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By @Nozinan @Nozinan on 22nd Apr 2015, show post

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@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

A simple visit from a friend from the states became epic.

We met when our children were in pre-school/nursery. About 3 1/2 years ago they moved to Seattle. Finally they were able to come back as a family and while ours was away all week, we managed to overlap by one full day and they came over.

I was eager to have his impression of the Amrut Naarangi before we ate so that was our first pour. This was followed by Lot 40 CS from this year's release. He really enjoyed it so I gave him one of last year's to take home.

During this dram I was called upon to BBQ Korean Kal-Bi and steaks, and we finished that one upstairs.

After dinner it was back to what my wife refers to as the "drinking room" where we tried Caol Ila 17 YO CS ("unpeated") as a prelude to my G&M CS IB (full peat, 60.5%), and of course, the story of how I came by both expressions (thanks again @astroke).

Then it was upstairs for dessert, a Guinness cake (recipe courtesy @fiddich1980). And since we had time afterward, we finished off with Lagavulin 12 YO CS (2015).

All the drams were great tonight.

The conversation never stopped - and the vibe was as if he (they) had never been away.

This was an epic afternoon and evening in every sense of the word!

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

I've successfully recovered from breaking-in my nephew's highly functional new bar. The installation was completed a few days before Christmas and he was eagerly anticipating an opportunity to give it a test drive.

What did we need to accomplish this monumental task?...A bartender, from the oldest bar in Canada, predating Confederation; a fireman to monitor hazmat offerings, our gracious host in his stylish new digs, and uncle paddockjudge's traveling whisky circus.

We managed to knock back (to the best of my recollection) 29 different expressions and a delicious porchetta roast (spiced pork shoulder) with dark rye bread, apropos indeed. It was a seven hour fun-filled episode followed by a cleverly planned taxi ride home. Lineup is in pic below....yeah, we hit the speed bump about seven from the bottom of the list. Cheers! tumbler_glass

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@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@Nozinan those are the best meetings, where regardless of how long it's been the conversation picks up as if it was yesterday.

@paddockjudge damn! You mentionned this upcoming meeting I had no idea it would be this epic.

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@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

It's been a crazy month but I was holding on with the knowledge that I would have the first week of January off. It started off in style, with a pretty epic tasting/supper with @Robert99, it had been a while since we'd hung out and so had a lot to talk about and the drams were epic.

We had a spread of cheese and charcuterie, Robert brought a fantastic salad of mango and red peppers and I made an underwhelming chicken and dumplings. Dessert was the fantastic Guinness cake that's making the rounds courtesy of @fiddich1980

We started with - The 323521 blend courtesy of @paddockjudge: Robert's comment after sampling was "you're starting this session off strong"

-Old Potrero 18th Century Rye Essay:10-RW-ARM-3%5FS : Unlike anything I've had before.

-Lot 40 Cask Strength 2018: Open 2 weeks and just fantastic oak and spices.

-Willett Family Estate rye 2 yrs: Fantastic, sharp, resinous and savoury rye big stuff

-Nikka Taketsuru 17: Fireworks, it just keeps building and developing, believe the hype

-Campbeltown Loch 21: The springbank DNA is clear but well rounded , great stuff

-We had a break with a few blends Robert brought made from Campbeltown loch, Westland peated and another with Clynelish included. A fun experiment.

-Ardbeg Perpetuum: Robert remarked it is the closest to 2011 era Ardbeg 10, I could not confirm but found it well executed.

-Octomore 7.4 Virgin oak: Lots of oak but it's quality, BBQ sauce and pork

-Port Charlotte MC01: A bit closed but a nice leafy sherry type richness with Subdued peat

-Bunnahabhain Moine Oloroso mature Feis Ile 2018: A fantastic way to finish the night, rich deep sherry with a mineral and maritime bent, the peat is present but in control.

We didn't reach the same heights as the judge but we did pretty well.

Merci mon ami!

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@paddockjudge
paddockjudge replied

@cricklewood, @Robert99, that is one heck of a lineup and hopefully worth repeating when I show up for a session in Montreal.

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@casualtorture

excellent whiskies with a few friends tonight.

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@casualtorture

Belle Meade honey cask/cask strength bourbon #97/249.

20 days ago 1Who liked this?

@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@casualtorture sweet line-up. I've heard of that honey bourbon, it was finished in casks that held honey right? How was it? I'm also curious about the Rabbit Hole whisky as well.

19 days ago 0

@casualtorture

@cricklewood @Robert99 yes, the honey bourbon was finished in barrels that held a 'craft' honey. Truebee is the brand. It's not flavored with honey flavoring or anything. It was delightful. Honey was very subtle and complimented chocolate notes among others. It was a distillery only release and just one barrel. The Belle Meade special releases have been outstanding! Especially the Black Belle.

The rabbit hole was very drinkable. Smooth, you could say. Sherry definately came though and was nice. It almost drank like a delicate sherried scotch but even sweeter if you can imagine.

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@cricklewood
cricklewood replied

@casualtorture thanks for taking the time to give further info on those two whiskys. The Belle Meade sounds really intriguing, I have heard good things about many of their releases, looks like another brand to add to the extensive list of stuff I should look out for,

The bourbon/American whisky releases have been nuts the last few years, so much new stuff coming out, I have my eye on New Riff as well, heard a lot of good stuff and a strong statement starting with a bottle in Bond bourbon as their first release.

17 days ago 0

@Victor
Victor replied

@cricklewood, I've tasted several of those Belle Meade Bourbons. It is a good brand and a good addition to the bourbon repertoire. There are so many new US whisk(e)ys that it seems to me just silly to even feign trying to keep up with all of them. It would require a full-time job like Jim Murray's to begin to have a chance at keeping current with all of the new stuff coming out. True for products from Scotland, true for products from Ireland, true for products from Canada, even more true for products from the US.

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