PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:30 pm

Ardbeg Almost There, an awesome balance of peat and fruit, a wonderful nose that promises umpteen treasures and a taste that delivers even more,I suspect that few of my drams tonight will surpass this.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 9:42 pm

Hi Gang !
Decided to start the night with a few from the back of the cupboard that normally don't get touched and aren't exactly my favourites....
First off a bottle of legendary proportions !
Expression - Ledaig Peated
Age - NAS
ABV - 42%
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - A very pungent peat , very youthful , a touch citrusy
Palate - a sweet peat but still quite spirity ,
Finish - long and a spirity finish .
Comments - the near legendary peated Ledaig , not as bad as some make out , just a tad young......

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:16 pm

Next up......
Expression - Benriach Signatory UCF "Heavily Peated"
Year - 1994
Age - 10yo
ABV - 46%
Cask / Bottle No. - Hogshead No.1644 / 48 of 425
Colour - Chardonnay Wine
Nose - light peat , pine nuts , distant chocolate , pine washing up liquid......quite mossy.....
Palate - more peated on the palate , quite lemony , not a lot else .
Finish - Long , chewy peat and lemon juice .
Comments - Dist 20/6/1994 , Bottled 10/9/2004 , Marginally better than the ledaig , would probably catch a few out in a blind tasting but still inferior to the "Kings of Peat" !

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:37 pm

An old bottle
Expression - Cadenheads Authentic Collection 1992 Longrow
Year - 1992
Age - 9yo
ABV - 57%
Cask / Bottle No. - Bourbon Hogshead / 1 of 342
Colour - Golden Syrup
Nose - Peat , very coastal (seashore / iodine) , green fruits , a little chemical.....
Palate - Peat and Liquorice , touch peppery , a sweetness to it . almost medicinal in a Fishermans Friend sort of way......
Finish - Long , peat , liquorice and seashore .
Comments - Bottled Sept 2001 , looking at the dark colour i would have said a sherry cask but it says Bourbon , must have been very active , a decent enough young Longrow .

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:57 pm

Next up , one of Raymondos....
Expression - Bladnoch 6yo "Lightly Peated"
[Age - 6yo
ABV - 58.5%
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Slight Smokiness at first , a slight peatiness that hides behind the lowland grassiness , quite citric . Vanilla and fudge .
Palate - a subtle peatiness that is nearly hidden by Vanilla , grass , green fruits and late on spices .
Finish - Long , green fruits and spicy .
Comments - This must have been a very active cask , ist fill by the tastes , actually reminds me of Glen Morays from the Society .

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:06 pm

Benromach Peat Smoke, bought this for this tasting. Quite sparse on the nose, nicely smoky on the tongue and a wee peated kick at the end. A bit "Victoria Beckham" for me though, skinny, girly and saccharine sweet.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:14 pm

A surprising rediscovery......
Expression - RoyalmileWhiskies Young Peaty Islay
Year - 1999
Age - 6yo
ABV - 61.5%
Cask / Bottle No. - / 1 of 322
Colour - Pale white Wine
Nose - Very nose hair tingling.....spirity and peaty (so it does what it says on the label....) , after a while lemon comes through .
Palate - Whoof ! peaty ! actually tastes better than it smells , wow ! Not as spirity as i would have thought , really nice peat , balanced , quite refreshing .
Finish - Not too long but peaty and citrusy .
Comments - Dist 17th Feb 1999 , bott March 2005 . A very nice drinking dram for it's strength , begs the question "where does it go wrong later in it's life ?"

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:24 pm

Big Peat 46%
Great whisky this. Very tasty. Nice to notice the older whisy in here.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:35 pm

Expression - The Ileach
ABV - 40%
Colour - An un-natural burnished Copper
Nose - a flat peatiness , not a lot else
Palate - Again a peatiness but not much else , there is a distant floralness which would make me think of one Islay Distillery.....
Finish - Gone as quick as it was there.....again a distant floralness....
Comments - this is an old batch , bought out of curiosity more than anything else , wondered why i'd left it alone for a while......ok my guess......Bowmore

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:40 pm

Ardbeg CC 1979, very little smoke but none the worse for that, vanilla and orange peel/pith. Sorry about this but it makes a wonderful burp :oops:

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sat Feb 06, 2010 11:49 pm

Expression - Dun Bheagan 8yo Islay
Age - 8yo
ABV - 43% and unchill-filtered (!?!?)
Colour - Copper
Nose - sweet fudgy peat , Lemon , eventually it becomes wet peat
Palate - definite wet peat on the palate , mossy
Finish - medium lemon and peat .
Comments - Not a bad dram (better than the Ileach...) , my guess would be a Caol Ila......

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:04 am

I have a Cunning Plan......More cunning than the cunningest Fox at the University of Cunningness.....
Expression - Blackadder Smoking Islay (2002/04)
ABV - 55%
Cask / Bottle No. - 2002-04 /
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - loads of wet peat interweaving with smoke from a fire on a beach .
Palate - Wow a mouthful of peat smoke , almost like chewing a mouthful of peat , nearly woody infact .
Finish - extremely long , peaty and smoky , touch of strong lemon right at the end .
Comments - Again does what it says on the label , as for it's origin ? my guess is again a young Caol Ila.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:19 am

Expression - Blackadder Smoking Islay (2003/05)
ABV - 55%
Cask / Bottle No. - 2003-05 /
Colour - very pale Gold
Nose - Again Very peaty , whisps of peat smoke , lemon , hint of Cocoa , slightly nose hair tingling.....
Palate - the peat sucked in my cheeks ! almost like standing over a peat fire and drawing the smoke across the palate .
Finish - Long , pungent peatiness
Comments - Again does what it says on the label , Could be a young Ardbeg but doubt it , more or likely a Caol Ila though Bowmore could come into it after the RMW one.......Not a Lagavulin !

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:21 am

Caol Ila 2000 7yo hogshead 66.7% Van Wees
c: sauternes
n: lemon sweets on a freshly tarred road, suprised this amount of alcohol doesn't irritate my nose. not sure if this says anything about my nose or the whisky.
t: sweets, peats, lemons and some cake. Peated lemoncupcake maybe
f: lemon and pepper(black).
c: young, strong and peated a great combo.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:31 am

Jura Superstition, I usually like this a lot but tonight it seems slightly wanting, I must try the Prophecy though.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:38 am

Expression - SOS 1996 Ardbeg Cask 898
Year - 1996
Age - 8yo
ABV - 51.7%
Cask / Bottle No. - 898 /
Colour - Gold
Nose - Wet peat , pine cleaner , creamy Coffee .
Palate - a typical peaty lemony Ardbeg palate .
Finish - Long peaty /slightly woody , lemon finish .
Comments - A very good Ardbeg from Spirit Of Scotland more commonly known as Gordon and Macphail , why the hell didn't they release CS Ardbegs in the UK ?
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:40 am

Talisker 175th

Talisker
175th Anniversary Limited Edition
Tar, fishing boats.
Peat, salt, yoghurt.
Wood smoke, oak, and pepper.
Sample set aside from a bottle finished months ago, this doesn't match my notes from previous tastings at all. Much more maritime and peaty than I recall, with little sweetness and a less peppery finish. Still good, just different. With time in the glass it does approach the profile I recall.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 12:49 am

Bowmore 1995 13yo 56.4% sherry butt smos
n: wax, oil, old furniture, panforte, fresh tabacco, kippers, very nice smoked fishy notes, walnut oil.
t: cooked fruits with sundried seaweeds.
f: smoked panforte
c: a suberb whisky. best Bowmore I ever had.

It really annoys me that there are so few sherried islanders for sale.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:05 am

Springbank 10

Springbank
10
Tropical fruits, slightly medicinal. Coconut, whiff of smoke.
Loads of fruit and peat.
Sweet then drying, ashy peat.
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10 Years Old
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:13 am

Celebration(undisclosed) 10yo 60.1% the whisky exchange

n: some solvent, paint, paprika, stewed apples, seashore, some kind of boiled vegetable. much later lemonade ,
t: starting with peanutsauce then suddenly extreme peatiness appaers, meat grilling, creosote, tar, cooked milk,
f: a massive bonfire.

Another fantastic sherried peated whisky.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:19 am

Expression - SOS 1993 Ardbeg Cask 1084
Year - 1993
Age - 10yo
ABV - 57.6%
Cask / Bottle No. - 1084 /
Colour - Pale Gold
Nose - Very peaty , citric (Lemon) , slight smoke .
Palate - Very citric (lemon) at first , then incredibly peaty .
Finish - Long and peaty . Also....lemon !
Comments - Dist 24/6/1993 , Bott 31/12/03 . Another nice Ardbeg , seems to be missing the other Ardbeg Traits though ( Coffee , chocolate , pine nuts etc) .

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:34 am

Laphroaig 10yo 57.1% Whiskybase bottling.

Last drop of a very sweet bourbonny Laphroaig.

Couldn't resist eating some very spicy food from the fridge. My tongue is on fire now.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:42 am

Ganga wrote:Good evening Ras. Looks like you've got some good peatiness set aside. :thumbsup:


Just getting warmed up here.
:D
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:49 am

Caol Ila 12

Caol Ila
12
Lemon, melon, sea air, gentle smoke.
Sweet melon, lemon juice, seaweed, peat.
Sweet peat, oak.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:58 am

Nikka White 43%

n: vanilla, wood, honey, oak, wax, leather, wet paper and a hint of mint.
t: peat, lemon, vanilla, fudge, some tabacco
f: lemon, fudge
c: starting to like this one more and more.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:21 am

Hello Willie,
Late where? In what timezone?

Ardbeg Corryvreckan 57.1%
n: cauliflower, burning panhandle(as I smelled tonight while cooking), this nasty burned bakelite didn't seem to go away but it did leave, very nice, stewed fruits and jams(raspberry), fresh wood, green tea, the gets fuller all the time, seashore, oysters, seashells, vanilla, more smoke after some time
t: woody, stewed apples, creosote, candy(werthers), chocolate, lapsang souchong tea with milk,
f: stewed fruits, spices.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:32 am

Willie JJ wrote:Not as late as you in your timezone Ras. :D


Comment: The front end of this dram is better than I remembered, but it just isn't following through.


aye but following through can be dangerous :wink:

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Spirit of Islay » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:34 am

Evening Doctor !
we're in the chatroom if you're interested......

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:38 am

Big Smoke 60, no finesse just a shoulder charge of Peat that dares you to call it one dimensional, lovely way to get peatrified :thumbsup:

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:46 am

Bruichladdich 3D3

Bruichladdich
Norrie Campbell Tribute Bottling
Wood smoke, vanilla.
Sweet peat, powdered sugar, lime (and maybe other green fruits I can't place).
Woody, sweet then drying.
I don't think my notes do it justice. I really like this and it isn't overly woody, just that the smoke and peat have a woody rather than vegetal or ashy quality.
Pale gold
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 2:53 am

Laphroaig 1998 61.2% "Our Fifth Birthday" bottled by Jean Boyer.
n: a gently smoked seabreeze, at first just tequilla.
t: lemonade with oysters, very pure.
f: lemon in mouth, white pepper burn on tongue, smoke all over
c: very very good.

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Ras Mazunga » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:20 am

Highland Park 20yo 1989 46% oloroso butt bottled by Van Wees
n: sweet oloroso sherry, beeswax, honey, salty, old books, this is getting better all the time,
t: marmalede, sandalwood, nutmeg, cooked fruits, leather, chocolate, praline,
f: chocolate, lemon, peppers(red and white), sushi!
c: I'm an ass if don't send an email to the shop to hold one for me.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby Holysinner » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:34 am

Ardbeg Uigeadail

Ardbeg
Uigeadail
Sherry sweetness, tar, brandy butter, ozone.
Deisel, dried fruits.
Christmas pudding with a slight burnt bitterness, drying peat.
Grand. Sample from a deceased bottle.
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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby andyt » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:39 am

Should be in bed but was led astray (a big boy did it and ran away) Supernova, nice :thumbsup:

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Re: PEAT FEST - Live Tasting - February 6, 2010

Postby dramtastic » Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:40 am

Thought I'd crack this open for the tasting.

The Cask Hakushu Heavily Peated 1993 58% White Oak #3B40573

Nose: Fairly subtle peat hangs over balanced oak, pine, varnish, then with a little time that Japanese magic of lychees and cherry blossoms breaks the surface followed by some cereal notes and earthyness. After about 20 mins some brineyness becomes apparent.

Palate: Peat of the sweet variety comes through in a big way. A lovely spice hit of cinnamon/nutmeg/salt followed by a hint of Hubba-Bubba that I've found in few Japanese whisky's mainly Yoichi. A little water brings out some chocolate.

Finish: Is held mainly on the palate with sweet peat, soft oak, and a sweet/hot spiceyness combo dominating. Water brings out the chocolate on the finish.

Not a peat monster by any stretch but an extremely well balanced and complex whisky.


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