The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Your tastes and our tastes are discussed here, so make sure you share your pleasures with us.
MoreDalmore
Bronze Member
Posts: 138
Joined: Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:37 pm
Location: The Netherlands

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby MoreDalmore » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:27 pm

I'll put an end to the questionable status of 1998 with this :

Talisker D.E. 1998 ( distilled 1998 / bottled 2009 ) ( bottle is now empty so I better enjoy this :P

Nose : some peppery caramel fudge with a touch of peat smoke
Palate : quite smooth to start with raisins and some caramel but quickly the peatsmoke and well known peppery attack start to build. From an earlier tasting last week I remember also clear soft choclate fudge when you add a few drops of water and leave the glass alone for 5 to 10 minutes.
Finish : The pepper coats the mouth well and stays a long time.

User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
Posts: 2541
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:06 pm

1990 Ardbeg Limited Edition Caskstrength (Distillery and Japan only) 55%

Bottled in 2004 , Pale gold in colour , very sweet peat on the nose , lingering smoke with lemon and creamy coffee . Incredibly peaty and smoky on the palate , again with lemon and slightly bitter chocolate . it flows across the mouth wonderfully giving the feeling of being thick and chewy .
The finish is long with Creamy coffee , chocolate and peat with a twist of lemon .
A wonderful Ardbeg that led the way for the later 1990 Beists !

User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
Posts: 2541
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:24 pm

Murray McDavid 1991 Ardbeg Cask MM426 46% (Bottled 2004)

Pale Straw in Colour , it is really lemony on the nose at first , pine nuts come along next with the peat eventually coming through . Quite fresh as well . The palate is well balanced with the usual Ardbeg peat , lemon , cream , coffee and chocolate . the finish is medium to long with a lemon - peat tang .
Overall it's a bit more reserved than a younger Ardbeg but not as relaxed as an older one . Still very good !

User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
Posts: 2541
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Mar 25, 2011 8:49 pm

Straight from the Cask 1992 Ardbeg Cask 424 56.7%
(for M du W dist 19 Mar 1992 , Bott 15 Aug 2002)

Pale straw in colour , quite pungent on the nose , very peaty , with a touch of lemon and a distant touch of creamy fudge with coffee . Strong on the palate , another one where it's lemony peat , very lemony....... which kind of makes it quite refreshing ! The finish is long , sweet peat , with lemon and a hint of cocoa .
A very nice Ardbeg , strong but very refreshing !

User avatar
Spirit of Islay
Triple Gold Member
Posts: 2541
Joined: Sat Dec 14, 2002 2:01 am
Location: Usually somewhere with Whisky......
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Spirit of Islay » Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:14 pm

Cadenheads 1993 Ardbeg from a Sherry Hogshead . 58.6%

Pale Amber in colour , an incredible sherry mentholiness on the nose , mint humbugs and peat . A refreshing change from ex-bourbon casks , well balanced and no nasties on the nose . The palate is just as good as the fantastic nose , hot peppermint with peat , again good balance across the palate between the peat and the sherry and not a sign of the nasty 'S' word .
Finish is peaty , actually has a citric touch as well . A cracking Ardbeg !

User avatar
Swedish Chef
Double Gold Member
Posts: 1237
Joined: Thu Oct 09, 2008 2:16 pm
Location: Åmål, Sweden

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Swedish Chef » Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:52 pm

Can't have any whisky now, so here's a rerun.

The Cask of Yamazaki 1990 Sherry Butt #0N70646 61%.

N: Intense dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramelised sugar, oak, banana, papaya (and other tropical fruits),raspberries, coconut, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, vanilla and eucalyptus.

P: Dark chocolate, caramalised sugar, raspberry, mint, tropical fruits wood and nuts.

F: Long. First sweet with eucalyptus and fruits, then more intense dark chocolate, wood, pecan and walnuts.

If I scored my drams this would be in the high 90's, best whisky I've had. :thumbsup:

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:21 am

Good evening. :)
Had a bit too much garlic and pepper paste tonight to write decent notes. :mrgreen:
Cragganmore 1991-2010 52.8% Bladnoch
n: sweet, vanilla, round, fruits, fruit blossoms?
t: fresh, citrussy, wood mingled with malty notes.
f: citrus with red pepper. good finish pleasant firey feeling. anis too.
c: I'm having trouble finfding the right words to describe the taste here. Very good whisky imo. Normally it tastes more malty if I remember well.

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 26, 2011 12:51 am

Highland Park 1991-2008 Signatory UC-collection 46%
n: wet leather, fruits, panforte, grand marnier(a lot), marmelade
t: wet paper soon changing to fruits then grand marnier, marmelade
f: marmelade, too short...
c: this was the last dram from the bottle. I used to rate this whisky very high, at this moment I seem to like it a lot less. maybe because it was the last drop.
:dead:

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:18 am

:P

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:38 am

Old Pulteney 1998 57.9% G&M Reserve selected by Van Wees ref. sherry hh.
Quiet a lot of sherry and peat, nice. :D

Fscott
New member
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:17 pm

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Fscott » Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:54 pm

Well, I couldn't participate last month, as I don't have any bottles from the 80s. But the 90s, that's a different story. I grew up in Seattle, where grunge ruled and where one differentiated between dress flannel and casual flannel. Ah the 90s...

The Unchillfiltered Cask Selection 9yo Clynelish (46%). Distilled 2nd February, 1999

Nose: Pear, lemon zest, hint of smoke
Palate: Green apple, cinnamon heat, creme brulee sugar
Finish: Whiff of green smoke. Long, pleasant

One of my favorite bottles.

Fscott
New member
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:17 pm

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Fscott » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:21 pm

This next one goes way back. Milli Vanilli, Vanilla Ice and The New Kids on the Block ruled the airwaves...

Signatory Vintage Tormore 1990 19yo
Distilled 4th April, 1990. Matured in Hogsheads. Natural color.

Color: White dessert wine
Nose: Marzipan, oranges, alfalfa hay
Palate: Velvety, savory, candied almonds
Finish: Rich, smooth

Fscott
New member
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:17 pm

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Fscott » Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:59 pm

If a man sips a dram in an empty forum, do his notes make a noise?

Balblair 1990. Distilled 1990, bottled 2008. 46%

Nose: Jelly beans, flowers, lemon furniture polish
Palate: Hot, peppery, floral
Finish: Pop rocks, buttered popcorn, long, spicy

This one takes a while to open up. It's a tricky one to pin down.

Fscott
New member
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:17 pm

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Fscott » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:32 pm

Last one for now.

The Un-Chillfiltered Collection Signatory Vintage 1992 Auchentoshan
Distilled 18-05-1992; Bottled 19-07-2007
Matured in Bourbon Barrel. 46%

Nose: Flowers, cream, dry grass, red licorice
Palate: Black pepper, toffee, oatmeal cookie
Finish: Short

Time for dinner. I'll check back tomorrow.
Happy tasting

Fscott
New member
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:17 pm

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Fscott » Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:38 pm

Glen Elgin 12 is one of my daily drams. Unfortunately, it's the only expression I've ever seen here. Sounds like a good one, C57.

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:30 am

Glen Scotia 1992 16yo 52.1% Creative whisky company
n: spirity, glue(bison kit), acetone, white pepper, sherry notes appaer, wet grass, dirty water, time for drinking I guess. after some water more notes of fruits.
t: same as the nose with some rubber notes too. after water taste of plums?
f: not too bad after the taste.

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 27, 2011 1:49 am

Imperial 1997 61.6% ff sherry G&M.
Tasty whisky to say the least. :thumbsup:

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:10 am

Putrid is the right word I found out after looking it up.
I'm sure it will never be a bison's favourite, not enough grassy notes.

:)

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 27, 2011 2:38 am

Goodnight Willie.
I'm going too.

User avatar
Muskrat Portage
Triple Gold Member
Posts: 2482
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 12:47 am
Location: Jan says the North Pole, Ontario, Canada

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Mar 27, 2011 5:46 am

I just got home from a tasting - 15 yo Glen mo, which counts as the 90s. Very good no tasting notes. Too much whisky in too short a time.

Musky

User avatar
Muskrat Portage
Triple Gold Member
Posts: 2482
Joined: Mon Jul 18, 2005 12:47 am
Location: Jan says the North Pole, Ontario, Canada

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Muskrat Portage » Sun Mar 27, 2011 4:02 pm

:lol:

User avatar
dramtastic
Cask Strength Gold Member
Posts: 3476
Joined: Tue Jan 20, 2009 9:07 am

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby dramtastic » Sun Mar 27, 2011 7:39 pm

pkt77242 wrote:Back with 1-2 more whiskies.

Signatory CS Rosebank 1990 15yo cask 1509

N: lemon, vanilla, creme brulee, and grass. A little lemongrass, cooking spices and white pepper.
P: lemon yogurt, vanilla, grass, sugar and white pepper.
F: Medium long on lemon, vanilla, and white pepper. a little lemon is there but doesn't really show up till the very end.

A very nice Rosebank. I could drink this all day long.


Certainly sounds like a Rosebank, and I haven't met a Rosebank I didn't like.
Is this one of the most consistantly good distilleries of all time of what?

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 27, 2011 10:57 pm

Glen Elgin 1996 46% 12yo Virgin oak barrel Van Wees.
n: citrus, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate
t: lemonade, apples, pears, some maltines, bourbon, oak
f: citrus
c: somehow I'm suprised this whisky doesn't taste/smell more like a bourbon. nice but a bit plain.

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Mar 27, 2011 11:45 pm

Good evening Sean and Willie. :-)

Glenfiddich 15 51%
I guess this whisky was casked somewhere in the nineties.
It's really wonderful whisky. Don't know if it's better than the regular strength version but it's damn good.
No need to write note yet, I've almost got a liter to go. :coffee:

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:45 am

I'm back. Never left but maintenance to the connection kicks me offline all the time.
Old Pulteney 1998 57.9% ref. sherry hh G&M Reserve Van Wees May 2010
A very good, definiently above average kinda whisky. The only problem is before I can write a note my glass is empty again...
n: maritime, the sherry has a nice influence on the smoke, shells, sea sand, peat, fruits like mango, more peat, :-)
t: a fantastic sherry sweetnes very well balanced with peat taste.
f: like a fresh winter sea breeze
c: 90+ points for sure.

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:52 am

pkt77242 wrote:I talked myself into one more before taking a break as Willie is still going strong


That's the spirit! :thumbsup:

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:00 am

I'm very new to Old Pulteney. Opened my first 12yo ob last week and a few days ago this cracker that I tasted last week at a tasting. I was convinced right away the G&M bottling is something special.
Looking forward to buy some other OP's. Would you recommend any of the other ob's too?

Ras Mazunga
Gold Member
Posts: 693
Joined: Fri Jan 25, 2008 6:17 pm
Location: Nederland
Contact:

Re: The 90's Tasting (March 25-27th)

Postby Ras Mazunga » Mon Mar 28, 2011 1:05 am

Ok, I'll go for that one then.
Thanks.


Return to “Whisky Tastings”



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 1 guest