Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

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The Third Dram
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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:45 am

OK fellows, I'll join in in a somewhat limited fashion, as I only have three 'candidates' on hand. Yes, I'd dearly love to have experienced St. Magdalene in one form or another, but I suppose that will just have to wait for another day. Here goes...

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:57 am

Littlemill 10 Year Old, Distilled 1990 & Bottled 2000 by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky - 43%ABV

Pale lemon-lime silver gold. Scents of vanilla cake batter and marsh grasses with notions of pepper-laced alcohol. A slippery texture and definite sweetness. Very discreet and soft until a more surly sizzle appears. Thie one needs really healthy swigs to go anywhere at all. Even then, the finish disappears over the edge of the cliff. Sort of like a cream soda version of a Lowlander, and average at best.

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:16 am

Got the Littlemill out of my system. :? Now onto hopefully better things...

Rosebank 8 Year Old, Distilled 1989 & Bottled 1998 by Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky - 43%ABV

Bright gold with a canary yellow tone. Refill Sherry casks? Wow... Perfumed! Sweet grass, spruce needles, grapefruit and deep-fried bananas. Floral as well. Spicier on the palate. I'm sensing basil leaves and mint along with licorice and lemon pepper. Hot and buzzy, this one is. Now we're talking!

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby The Third Dram » Sun Dec 06, 2009 1:32 am

Last but not least...

Rosebank 8 Year Old, Distilled 1989 & Bottled 1997 by William Cadenhead - 57.9%ABV

Incredibly pale hue, platinum gold at best. I wonder how many times that cask was used? What a fragrance, though. It's like freshly picked grasses and grains enhanced with dried flowers, herbs and something faintly fruity - pear skins? The palate entry is nothing short of explosive. I'm almost reminded of an Alsatian Gewurztraminer eau-de-vie. In fact, I can't recall ever having tasted a Scotch where the wood aspect was so subservient to the malt thrust, except perhaps for Kilchoman's New Spirit.

This one's an absolute stunner, and I'm VERY happy I have another bottle of it squirled away.

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:03 am

Sorry I missed this the other day...I had really intended on participating, but I forgot I was going to be away on Saturday & Sunday.

I'm pouring a dram of SMWS #49.10 now, notes to follow. :D :D

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Re: Closed Lowland Distillery Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:17 am

St. Magdalene 26yo ( 59.1%, SMWS Cask #49.10, 1982 )
"A Royal Aperitif"

Glass: SMWS

Nose: A nice mix of sweet fruits, with a hint of honey in the background, then it all becomes a bit drying.

Palate: WOW! Loads of honey sweetness with lots of wonderful floral notes in the background. This whisky has alot going on and is very full in flavor.

Finish: The finish is long and sweet like candied fruits and lasts and lasts.

Comment: Another great cask selection from the SMWS, and certainly another excellent St. Maggie!


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