Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:43 pm

Well done so far Ganga, way to kick it off! You've already provided a great range, with some excellent notes. At home here I have a couple samples of Nikka (which I believe are blends, labeled Black and From the Barrel), Teachers, Compass Box Orangerie (which is a blend I suppose), and I think that's about it. I'll try and get to some of these a little later this evening. :smoke: :smoke:

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:30 am

Good evening.
Don't have much time but will try to taste a few.
Starting with Scotch Blue 40% nas, a korean brand blended in Scotland.
n: wet dog changing soon in fruits, melons, pears, apples, wood, after some 10 minutes the nose loses all the fruiy things and it is time to drink.
t: citrus, tea, wood
f: short, citrus,
c: much better than I remember. young and tasty.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Apr 05, 2009 1:20 am

Just had some Scotch Blue 21, nice, subtle maybe a little thin. Now a fuller one, Chivas Regal 18. Smells like grilled chicken.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:20 am

Starting the night with JW Black:

JW Black

Johnnie Walker
Black
Light smoke and peat, followed by candied orange
Sweet, light spice, a little pepper
Medium-long, pepper, smoke coming up back of nose
Excellent daily dram. When I first opened the bottle, I thought it was a little bitter on the finish. Not getting that at all now.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:43 am

pkt77242 wrote:Up now is JW Gold 18yo. I have a 750ml bottle that I got before Christmas for $60 just to give it a try. I have always though of this as a very smooth easy drinking whisky.

JW Gold

Johnnie Walker
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Honey, exotic fruits, mango and papaya. some gentle smoke in the background.
Sweet and extremely smooth. Honey, very little oak for the age. granny smith apples, some floral notes.
rather long finish, with little burn but a slightly off after taste that I can't quite place
A nice whiksy but the parts seem better than the sum.
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While this is a better whisky (better put together), I enjoy the JW Black more. I just enjoy the smokiness and pepper of the black more than the sweetness of the Gold.

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I completely agree with your reference to an off putting note on the finish. I cant quite place it either, like heather, but bitter and it bothers me a lot. I too prefer the Black or Green over this.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:44 am

I have a 200ml bottle of JW Gold that I got for $20:

JW Gold

Johnnie Walker
Gold
Earthy peat, honey sweetness, then apricots
Sweet and very easy on the palate
Medium, the earthy peat coming back, a slight bitterness hanging around
Very smooth, but I miss the pepper and smoke from JW Black.
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Up next, JW Green.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:48 am

Novice Scotch Fan wrote:I completely agree with your reference to an off putting note on the finish. I cant quite place it either, like heather, but bitter and it bothers me a lot. I too prefer the Black or Green over this.


Ok, that makes three of us. I described a "bitterness" hanging around on the finish, but I'm not sure that's quite the right way to describe it. It wasn't like hops bitterness on the back of the throat...it was something hanging around on the sides of my tongue.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:49 am

Grants Ale Cask Reserve (NAS)
Serving: Drop of water;
Nose: fresh bread dough, vanilla
[u]Palate[/u]: Honey, a little spice, malt, cereal.
Finish: A little zing of peat and heather on the finish.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 4:54 am

pkt77242 wrote:Jeff,

Nice to see you showing up to one of the live tastings. I agree with missing the pepper and smoke of the black when tasting the gold.

Sean


Thanks Sean. I'm getting a little more bold about posting, even though I feel a bit limited in my ability to express what I'm tasting/smelling.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:01 am

Johnnie Walker Black

Nose
vanilla, followed by gentle peat, sea salt air.


Palate
The taste experience commences with smooth, sweet cinnamon, caramel, almond, brown sugar, malt (think Cheerios breakfast cereal), some spiciness, but not to the point of pepper, which evaporates quickly into clouds of subtle peat and smoke.

Finish
Very restrained peat with a flourish of smoke and grains of sea salt round out this scotch tasting experience. The flavor does not linger long though if you have added ice. Where no ice is added, you will enjoy some lingering sea salt, restrained black licorice, peat and smoke enveloping the palate in a silky, luxuriant finish. No burn and only the slightest of heat (in a good way) upon swallowing, as this is very, very smooth!

I really enjoy this as a weekday evening drink. Its the blend against which I measure all the others.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:14 am

Ganga, does your last tasting note pertain to the FG Gold? I ask brecause I think FG has a 12 and then a 12 they call Gold. I recall the Gold as way over sherried.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:23 am

Johnnie Walker Green

Nose: Distinctly floral, coupled with malt and cookie dough, faint wisps of anise, peat and pipe tobacco.

Palate: This is a honeyed dram! Honey gently expands across the palate followed by vanilla, moving to a drying sea spray (I realize this is an oxymoron) and pepper corns across the palate.

Finish: dry cinammon, restrained fresh ground black pepper and sea salt linger. A very long peppery finish. Great length.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 05, 2009 5:31 am

Enjoy yourselves gentlemen, I am retiring for the evening. the whisky has gone to my head. I a little tanked right not. Have a good one!

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby jhershauer » Sun Apr 05, 2009 6:18 am

Back to tasting notes after getting the kids to bed...

JW Green

Johnnie Walker
Green
Peat, something slightly medicinal, not as sweet as the other JWs
Stronger than Gold, peppery, some sweet spices, a bit hot
Pepper, earthy peat, lasting
I like this JW. It's much more interesting than the Gold, and makes for a nice gateway to Talisker and Islay single malts.
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I think I'm going to call it quits on the blends for tonight after a JW trifecta. Tomorrow I'll pull out the Teachers and Black Bottle 10 year.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Sun Apr 12, 2009 2:49 am

Ganga? You or anyone else around tonight to continue a tasting of blends?

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:39 am

I'm finally getting around to tasting a couple blends that I had handy, Teachers and Dewars White Label for tonight...so here goes.

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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:45 am

Dewars White Label 40%

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Dewar's
White Label
Very light on the nose, not much to offer here. A faint hint of citrus fruits but not much else going on.
Lemon peels, it's all a bit bitter really, not the least bit smooth. It becomes 'flat' really, like a soda pop that's lost it's fizz.
Short and very light.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:58 am

Teachers Highland Cream

Teacher's Highland Cream

Teacher's
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Hints of honey with some light fruits.
Very light, fruity, with lots of bitter orange peels.
Medium finish with some drying fruits and hints of grain.
Better than the previous dram, but not by much. Clearly blends are not my thing.
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Re: Blended Whiskies - April 3-12

Postby Ryguy » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:00 pm

I read my notes from last night, and I noticed I said "clearly blends are not my thing". What I should have said was, these two blends are not my thing. I have had some very enjoyable blends, including Campbelltown Loch and JWG, but for the most part, I prefer single malts.


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