Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

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Re: Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

Postby outamyway » Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:48 am

I've been drinking the Laphroaig Quarter Cask... damn...

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Re: Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

Postby outamyway » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:20 am

Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Aroma: Smoky, Phenolic, Peaty, like smoked seaweed and charred wood.

Appearance: Clear, Golden/Copper, Legs like a 40's pin up girl.

Flavor: Green like cut grass, smoky like a sweater you wore beside a camp fire the night before, toasted nuts, slight sweetness, earth, phenols (not so much like you're drinking a bandaid but enough to notice).

Finish: The alcohol burns slightly, numbs your lips after a couple of sips, the smoky/grassy/peatiness gives way to a slightly sweet smooth long lasting pleasantness on the tongue.

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Re: Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

Postby outamyway » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:45 am

Thanks. I just noticed you are in Phoenix, my son lives in Glendale. I envy your mostly year round great weather, perfect for enjoying a few drams and a cigar at night.
Slainte! :smoke:

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Re: Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

Postby AdamMY » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:05 am

Ardbeg Airigh Nam Beist


Nose: Oranges, honey suckle, heather, and a good bit of peat, pork fat and assorted vegetable material.
Taste: Raw green vegetables, cabbage, broccoli, asparagus, hints of smoked pork fat.
Finish: quite short, hints of malt, and the dryness associated with smoke.
Balance: Quite nice.

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Re: Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

Postby AdamMY » Mon Jan 09, 2012 3:41 am

Ardbeg Uigeadal


Nose: Buttered carrots, hints of walnut, and lots of honey.
Taste: This is where the smoke really is, with a good bit of peat, and herbs, I notice the sherry a whole lot more when I compare it to the ANB.
Finish: Hints of pecans and walnuts, with smoke, and brown sugar.
Balance: I will say one thing both of this Ardbegs are wonderfully near perfectly balanced.

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Re: Throw a little Peat on the fire - January 2012

Postby Knolly » Mon Jan 09, 2012 8:19 am

Well, all of this Caol Ila discussion meant that I had to participate!

As a side note, i actually quite like the standard CI DE bottling - it's a little sweet, but it's what I would define as a super drinkable whisky. Certainly not the most complex out there, nor challenging, but easy going :)


OK - CI's tasted tonight (I've enjoyed these both before, but never formalized tasting notes) - See picture for bottle details:

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First off, Duncan Taylor Rare Auld 29 yo Sherry Single Cask Caol Ila (@47.4%)

Nose: moderate intensity with feint smoke but not really any peat. Marzipan and almonds, salty black liquorice, clover honey develops later on.

Palate: somwhat oily. Oak more pronounced with strong vanilla; smoke and peat obvious but very mild (Bowmore type levels) most likely due to aging. Sherry component is only mildly apparent - not sure what type of sherry it's matured in: initial sweetness that fades quickly to brine. Amontillado perhaps? I don't think it's as dry as Fino. Huge tobacco / cigar notes - along with a bit of wax - developing later and very pleasant.

Finish: Alcohol integration is good, but not amazing, giving its relatively moderate strength and especially its age. Medium to long finish with very little if any sweetness: tobacco notes very prominent with moderate peat and smoke apparent still with perhaps some citrus.

I like it - i would rate if (for what that's worth) around 88 points if I was into that kind of thing (and possibly higher if it was not my first whisky of the evening). Perhaps a little muted for Caol ila - it's definitely pretty moderate on the flavours compared to some expressions: definitely more of a gentle giant kind of whisky that will take some time to discover.

Interestingly enough, Whiskyfun reviewed this bottle here: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveaugust11-2.html#290811


Next up - Gordon MacPhail CASK Series 11 yo Sherry Caol Ila (@57.6%)

Nose: Fairly intense with an overriding sensation of sweetness and medicinal iodine. Oak as well - can't figure out exactly what the sweetness is (first though was beeswax, but it's not that - got the wife involved and she couldn't peg it either). I hate to say Christmas cake because it's used so much, but it's like that mixed with butter tart. Of course it has the required smoke and peat components. Fantastic!

Palate: WOW!!! Awesomely intense notes of peat and sherry - a bit of smoke as well. Very different than the nose. Less oily than the 29yo, but not thin: perhaps lighter in body. While the nose has many layers to discover the palate is straightforward peat, sherry (highly obvious here & standing out on its own, but without tannins) and some smoke. Orange citrus notes come through at the end. Surprisingly, for almost 10% higher ABV, I would say that the alcohol integration is at least as good, if not better than the 29yo.

Finish - more crisp and fleeting than the 29yo as the main palate components fade off quickly (i.e. medicinal, peat, smoke and sherry sweetness), but - similar to the 29yo - lingering tastes and smells of tobacco last for a long time.

Overall, this younger Caol Ila is the more enjoyable of the two and i think better drinking whisky. It would give any serious Lagavulin, Ardbeg or especially a Laphroaig (with this fairly young CI's medicinal qualities) a run for its money. I would give it 90 pts FWIW.

Hope you enjoyed the write ups!
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