We started off with a 125.60 'Expanding universe of flavour' a Glenmorangie 10yo 60.8%ABV ex-bourbon hogshead refill a very palatable dram and even more so with a wee drop of water added, a very characteristic bottling of Glenmorangie from the society. A sweetness on both the nose and the palate with notes of vanilla, fruit cake and a few more which Mrs B was able to detect but which somehow past me by.
The next offering was a Longmorn 7.72 'Buxom and comforting', to drew any similarity between the title of this bottling and my companion for the evening would I think land me in a spot of trouble only to say that like Mrs B this was a 21yo. This dram had an ABV of 52.9% and was a refill ex-bourbon barrel. A light sweet dram, the sweetness was not as intense in comparison to the Glenmo, with notes of vanilla, chocolate and lemon. In my opinion this was far the best offering of the evening.
We then moved on to a 9yo Arran 121.50 'Xmas cake and Afghan coats' a sherry butt refill with a 61.3%ABV. Got the Xmas cake part with hints of liquorice, as for the Afghan coat I can only say that there are probable too many old hippies on the tasting panel in Queen Street. Not a dram which I warmed too, I did detect a slight hint of sulphur.
The penultimate offering was a Glen Scotia 93.52 'Wench with a wrench'. A smoky 9yo dram with an AVB of 58.4% this was a refill bourbon barrel. There was vanilla on the nose and a syrupy sweetness with hints of pear on the pallet. No comparison what so ever can be made towards my good lady on this one, I don't think she knows what a wrench is for.
The final dram of the night was a Caol Ila 53.161 'Manuka honey and Rooibos red tea'. This 10yo had a 57.6%ABVand was a refill bourbon hogshead. A smoky peaty dram with a hint of TCP on the nose but it was not over powering and a lemony zest on the pallet. I don't know how the tasting panel come up with the titles for their bottlings. Rooibos red tea! I've never seen that on the shelves in Tesco's
I tried a dram of The Singleton 12YO I had bought with the HP inbetween those 8 or so. Didnt go down well. I shall try again today just with the Singleton. I read much bumm reviews but also noted it won the 12YO category in 2012 recently.
I really like the HP. Also finished off a bottle of Glenmoragie 10YO - Original. Nice
BTW - only drink neat. No water - no ice. So maybe i will experiment with the Singleton's taste with these options tonight. Cheers
Not bad must admit
Vanilla and cinamony with sweet and spicy which expected for a bourbon
Ganga wrote:Lawrence wrote:Isle of Arran Sleeping Warrior; I really do enjoy this whisky...
How has your overall experience been with Arran?
I am very, very impressed with thier quality. I have 70 different expressions 'in house' so I have some depth to my experience. Their single casks are great value for the money. I look forward to their 18yo in a few years time...
Only (?) available from Total wine. $40.
There is only one review on-line (a blogger) and he hated it: 31/100!
I thought the nose was extremely nice, very complex with fruits and flowers.
The palate was almost as nice.
The finish was decent. (The blogger HATED the finish--"bubblegum")
Anyone else take a chance on this yet?
Bruichladdich 1992 Sherry Edition
Banff Duncan Taylor 35-year
Talisker 1999 Distillers Edition
Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
Oddly, the first, strongest element in the nose was...
wait for it...
I kid you not. It slowly morphed into the usual dusty rye notes.
Karuizawa Noh Kambiasabi 1994 #2770 62.7%
Karuizawa 1977 #6994 62.7%
Karuizawa 1976 #7818 63.6%
Karuizawa Noh Dr Jekyll Expression #5039 59.4%
Suntory Single Cask for Isetan Yamazaki Sherry Butt 15YO 61%
The Hakushu Single Malt Sherry Cask #9O 50021 1989 TWE 62%
A sherry cask Lochside of which other details I forget. Average nose but a nice hot spice hit on the palate.
Taketsuru 35 - special and very different to the rest of the range.
Benriach 1976 for The Auld Alliance 35YO #3010 45.3% - Another special whisky, a creamy bowl of tropical fruits sprinked with sweet spices.
Glenglassaugh spirit drink, quite enjoyable, just need to think what to do with the rest of the bottle now
Benriach curiostias, rather like a watered down version of uigedail, the overall flavours not quite so integrated but non the less a nice Whisky
Balvenie 15 Year Old Single Barrel
Highland Park 16 Year Old
Glenlivet 21 Year Old Archive
Isle of Jura Prophecy
Douglas Laing Big Peat
Laphroaig Cask Strength
Good time had by all!
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