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Lambertus 10 YO Single Grain Whisky

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

27th Jul 2015

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  • Brand: Lambertus
  • ABV: 40%

I first tasted this Jan 12 2014. I know this because i posted a comment to @victor’s review of this whisky (found here) connosr.com/reviews/radermacher-belgium/…

At the time I was less than impressed. Since then, I’ve read comments about whiskies that people covet BECAUSE they are so bad, so they can be shared with either unsuspecting victims or people with an interest. When I asked my friend if he had any left so I could have a sample to review, he offered me the whole bottle.

As we all know, time and air can affect whisky. So I wondered, can it be as bad as I remember? Or worse?

This bottle has been open for about a year and a half without gas, and has about 50-100 cc missing. It is reviewed in the order I experienced it, writing as I go.


Nose:

Not as bad as I wrote in my post. I don’t smell the “hoarder’s house smell” I previously describe. Having had corn on the cob today with lunch, I can say it doesn’t smell like the empty cob either. Leaving it in the glass a little longer, a few things do hit my nose (in the order I noticed them): fruits, dust. Maybe a bit of sweat on the “finish” of the nose. There remains something off. The alcohol is more than peaking through. Definitely some fruit (like a glenfiddich 12). Then on one sniff I got a faint hit of cat urine (I do not believe, for one moment, that anyone could ever say “in a good way”). I believe the smell of staleness is now coming through (about 10 min after pouring, the glass covered between sniffs.

Given that this is bottled at 40%, I get the impression that this is weak in the nose. It needs covering to concentrate the smells to be able to really notice them. While this might improve something like a glenlivet 12, concentrating the nose here does it no favours. Starting to get a little nauseous, 15 minutes out.

I am going to, with trepidation, try the “modified Ashok manoeuvre”, warming the glass with the air coming out of my desktop for about 5 min. Then: First impression, the smell of a bandage being removed from an infected diabetic foot ulcer. Yes, definitely polymcrobial, maybe a bit of betadine residue. It could have been worse...

Taste:

Ughh. Sorry. Alcohol on the arrival, sweat and decay in the development. Something awful in the finish. 2 sips were all I could manage. There is a sourness that is not flattering.

Water did nothing for this (perhaps a good thing).

Traditionally rated:

Nose: 10 Taste: 0 (no redeeming value, can I give negative numbers?) Finish: 0 Balance: 10

But really, it does not merit a number, as it is not something that ought to be consumed, in my humble opinion.

I am thankful this one was not available in cask strength.

I look forward to offering it to people to try out of interest.

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16 comments

@mct
mct commented

Hoarder's House Smell = Mothballs, Brut aftershave, varnish.

4 years ago 0

@mct
mct commented

Ur review reminds me of the Dewar's 12. yech

4 years ago 0

@Ol_Jas
Ol_Jas commented

"definitely polymicrobial"

See, this is why we need more reviews from medical men.

4 years ago 0

@Uisgebetha
Uisgebetha commented

Very entertaining, it took 10 years to get that good?

4 years ago 0

@hunggar
hunggar commented

"The smell of a bandage being removed from an infected diabetic foot ulcer. Yes, definitely polymcrobial."

Best Connosr line in recent memory. Love it, @Nozinan!

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Who knows if it got better or worse over those 10 years...

4 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Nozinan I tought for a moment that the betadine residue would have save it but at the end, I guess it needs more than a topic solution to be saved.

I agree with Hunggar, that was the best line in recent memory and probably the best palate tag as well!

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Thanks @Robert99. When you're in Toronto let's meet and you can tell me if you agree with my clinical findings...

4 years ago 0

@Frost
Frost commented

When I saw "The smell of a bandage being removed from an infected diabetic foot ulcer. Yes, definitely polymcrobial." I thought it was a poetic description to give words to filth. Then I realised @Nozinan's job and came to the gut wrenching conclusion that this wasn't poetry, this was pure hell.

4 years ago 0

@Robert99
Robert99 commented

@Nozinan I must still be young because I am still going for a Dare! I'm on!

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

@Robert99

You won't be disappointed! (If you come with no expectations)

4 years ago 0

@CognacFan
CognacFan commented

I like it...I must be sick or mad or both.

4 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

I'm surprised this is available in Canada. I have easy access to it, living in Belgium, but no way I am buying a bottle. Not even to trick (or mistreat) people. I do not like it one bit and the same can be said for the Rademacher 1836 Gin. Let us not forget that the founder of the company was the owner of an apothecary. So medical or medicinal terms are funny in a way. But not in a good way :-)

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Fear not, this is not available in Canada. it was bought at a Duty Free in Europe somewhere.

4 years ago 0

@Nozinan
Nozinan commented

Today I observed the removal of a bandage from a necrotic, gangrenous leg of someone with diabetes. Granted, there was no betadine involved, but I can say that the nose of this whisky was definitely the worse of the two...

4 years ago 0

@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

Nozinan: disgusting nd sad if true :-)

4 years ago 0

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