Frodo wrote:Rosebank 12 yr old (Douglas McGibbins)
Rosebank is very near where I live and is on my way to work every weekday.
This version is the Douglas Laing Provenance version which I missed at theDufftwon festival last weekend as I chose to go to another tasting session instead. Oh, for a time machine.
If you can get it, well done to you as Rosebank is an excellent whisky. The distillery shut when I was tee-total, many years ago, so it will become hard to find fairly soon.
Actually I was going to get a bottle of Balblair 10yr old (OB) on sale for $40 cdn, but I could also get a half-bottle of Rosebank from Signatory (same price). Hmmmm. Makes me wonder....
Check the vintage from Signatory. I was given a duff one by some Norwegian whisky-festival goers.
There are a number of goodies available.
Go to the whisky events section and ask away on the Autumn Speyside thread for more info as I gave my bottle to a colleague at work who wanted a taste and is collecting Rosebank.
The '91 Rosebank is one of the awful 350mL screwcap Signatory bottlings. I usually like Signatory but most of the 350mL screwcaps have been disappointments and the '91 Rosebank is the king of them. It is the most tired cask imaginable; it is simply lifeless. Murray & McDavid have bottled some excellent Rosebanks and Signatory has some nice ones in full bottles with corks but I don't know if either are presently available.
Frodo wrote:Yeah, I read on the reviews from "wiskies of the world" that the Signatory bottling of 10yr old Rosebank ('89) was not too good. Thanks for the reminder. The LCBO is stocking the '91.
There are also a number of different 1991 casks available from Signatory so be careful and do ask my Norwegian chums.
Because last night I had a dram of Lagavulin 16 year old, and a taste of Johnny Walker blue label, but I miss Bo!
Yeah, thats right, these guys are super cool and real fun to talk with.
The thing is with Bowmore 16 year old it´s just perfect.
oh and by the way if you like bubble gum... try Jack Daniel´s.
Long live the whisky
I was trying to place the strange after taste and came up with rose water and Jolly Rancher hard candy... strawberry maybe. I guess "fruity" would be proper etiquette.
I believe the previous post to Jack Daniels being bubble gum was meant as a way of saying it was child's play, amateurish, etc.
Quite frankly I'm begining to enjoy cheap mid range whisky. It cuts costs and makes a good dram taste even better. Try sipping a dram of Bowmore Legend then Ardbeg 10yo.... wow! The Ardbeg tastes incredible
I'll try a bottle of Jack Daniels next if I can stomach it
i.e. Bowmore, Glen Garioch, and Auchentoshan.
My branch of the SMWS recently held a blind tasting night which featured, obviously, the cask strength bottlings produced by the SMWS. In a line up that featured several neighbouring distilleries, I correctly identified the Bowmore from the Caol Ila and the Glen Garioch from several Highlanders purely due to the presence of this floral fruitiness. I have also noted it in two separate Auchentoshan's that were featured at two earlier SMWS tasting events. (Although I don't find it very obvious in Auchentoshan Select).
It is a somewhat difficult note to describe, but I can understand the term bubblegum being used.
I tried the Bowmore 12, the Glen Garioch 10 and the Auchentoshan 25 (I know it's a bit of spread between the 10 & 12 and the 25 year old). I've been fairly critical of the Bowmore 12 of late, I've always detected a very strong floral note as Admiral described so I was curious to "see" if I could find this in the other two.
Strangely enough I couldn't, the Bowmore was peaty, the Glen Garioch had some "earth" that I associate with some highland whiskies (that are sherried) and the Auchentoshan was quite sweet and fragrant. No floral notes in any of them. Very odd, I will have to try it again in a few days and see if I can taste the suddenly (for me) elusive floral notes.
Perhaps the floral/fruit notes may be more apparent if you compare them A-B style with neighbouring or comparable malts.
For example, compare the Bowmore against a Caol Ila and one should (hopefully!) seem more floral or fruitier than the other.
At a separate tasting held about three weeks ago, we featured the Bowmore OB 12yo. I don't have my notes handy, but I recall words such as "roses" and "lavender" being suggested by others around the table. I also recall noting something melon-ish, i.e. canteloupe or honey-dew melon. This probably all seems a bit strange when we consider this is an Islay malt, but I think that it demonstrates (i) why Bowmore is such a beautiful malt, and (ii) bubblegum still isn't a bad descriptor!
Let us know how the second round goes once your tastebuds get to join in too!
As for Mr Bond....
I am pleasantly surprised to see Admiral browse through this thread!
What.....you missed me??!
Cheers to all,
Tonight was special, a tasting hosted by Robert Ransom (Sales & marketing Manager) of Glenfarclas, we tasted new spirit , bourbon casked 10 , sherry casked 10 , the 17 , the 25 , the 30 (which was really quite nice and.....the 40 which was really quite something if you really like sherry and whisky.
My favourite was the sample of the 10 year old from a first fill sherry cask, really amazing.
Not sruprisingly you could detect citrus notes in every dram we tried from the malty, lemon/orange new spirit right through to the 40 year old.
1. 1949 Strathisla, Bottled 1997, G+M
2. Dallas Dhu 21yo, Cast Strength Rare Malts
3. 1982 Brora, Bottled 2000 G+M
4. Ardbeg Lord of the Isles
5. Ardbeg 1977
6. Ardbeg 21yo Committee Bottling
My favourite was the '77 Ardbeg.
Still recovering two days later!!
hpulley wrote:It's at the LCBO, most stores should carry it if I haven't been lately! Not even a Vintages item, it is a standard stock now. Not even announced or anything, just showed up in the database last month and here it is.
No. I meant what did you think of the Lagavulin . I'm thinking of getting some, and with the horrer stories of what other people are paying for it, I just might jump on a bottle fast before the LCBO has a chance to up the price.
We don't get it in BC and if the Lag 12 was available in Alberta it might be 20 ~ 40% less... but I have not seen any there yet.
As for what I drank last night: I was at the Elora Mill and a friend was kind enough to buy me a drink (or three) - but given the limited selection he thought he'd surprise me with a: half Bowmore 12 / half Laphroaig 10... and it worked.
Tomorrow night - it'll be Lagavulin 12 Cask Strength - and I might try it along side an Ardbeg Uigeadail - but I don't think I'll be mxing the two.
WestVanDave wrote:half Bowmore 12 / half Laphroaig 10... and it worked.
I'm always glad to see others trying this sort of thing. I have a Bowmore Dusk that I'm not too keen on, maybe a drop of Laphroaig 10 will help.
Last night had a couple of friends round to sample the Dalmore Cigar Malt, with of course a couple of cigars. We found it quite a rich whisky, like an condensed Xmas cake. Dave Brooms notes said it all ... 'A bling-bling dram'
Heres what everyone preferred...
1. Laphroaig 10
2. Lagavulin 16
3. Dalmore Cigar Malt
4. Ardbeg 10
(Not sure if I have a dodgy bottle of Ardbeg but it is not what I thought it would be, kind of light, thin and sharp. None of the oily smoothness of Laphroaig.)
I really like it, even though I just opened it a couple of nights ago (had it then and last night as well). Even though I have a bit of a cold, there is lots of peat, smoke, phenols, medium mossy notes in the nose, a full body full of peat moss and a nice, hot finish. I prefer it neat but last night I had a few drops of water in it and it was still good, took a little bit of the edge off. It is not exactly the same as the 1st release, to my nose, lacking the peanut shells but it is still very good and may open up over time. Not really fair ABV-wise but I'll do a HTH with Ardbeg TEN soon, just for fun.
Get some for sure, enough to tide you over until next fall when we'll hopefully get the next release.
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