God how I love whisky!
Edit: I ended up with the Talisker and thought; hey this is peppery! Then I proceeded to a Bowmore Surf - and guess what? It seemed peppery too. I take it that imagination and expectance does the trick. The Bowmore isn't that bad really, not very good but decent!
Next was a Longmorn 15(Similar to Balvenie but much richer).
Then Ardbeg 10(I really should start buying this by the case)
And last, as a nightcap, Lagavulin 16( I've been ending the day with this lately because there's more around so I don't have to conserve as much). That'll have to be it, I have a 12 hour shift in the morning.
Not exceptional, but very cheap for a cask strength (25 pounds). Also, it's one of those that dilutes very well (50% water and it didn't fall apart at all), which makes it very good value.
All in all, it's rather good.
I was searching around the dusty recesses of my mind for recognition: this is very similar to the excellent Signatory 20/21yr Clynelish bottlings. The nutty/fruity combination is similar, and overall it's almost as good. A little less refined sure, but that's to be expected when it's half the price and much younger.
I think it's quite likely this will become my new palate-warmer before serious dramming sessions. Also, it's probably a very good whisky to introduce newcomers with.
Forgot to actually mention the price: it's £18.
*Signatory Vintage Straight From The Cask 1979 Port Ellen Burgundy Finish, for those who haven't been hanging on my every word!
Color: Lemon yellow
Nose: New books, pine resin, fresh pollen, lime zest, wood shavings
Palate: Sweet, rich, smoky, tangy, luscious malt
Body: Thick mouth feel, then quickly dispersed
Finish: Very long, blustering, ending on rubber and tar
Quote: The only bottle I could find and I will savor every ounce. The flavors are strong, but so independent that they just jump out at you. Ardbeg has never let me down and this one will go a long way toward talking me into the 1974 “Provenance” I have my eye on at a steal of a price($325US), which would be a good birthday present to myself. Hurry up October 9th
I have a bottle of 17 still unopened; I expect that I will someday open it and look upon it as fondly as one remembers an early love. Perhaps, as with an early love, I'll rue not putting more stock in it.
Just now I'm having a Murray McDavid Clynelish 1990. Nose very strong of buttered popcorn; or rather, cinema popcorn with that stuff on it that isn't really butter. Palate turns a bit butterscotchy. I've spent about two-thirds of the bottle trying to like it, and I'm afraid I'm failing. It's drinkable, not more; disappointing for a MMcD. Still, far better than the Signatory UCF Highland Park 1990 that preceded it, the most disappointing bottle I've had in ages. I'm trying to force myself to finish it. No new openings until I do!
Thanks for the headsup on the MMcD Clynelish. I actually ordered that bottle but it got lost in the post - now I won't bother re-ordering. It's a shame, other MMcD Clynelishes have been really good.
As for the Sig HP 1990, I've had two bottles of that. One was fabulous, the other horribly unbalanaced. They are an infuriating company
andrewfenton wrote:Thanks for the headsup on the MMcD Clynelish. I actually ordered that bottle but it got lost in the post - now I won't bother re-ordering. It's a shame, other MMcD Clynelishes have been really good.
Well, just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you wouldn't. ( Too many negatives there.) But it does strike me odd, especially with that popcorn nose. I wonder if anyone else has noticed that. For the record, I enjoyed th OB 14 very much. Probably I will very suddenly love the very last dram of this.
andrewfenton wrote:As for the Sig HP 1990, I've had two bottles of that. One was fabulous, the other horribly unbalanaced. They are an infuriating company
"Unbalanced" is a good description, if maybe an understatement. I love a good peaty dram, but the smoke in this is unpleasant. Some unusual phenols, perhaps. There seems to be a malt body in there, but it's hard to tell just what it's like because it's wearing inappropriate clothing. (Okay, enough metaphor.) Just now I thought of Glenfiddich Caoran, another dram I found unpleasantly smoky, although I had that quite a while ago and I'm not sure how comparable the two are. That was, I think, the only bottle I never finished--I bought it in Scotland, and left it two-thirds full with my friend in Dunfermline, for use in toddies. Might be okay in a cup of lapsang souchong or Earl Grey. I'd send her the HP, but it would be a waste of postage. Besides, dumping one lousy bottle per friend is enough.
Strange thing: I just opened a bottle of OB HP12 I have to remind myself what it's like, and it was actually quite good (previous HP12 was quite harsh). Maybe the quality control issues are with HP rather than Signatory?
Was just thinking back on Signatories I've had - it seems the ones from the early 80s have all been rather good: lovely HP and Clynelish 21yrs, and a Brora cask strength 20yr. Then again, Brora is perhaps a little like Ardbeg: you could vat it with boot polish and it would probably still taste great, so perhaps not so much credit to Sig on that count........
Perhaps I'll stick to the older Sigs from now on - they are relatively much better value compared to OBs (21yr olds are normally too much for my budget), and seem to be of more consistent quality. I'd love to try that PE you mentioned also, although the price would probably make my bank balance cry.
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