Nose: Pear, apple, honey, peat, sawdust, hint of diesel. Quite a light, refreshing nose.
Palate: Creamy mouth feel, but also like sucking on a honey lemon cough drop.
Finish: Is warming, mouth coating, medium length and a little drying. After about 20 minutes I note some spearmint.
I'm not really a fan of HP or Bowmore but this works well as a combo. Not the most complex whisky but very moreish and hard to stop at just one. Good price for the quality as well.
Nose: Brine, peat, yeast, red grape, oak, varnish. Quite subtle.
Palate: Is smooth, basically follows the nose but also some nuttyness, coconut and peppery spice.
Finish: What can I say, it's long! Adds mint and a little ashy dryness as well. Gotta love the coconut!
Just an excellent whisky. Quite some breadth of talent!
Nose: Smoke, orange peel, almond, vanilla
Palate: Hot, sweet, molasses, pepper
Finish: Long, spicy, lingering smoke
A great whisky for a snowy winter day. I've only got about two pours left in the bottle.
Nose: pear, damp wood
Palate: cinnamon stick, hint of smoke, ash
Finish: mince pie, salt caramel
I can get a liter bottle of this expression at a good price. This one is almost gone, but I'll replace it quickly.
Can't wait to read others' notes.
I need to pick up a Caol Ila one of these days. I've only tried the 12yo. I look forward to your notes.
Nose: Very direct, smoke and some peat. Then the typical scents of Campbelltown: slightly citrussy, minerals, some salt but it stays fresh. Very enjoyable.
Palate: Just the same as the nose, but everything is more pronounced. It's really good.
Finish: middle long with some smoke and after a few minutes a more or less dry feeling at the back of my tongue.
This is a very nice surprise!! And it's much better when you don't add water to it.
Nose: Sherry straight away, BBQ, smoke, peat, some flowers as well. Delicious!! No need for water!
Palate: Smokey, slightly peated and some sherry again. It's not an oily whisky, but rather silky. Some more pepper comes along as I keep the whisky on my tongue.
Finish: Warming, smokey with a tadd of sherry on the background. Peat again. It's like an angel **** down my throat.
HB Caol Ila 10 1996 46%
HB Lahproaig 10 1996 52.9%
Well that's for starters anyway.
Nose: Very nice. Peat, minerals and some wet hay, fruit.
Palate: Some malt flavours like you can find in a Lowland whisky. Some peat again with fruit, but more on the background this time. With a few drops of water it becomes much better. It's just wonderful now. More peat than on the nose. A bit more oily as well. Pleasantly complex.
Finish: Some pepper, peat, some smoke. After a while a some citrus flavours emerge but not a lot.
Again a very nice whisky!!
pkt77242 wrote:Caol Ila 25yo OB 1979/2005 58.4%
N: Moss, wet stone, brine, light smoke and some white fruit (maybe peaches and nectarines). A little peat and white pepper in the background.
P: A mossy type peatiness, with lots of brine, white pepper and some smoke. Salted peach. Maybe the slight taste of dill pickle in the background to go with some poblano pepper.
F: Long finish. Briney and the embers from a campfire. Also the poblano pepper, white pepper and moss.
A damn fine whisky. I really like Caol Ila, great whisky both young and old.
Now that is a very interesting note you wrote there, Sean. I've got a Caol Ila 1978 25yo 59.4 %. You made me very curious about this one.
Nose: Soft, wet moss, heath grass, peat. Delicious!! With some water: more smoke and ash, some burnt plastic(??) My wife really hates it.
Palate: Very direct, lots of peat, little smoke, prickly. Very nice balance though. With water: don't add water!!
Finish: Clean, salty, some peat. When water is added: more on smoke. Very very good!!
pkt77242 wrote:Open it, Johan
Not yet. It took me a very long time to track it down. I want to enjoy just looking at it for a while.
Ganga wrote:Laga 12, 2009
Nose: peat log fire with tossed in lemon rinds, passion fruit, pears, vanilla extract, strawberry blossoms
Palate: oak bbq, plaintains and dried bananas, heating oil
Finish: long, late night seaside fire
Well, this is the first Laga I'm not very fond off. I think it's way too sweet and smokey.
Here is my favourite Bowmore. A Bowmore 19yo 1990 SV 46 %.
Nose: Fruit (peach, apricot), heather fragrance, salty, very little smoke.
Palate: Peat, pepper and green tea. Very very good.
Finish: Long, dry, salty, some pepper and again green tea.
My first flawless Bowmore and I love it.
dramtastic wrote:DL Double Barrel Bowmore/HP 46%
After about 20 minutes I note some spearmint.
Willie JJ wrote:Bladnoch Forum 29yo Caol Ila 55.1%: 21/05/80-15/06/2009 Refill Sherry Hogshead #4939
And now spearmint
I'm not surprised
johan brugge wrote:Ganga wrote:Laga 12, 2009
Well, this is the first Laga I'm not very fond off.
You asked me a while back JB if I prefered Laga 12 or CI Natural Cask Strength. My answer at the time was definitely the CI. Nothings changed.
Ganga wrote:You mean you have a sealed bottle?
pkt77242 wrote:A.D. Rattray Bowmore 17yo 1991/2009 sherry cask 2059 58.1%
N: big sherry, bacon, walnuts, smoke, peat, and figs. Some walnuts, strawberries, and leather. a hint of chocolate as well.
P: Big notes of sherry and bacon. Some smoke, peat, figs and walnuts. A little dark chocolate as well. Very rich.
F: Medium long on sherry and bacon. Smoked bacon. Also some chocolate and peat.
This is one hell of a whisky. Glad I have a back up bottle.
Now that sounds tasty Sean. Mmmmm bacon!
Hakushu 12 43%
Nose: Very fresh and clean as a whistle. Seems to be untainted by any wood influence at all. Banana, vanilla custard, lychee, soap flakes, peat. Invigorating.
Palate: Pepper as if it's straight from the shaker into the malt. Earthy peat, banana over oats, toffee, some orange and lemon.
Finish: Is medium length, dominated by peppery spice, and underpinned by clean malt and lingering earthy peat.
Very well crafted. A good one for displaying the difference between the taste of peat and smoke.
So this upcoming week I will try and contribute notes for The Black Bottle, McClelland's Islay, and Bowmore Legends.
This is the Compass Box Flaming Heart Tenth Anniversary (Third Edition) 48.9%alc.
First, I read somewhere that the bottle label smells interesting too... so I took a sniff of that. Yes, definitely interesting. It reminds me of some paper smell I used to know from way back in elementary school- some parchment thing. I can't put my finger on it, but it's oddly familiar. I like it!
Color: gold, not too pale, not too dark. Just.... gold
Nose: Smoke.... kind of like Lagavulin smoke (though I know this is supposed to have CI in it) but has a distinctive chlorine (definitely swimming pool) brinyness to it.
Palate: Oily, some vanilla, cereal, toffee
Finish: Peat, tar, gentle spice, sweet cereal lingering.
I REALLY like this. The balance is just awesome. My first Compass Box and I'm impressed.
Nose: Brine, pine, pear, lemon, varnish and a little smoke.
Palate: Very tangy like sherbert, toffee, peanuts, peat and smoke.
Finish: Is quite short, with toffee, macadamia, smoke and a little dry and then bitter.
At least on this tasting it's not as good as the first half of the bottle seemed.
Nose: Diesel, car mechanics workshop, lemon, honey, shrooms.
Palate: Savoury(pepper)/sweet(honey) combo. Diesel engine dipstick coated in honey, lemon and chocolate. Some nuttyness as well. Thick earthy peat.
Finish: Medium length with basically the flavours from the nose and the thick earthy peat.
Very tasty. Such a consistatly good distillery.
Nose: Looking for a typical Laph medicinal nose, this ain't the place. Butterscotch, lime, varnish, stewed apples, tabasco, licorice, corned silverside. Take your time with this one, it's subtle but very complex. Now there's a little diesel and lemon.
Palate: Nice creamy mouth feel. The smoke from a fishing trawler diesel exhaust wafting over the deck and picking up the fish smells. Salt and pepper. Tabasco. Drying starfish(yeh I've never used that in a tasting note before either). Dark chocolate and diesel. Ashtray.
Finish. Looooooooooooooooooong! Gosh I'm even finding some vanilla on the nose now. Hang on..........well hello mint and tobacco leaf.
This is outrageous and I love it. Eccentric but somehow it works. I actually don't believe my notes have done this whisky justice. The best Islay I've had, could be! For 55 bucks in Australia which is 10 cheaper than HP12 for instance, this is better than many whisky's I've had for triple the price. In my books this is an effin superstar!
Nose: Peat of course, but less than you would expect. A little bit of smoke, something sweet. Wet moss and 'wet dog'. Sounds funny, but still... With some water there is a lot more peat.
Palate: OMG!! Very peaty at first indeed, some smoke but it remains a 'gentle' attack. It's a very oily whisky. I almost have to chew this one before I can swallow it down. It's lovely peated but it's not as 'in your face' as the 3D3 Norrie Campbell Tribute. Behind all that peat I find some fresh cake and maltiness too.
Finish: rather short if you ask me. Again a lot of peat and smoke, salt and rather dry.
Year - 1998
Age - 10yo
ABV - 58.5%
Cask / Bottle No. - Barrel #1277 / 1 of 251
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - definite peatiness at first on the nose , not heavy though , Smoky bacon crisps , a lemoniness and fresh cut grass .
Palate - quite strong on the palate , a fresh , clean peatiness , slight maltiness and lemon.
Finish - Long , sweet , malty and peaty .
Comments - Dist 04.05.1998 Bott 01.10.2008 . A very good peated Speysider .
Nose: Peat, some smoke, medicinal and yet somewhat sweeter than the average Islay whisky. Faint citrus in the background (orange peel), fresh heath fragrance. With water: I'm on the beach again. More citrus flavours now, but they're not dominant. Perfect balance.
Palate: Again peat and smoke. Liquorice, a tad of vanilla. Wonderfully complex. It's like a heavily peated Longrow. With water: a bit sweeter, but I don't think it needs water at all.
Finish: Long, softer than the 'heavy hitters' like Ardbeg and Laphroaig. Some salt stays on my lips. After a while there is a kind of sweetness like the Laphroaig Quarter Cask. Can't be bad.
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