Ganga wrote:What did you think of Cask of Dreams?
Like it a lot...
1. Higher than standard bottling strength (a major plus)
2. Added textural richness
3. Mid teens degree of maturity (well judged)
4. Enhancement of caramel-toffee (naturally wood extracted) overtones
Only possible downside:
1. Perhaps a slightly lower degree of overall complexity compared to its 15YO and 18YO stablemates, which really doesn't bother me too much given the positives
Balvenie 14YO Caribbean Cask (honey and spice dessert whisky par excellence)
Isle of Jura 16 Year Old (satiny smooth and a little to the sweet side for an island malt)
Ledaig 10 Year Old (a lemon-saturated salt'n'smoke whisky that's superbly appetizing
Ganga wrote:How is batch 27?
Started off a tad sharp, but has steadily improved as the contents of the bottle have been depleted.
For me last night... Ledaig 10 Year Old pre-dinner, then George T. Stagg (2003 release) and Booker's following the meal.
Laphroaig Càirdeas Origin 2012 Release
Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams 2012 Canadian Release
Bruichladdich 16 Year Old Margaux Cask
Miltonduff (Duthies bottling) 16 Year Old
Glengoyne (Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask bottling) 14 Year Old
Last night it was Highland Park 12 y/o again- this is the whisky that started it all for me...toffee-kissed lips, vanilla-fruit-and-spice covered tongue and a lovely, lovely light smokey aftertaste as it warms my throat.
Anyone here tried the 2001 vintage HP? How does it compare to the 12 y/o?
Splended Stuff in my opinion the best Islay together With Ardbeg 10.
Together with Brewdog Punk IPA and Slottskellarens Imperial Stout from Sweden.
for me its currently between the Laga 16 and Laph 18 though I do like the difference of HP 18 & 12 as well as the GF 15 YO distillery edition.
Willie JJ wrote:The Third Dram wrote:Convalmore 28 Year Old Natural Cask Strength (official bottling), distilled 1977
Any thoughts on that one? Personally I enjoyed it?
Likewise, Willie. The one aspect I particularly like is that the whisky isn't 'tired' in the least. Add a well balanced and complex palate delivery, and you have a quite excellent spirit.
Glad I nabbed some when I had the chance a few years back.
1. A tad less precisely delineated in its flavour delivery than the previous Gold Label 18 Year Old (the last bottle of which I sampled a year or two ago).
2. Very slightly smokier.
3. A little more texturally rich.
The newer bottling is enjoyable, to be sure. However, for me, it lacks the clearly conveyed complexity of the best issue(s) of Clynelish (which apparently still lies at the core of this blend) - I'm thinking here of a 1972 Rare Malts Selection in particular - and harkens more toward the standard 14-year old Diageo version... Creamier and less overtly coastal, especially. The grain component is also smoother (some might say "duller"). I feel the caramelization adjustment may have been increased marginally to create a whisky that will readily appeal to less seasoned Scotch drinkers.
In contrast, the Gold Label 18 Year Old (since replaced with the far pricier 18-year old Platinum release) displayed a more layered characteristic where various delicate flavours kept appearing sequentially from palate entry through to finish.
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