Either which way, I really hope this one represents only the first of many Japanese whiskies to potentially hit the local shelves.
Crown Royal - This was a nice filler and actually went quite well on the rocks with the warm weather. Rather than drinking beer, I thought a nice Canadian whisky would be good.
Glenfarclas 12yo - Great dram, I really like Farclas to begin with, this is a bottle I always seem to have kicking around at home.
Glenfarclas 17yo - WOW is all I have to say. I absolutely loved this, and it's extremely reasonably priced IMO. Much richer, more full bodied, and just tastier than it's younger sibling.
Ardbeg 10 - I had to have an Ardbeg to make it feel a little more 'like home'.
Lagavulin 16 - Great overall dram, plus my Father likes this one too.
It was a great week!
Nose: Almost nothing here, ever so slight barnyard, but pretty subdued all around.
Taste: Really "clean", nothing remarkable at first and then there is some smoke/peat that seems to emerge out of the mist, introduces itself, and then collapses.
Comment: Not too much for legs on this whisky. Tasting blind I would say Glen Garioch 8yo. Maybe Black Bottle 10yo. Maybe even a weak Wilson & Morgan 'Peaty Five'. Actually, it is the Ardbeg 10yo 'new label' ("Ardbeg considered by....Connoisseurs...the Best Whisky in the World" L8 191 07:52 6ML)!
This is the most unremarkable Ardbeg 10 I have ever had. Where's the charge? Where's the thunderous peaty punch? Ardbeg 10 was never a sophisticated whisky. It could offer only what it was: a consistently great union of water and earth. The full-mouth feel is entirely gone.....
....The above was what I was going to post last Tuesday. However, I decided to wait a few days and try it again. While it now seems to be in the more famous Ardbeg style, at least on the nose, it still lacks much of the punch and glory of pre-2008 10yos. Is this the new make? Or I have I acquired an off bottle?
If this is indeed the new make, then I personally think Ardbeg has lost some ground to its Kildalton cousin Lagavulin. I think I may be inclined to move Lagavulin into the #2 spot on my list of favorite distilleries.
I have been giving this one a go for a few nights now, and am beginning to form a better picture of its attributes.
The Taketsuru definitely leans slightly to the sweeter side of the whisky flavour spectrum, though still evidencing a nicely spirited balance that kicks in from mid point through finish. Palate-wise, I am reminded of Golden Delicious apples gently spiced with ginger and cloves, an obvious vanilla component, and a lovely malt-driven core tasting of waffles and light maple syrup. It is very smooth, and will doubtless appeal to a wide range of enthusiasts.
The perfect breakfast whisky, perhaps?
I don't like to do a proper tasting until I am around half way through the bottle so they have had time to breath and open up.
But,initial impressions for the Isle Of Jura Superstition is that it has a sour quality to the nose and is quite oakey/new wood, grassy, unripened pear, green grape skins, with a touch of honey trying to balance that out. If you have had Highland Park 12 or Glenrothes Select Reserve this has a nose that is similar, maybe somewhere between the two. The palate has what I describe as a true smoke element, not to be confused with peat or ash, though it is relatively subtle. (Quickly nosed again this morning and tea like notes came through).
The Glenlivet Nadura is a cracker of a dram straight off the bat. Probably the nicest vanilla/vanilla custard nose I've tried. The mouth feel is like a junior Talisker 18 IMO and if you like banana candys this ones for you(though I don't want to give the impression it's a sweet whisky, it's not). Another lovely smooth malt at cask strength. If you like your Balvenies but want to try something a little bit dryer the Nadurra might make a good choice.
Was visited by Ganga last night while on his way to meet with MikeyMad. He brought a Tallywhacker 175th which we finished off. Yummy, Ganga! I then pulled out a few older Cadenhead's bottlings to dram: Caperdonich 14 yr (d: 11/77; b:3/97 - 60.5% ABV), Macallan-Glenivet 19 yr (d:10/76; b:9/96 - 55.4% ABV), Millburn 13 yr (d:10/83; b:9/97 - 58.8% ABV), and a more recent Glengarioch 11 yr (d:90; b:7/01 - 56.6% ABV. Did I forget any Ganga? He left with some samples to share with MikeyMad. I hope you enjoy 'em, guys!
Johnnie Walker 15 Pure Malt. The nicest JW I've had, lovely butterscotch and vanilla nose with a nice subtle layer of smoke on the palate.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label. I don't get the point of this one, refined to the point of total blandness IMO.
Balvenie Double Wood. Always a Fave, I love the Balvenie house style.
Woodford Reserve Boubon. Oak, vanilla and orange.
Macallan 12 FO. I'm one of those people who actually prefer this to the regular 12.
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