Talisker D.E. 1998 ( distilled 1998 / bottled 2009 ) ( bottle is now empty so I better enjoy this
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.
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 !
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 !
(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 !
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 !
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.
Had a bit too much garlic and pepper paste tonight to write decent notes.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Time for dinner. I'll check back tomorrow.
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.
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?
n: citrus, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate
t: lemonade, apples, pears, some maltines, bourbon, oak
c: somehow I'm suprised this whisky doesn't taste/smell more like a bourbon. nice but a bit plain.
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.
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.
Looking forward to buy some other OP's. Would you recommend any of the other ob's too?
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