 points.



Hey Sean:

I agree Macallan 12 has been tasting pretty good lately, a lot better than a couple years ago. I have been enjoying it lately. Satisfies my sweet tooth when I want something a bit lighter than A'bunadh.

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:55 am

pkt77242 wrote:Trappistes Rochefort 10 11.3%

N: Much more fruitier. Tangerine, mango and grapefruit. Some notes of vanilla and caramel in the background.
P: Tangerine and Mango show up but now are held up by some coffee, caramel, and figs. Nice and sweet.
F: Medium short finish, on coffee, and figs. Hints of caramel and tangerine hang around.

91 points. To me this comes down to preference. If you like sweet yet complext this is for you. If you like less sweet go with the St. Bernardus abt 12. I personally really like both. Both are at the top of my list so far. just edging Orval and Chimay Blue.

Sean

Nice notes Sean!! :thumbsup: The Rochefort 10 is also one of my favourites. If you can try the Westmalle Triple at 9.5 % vol don't hesitate. It's different from the Rochefort but just as excellent.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:18 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Up next Balvenie 12 Doublwood.

N: orange and nuts. Honey, vanilla, and some wood varnish. A little closed.
P: Overripe oranges and nuts. Honey, and a little sulphur. Oaky.
F: medium short on the overripe oranges and nuts.

Just ok. Simple, and I don't really enjoy overripe oranges.
78 points.


I agree that it is very simple.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Ryguy » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:50 pm

Excellent notes on the Ardbegs Sean, makes me thirsty!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Drammed » Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:16 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Last one for the evening.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

N: The usual tar, diesel and salted lemons. Also some notes of nuts, just a hint of orange.
P: Salted citrus (both lemons and oranges), diesel and big peat smoke. Tar and smoked seafood (fish, oyster, scallops, clams).
F: Medium-long finish on salted peat. A little lemon and diesel as well.

Much more enjoyable now that it was when i first opened it.
Complex yet in your face. Hmm, this could really grow on me.

89 points.

Hope everyone enjoyed it.

Sean


Nice notes. I usually find a large helping of chocolate fudge on the palet when I taste this. It's currently my favoutite "production" Ardbeg.

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Holysinner » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:13 am

I always enjoy reading your notes, Sean, although I think you and I often perceive a given whisky quite differently. It prompts me to re-examine or concentrate harder when I'm tasting.

I look forward to your bourbon flight, I'm particularly curious about the Jefferson's Presidential Select. I don't know if you and your Arizona bottle sharing mates have yet divvied up that Scott's Glen Mhor you guys got, but I'd love to see notes on that when you get around to it...I've been eyeing a bottle of it locally.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby SamF » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:02 pm

Really enjoying your tasting notes Sean, the only downside is that they're making me want to buy more whisky, which I can't afford!
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby anationonfire » Sun Mar 28, 2010 1:48 am

:shock:

WOW.
Not sure what the hell is going on with that bottle Sean.
I my self would be tempted to take it back too the point of purchase.
(I would assume that they know you)

I have been looking forward to your notes on the Uni's and this is not that start I was looking for!

To be honest I think the only hitch I have ever come across was I had one bottle that seemed a little flat for my liking.
And I'm talking about over 100 bottles.
But I'm really not impressed with this puke smell.


I am so confident in these brew's Sean I would honestly wire you $$ to reimburse you if you found them that bad.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby anationonfire » Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:16 am

That's a little better!

Are the Belguim and Trappist styled ales refrigerated where you buy them Sean? From a Wine background I'm surprised you didn't pick up more dark fruit notes and some spice, Excellent notes.

Just a pointer maybe you do maybe you don't but I always give any beer that is refermented in bottle a few turns at a 45deg angle to stir it up and let it sit for 5 mins before opening.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Ganga » Sat Apr 03, 2010 4:59 am

I really have enjoyed that Pappy but the tasting was of bottles that had been open for years. Not sure of the price point on this though.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby matteo » Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:12 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Glenrothes Select Reserve
....

This reminds be of an average blend (say Dewars 12). Not very enjoyable and not something that I want to get a full bottle of no matter the price.

70 points.



Me too...this is not a good dram, light and ... void?! Too sharp and dry...short short final
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby anationonfire » Mon Apr 12, 2010 5:31 am

pkt77242 wrote:Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van de Keizer Blauw 2009 11%.

N: Plums, apricots and lots of berry jam. Notes of tea, yeast and cinnamon.
P: loads of fruit (plums, apricots, berries and peach). Let's just say uber fruity. Raisins, figs, and caramel.
F: medium finish on the same notes as the palate (figs, raisins, figs, caramel and fruits) plus some milk chocolate.

Super fruity but well constructed.
91 points. More please.


One of my personal fav's still have a few bottles of 2006/2007 to open but I'm not in any rush. I posted my notes in the "what are you drinking now" for my Maudite. Still have a way's to go but did my best.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Drammed » Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:58 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Going by abv tonight so first up is

Elijah Craig 18 single barrel barreled on 10-27-89 barrel #2361

N:cherry, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, oak, and a hint of almonds.
P: loads of cherry and cinnamon. Oak covered in brown sugar? slightly drying. Slight cherry pie taste.
F: medium-short finish that is sweet but slightly dry. Cherry and oak (pencil shavings?).

I like this bourbon, and it definitley doesn't taste over oaked for spending 18 years in the cask.

87 points. Sweet but enjoyable.


Thank you for the review of this bourbon. I was considering picking up some of this on the weekend and I think I will :thumbsup:
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby anationonfire » Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:50 pm


Post Fri Apr 16, 2010 2:21 am
Two beers tonight one new to me and one familiar.

La Trappe Isid'or trappist beer 7.5%.

N: malt, slight hops, citrus (lemon peel, orange and grapefruit), and some yeast. Some floral notes as well (jasmine and carnation).
P: Floral and citrus with a little hops and a lot of carbonation.
F: shortish, on caramel, lemon peel and grapefruit.

Enjoyable but unspectacular.

82 points.


I picked up a 750ml of their Quadrupel 10% ale, I will let you know how it is.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Ganga » Thu Jun 10, 2010 2:50 am

You really should go visit the whisky flights Sean. :P Plenty of Fiddichs there.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby hyperfuji » Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:50 pm

Great notes sean
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby Ganga » Sun Jun 13, 2010 2:47 am

Guess I'll be tasting the PlowedRiach and reading your notes sometime in the near future. I've been keeping notes on this one every time I have some. Will be interesting to look back at the bottle notes over the period of a year or so.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby bcrossan » Sun Jun 13, 2010 5:25 am

Ganga wrote:Guess I'll be tasting the PlowedRiach and reading your notes sometime in the near future. I've been keeping notes on this one every time I have some. Will be interesting to look back at the bottle notes over the period of a year or so.


Cracked mine open tonight... what an amazing nose. I was smelling it for hours tonight. Tremendous whisky!
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Sun Aug 15, 2010 8:20 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Laphroaig 18yo

Good but not as complex as the 15yo. A little simple.

84 points.

My thoughts exactly.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby matteo » Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:11 pm

pkt77242 wrote:My next tasting will be 4 Laga 12's 2004, 2008, 2009 and the FOCM 1995. If all goes well it will be tonight if not then Monday or Tuesday. :iwbrnt:

Uhm :P really interesting, I'm waiting for that
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Mon Oct 25, 2010 3:16 pm

matteo wrote:I'm waiting for that

So am I. You made my curious, Sean.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby MacDeffe » Tue Oct 26, 2010 6:44 am

I always read this tread, so keep up the great work

Suggestions, it's hard , as I don't know what you got, but a vertical of '72 Caperdonichs wouldn't be bad :P

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby matteo » Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:56 am

I agree with you, the 2008 release is a little bit higher than others.

I do read this thread any times you update it :wink: but I prefer when you talk about whisky :mrgreen:

I think that your notes are simple and direct, no too much poem and humorism with sensational words and adjectvies used like fireworks, but personal and quite condivisible TASTING NOTES :thumbsup: they are a FAIR way to understand a spirit having not tried it yet

Thank you so much I apreciate
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Tue Oct 26, 2010 8:47 am

pkt77242 wrote: have to admit, I am glad that people are still reading this thread, as there hadn't been a comment on here in a while.

Anyone have any suggestions for tasting for me? Thank you

I'm not always up to date but I do check your thread often enough. Do you have by any chance also the 2005 release?
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby The Third Dram » Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:09 pm

I've definitely been intending to chime in on this thread, Sean, especially concerning your wonderful comparative notes on the trio of Lagavulin 12YO releases.

At the moment, I've only tasted the 2004 and 2005 editions, each of which is quite similar to the other. As yet, full bottles of the 2006, 2008 and 2009 releases remain unopened in my cabinet. So your take on the 2008 and 2009 is much appreciated.

Truth be told, I'm far more inclined these days to opt for the 12YO CS releases over the standard 16YO bottling, as they invariably, in my opinion, offer up a much clearer, cleaner, uncluttered representation of the distillate's intrinsic characteristics. Just so appetizing, they are!
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby matteo » Wed Oct 27, 2010 9:29 am

Only one question :oops: but all your tasting are on full bottle (70cl or much more) purchased by you or do you use sample? Do you work in the spirit market?
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby johan brugge » Wed Oct 27, 2010 7:48 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Thank you Johan. Unfortunately I do not have the 2005. I am looking at getting a 2010 when it finally comes out.

Pitty, 'cause I have this one in my collection. I still want to get my hands on the 2004 one, though. I had the 2007, which I really loved! Now I have the 2003, 2005 and 2009 but none of them are open. But after reading your tasting notes that might change soon.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby matteo » Thu Oct 28, 2010 7:23 am

WOW :shock: :mrgreen:
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby MacDeffe » Wed Nov 03, 2010 7:20 am

What is Speyside and what is not is always an discussion, and you can always find slight disagreements when you start poking around

Geographically I would say that Speyside its the area which water (burns, streams, rivers etc.) flows into the River Spey

As such, of the 5 drams you just had

Speyside and Cragganmore are more or less on the banks of the River Spey itself

Glenlivet are up in the hills, close to the Livet (which flows into Avon which flows into Spey)

Balvenie is next to Fiddich which flows into Spey


That leaves out AnCnoc which is from Knockdhu distillery. This is not Speyside at all but in Deveronside (geographically speaking) :-)

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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby The Third Dram » Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:16 pm

Thanks once again for the notes, Sean.

I've been 'secretly' pondering revisiting the 12-year old An Cnoc, and your review has increased my motivation to do so.
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Re: A Pour Man's Tasting Notes

Postby MacDeffe » Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:34 am

Sorry Steffen this website lists An Cnoc as a Speyside


No need to excuse Sean

I was just rambling along, being a geographical nerd. I was talking about the possible Geographical definition of Speyside, whcih DO differ from whisky definition of the region

A lot of whiskies we usually consider speysides are actually on other rivers

Lossieside whiskies are usually never questioned to be Speysiders!

Lossie flows through Elgin!

If you look in different books there will always be a bit of differences of which distilleries is included in Speyside

(Malt whisky Yearbook 2010 includes Dalwhinnie, Speyside, Tomatin, Knockdhu, Glendronach, but not Royal Brackla, Ardmore, Macduff just to take an example)

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