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Sweet Whiskies

Postby BruceCrichton » Thu Oct 07, 2004 9:16 pm

I've tasted a few really great sweet whiskies recently.

What are your favourite sweet drams?

I'd be interested in any independent bottlings and blends that you enjoyed as well as malts.
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Postby SasquatchMan » Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:18 am

Bruce, do you differentiate between sweet and "sweetened"?

Borbon is naturally sweeter than Scotch, for instance. But there are of course Scotches like Glendronach that are "sweet" because of treatment - sherry finish or what have you.

To answer your question directly, my favorite sweet dram is Glenmo's port finish.

Evan Williams Single Barrel is extremely sweet, and goes down dangerously easily.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby Ash » Fri Oct 08, 2004 7:44 am

BruceCrichton wrote:I've tasted a few really great sweet whiskies recently.

What are your favourite sweet drams?

I'd be interested in any independent bottlings and blends that you enjoyed as well as malts.


Is that VH? Not sure I didnt prefer your Neon Knights!.

If I am looking for something sweet, any Glenfarclas or even Aberlour does it for me.

Coincidence that you mention Glendronach, Sasq, as I clicked on here so that I find it over the top with sweetness. Also the old coo-candy Edradour, which I understand has now improved a lot.
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Postby bamber » Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:19 am

I find Aberlour a’bunadh very sweet and very good.
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Postby the irisman » Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:27 am

I will do it with Jameson 12 yrs and Aberlour A'bunah
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:02 pm

Ash wrote:
Is that VH? Not sure I didnt prefer your Neon Knights!.


Indeed it is VH when they were kings and not the rubbish they are now.

Ash wrote:If I am looking for something sweet, any Glenfarclas or even Aberlour does it for me.

Coincidence that you mention Glendronach, Sasq, as I clicked on here so that I find it over the top with sweetness. Also the old coo-candy Edradour, which I understand has now improved a lot.


Edradour had an unpleasant finish which I could never put my finger on. If Signatory have been able to counteract that then that would indeed be an improvement.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:12 pm

SasquatchMan wrote:Bruce, do you differentiate between sweet and "sweetened"?

Borbon is naturally sweeter than Scotch, for instance. But there are of course Scotches like Glendronach that are "sweet" because of treatment - sherry finish or what have you.

To answer your question directly, my favorite sweet dram is Glenmo's port finish.

Evan Williams Single Barrel is extremely sweet, and goes down dangerously easily.


'Sweetened' I would take to mean that you were describing a liqueur rather than a whisky or whiskey.

Notably sweet drams I've had recently are the JW Gold which has like fine honey and golden syrup and the Dew of Ben Nevis 12 year old which was more like a liqueur in it's sweetness. It doesn't start sweet but it certainly becomes sweet and gets sweeter in the finish.

Sweet malts? Had a tasting which started of with Longmorn 15 yr and then went on to G&M's Longmorn 12 which was very sweet and light and honeyed though not as much as the JW Gold but still a very cheering dram.

This was followed by Murray McDavid's Clynelish 1990 which, if it had been in the vertical tasting I had of Clynelish in May, would have won hands down. It started with the roast beef sandwich flavour I associate with the Diageo F&F Clynelish but that faded quickly and the dram become wonderfully sweet and was decidely refreshing.
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Postby Ash » Fri Oct 08, 2004 5:11 pm

No problemo!

Man on the silver mountain. 8)
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Postby BruceCrichton » Fri Oct 08, 2004 8:22 pm

Mike from the Tomintoul castle said that Longmorn isn't producing any more. :cry:

Do you know if that is true?
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Postby Admiral » Sun Oct 10, 2004 12:31 am

Sweet malts?

Any of the Glenmorangie Wood Finishes, any aged (i.e.18years or older) Glenlivet, a healthy Mac, Cragganmore Distillers Edition......
the list goes on.

On the Irish front (whilst admittedly a blend), Black Bush is quite sweet.

And yes, just about any Bourbon.

Hmmm....I'm thirsty now! :D

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Postby Frodo » Sun Oct 10, 2004 10:23 pm

I would add Jameson 12yr to Black Bush . And Sir Sasquach, I agree with your sentiments that the Evan Williams single barrel does go down dangerously easily :) .

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Postby SasquatchMan » Mon Oct 11, 2004 2:50 am

Yeah Frodo... I got a bottle of the EW for a friend who had helped me build some shelves, and neither of us had had bourbon of any kind for some while - we cracked that bottle open and were really stunned at just how sweet it was, and smoooth. The difference between that and even sweetish malt is absolutely huge.

I would sure hate to have to pick between scotch and bourbon :cry: , luckily, I don't have to!
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Postby bond » Fri Oct 15, 2004 11:13 am

I find Haig to be a fairly sweet blend. One reason why newcomers tend to find it fairly drinkable.

Among, malts, would rate Balvenie (10 YO) as being rather sweet on the finish.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Sat Oct 16, 2004 6:54 pm

Another one I forgot to mention was an independent bottling called Glen Andrew which is a Speysider from the Highlands and Islands bottling company and they are based in Glasgow.

They are also the bottlers of the Pibroch Islay Malt (which is probably Caol Ila) and Black Cuillin (bet you can't guess what that is).

Glen Andrew is wonderfully swet. It was like Cardhu but with more body and sweeter. Truly wonderful. Grab a bottle if you can.
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Postby Admiral » Sat Oct 16, 2004 11:02 pm

OK, I'll bite....

What is Black Cuillin?

(I'm guessing Talisker?)

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Postby BruceCrichton » Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:04 pm

Bite?

Are you a great white?

Black Cuillin is a single hebridean malt. Make of that what you will.
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Postby Tom » Mon Nov 15, 2004 6:42 pm

isnt black cuilin also a beer? if i remember correct i tasted a red and a black cuillin in scotland on Skye.
as for sweet drams:
Balvenie 12 double wood :fantastic for such a young dram and very sweet indeed.
And deffinatly the Arran Single Bourbon cask (cask strength) i had to dedact points on the tasting for being too sweet :)
for the rest i think most speysides on cask strength are sweet.
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Postby BruceCrichton » Mon Nov 15, 2004 7:22 pm

Tom wrote:isnt black cuilin also a beer? if i remember correct i tasted a red and a black cuillin in scotland on Skye.
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Yes, they are beers.
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Postby Shigga » Fri Dec 03, 2004 9:18 pm

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Try a Busmills Three Wood 16yo or a Balvenie Double Wood 12yo... now there's sweetness for you! :)
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Postby Aidan » Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:37 am

I have not tasted it yet, but I presume the Sweeter One from John, Mark and Robbo... would be quite sweet.

I think that Lagavulin is quite sweet, but it's not the characteristic that distinguishes it, so it's not often noticed.

All burbons I've tried are sweet.

Powers gold label has an absolutely beautiful honied sweetness, balanced by lovely spice.
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Postby Admiral » Sun Dec 05, 2004 2:12 am

Aidan,

I've now consumed a bottle and a half of "The Smooth Sweet One" from Jon Mark & Robbo, and there is certainly a sweetness there. However, the vatting comes 100% from Irish single malt out of Cooley, all matured in bourbon casks.

So the sweetness is inherent in the malt, combined with the vanilla sweetness imparted by the bourbon casks. This is in stark contrast to the sweetness we usually associate with most scottish malts and the influence of sherry.

(I find Ardbeg in the same vein. I love the chocolately sweetness of Ardbeg, and there's no sherry or caramel contributing!!)

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Postby Aidan » Sun Dec 05, 2004 10:53 am

Admiral

I heard before that Cooley have a slightly different method of distilling. It's something to do with a coil in the still that condenses the distillate before it leaves the still. Although this doesn't sound like it would contribute sweetness, so the malt and burbon barrels are the likely source.

I had an expensive unpeated Cooley blend called Golden Irish and it was beautifully sweet - Malteesers.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby Kaps » Fri May 03, 2013 1:51 am

Glenfiddich 15 year old Solera Reserve

It has honey, raisins, fruilts and just amazing. I had it without water. Please note that adding ice or water makes it a bit bitter and separates honey.

Unlike other whiskies this one is not sweetened using caramel.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby Ganga » Sun May 05, 2013 5:50 am

Lochnagar is sweet as are many bourbons. "Sweet" should be better defined.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby mzporto » Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:41 pm

My first thoughts were Glenfiddich 15YO, Glenfiddich Distillery Edition Cask Strenght and Glenmorangie Astar. The latter is in another level of sweetness. It is almost like a caramel tofee. If you would drop a caramel tofee inside an alcohol glass, actually... :thumbsup:
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby The Third Dram » Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:02 pm

I'd definitely add Aberfeldy to any potential list of 'sweet' malt whiskies.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby Wes B. » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:08 pm

One of my standard "sweet" drams is Eagle Rare 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby EdwardsCollins » Sat Feb 22, 2014 11:02 am

All great varieties listed. Good to taste everything mentioned here.
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Sweet Whiskies

Postby sandy23 » Thu Feb 27, 2014 8:34 pm

bamber wrote:I find Aberlour a’bunadh very sweet and very good.

i agree.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Mar 04, 2014 11:33 pm

Bamber wrote that so long ago I'm not sure he agrees anymore :)
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby nitelite535 » Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:24 am

Canadian club sherry cask is quite sweet. But a nicer one is the Balvenie Rum Cask
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby gromber » Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:46 am

I would love to try really sweet whiskey. anyway, it needs a special food...
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby ceenawood » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:55 am

Sweetness always change the flavor

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Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri May 23, 2014 3:08 am

bamber wrote:I find Aberlour a’bunadh very sweet and very good.

I'm with Bamber on this. ANy batch.
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Re: Sweet Whiskies

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri May 23, 2014 3:10 am

Willie JJ wrote:Bamber wrote that so long ago I'm not sure he agrees anymore :)

Willie: No I can't see him changing it even now. (Gosh it was a long time ago, like you say.) And yes I'm still alive, the wolves of the Northlands haven't pulled me down yet. :P
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