I tried to take some pictures:
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...but they don't quite do it justice. They weren't air bubbles or imperfections on the bottle, they floated around. Inspection of the cork revealed no "corking" or anything untoward.
Anyone else seen this sort of thing? I looked at my older whiskies and while colored, they are certainly clean. In any event, we drank a few drams any it was simply incredible. I'll post about the tasting later.
Most likely, if the whiskey was not entirely cloudy, these particles did no harm to the whiskey. They are, in fact, residue of flavoring elements -- esters and congeners, if you will. Eliminating them, if fact, reduces the taste of the product, though it makes it more 'presentable'.
Hell, I thought the whisky was so good they might be flavor crystals. But it did give me pause, and I was wondering if anyone else had seen such a thing.
I bought a case of Bruichladdich 10 a while back and all 6 bottles had these solid deposits in the bottle. There was quite a bit of it in there, sitting on the bottle bottom until you moved or swirled to bottle about, then the particles would float about, almost unseen when mixed up, only to settle down on the bottle base again after a few minutes. Definatley not a haze. I emailed Mark at Bruichladdich, just to check that it wasn’t the cork stopper that was coming apart (as I thought that was what it might be..) this is the response I received from Mark Reynier..
“ it is a natural deposit as seen in fine wines – we do not chill-filter or colour the whisky. It is bottled naturally and so depending on storage temperatures will sometimes through a deposit.”
I have had a bottle of the 10 y/o with this deposit, and one without. Both were pretty much the same. And I am still alive so no need to worry about it as it seem normal. I have some other bottles with this sediment in, but not in such quantities as the Laddie 10.
Hope some of that helps.
Score 82 (reccomendable range, 80-85) Clynlelish 28yo 1976 (46%, Murray McDavid Misson, Bottle 588/600) August 6, 2006, Preliminary score is an 85. Since this is my 2006 B-day bottle, I will have much more time with it to give it a proper tasting. The nose and mouth are fairly similar, the wood dominates at first, with spicy notes developing. Not as complex as some of the best Clynelish, but on first tasting big and elegant. My initial sense is that this is one that would have been better several years ago, before the wood became as prominent. Still, enjoyable and a good malt to have on my 41st B day weekend, and for sharing with some house guests we will have over the next week. On second tasting, I think I will keep the same score. The nose is wonderful, satisfying. The mouth is nice, but somehow it does not seem as well integrated as I would like. That is, the flavors seem separate; first wood, than pepper, than....but not together. A very good dram, but a tad disappointing (high expectations). A subsequent tasting a few weeks later, the same impressions, save for the big sherry influence on the nose and the end of the mouth, right before the finish. This does add some complexity, but the flavors are not as integrated as they are in other old Clynelish, where you get a sense of the whole band as well as the instruments. Here, the group is not great, only good players, sort of like a 1970s super group Yeah, you like it, and maybe a bit more than you want to admit, but there is something not quiet right. Score still 83, although that might even be high. Oh, the nose still is fantastic. After the tasting I did last night, I am marking this down to and 80. And that is the straight score, certainly not bang for your buck. In truth, the malt is just too dominated by wood to be considered very strong. I think this is one that I want to enjoy more than I really do. November 8, 2006. Maybe about a quarter of the bottle left; time to finish it off or send to friends. It still seems about the same; the nose really is wonderful, but it really is very complex, with a lot going on, but as I said before, not well integrated or balanced. It a single malt scotch where the word malt would not be mentioned, and I realize that is an issue for me.
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