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Just returned from the Port Charlotte Hotel after a Pint of Angus Og , A Bunna peated duty free thingy (can't remember name.... Cranach Mhore ?) and a PC8 .
Now on the Airigh Nam Beist......Slainte !
Ganga wrote:Suntory Shinanoya
Gota Corta Cask
Distilled: 1999 so bottled 2008 or 09
Nose: cinnamon, cherries jubilee, pecan pie
Palate: bing cherries, cinnamon, bread notes, plum wine
Finish: big, cherry pie
Hate to be picky but that's Bota Corta Cask
Nose: Grape juice, cereals, wax
Palate: floral, grapefruit, musky
Finish: fades fast, medicinal aftertaste
Balvenie 21yo Port finish it ain't. I have a love/hate relationship with this one. Once in a while it's really enjoyable, often it is so-so.
Nose: Orange liquor, kumquats, sherry
Palate: Maple syrup, hint of wood must (not unpleasantly so)
Finish: Wood, dark chocolate, smooth
Wow. As I was saying in another thread, this was a birthday present from my wife. (71 is my year). Pleasurable on many levels to be drinking one so old.
Arran Lepanto PX
Nose: Vanilla, pepper, lemon peel shavings
Palate: huge black pepper hit, vanilla, butterscotch
Finish: start big but fades quickly, peppery sweetness.
Sounds interesting, Ganga. Is it double finished in Lepanto and Pedro Ximenez?
Nose: Burnt plastic at first (not very pleasant) but after breathing for about 15 minutes it becomes very different. It's all about softly peated fruity sherry with a maritime touch. That about covers it all. Really nice.
Palate: The flavours of the nose seem to continue in the palate. There is much more peat than you would expect from a Bowmore. The sherry stays on the background but it gives a very nice touch to the palate. I really love it!
Finish: sweet sherry and gentle peat that lasts and lasts.
Brilliant whisky. So far the best Bowmore I've had.
Nose: Hot and sweet. Ripe bananas. With water: more spicy and some anise too.
Palate: Hot yet sweet again. With water it's like a totally different whisky now. Much tastier. More spices and herbs, sweet fruit. It become more oily too.
Finish: Very warming and long with (again) spices on the background as well as a touch of mint.
It reminds me of a strong Nikka from the barrel and that can't be bad, right?
Nose: Very soft, very sweet with lots of ripe fruit and a little waxy/varnish kind of smell (but not bothering at all !). After a few minutes it becomes somewhat sourish. With water: same as first but I pick up more overripe bananas now.
Palate: Again a lot of very sweet fruit. It reminds me of my late Bunnahabhain 1973 TWA. It's a very delicate whisky with a firm body. With water it becomes a bit more peppery but for the rest it stays the same. I think it's much better without the water.
Finish: Long and sweet.
I you let this one breath for about 30 minutes it becomes really amazing.
Nose: First impression was wax and varnish. Hot, slightly sweetish but the varnish is too dominant. After some breathing I pick up a vague scent of nuts but that's about it. Even water doesn't change much.
Palate: Wohoow. Sherry, and lots of it. Hot pepper, very sweet (honey if you ask me), slightly fruity. This one is a good swimmer. It becomes much better now. Less pepper and more sherry influences. And again some wallnuts but very briefly. It's gone very fast.
Finish: long, peppery and sweet. With water it's better: even longer and sweeter.
Nose: From the moment this whisky is in my glass I can smell vintage port or something like that. After about 20 minutes of breathing I pick up burnt brown sugar and coffee. It's the very first time that I can smell coffee in my whisky. It disappears quickly though when I twirl the whisky in my glass a bit. When I stop doing that I can smell dry raisins and again this coffee.
Pallate: Hmmm. Love it already. Clearly sherry. Raisins (again) and a whiff of coffee. Very good!
Finish: Prickly, sweet, long. Slightly bitter like I drank the last drop of very strong espresso.
This is a very very good HP IMHO.
Highland Park 20 yo MWBH, 51.2%. Nice one, though not overly impressed by it, lacks a bit of depth, power and complexity.
And one disqualified high octane whisky:
G&M CS Glen Mhor 66.7% 15yo 1979/1995.
Nose: Malty, fruity (pear) and some minerals too. It makes me think of a Lowland whisky but then the minerals make you doubt. It's very nice for such a young whisky.
Palate: Tasty. Pretty much the same as in the nose. Again it's very well done. It tastes more like a Longrow now. Nice.
Finish: Rather short with some minerals and maltiness.
Like I said earlier, not bad at all for such a young whisky. If you didn't know it's only 5yo you'd say it's a 10yo.
Nose: Very smokey and peaty. Earthiness too (if that's a way of describing it). Seaweedy. With water: just beautifull !!! The peat, smoke and the sherry are perfectly balanced. Magnificent!
Palate: It's a very oily kind of whisky. Lots of peat, gentle smoke, brine, saltiness too. All of that coated with these delicate sherry flavours. This is a beauty!!
Finish: Just like all of the above. Long, salty, peppery, ... It doesn't stop.
This one's worth every Euro. Money very very well spent if I may say so.
Nose: Peaches and apricot. Grassy, salty and little or no smoke.
Palate: Peat, pepper and green tea. Very special! This is the first time I've tasted green tea in a whisky. Well balanced.
Finish: Long, dry, salty, peppery and again this green tea.
I really love this one! Along with my Bowmore 1991 DR the best Bowmores I've had until now. And this SV cost me only 56 € or so. Value for money.
Nose: Lovely, peat, minerals, wet grass and fruit.
Palate: Malty like a good Lowland whisky. Peat and fruit stay more in the background now. With a few drops of water it changes for the better. Delicious! Pleasantly complex with more peat than in the nose.
Finish: Some pepper, slightly peaty and smoky. Citurs after a while but not a lot of it.
Really a nice, soft Laddie.
Nose: Soft, wet moss, grassy, peat. Very good. With water: more smoke and ashes and something strange like burnt plastic.
Palate: Very direct with lots of peat, smoke, BBQ, prickly, silky too. I've added a few drops of water but it's better without it.
Finish: Clean, salty and peaty. When there was water added I tasted more smoke.
This is a very nice surprise and highly drinkable even at 50 %!
Ganga wrote:providing such interesting drams for us to drool over.
My pleasure. A lot of the tasting notes I've posted are about 2 months old. I swapped samples with I_SPEY early this year and he only sent me non peated whiskies, and they were all brilliant.
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