Perhaps you expected one thing, but were confronted by something totally unexpected.
I ask after trying a specific dram last night for the first time. I expected something light, something slightly different, but was confronted with something very unusual. Something I can't quite put my finger on yet, so I will re-visit the same dram later this evening and post my tasting notes and opinion.
However, I will say what the dram was: Bruichladdich Rocks.
My first impression of this whisky caused me to start this discussion. I was obviously influenced by all the publicity surrounding this one when it was released and I expected something wishy-washy and only fit to have ice and / or water added.
Anyway, I still find the 'Rocks' rather surprising.
Colour; very light and pale with a very slight coppery tint.
My initial impression of the nose was somewhere between shoe leather and factory floor. I just couldn't sense anything else coming from this dram.
The first taste was then another complete surprise, as it was light but very spicy. Almost black pepper.
The tingling remained on my palate fro some time, but when it cleared this turned into an aftertaste of licorice. The licorice was still present after some minutes.
That was my initial reaction and I just couldn't get away from that impression from the nose.
So, tonight I re-visit the Laddie Rocks. First time around I used a less than perfect glass. One of those Bowmore thistle shaped small tumblers.
Tonight, an Ardbeg tulip glass.
Here you now have a live tasting on the forum:
Nose; Definitely a slight hint of licorice, a very slight antiseptic aroma, some floral notes and something creamy that I can't quite put my finger on, but may almost be mango or papaya.
Taste; Spicy licorice with a lingering licorice aftertaste.
Hmmmmmm, this really does qualify as a 'strange' malt in so far as it has not been what I expected.
Put some pennies in your mouth and drink some whisk(e)y -- that'll approximate the senstation. The copper from those 'fabled' pot stills will be the prominent taste.
Funny thing is, if you take equal parts of Heaven Hill's new Bernheim Wheat Whiskey and a straight rye -- try either Van Winkle or the new, younger Sazerac -- you get a very fine four-grain vatting. So, you can see what WR was shooting for. Boy, did they miss, though!
les taylor wrote:haven't tried it yet but bought a bottle of thai whiskey in a little town 50 miles out of bangkok cost me the equivalent of £2. thats a deal.
Hopefully les will soon let us know what it really means to Thai one on.
The strangest malt I've had is a Connoisseur's Choice Littlemill, experienced last year at the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. (I think I mistakenly referred to it recently as a MacPhail's Collection.) I described it thus in MF2MoG (Whisky Chat):
I try a few things; the one that really stands out is the Littlemill, which I order out of sheer perversity. It is indeed a unique experience. Imagine a fairly nice but undistinctive malt; add a few drops of turpentine. Now store the malt inside one of your car's tires and drive for a week or two in very hot weather. There you have it...the worst whisky I've ever had, by far. It ruins the subsequent Clynelish, as well, even with a pint in between.
It seems to me that for most people, their strangest whisky will also be their worst. It might be worth asking also what the strangest whisky is that you've actually liked. And off the top of my head, I'd say a 1973 Bruichladdich that tasted to me for all the world like a really nice calvados. If Joe (Thirstin') Howell still has a bottle of it next time I'm in Boston, I'm going to have a hard time resisting it, despite the price tag.
TNbourbon wrote:Funny thing is, if you take equal parts of Heaven Hill's new Bernheim Wheat Whiskey and a straight rye -- try either Van Winkle or the new, younger Sazerac -- you get a very fine four-grain vatting. So, you can see what WR was shooting for. Boy, did they miss, though!
Tim, that's a great idea...I have a bottle of Bernheim, and think I may have a rye mini from Michter's somewhere. I'll give it a try...
lexkraai wrote:My strangest whisky, without a shadow of a doubt: Laotian Snake Whisky. It's got 2 young cobras in the bottle ..... Picture and tasting notes here: http://www.celticmalts.com/edge.htm (scroll down to the May 1, 2003 entry)
Isn't that what gives Loch Du its colour?
WhiskyHammer wrote:After my second tasting of Bruichladdich Rocks I would say that yes, I quite like this one.
But I admit that was not my thought after my first tasting.
It obviously pays to persevere.
What colour is your Bruicladdich Rocks.
I bought some for my mum and it was very pale. I bought some for myself, about 4 months later, and it was quite red, as if being finished ruby in port pipes.
This is a remarkable whisky, it promises nothing, but delivers plenty, albeit all unexpectedly.
My third tasting today was completely different to the previous two days, so I think I will now leave it alone for few weeks to see what changes it produces.
WhiskyHammer wrote:My Laddie Rocks is extremely pale, it has a slight copper colour and after all the previous remarks I have read elsewhere about it being quite insignificant, I now beg to differ.
Whoever said it's insignificant is mental. It's the best Bruichladdich by miles, unless you buy a very old one, and it's well ahead of the 10 year old.
Check your local stockist and get as much of the pale stuff as you can afford because the red stuff isn't a patch on it.
Even the "Mekong(?)" whisky in Thailand can't beat the taste of the Loch Dhu, actually "Mekong" is said to be drinkable (or even good) with Cola. But I'm not sure how small portion of "Mekong" should be in that drink ... If you like moonshine though, you like "Mekong", there is the same metallic and white spirit off-flavour (tinge?) existing.
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