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I bought it last night and tasted it just now. I purchased it at Beltramo's in Menlo Park, California, at $33 US, in a screw-top 750ml bottle. http://www.beltramos.com/
My first impressions are: it doesn't seem as strong as 50% ABV. Perhaps that is an attribute. It has a complex taste that is reminiscent of The Macallan, but also a bit of back-of-the-tongue/soft palate Bowmore-10. Probably a similar perfumey note as the B-10 that does that, though it isn't as strong in the nose. There weren't any typical Islay characteristics to speak of, so this may just be a similar perfumey-ness, rather than indicative of Bowmore in the blend. The finish is nice and long, and whatever sherried malt they used (Mac?) comes through in the early moments of the finish, tapering off after a bit. I really enjoyed this one -- both neat, and lightly diluted.
These notes are somewhat primitive -- I have only tasted about two dozen malts so far, and only purchased 15 for my cabinet, so if someone with a more experienced nose and palate wishes to find the Bull and enter the ring, be my guest!
Any more 100-proof blends out there?
Slainte!! -- St.Peat
[This message has been edited by St.Peat (edited 31 August 2001).]
you should look for William Grant´s 100° Proof Superior Strength Blended. (Grant from the Balvenie and the Glenfiddich). There exists also many different bottlings of Grant´s : e.g. Family Reserve (no age), Classic (18yo)
A good opportunity to compare the 100° proof with the more regular versions.
You're results are a bit surprising. What year was the 18yo? There have been some "disappointing" years of the Mac18, especially some recent ones. But, even those less-than-stellar Mac18s have been very good when ranked against the full spectrum of single malts, including the Mac12. In fact, the Mac18 is one of my Top Ten malts. IMHO, it is richer, more complex and ultimately more satisfying the any Mac12 I have ever had. What was it about the Mac12 that made it superlative to you and the Mac18 less so?
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