April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 01, 2012 2:27 am

I've been waiting for this thread for two months now! I've got quite a few bottles that can leave my cabinet.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:45 am

First bottle to bite the dust this April for me ( it is 3 minutes past midnight as I write this) Glen Moray Classic.

Rubbing alcohol, and banana's on the nose, slight touch of lemon, with a nice hint of gelatin candy. The flavor hasn't improved much with the bottle being open, almost tastes like I imagine a lemon scented cleaner would taste, a good bit of lemon and malt, and a strong bit of alcohol. Somehow it works decently but not amazing. Finish is nearly non existent.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:28 pm

Old Pulteney 12.

Either my tastebuds are way off calibration of the month this spent on life support was not nice to this one. It has been down to at least one dram in the bottle for at least 2 weeks, and quite low for at least a month prior to that.

Typical OP on the Nose but their is a slightly more pronounced alcohol scent. Taste nice if not a little tart, and very tart going into the finish.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 01, 2012 11:44 pm

Monkey Shoulder Batch 27.

I think this improves with being open. The aroma is decidedly fruity, and honeyed. The taste and finish is quite similar, almost think an unsalted Old Pulteney, with a bit more pear.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:53 am

Eagle Rare 10 Tiffany's Wine and Spirits Kalamazoo Michigan select.

With age it lost a lot of its rough edges, and now is quite drinkable, though incredibly spiced and brown sugared. So think an amalgamation of the typical charactaristics of a bourbon rolled into one bottle. The only thing its missing is a hint of bubble gum.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:39 am

Great King Street Artists blend

Granted I only had this bottle for about a month, but it stayed fairly consistent all the way through. Perhaps picking up a bit more toasted marshmallow notes.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:23 am

Abelour Abunadh Batch 36

I swear this just keeps getting better with each pour. I am sad to see the bottle dead. Lots of dried fruit and spiced nuts. Mild taste of rubber, but there is enough else going on to distract from it. Also has a strong profile of strongly brewed malty black tea.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Fscott » Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:57 pm

Scapa 14

Nose: Chamomile and honey
Palate: Creamy, Maria biscuits, cinnamon, light ginger
Finish: Short, spicy, pleasant

One of the two or three whiskies in my collection that don't benefit from a few drops of water.

I would buy you again at that price, but I don't think you exist anymore.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:34 am

97/12 GM Glenburgie Binny's Cask number 8544.


As with a lot of sherry casks this just kept getting more and more delicious as its been open. The last dram from this bottle was so incredibly rich and flavorful, tasting almost like a chocolate, butterscotch, and caramel desert with nuts and dried fruit. Absolutely delicious so sad to see it go.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:25 am

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist.

Honestly I have had this one so sparingly I am not sure if it has gotten better or worse, all I know is it has been consistently damn tasty. One thing I will say is tonight it seems less peat driven than I remember it in the past. But still incredibly delicious, with hints of simple syrup, buttered vegetables, and a touch of vanilla.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:37 am

Evan Williams 1783.

Pretty consistent the whole way through. Although this last pour is incredibly bitter after some bourbon chicken.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby Fscott » Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:23 pm

Scapa 14

Nose: Chamomile and honey
Palate: Creamy, Maria biscuits, cinnamon, light ginger
Finish: Short, spicy, pleasant

One of the two or three whiskies in my collection that don't benefit from a few drops of water.

I would buy you again at that price, but I don't think you exist anymore.

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Aye. did you ever try the 12? It was quite good. 16 is good as well but I think I prefer the 12 and 14.



I have never even seen the 12. I once had the 16 in my basket and ended up not buying it. So many to try...

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Mon Apr 09, 2012 4:45 am

Robert Burns Blend.

Sometimes in whisky you get less than you pay for, but when you pay 20 dollars for a bottle and you get less than that, it is scary. Lots of Maraschino cherry syrup mixed with cheap vodka, and cherrios a flavor combo I really have come to associate with cheap grain whisky.

Just just not a good blend.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby whiskgeek » Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:21 am

Just emptied a Talisker 10 that had been opened, I don't know when. It seems to have lost a bit of its nuance. I had some Fresh Tal10 the other night, and detected some fruit, which I don't find in this bottle. Something's changed with the spice, too. More dominant, but not as sharp?

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:40 am

Ardmore Traditional Cask.

This bottle has continuously changed since it has been open, it went from honey with a hint of peat. To almost an Ardbeg light, like a toned down ANB. And now I am getting something quite interesting, its very sweet peat. Honey, golden raisins, and a lot of carrots, and other sweet vegetables.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sat Apr 14, 2012 3:47 am

W.L. Weller Special Reserve. Binnys Select.


A quite interesting whisky. While its cleaner and more refreshing than most bourbons, probably due to the wheat influence, and occasionally produces incredibly powerful bubble gum notes. This is by no means a bad whisky, and even though it is not expensive, I am not completely sold on this Bourbon. I may get a bottle again, but I'll write this one up as good but will get after I exhaust the other whiskys I want to try.

It has not changed much as far as I can remember in terms of flavor over the life of this bottle.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 16, 2012 11:45 pm

Glenfarclas 15yo 1989 first fill Oloroso sherry butt at 60.2 %. If you like a cask strength Speysider that has truck loads of sherry flavours and everything that comes with it, go for it. I know a lot of Belgians (Flemish and Serge Valentin) adore this one but not me. It's way too much on sherry.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:55 am

Indeed. Only 618 bottles from this cask. There are still a few bottles out there, but only a few. And it costs about 100 €.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 22, 2012 11:38 pm

Just killed my 4th or 5th bottle of Kirkland Signature Bourbon. This is also the longest a single bottle of KSB I have had has been opened, so it will show the most change I have seen from a single bottle yet.


For its price for a 1L bottle, KSB is a long standing favorite. Its always rich and flavorful, with a sizeable ABV to back it up. This is just about the only bourbon I have had yet that I occasionally get those orange cider flavors, but mostly its a heck of a lot of spices, and hints of maple syrup.

I will need to replace this bottle.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sun Apr 29, 2012 2:04 am

:dead: 95/16 SV Linkwood Cask 649 Binny's Beverage Depot. :dead:

I hate to say this about any bottle, but this one just got worse as it has been opened. When I first got it it was quite sweet, and had a very odd herbal flavor that I actually quite liked. As it aged the herb flavor subsided, and while it is still a good whisky, it now tastes quite a bit more run of the mill.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Sun Apr 29, 2012 11:23 pm

Caol Ila Moch. I'm really sad to see this one go. Bang for your buck kinda whisky!!

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:06 am

Lagavulin 12yo 5th release. Good whisky but I expected more from this one. I thought I'd be blown away by it but unfortunately that's not the case.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Mon Apr 30, 2012 12:48 am

Laphroaig 11yo 2000 The Ultimate Selection by Van Wees (sherry butt). Very powerfull and excellent stuff, but my Laphroaig 1999 Daily Dram is even better.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby AdamMY » Sat May 12, 2012 2:38 am

Compass Box Asyla.

Opened up and fulled out while the bottle was open. Earlier on it was a little bit bitter and rough, though still enjoyable. I think I would rather explore their other offerings or get another bottle of Great King Street before repurchasing Asyla, but it is not a bad whisky, just prehaps a little expensive for what it is.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Tue May 22, 2012 10:43 pm

The last bit of my Caol Ila Moch.

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Re: April 2012 Live Tasting - Spring Cleaning

Postby johan brugge » Wed May 23, 2012 11:46 am

I also finished my Brora 1981 27yo Duncan Taylor. Now that bottle has really grown on me over the last few years.


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