PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:40 am

Highland Park 1991 46% Signatory Unchillfiltered Collection 17yo

Opened this one yesterday and it didn't taste very promising but after some oxidation it is much better now.

I think I've done my best for tonight. I'm of to bed.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:47 am

sounds lovely dramtastic, I'll need to keep an eye out? for this one.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:11 am

The Cask of Yamazaki Heavily Peated 1993 62% White Oak #3Q70047

Nose: Stap yourself in for one hell of a ride. Bonkers peat. Forget any Islay medicinal notes, this is peat on steroids only. Sweet, dry, earthy, oaky peat, you name it it's here. Yamazaki heavily peated, thy name is not subtle.
Hang on, wait a little while and something else starts to come through, nah my mistake, just more peat.

Palate: This is the only whisky I need water with, but what the hay, neat first. This is powerful stuff, peat bomb to the max. You may as well go out to a peat bog, shovel up some of the stuff and take a bite. There is also some heavy duty spices as well now and a little oak. Water brings out the same lychee and cherry blossom both on the nose and palate that it's 'little brother' The Hakushu HP 1993 has. Barely makes a dint in the peatyness though. Peanut oil oilyness to the mouth feel.

Finish: Spicy, hot, Peatyyyyyyyyyyyyy.

Absolutely love it!!
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:37 am

Lappy 10 CS, possibly the only thing on my shelves that my abused palate can register. Dark colour sits uneasy after the Ardbegs, I can't taste any difference at the moment but it is certainly seems incongruous.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 07, 2010 4:48 am

Golden Horse Chichibu 12YO 56%

Nose: Oak, Caol Ila 12 type medicinal notes, peat, butter menthols.

Palate: As per the nose with some big spices, salt, biscuity and a slightly oily mouth feel.

Finish: Spicy, hot, sweet peat and a lttle drying right at the end.

This is my didn't see it coming, favorite whisky of the last 6 months(as opposed to the ones I expected to be good).

Fantastic balance and I'm a sucker for a malt with big spiceyness.

For those you have tried Yoichi 12(a whisky I love), I prefer this.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:31 am

Willie JJ wrote:That's me for tonight. I might come back to this one though; it's fun. :D



Night Willie,

I've been trying to get Johan Brugge to invest in a bottle of the Yama Heavily Peated, hopefully if he reads this he will finally take the plunge.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Wave » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:39 am

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Millburn
Cask #1598
Peat and red fruits (cherries, raspberries etc)
Mouth-coating and peaty, juicy fruits and late salt
Spicy and lightly peated with medium length
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Golden
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27 Years Old
0
46%
Gordon & MacPhail

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Highland
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Glencairn
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Wave » Sun Feb 07, 2010 5:54 am

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Ardbeg
1977
Peat smoke and honey
Peaty with some slight medicinal notes, spicy and honeyed
Long, slowly fading peat smoke
I love well-aged Ardbegs!
wheat
0

24 Years Old
1977
46%
OB

Single Malt
Islay
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none
Glencairn
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby johan brugge » Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:26 pm

dramtastic wrote:
Willie JJ wrote:That's me for tonight. I might come back to this one though; it's fun. :D



Night Willie,

I've been trying to get Johan Brugge to invest in a bottle of the Yama Heavily Peated, hopefully if he reads this he will finally take the plunge.

I'll get there DT. Believe me, I will.
I know I'm a bit late but like I told DT I didn't fancy a whisky last night. Here's a note from my latest Islay whisky. It's a Laphroaig 12yo straight from the cask (nr. 7002). I'll try to post the alcohol % later.

Nose:

It's a typical Laphroaig. Immediately I can smell the high alcohol %, but it's not overwhelming. I pick up scents of bonfire, BBQ, saltiness, iodine. Actually it reminds me of Laphroaig 30 or a Talisker 25. I can sniff this for hours. With some water it's even better. Now it reminds me of the Oogie. Can't be bad!

Palate:

Lots of peat, smoke, brine, seaweed. Some oak as well. It's not oily but very silky, sweet and smooth. This is a very good balanced whisky. Not as powerfull as the nose let me to believe. It's more subtle. With water is the same as on the nose. It's rich and full. It's like a QC but then + 7% vol. but with less wood influences.

Finish:

All the different flavours from the palate return. The saltiness sticks to my lips. The more sips I take the more I like it. I believe it's much better than the 18 I've tried last year.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby orangedogofglory » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:10 am

Slightly late to the party, but just finished up my bottle of Caol Ila 18.

Caol Ila 18 notes

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Wed Feb 10, 2010 4:48 pm

Nice notes everyone on such a wide range of peated whiskies! I have been battling an awful cold and I can't taste or smell anything right now. As soon as it's gone away I have some goodies to taste myself.

I hope you enjoyed the SMWS samples Ganga, nice notes! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby jhershauer » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:12 am

You know, Sean...that's a good point about the PE seeming younger than it is. Very good, though. I need to pull the PE 6 and 7 back out to compare to the PE 9 sample I got from whiskysamples.

Nice notes!

Jeff

Oh...I don't know that I would call the Laph 30 finish "weak." I supposed compared to the Laga 21. I've finally got another bottle on the way to stock away for a special occassion (thanks to bcrossan).

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby jhershauer » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:26 am

You're right about this being obviously young, but if you're going to go young, a peaty whisky is the way to do it.

Very valid points for rating it down, but I seem to like it a bit more than you, pretty much splitting the difference between your score and the raves that Jim Murray gives it. I thought the peat actually held up pretty well into the finish.

Thanks for keeping this thread going with all of your notes. I was busy the weekend of the 6th, but maybe I could add some notes here, too.

Jeff

pkt77242 wrote:

Kilchoman Inaugural

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Gumdrops. pear, apple, lemon and raspberry. After a minute or so a whiff of smoke.
starts of on lemons and peat but then a rough spot (paint thinner, and varnish). feinty.
medium finish. still the paint thinner but with some smoke and peat.
Starts of nice and falls apart in the middle. You can tell it is young but it has potential.
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0 Years Old
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46%
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74 points but has loads of potential. Needs a couple of more years in wood.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby jhershauer » Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:39 am

Great notes on this one, Sean. I LOVE that earthy/mossy peat and wood combination. It plays right into my preferences.

Thank you very much for the generous sample of this.

Jeff

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Scott's Selection Highland Park 1981 25yo

Scott's Selection
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Heathery peat. some nice grass, and a little honey. Underbrush and some wood.
Some spicy peat. The peat is very mossy/heathery. A hint of honey and some oak. Almost no fruit. The only sweetness is a hint of vanilla.
Medium long finish. Heathery peat and polished oak make a strong showing.
A really like this HP but it is very different from their official releases.
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25 Years Old
1981
50.6%
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90 points.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Wed Feb 17, 2010 5:05 pm

Great notes Sean, keep them coming! I have selected a bunch of samples / bottles to taste and post notes here as well. I will be tasting them tomorrow evening, so I should be around for a chat as well. :D :D

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:05 am

I'm finally over this cold that lasted almost 2 weeks, it's nice to be able to taste/smell again! So here I go........

Talisker 57 deg North

Talisker
57 deg North
Lots of salt with a hint of toffee/vanilla in the background.
A hint of sweetness with more salts and some iodine/peat as well.
Medium finish that becomes more smokey towards the very end.
A nice whisky, but I much prefer the 10yo OB over this one.
Light gold
83

NAS Years Old
0
57%%
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Single Malt
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:16 am

Talisker SMWS 14.12

Talisker
14.12
Very nice mix of peat with some hot peppers, then a hint of mango.
Whoa! A huge blast of pepper then something sweet that I can't quite put my finger one. With a few drops of water it calms down the pepper a bit and becomes a bit sweeter.
Long finish, more peppers, with some salt towards the very end.
This is indeed a very powerful Talisker. Starts hot and gets hotter!
Light gold
86

15 Years Old
0
58.4%
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:41 am

Bunnahabhain 34yo OB

Bunnahabhain
Bunnahabhain 34yo OB
Light sherry with some spices and sweet fruits.
Bigger sherry influence on the palate, a bit drying with some stewed dark fruits.
The finish is long and dry with a hint of fresh cut mint towards the very end.
Extremely drinkable!
Dark amber
88

34 Years Old
0
43.5%
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:54 am

Bunnahabhain SMWS 10.65

Bunnahabhain
SMWS 10.65 "Hold the Phone!"
Whoa, there is a huge peat fire in my glass! Now we're talking!! This is huge on the nose, smoked fish and campfire smoke!
Very nice on the palate, nice oily mouthfeel and loads of peat with the taste of overcooked bacon as well (in a good way)!
The finish is very long, somewhat sweet with loads of smoke.
Very tasty and definitely a big peat monster! I would love to see more botles like this from Bunnahabhain!
Dark gold
91

11 Years Old
0
56.4%
SMWS

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:11 am

More peat of course! :smoke:

Laphroaig 7yo "The Ultimate"

Laphroaig
7yo, 2001 Refill Butt 629
Diesel engine smoke, burnt oil, with some iodine.
Very full-bodied, coats the palate well, more iodine and very smokey!
Very nice and long oily finish, more peat all around!
Lovely dram, many thanks to Ras for this sample!
Light gold
89

7 Years Old
0
57.6%
The Ultimate

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:30 am

Time to mix it up a bit with a couple of young PE's.

Scottish Wildlife Port Ellen 10yo

Port Ellen
Scottish Wildlife (Signatory) PE 10yo
Hmm, interesting nose. Very typical, but a tad light for a PE, really showing it's youth here. There is hints of peat, but again very youthful and light.
Overall a bit thin on the palate, but the peat is more evident than the nose hinted to. More iodine than most PE's I've had.
Short to medium finish, again it's all a bit thin and very much showing it's youth with some sweet peat.
This one did get better the more and more I had of it, but definitely different from most PE's I have had. Of course I had never tasted one this young either. I would have guessed a young CI for sure here.
Pale gold
85

10 Years Old
0
43%
Signatory

Single Malt
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 3:38 am

Signatory Port Ellen 14yo

Port Ellen
Signatory Port Ellen, 1983, 14yo, Butt 28
Engine smoke and iodine, with some sweetness in the background.
Starts light then becomes oily / peaty with more iodine.
Short finish and definitely showing its youth. Nice and smokey towards the very end, but overall light.
It was interesting to try these 2 young bottlings, I can definitely say that young PE reminds me of Caol Ila for sure!
Pale gold
85

14 Years Old
0
43%
Signatory

Single Malt
Islay
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:14 am

Next up, a couple of Ardbegs!

Ardbeg Toasted Oak Cask 1190

Ardbeg
Toasted Oak Cask 1190
Hmmm, much sweeter and more balance than the sister cask. More vanilla with some honey, hints of peat.
Wow very full of flavors, overall sweetness and this coats the palate very well. Hints of fisherman's friends towards the middle and a bit of peats towards the very end.
Long and tasty, some spices and more sweetness, just wonderful!
I can't get over how different this is from Cask 1189. Both are very good in their own respects, but extremely different.
Dark amber
94

0 Years Old
0
54.7%
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:17 am

Ardbeg Toasted Oak Cask 1189

Ardbeg
Toasted Oak Cask 1189
The nose is very deep, loads going on here. Lots of wood smoke, wet tarry ropes, something sweet like coffee and just overall greatness!
Whoa, tons of peat smoke, and lots of complexity. It just changes throughout with lots of sweet vanilla notes and peat, peat, peat.
Really long finish with toffee mixed with huge peat. The smoke lasts forever!
Excellent bottling, I'd love to see Ardbeg experiment with more like this!
Dark AMber
94

0 Years Old
0
54%
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:00 am

Ok I 'm back, did someone say peat??? :angel: :angel:

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:17 am

Benriach Authenticus 21yo

BenRiach
Authenticus 21yo
Very nice on the nose, I'd have guessed and Islay whisky for sure! Lots of wood smoke from a campfire with an underlying sweetness.
Nice oily mouthfeel, coats the palate just perfectly. It starts really sweet like maple syrup then the peat takes over.
The finish is medium to long, more than expected at just 46% too. Lots of dirty smoke lingering.
Very nice dram!
Polished gold
89

21 Years Old
0
46%
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:35 am

Ardbeg SMWS 33.79

Ardbeg
SMWS 33.79 "A road-side dram"
Very nice on the nose, engine oil and smoke and a hint of burnt rubber (oooh I like it!)
It all starts sweet with vanilla cake, a bit of dark chocolate, then becomes very phenolic and tarry.
The finish is long and just keeps going and going! The sweetness and peat just keep swapping back and forth, it changes throughout!
This is very nicely balanced, very much my type of Ardbeg!
Light gold
91

10 Years Old
0
55.3%
SMWS

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:46 am

Ardbeg SMWS 33.75

Ardbeg
SMWS 33.75 "Penetrates and Explodes"
Very nice on the nose, the vanilla has really taken over, reminds me of a coffee milkshake! Hints of smoked meat lingering in the background.
Whoa, much more peat smoke than I anticpated based on the nose, very nice! Nice and oily on the palate with loads of vanilla sweetness.
Oooooh, very long finish, the peat lingers on and on.
Another excellent cask selection by the SMWS, keep them coming!
Pale gold
91

7 Years Old
0
61.5%
SMWS

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:12 am

Ardbeg SMWS 33.59

Ardbeg
SMWS 33.59 "Angel in Doc Martins"
Very phenolic and smokey on the nose, some lavender.
The palate is very warming, it's sweet, oily with a nice campfire smoke flavor.
Shorter finish than I expected, but yet very good. It becomes even more phenolic towards the end and a bit dry.
Excellent dram, I absolutely love these young Ardbegs!!
Pale gold
90

7 Years Old
0
58.5%
SMWS

Single Malt
Islay
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ryguy » Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:31 am

Cadenheads Ardbeg 1993 10yo

Ardbeg
Cadenheads Ardbeg 1993, Sherry hogshead
Very complex mix of dark fruits and peat, a bit tarry.
Whoa, now this is good stuff, very nicely balanced between the sherry and peat here, neither is overpowering. It becomes very drying towards the end, and the peat is still very evident.
Long and phenolic with a bit of mint leaves at the very end.
You just don't see sherried Ardbegs like this around anymore, another extraordinary bottling!
Light orange
90

10 Years Old
0
58.6%
Cadenheads

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby johan brugge » Wed Feb 24, 2010 9:13 pm

Here are my notes of the Caol Ila 1984 Samaroli 45% vol. (bottled in May 2007).

Colour: dark gold

Nose: Peat, some smoke, medicinal and yet somewhat sweeter than the average Islay whisky. I notice in the background some citrus notes like orange peels and fresh hay. With some water it becomes more open. It's like standing on the beach with a nice breeze. I can sniff this for hours. The citrus notes are a bit more pronounced but not overwhelming. Everything is in perfect balance.

Palate: More peat and smoke but it's not over the top. Some wood, which makes me think of licorice and a hint of vanilla. It's an oil-like whisky which sticks to your mouth. Lovely complexity. It makes me think of a very peated Longrow. Can't be bad. With some water it's a tad sweeter. I prefer it neat. It remains in perfect balance.

Finish: Long. A bit softer than the 'heavy hitters' like Ardbeg or Laphroaig. A little bit of saltiness stays on the lips. After a few minutes I can still taste some wood like the Laphroaig QC.

Comments: A real stunner. I'm glad I openend this bottle. Now I don't have to wonder how this one would taste. A big 95/100!!


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