N:Very sherry nose at first , spices , dried fruit , apples , ozone , slight iodine , smoke .
P:again a touch peppery , really nice mouthfeel , coats the tongue beautifully , a nice sweetness .
F: Long , Sweet , slightly Peppery.
C: Another of my top 3 PE's (unfortunately i don't have my No.1 open , the TWS PE from 1978) , Again if only......
Nose: Mint, vanilla fudge, seashells, ashy peat
Palate: Dusty, then fresh green twigs, sweet liquorice root, lots of heat before adding any water
Finish: Spicy, ginger powder then the smoke dominates.
Big and bold. Quite hot, too peppery for me without water, but I'm enjoying it a lot now it's mellowed after a little while.
Just got in, better late than never!
I'm going to go do the tasting in order of the lowest alc vol%.
McGibbons Provence 19yo 1982-2001 43%
N. Sea air then some sweet malt.
T. Starts quite slowly, distant peat - starts to get hot then some white wine/citrus.
F. Citrus winey fading into slight oak & smoke.
N: Tar , pepper , again apples and a touch Lemon .
P: Peppery , Apple and Custard , Creme brulee .
F: Long , slightly peppery .
C: Must say this is better than what i remembered , still not as good as the Sigs though.
Nose: Lemon with some peat and a hint of cinnamon, almost like those flavored toothpicks, just not as strong. On nosing just before tasting, I get light minty tones.
Taste: Touch of pepper, some sweet peat, and the lemon is fading.
Finish: Medium finish here, and it seems to have some sweet pepper on the tongue for a bit.
N: needs water to unravel, fatty, phenolic, scardey cat plant, burnt fudge,
P: violets in bloom, bitter oranges, rather sharp, vegetable peat
F: citrusy, metal, peat, medium lenght
C:A good expression, but some of the independent bottlings are not onlly similar in style, but also at least equal in quality
n: smoky, almonds, gets fuller after breathing and more woody: cigar boxes.
t: salted fruits, fudge, fresh tobacco, milk
f: fresh red pepper for a moment.
c: a nice one. I might start to learn something about older peated whiskies tonight.
Nose Germolene, vanilla and sweet candy. Gentle.
Taste Lovely sweetness comes through the middle with the iodine/germolene down the side. Bubbles nicely on the tongue. A real treat.
Finish More of the same. Medium length finish with the sweetness lingering. Delicious.
Comment I bought this one from the Grill pub in Aberdeen last night (£13.20 for 25ml measure) - pleased that I did. It is my favourite of the evening, similar to PE 24/25yo 46% Berry Brothers 1982 2007 #2469 (which I received from Ras). I'm going to wallow in this for a while. Reminds me of the Queen of the Moorlands Rare Cask Bruichladdich 1991 (Anniversary Bottling) - which I have finished because it was so good.
N: This one is really tarry , peat ? .
P: Aniseedie , touch pepper , old Black bullets ? peppermint ?
F: Long , licorice .
C: very strange PE after the others , can't quite work out wheter i like it or not......
n: winey, leather, almost like it is finished... cooked fruits appaer, panforte. some smoke and later the wood gets stronger.
t: lemon, tea, a bit thin
f: first just lemon later a mouthfilling old whisky sensation. a little camphor appaers.
c: great nose and finish only the taste is lacking. very nice finish.
Nose: I get some bread and a slight "Wine ace'd presence" here. Spicy sweetness.
Taste: Dry chocolate and a little oil with a bit of a wine aftertaste.
Finish: Short finish, "wine" is gone with slight pepper.
Though I don't usually like "wine" tastes, this one wasn't bad.
N: Tar , pepper , Christmas Cake , spices .
P: The old Christmas cake in a bottle to start with , crikey the spirits strong..... well balanced though , slight peat .
F: Long , spicy , peppery .
C: Cracking PE either No.3 or 4 in my list , mind you this has got to be the best bargain of any PE .
Nose. Light, but dry and smokey with a touch of sweetness following through.
Palate. A much stonger taste of smoke with a hint of seaweed and iodine - medicinal?
Finish. Smoother than expected (yet my tongue tingles). Peat remains there, with a touch of grainstore.
Very pleasant dram. Thank you Willie
n: cereals, fruits, the smoke seems to come later with a lot of oak
t: less salty, oranges a bit winey again. later fuller oranges: marmelade. a little yeast. anisseed and some fudge
f: smoky, drying, wood
I start to wonder if my notes make any sense since my nose is partily blocked due to a bad cold. (Can't smell a farmyard in here, and I miss that)
Nose Poured it a while ago and then enjoyed the 6th release for a bit longer. With a bit more time it has opened up slightly. It is quite sweet, with a touch of vanilla balanced by some oaky dryness/astringency.
Taste Sweet on one hand and wood astringency on the other, this really plays tricks with the two dimensions.
Finish Rather short, with sweetness first and the dry oak having the final word.
Comment A good whisky, well worth trying.
Nose: Oranges truffles and a bit of smoke...
Taste: This is a bit creamy with some chocolate undertones and an oily stickiness.
Finish: Definitely a sweeter PE than the others, and the finish is fairly short.
N: Heavily Sherried , burn't matches , Mint humbugs , the nasty sherried bits dominate unfortunately........
P: Very strong Spirit , with water it tastes better , peppery but the sherry burst through it , mint humbugs , still a wee bit of sulphur but not a lot .
F: Long , sherry , humbugs .
C: Shame this is spoiled by the nose , though this has settled down a lot since i opened it .
Nose. Lightly smoked with a touch of peat. I have a whiff of fruit - i think.
Palate. More smoke here and lightly peated.
Finish. Very short in comparison to other PEs. Limited peat or smoke, slightly disappointing in that it has a limited finish and yet, remains citrusy. Unexpected, but not surprising i suppose for a 10 yo.
Nose Sweet with a lot of peat and vanilla. Very nice.
Taste Sweet, with the peat making itself known early on, slightly metallic but it all hangs together well
Finish Spices, smooth, gentle, lingers on for a while, slight dryness at the end but the peat and smoke has the final say.
Comment I really enjoyed this one.
Time to fetch the samples and set things up.
Let's stay on topic now:
PE 3rd 57.3% 24yo 2003
n: peated, malt, heavy, later honey ans some vanilla
t: peat, creosote. coal, resin, medicinal, anchovis
f: long enough but surely solid
c: this is the most full right in your face kabang whisky sofar. Maybe not so subtle but excellent full of taste.
Update on the Bladnoch one butt 2036: starting to smell like soya sauce. Very nice!
Nose: Very floral like toilet water. (No, not water from a toilet. Toilet water!)
Palate: Surprisingly light on its feet. Hint of gum base... Sorta winey... Unusual sweetness to it. My first PE, expected more peat or smoke.
Finish: Finish a bit on the shortish side with a weird aftertaste. Can't place it. Medicinal to be sure.
Nose: Floral like the Sig but with more depth and character. Spirit/alcohol also more prominent. Upon standing, caramel and vanilla come out. Very nice.
Palate: Bigger and sweeter than the Sig. Alcohol fills the entire mouth. Hot.
Finish: Very hot and peppery but not in the way a Talisker is peppery... That characteristic overwhelms everything else.
Nose is surely the best part of this dram but not sure I like it enough overall...
N. Smoke & oak
T. Quite strong.. peat then oak, spice & honey, salt.
F. Lingering spice & fading peaty oak.
For me a very good IB PE. Think i will have a few more drams of this.
Nose. Peat, moss and a touch of citrus. Light sense of seaweed as well.
Palate. Deeper smoke and a more medicinal almost TCP-like taste.
Finish. Peat again and burnt wood. A long flavour with smoke and an earthy afternote.
Nose. Grain store and a touch of saddle soap.
Palate. Cigar Box (not the cigars!), walnuts and again the grainstore.
Finish. Fresh soaped tack and a bit of ashwood smoke.
Nose. faint smoke.
Palate. Initially unripe gooseberries and then pears. Then sweet molasses, nuts and leather. Plenty of smoke.
Must leave now though, as am on the 3am feed. The little one may not be too appreciative of too much peat when i breathe on her!!!
Thanks to all. I shall read the rest of the notes tomorrow.
I tasted seven rather good to exquisite expressions of PE. Any more would have made no sense in my opinion.
Thanks to everybody for their interesing tasting notes.
Port Ellen 22yo 1979 Signatory Vintage cask #5537 43%
Nose; Light sherry, melons and some smoke
Palate; Lots of sherry sweetness and peat smoke. Salty
Finish; Long and drying smoky sweetness gives way to a slightly sour taste
It's almost like chewing on sugar-coated hickory chips soaked in just enough alcohol to keep it interesting. Easily drinkable.
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