March 2008 Live Tasting

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What should distillery should we do for the March Live Tasting?

Bruichladdich
8
20%
Balvenie
21
51%
St. Magdalene/Closed Lowlanders
5
12%
Springbank
7
17%
 
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:23 pm

Oh, and when's the date for the tasting??

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby lohssanami » Sun Mar 16, 2008 9:53 am

Yes...I have not only learned a great deal since I joined Whiskymag.com, but I have also had a great time thanks to this site.

Nice job with everything, and as usual, keep up the good work.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Sun Mar 16, 2008 11:49 pm

Ganga wrote:March 29th.


Thanks Ganga!!

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Mon Mar 17, 2008 3:11 pm

Ganga wrote:Many thanks Matt for all your hard effort in contacting the distilleries. Also, it's nice to have this subforum for the Live Tasting Events. :thumbsup:

Yes, thanks for the nice new forum spot Matt, very tidy :)

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:27 am

Nice reminder Ganga thanks. I've requested from Matt and with the holiday now upon us, (Easter Thursday through Tuesday, with a few hours open on Saturday) no mail delivery probably until next week, just in time to enjoy.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:24 pm

Sweet!! I just found out yesterday that the wonderful State of Maine now has the Balvenie Trio pack available. So obviously I've ordered one for the March Tasting! (Hopefully they have it in stock). Saves me from going out to buy a bottle of the Balvenie DW, as Balvenie isn't one of the regulars in my cabinet. :D

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:40 pm

Are we on for this Friday then? If so, that should work perfectly as my mom and brother are visiting on Saturday. And the missus already has a show she wants to watch Friday night so that means we should be staying in.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:25 am

Saturday? Damn! Now, to figure out how to be sneaky while we have guests over and I'm typing away with one hand and swirling, nosing, and sipping with the other.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:58 am

Di Blasi wrote:Are we on for this Friday then? If so, that should work perfectly as my mom and brother are visiting on Saturday. And the missus already has a show she wants to watch Friday night so that means we should be staying in.
Y'Know, all you gotta do is ask and we can do a mini tasting on Friday.
:D
We can also do the Saturday if you are allowed to.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Mar 26, 2008 11:05 am

Good thinking. I'm hoping to get Matt's delivery in time, but with the long holiday here it may be delayed, we'll see.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Wed Mar 26, 2008 2:54 pm

DiBlasi:
I'll drink whatever you have on Friday if you are so inclined. I have a few Balvenies as you know, but am willing to try something different if it will help the cause.

Musky

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Matt2 » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:31 pm

Ok, took my big sack down to the post office and all the samples have gone out. Depening on what you had already you will get a :

Double Wood
Signature 12 years old (bacth 001)
Single Barrel 15 years old
Portwood 21 years old

Thanks to Balvenie / William Grant for sending the product over, and replacing the 2 Portwoods that got broken.

Sorry, but no samples to the US or Canada this time round. I really need to work how to do it legally and without it costing £50 in postage.... Got some ideas and will get it sorted...

Looking forward to a good session on Saturday. :thumbsup:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Mar 26, 2008 4:36 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:DiBlasi:
I'll drink whatever you have on Friday if you are so inclined. I have a few Balvenies as you know, but am willing to try something different if it will help the cause.

Musky


Thanks Musky, we can see how it goes, figure it out in a few days. Cause now it seems I do have something going but hopefully in the early part of the evening. Let's be in touch....

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:25 pm

Thanks again Matt!! And thanks also to Balvenie / William Grant too!! :D :thumbsup:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby woodhill » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:47 pm

Thanks a Million Matt!

Looking forward to that Signature and the 21yo :P

Should be a great evening!


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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Matt2 » Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:25 pm

mikeymad wrote:if there is a rep over here that could breakdown a bottle and just ship some samples around


Exactly what I was thinking, and thank you for offering your services :wink: :D

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby SoMK » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:55 pm

I got mine today ! :D That single barrel looks really interesting .. and the Signature 12 has a beautiful colour imho... Many thanks Matt !

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:20 pm

My Balvenie Trio pack came in today! Just in time. So I'll be around Saturday at some point for the tasting, looking forward to it!! :D :D

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby woodhill » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:33 pm

Matt :thumbsup:

Cheers. My parcel was also waiting when i got home.

Thanks - very excited to taste them. ( hope i can wait till then)

Is the Signature available anywhere? or is this the first taste?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ryguy » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:34 pm

Willie JJ wrote:Mine came too :D . Thanks Matt. This will be fun.


Willie, I actually had to order mine locally. It was only $15.99 at my local store. Matt was unable to send samples to the U.S. or Canada this time around. Maybe next time! :D

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Deactivated Member » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:37 pm

Mine too!

With Sig 12 and Port 21!

Thanks, Matt!

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:43 pm

Nothing for me. I'll check if the postie looks hungover tomorrow morning :(

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby arkle » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:51 pm

Mine was waiting when I got home, the family asked why was I sent urine samples in the post! Looking forward to my first live tasting with you all. Thanks Matt.(p.s I believe urine tasting is quite good too :wink: ,now theres a thought..........! :shock:

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ras Mazunga » Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:38 pm

I'm stuck to the mailbox for 4 days now, :roll:
No samples... yet

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby TreacleSponge » Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:33 pm

Big thanks to lovely Matt and lovely Balvenie. My lovely postie brought my lovely samples today. Really looking forward to tomorrow :D

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Di Blasi » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:09 pm

Gonna run out and check the mail now! Hope to have mine cause maybe a little tasting tonight is possible, (Musky, anyone else?) Fingers crossed!

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:17 pm

Di Blasi wrote:Gonna run out and check the mail now! Hope to have mine cause maybe a little tasting tonight is possible, (Musky, anyone else?) Fingers crossed!

I'm here.

Seems that I have to leave tomorrow for the city and will miss the Saturday tasting! The flight to Faro leaves early Sunday and we don't want to risk getting caught in a snowstorm driving up on Sunday so are going up a day early.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:33 pm

Whaddaya got?

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:49 pm

Highland Park 12 yo
should we try "tasting notes" again?
Naw!
Nose: Honey, heather, I sense a sweetness like bananas as well
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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 10:54 pm

Older bottling that's been around for a year or so. There is a new one dow in the lair, already opened, 'though.

Hang on a mo.

Musky
oh darn, it's an 18.

Oh well....
Highland Park 18 yo (New bottle)
Colour: Pale yellow, not as deep and red as the 12 yo old botling.
Nose: Light grassy but with a powerful undercurrent of spice and alcohol coming to the fore.
Palate: Warm, definite fiery spice and peat notes along with a sweetness that is delightful
Finish: Long warming and getting more pronounced and sweet as the finish goes on. A definite tingle on the lips that hangs around as well.
Comment: Really surprised at how I enjoy this bottle. I always lean towards an Islay lately when looking for a dram. I shouldn't overlook the Island offerings.

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:08 pm

Muskrat Portage wrote:Highland Park 12 yo
should we try "tasting notes" again?
Naw!
Nose: Honey, heather, I sense a sweetness like bananas as well

Colour: a deeper reddish gold than the 18.
Nose: Definitely honey in there as well as the heather. And close as I can come in that final note is still bananas.
Palate: Honey, sweetness from sherry notes, malt surfaces after a bit and a hint of saltiness, not overbearing 'though, very subtle. Apples, Ganga? Maybe that's the sweetness I can't describe... yes maybe a crisp winter spy.
Finish: Nice long and low, but there's a cereal flavour in the finish, somewhat like wheatabix. Odd I'd not noticed that before. Warms the belly and a gentle feeling of warmth infuses the body. What a pleasing little dram!
Musky

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:14 pm

I wonder if we drink too much sometimes. Now we both taste bananas in our whisky!

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:21 pm

Ganga:
Yes, we'd done a taste sampling with glassware last ear and found that somewhiskies tastes are better rponounced in different glasses than others. I've yet to sit and work it out as yet. It would be an interesting weekend experiment to try.

Mrs Musky is ready to go out for supper so I must beg leave. Have a good time at the Live Tasting tomorrow. I head ot tomorrow for Winnipeg as we fly out early Sunday morning to Faro.

Hold down the fort for me okay?

Peter

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Muskrat Portage » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:26 pm

Thank you Ganga.

Musky has left the building...

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Re: March 2008 Live Tasting

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:13 pm

Samples arrived. SB and Signature 12. Very interesting. :D
Going to the store now to get a 10yo.

What time do we start?


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