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

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MRick replied

@talexander I too am a big fan of the Aberfeldy 21. I can only imagine how good it would be at 46%.

about one month ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

Today's Spirit of Toronto 2020 Masterclass was with Aaron Flaherty, Master Distiller at Hinch Distillery Co. Which was ironic given he didn't distill anything we tasted... They are too new so their bottlings so far have been sourced whisky that they've either bottled as is or finished in another cask before bottling. Oh, and it's in Northern Ireland so we're talking triple distilled Irish malts and blends here.

The official bottling we tried first is their 5 Year Old Double Wood Blend, 43%. It spends four years in bourbon, then a year in virgin oak. Toasty nose with light toffee, cereal notes, vanilla - seems quite young (of course). Smooth palate with more toffee and vanilla - but a bit bland unfortunately. Rough peppery finish. Pretty standard young Irish blend, you could compare it to a Bushmills Original.

The next three are cask samples:

4yo single malt finished in an Imperial Stout cask 57.6%. The nose is all creme brûlée, mint chocolate, cloves and cinnamon. Creamy palate with dark chocolate - with time and a bit of water it's full-on butter tarts! Spicy, malty, chocolatey finish. I was surprised, it is quite good, especially with water.

12yo blend, ex-bourbon barrel with one year finished in an Amarone cask from Masi winery in northern Italy 58.9%. Lots of fruit on the nose with candy apple, cinnamon hearts and chocolate; dates and raisins on the palate; long deep finish, quite malty, very mouth-drying. Also quite good overall - but really it's all cask.

18yo single malt, ex-bourbon finished in Bordeaux for 6 months (I think he said a cab-merlot blend) 54.7%. Stunning nose - rich and meaty with wood smoke; beautiful mouthfeel on the palate - nutty and rich with sultanas and dark honey; long finish with more wood smoke and cloves. This is excellent - one of the best Irish single malts I've ever had. They said this one was going to come to Canada (and they are working on Ontario right now).

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@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@talexander I hope they send that 18 year old in a westward direction, it sounds like a good 'un.

about one month ago 0

@talexander
talexander replied

@BlueNote They said it will definitely go to Alberta.

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@talexander
talexander replied

My final Spirit of Toronto 2020 Masterclass was with Graeme Cruickshank, Master Distiller of Aberlour (and the brand ambassador whose name escapes me all of a sudden). The official bottling we started with is the 12yo Double Cask: lovely sherried nose, woody with apple skins, peanut, dates and rum raisin; lovely palate with more raisin, balsamic, vanilla and a hint of ginger; let down on the finish though, which is rather thin with mild spice. Overall, it's good for an entry level sherried malt.

The first cask sample was a 1992 28yo 3rd fill sherry butt 51.86%. Nose is super deep, rich with burnt caramel, humidor and blueberry compote - plus big oak! Not overpowering on the palate, more rich caramel and some orange chocolate; wood smoke on the finish, dark chocolate and big spice (paprika, chili). Excellent and surprisingly subtle for a cask strength.

Next was a 1994 26yo first-fill bourbon at 57.84%. Gorgeous nose with honey, vanilla pod and clotted cream - and quite nutty; Creme brûlée and ripe pear on the palate; cinnamon and allspice on the finish. My favourite of the session - stunning, practically perfect.

Finally, we have a 1996 24yo bourbon hogshead at 61.49%. Nose is super-fruity with balsamic, sultanas, nutmeg and orange peel; very spicy on the palate and a lot of vanilla, but needs water at this high ABV; spicy finish with cinnamon and subtle oak. Pretty incredible.

This was my favourite of all the masterclasses simply based on the high quality of the malts. Sadly, it's also my last - my budget will not allow any more! Sob.

30 days ago 2Who liked this?

@YakLord
YakLord replied

First set of samples bottled for our whisky group's December Virtual Tasting. We're doing it blind (although I know what everything is), so I think the paleness of Sample F, which we'll be tasting last, is going to cause some confusion...

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@YakLord
YakLord replied

I should clarify that all six of these whiskies are from the same distillery and have age statements running from NAS to 16 years...

10 days ago 1Who liked this?

@Nozinan
Nozinan replied

@YakLord I hop you will post the reveal later on.

10 days ago 2Who liked this?

@YakLord
YakLord replied

@Nozinan I will. Tasting is December 5th...so it'll be a a couple more weeks...

10 days ago 1Who liked this?

@YakLord
YakLord replied

The remaining 146 sample bottles for next Saturday's mystery tasting are ready for distribution...

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@BlueNote
BlueNote replied

@YakLord Wow, that’s a sight for sore eyes.

We should play guess the distillery. Give us a hint: Lowland, Highland, Speyside, Island or Islay?

3 days ago 1Who liked this?

@YakLord
YakLord replied

@BlueNote Speyside. One NAS, the rest have age statements ranging from 12 to 16, and two of them are from independent bottlers...if you scroll up to the photo I posted in this thread last weekend you'll get a better look at the color gradient...

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