pkt77242 wrote:Laga 12 2009
N: Big notes of salt, wood smoke, and dry leaf smoke. Vanilla, citrus, and pepper.
P: Big salt, peat, smoke, and vanilla. Some salted citrus (lemons and oranges, maybe some tangerine). White pepper.
F: Medium long on salted citrus, smoke and peat. Very salty citrus. Some vanilla and oak.
A very fine whisky. Not the widest in flavor but super enjoyable. 90 points.
pkt77242 wrote:Caol Ila 10yo Unpeated 2009 65.8%
N: At first nosing a big whiff of nail polish remover. Then getting salty, faint ash, some melon and citrus (lemons mostly). More brine and some vanilla.
P: Salted lemons and melon. Brine and vanilla. Sea air and the ash.
F: shortish on lemons and brine. Just a touch of the vanilla as well.
N: Much more fruity. Tons of lemonheads, honeydew, and a faint saltiness. Rather sweet smelling.
P: Salt and fruit. Simple but enjoyable. Also a little of the vanilla and wood varnish is there but it really is loads of melons, lemons, and salt.
F: Still rather short on salted lemon juice.
My previous ratings of this whisky has been 85-87 but tonight it is an 82. So take it with a grain of salt. Just seemed simpler tonight.
Interesting, I'm just seeing this but did not bite on the 2010 WLW bottle (at least not yet), but I've heard quite a few comments that echo your last sentence to some degree.pkt77242 wrote:William Larue Weller 2010
N: Almonds, leather, ginger, toffee, and Nutmeg. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla.
P: Honey almonds, leather (new leather), toffee and ginger. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Also a little maple syrup.
F: medium short on almonds, nutmeg, toffee and maple syrup.
A little simpler but still very enjoyable. 89 points.
pkt77242 wrote:Great tasting note Doug.
pkt77242 wrote:Caol Ila 25yo OB 58.4% 2005 release
N: Olive brine, lemon, malt and some smoked fish. hints of green bean and vanilla. Almost a smell of some roast beef.
P: similar to the nose. Olive brine, smoked fish, lemon and some barley. Hints of the green bean, cucumber and vanilla. Maybe a little root and licorice.
F: Medium long on smoked fish, olive brine and lemon. A little root and vanilla hang on till the end.
A very nice malt. A tad more complex and well rounded but not as in your face.
90 points. and yummy to me.
pkt77242 wrote:Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale 7.2%
N: Big caramel, malts, butterscotch, a touch of hops and some vanilla. A little barley and molasses.
P: Loads of vanilla and caramel. Some butterscotch and a little oak shavings. Some malt and a hint of hops.
F: shortish on vanilla, caramel and malt. Slightly bitter.
Not a bad whisky but a little overloaded with the vanilla and caramel. 84 points
Very good and different than the first two but not quite as good as the 2011.