The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:23 pm

Evening all ! My first offering of the night......

Expression - Bladnoch 18yo Cognac Finish
Year - 1988
Age - 18yo
ABV - 53.5%
Cask / Bottle No. - 2643 / 1 of 234
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Very sweet almost honeyed , eventually green apples appear , then malt and cut grass .
Palate - incredibly sweet , not a lot of "Bladnoch" left , too much time in the cognac cask me thinks......
Finish - Long sweet and touch grapey
Comments - Distilled September 1988 , Bottled January 2007 , Finished for over 2 years in a Cognac Cask . Not a bad dram but......not a lot of Bladnoch left in the taste though i must say i haven't tried Cognac so i have no idea what it tastes like .

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:36 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich Sinnsear "Forefathers"
Year - 1988
Age - 15yo
ABV - 50%
Cask / Bottle No. - Ex-Bourbon / 733 of 1000
Colour - Ripe Barley
Nose - a very fresh dram , green fruits(apples , pears) , lemon , fresh meadows .
Palate - lovely and smooth across the palate , loads of lemon , green fruits with a touch of fudge and vanilla .
Finish - long , lemon and fudge .
Comments - Distilled 11/02/1988 , bottled 22/11/2003 . Is this a perfect Laddie ? Damn close......

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:53 pm

Expression - Bowmore Vintage 1984 L.E.
Year - 1984
Age - 17yo (i think !)
ABV - 58.8%
Cask / Bottle No. - From 6 Casks / Bott No.1173
Colour - Auburn
Nose - a whiff of peat , peppermint , a lot of peppermint......then spices and peat smoke .
Palate - Very smoky at first across the palate , sherry , peppermint again and parma violets .
Finish - not too long but a distinctive Bowmore twang to it .
Comments - Bottled exclusively for Oddbins , not a bad Bowmore , i've had a lot worse !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 9:54 pm

Nowt obscure about it , excellent stuff !
Not unless you mean obscure as in not finished......

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:07 pm

Especially for Willie an Obscure Bunnahabhain........

Expression - Berrys Own 1980 Bunnahabhain
Year - 1980
Age - 22yo
ABV - 55.6%
Cask / Bottle No. - 9064 /
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Very un-Bunnahabhain at first......floral.....then a touch of smoke and sweetness (fudge , confectioners sugar )
Palate - Sweet and peppery (almost Talisker like....) , rumbles across the palate very un-Bunna like . Cut grass at the end .
Finish - Long , Dry , sweet and peppery .
Comments - The most unusual Bunnahabhain i own , also a bit of a rarity , not many 1980 ones about , only every seen this one and a one for M du W .

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:26 pm

Expression - Ardbeg 17
Year - 1980 ?
Age - 17yo
ABV - 40%
Colour - Gold
Nose - Faintest peat , slight ardbeg-dine , touch vanilla , coffee and orange essence .
Palate - The lightest of peatiness mingles with a gentle iodine , smoky and orange . Hint of vanilla and creamy coffee .
Finish - Not too long , chocolate and orange Ardbeg-dineness !
Comments - very complex for a 40%er , Wonders what it would have been like at 46%/CS.......

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:35 pm

Expression - Ardbeg Kildalton
Year - 1980
Age - 24yo
ABV - 57.6%
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Very fresh , Lots of fruits , almost a "Fruit Cocktail" in a light syrup . A touch of creamy coffee as well .
Palate - quite peppery across the palate , apple pie and custard , again fruit syrup and coffee also wanders in .
Finish - Long , sweet , tropical fruits and incredibly pleasant !
Comments - A beautifully balanced Ardbeg that shows what the spirit is like without the peat .

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:40 pm

Good afternoon/evening.
Because I'm in London at the moment I can't really join this live tasting.
I just have a few samples but not from the 80s. ;-)
Ealier this week I bought a Lintlithgow 26yo SMOS but I don't dare to open it yet. :headbang:

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:46 pm

How does this one grab you Willie ?

Expression - Karuizawa 1982 Cask #2748
Year - 1982
Age - 27yo
ABV - 56.1
Cask / Bottle No. - #2748 Sherry /
Colour - Bright Amber
Nose - A Huge Christmas Cake nose , Dried fruits , cake dough , dry sherry mixed in with menthol and Latte coffee , a nice whisp of smoke wafts around all the other smells . This is one of those malts you could smell all night but i'll not......
Palate - First thing that grabs you is a lovely dry sherriness , then smoke , spices (cloves , christmas cake....) , a huge incredible mouthfeel !
Finish - Very long , very dry , menthol , sherry , christmas cake , hint of orange and smoke .
Comments - Another one for the 10th Anniversary of The Whisky Exchange bottled in 2009 . Just where are TWE getting these incredible Japanese casks from ? A beautiful Single malt from the land of the rising sun , i'd put this up against anything from Scotland , Wonderful !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:13 pm

Expression - 7.51
Year - 1984
Age - 24yo
ABV - 57.4%
Cask / Bottle No. - Ex Bourbon Refill Hoggie / 1 of 184
Colour - Polished Gold
Nose - Ripe Bananas , bags of green fruits then chocolate orange , a dream of a nose .
Palate - Lemon and a load of spiciness , touch of chocolate orange later......
Finish - Very long , honey and spices .
Comments - A Longmorn Distilled in October 1984 . A superb Longmorn , as most SMWS one's seem to be !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:28 pm

Hello guys. Time for me to join the party. I'll start with a Caol Ila 1984 (- 05/2007), 45 % Samaroli.

Nose: minerals, wet stone, some peat in the background, slightlly seaweedy and some faint citrus too.

Palate: salty peated citrus flavours gently merge with some smokeyness. No need to add water. This is very yummy!

Finish: very gentle, slightly salty with some peat.

Very very good!!

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:35 pm

Expression - Glenfarclas 1987 "Quarter Casks"
Year - 1987
Age - 19yo ?
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - Quarter Casks 3704 - 3707 and Quarter Casks 3859-3860 / 520 of 1299
Colour - Deep Amber
Nose - loads of sherry on the nose , typical christmas cake , dough , spices dried fruit etc .
Palate - Again bags of Sherry , orange Marmalade , spices and dried Fruits/ cake mix .
Finish - Long , dry sherry .
Comments - Quarter Casks 3704 - 3707 Distilled 3rd July 1987 , Quarter Casks 3859-3860 Distilled 11th Sept 1987 . Bottled April 2006 . For the German Market . An interesting Farclas though not as interesting as most of the regulars and Family casks.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:41 pm

Think that's my lot for tonight may add a couple tomorrow .
goodnight all !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:52 pm

Next up is a Bruichladdich 15yo 1986 Murray McDavid (bourbon cask) 46 %.

Nose: Medicinal, peated saltiness, seaweedy but nothing is really dominant. There is a slitght fruityness to it as well (prunes). Perfect balance I'd say.

Palate: some cereals, peat that grows stronger and stronger, salt (but just a bit). Again a very good balance! It's quite an oily dram and I really like it.

Finish: very good and long enough, more on peat than in the nose.

Once I put some water in the glas when I finished this whisky and let it rest over night. The next morning, when I drank the water, I could definately smell and taste dried prunes. Quite extra ordinary.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sat Feb 26, 2011 11:56 pm

Rather you than me!! :mrgreen:

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:15 am

Clynelish 27yo 1982 51.5 % cask 5895 (very important detail because there are two single cask vintages but cask 5894 is apparently not that good).

Nose: very fruity, fresh, sweet and yet you can smell the bourbon influences. I find it hard to stop putting my nose in the glass.
Palate: hmmmm, again fruity, sweet, soft tannins, luscious. Dangerously drinkable at 51.5 %. The more I drink it, the more it's character changes, especially if water is added. I taste some peat too. Very very good again.
Finish: very long and powerfull, fruity again.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:24 am

Spirit of Islay wrote:Comments - Just where are TWE getting these incredible Japanese casks from ?


Karuizawa Japan I think.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sun Feb 27, 2011 12:51 am

Next up is a Brora 1981 Duncan Tayor 27yo 53.8 %.

Nose: very good, fresh hay, wet moss, peat and salt (but mostly peat).
Palate: soft peat, salt, vegetal, sweet. Quite complex actually. There is more to it than you may think at first. This whisky has really grown on me. I had to get used to it but now I love it more and more.
Finish: soft, peaty, long and lingering.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:23 am

Talisker 25yo release 2007 (distilled in 1982) 58.1 %.

Nose: very briny, salty and peaty. A bit of smoke too. It's like I'm on the beach. Very maritime. I like it a lot!
Palate: the same as in the nose, but the balance is just right! I absolutely love this dram.
Finish: long, peppery yet smooth, salt an peat emerge again. This was worth every Euro!

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Sun Feb 27, 2011 1:25 am

That's it for now. I'm off. Tomorrow I'll be back with some more stunners, including a H2H of Glenfarclas single cask editions (at cask strength) for Belgian whisky shops.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:09 am

Karuizawa Single Vintage Cask 1989 12YO # 7410 61.3%

Nose: Heavy notes of baked goods such as warm pie crust and scones, sherry, bar wood like you'd expect to smells in 'Cheers', vanilla, varnish, sandlewood.

Palate: Massive spice attack, sandlewood, playdough, vanilla, bubblegum, strawberry, and something like roast chicken.

Finish: Sweet, nutty, fruity and looooooooooooooong!

A fantastic and very rare(well even more rare), Karuizawa.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:22 am

Karuizawa Vintage Cask 1982 #2510 58.2% 20YO

Nose: Both bold yet clear. Sherry at first sweet then dry. Fresh biscuits cooling on the kitchen bench. Raisins, valencia oranges, mixed peel, cherry chocolate and mint.

Palate: Perfectly drinkable neat. Well layered flavours that basically follow the nose and with some lovely sweet spices. From one hell of a sherry butt.

Finish: Beautifully rounded, warming and long. Spicy sherried goodness.

I've never tasted a better sherried whisky. Incredible balance. Seems 1982 was a good year at Karuizawa.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:23 am

Hey Sean!

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 5:42 am

Karuizawa Vintage Cask 1985 17YO #6885 60%

Nose: Big on vanilla also licorice, grated carrot, dried pear, apple skins, sawdust, slightly perfumed.

Palate: Custard on apple pie. Black pepper, licorice, nutmeg, peanut shells, yeast kinda like marmite.

Finish: Long and warming with a slight bitterness and some curry powder heat on the top palate.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:15 am

OK Ganga I think I can sneak in another blend. Hibiki 21 bought last year

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 27, 2011 6:36 am

Hibiki 21 bought last year.

Nose: As plush as a whisky can get in my books. Exotic insence, worn leather, sweet cigar tobacco, vanilla, seville oranges, walnuts and licorice.

Palate: Sweet, creamy and rich. Like tasting a cubana dipped in Seville orange juice with a licorice and leather chaser. Tastes so much bigger than 43%. Smooooth!

Finish: Medium length and totally lushious. Can't see that a blend get any better than this, but then I haven't taste the 30YO.

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:06 pm

Expression - Bruichladdich 1984
Year - 1984
Age - 18yo
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - 20% Fino Sherry - 20% Oloroso Sherry - 60% Bourbon Casks / 155 of 6000
Colour - Polished Copper
Nose - Lemon to start with , Toffee and oak , hint of green fruits and a drop of sherry .
Palate - Smooth across the palate , a dry sherriness , a slight sweetness of fudge and honey ending with lemon and green fruits .
Finish - A long dry finish , sherry and toffee .
Comments - Bottled Sept 2002 . A thoroughly enjoyable Laddie that wasn't to popular at it's time of release .

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:21 pm

Expression - Berrys Own 1982 Glenlivet
Year - 1982
Age - 27yo
ABV - 52.2%
Cask / Bottle No. - Refill Sherry Butt #4340 /
Colour - Deep Amber
Nose - Huge dry sherry to start with then dark fruits , dried fruits and spices cake dough , basically yer archetype Christmas cake .
Palate - A lovely sherry taste across the palate , pretty much as the nose regarding flavours......
Finish - Long and sherry with dark fruits .
Comments - This is how a sherry cask should be , not one bit of the nasty 'S' word . Another superb selection from Berrys !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:51 pm

Expression - McGibbons Provenance 1981 Port Ellen
Year - 1981
Age - 18yo
ABV - 43%
Colour - Light Amber
Nose - No sherry nasties on the nose (always a good sign....) , spices , dried fruits , Christmas cake , slight iodine (not much) and a whiff of peat smoke.....
Palate - Smooth on the palate , good balance between the Sherry and spirit , again a touch of peat / smoke in amongst all the stuff associated with sherry .
Finish - Nice medium sherry finish with a light peatiness .
Comments - Distilled Winter 1981 , Bottled Spring 2000 , a very nice easy drinking whisky , not a bad PE , have had a lot worse......

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:57 pm

Collector57 wrote:By my calculation Gordon, the Laddie XVII should be late 80s - is that right?

Trying to think when it was bottled Nick , would have thought so though

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:01 pm

Spirit of Islay wrote:
Collector57 wrote:By my calculation Gordon, the Laddie XVII should be late 80s - is that right?

Trying to think when it was bottled Nick , would have thought so though


2004 so OK !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:16 pm

Expression - Brora OMC 1982 19yo
Year - Nov 1982
Age - 19yo
ABV - 50%
Cask / Bottle No. - Sherry Cask / 1 of 744 Bottles
Colour - Bright gold (obviously a well used cask judging by the colour)
Nose - Orange and Lemon at first , almost marmalade on toast , seashore with a whiff of peat smoke .
Palate - lightly peated orange marmalade , almost orange essence , again a hint of lemon . Really nice across the palate .
Finish - Long , orange .
Comments - Bottled Nov 2001 , a nice Brora , nowhere near an early 70's Brora but a thoroughly enjoyable dram .

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:17 pm

Collector57 wrote:Tempting to open one then :D But maybe I'll be good :angel:

Go on , go on , go on........

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:36 pm

I think that is my lot for this tasting , thoroughly enjoyed it !

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Re: The 80s (Feb 25-27, 2011)

Postby johan brugge » Mon Feb 28, 2011 9:25 pm

Hi guys. A bit later than anticipated but here's is my first 80's vintage of today.

Karuizawa 1986 60.7 % cask 7387.

Nose: spices, wood, it's a bit hot, leather, cooked ham. I really like it.
Palate: hot, some more spices, liquorice, mandarins. It get more oily with some water but in general it doesn't change much.
Finish: long, some tanins again, a bit dry and after a few minutes it gets a bit more prickly.

I really like this one. The first dram I poured wasn't all that good, but now the bottle is open for a few weeks now, it's getting better and better!


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