By @Wodha on 15th Jan 2010, show post
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@jack09, good to hear that you got a bottle from one of the good batches of Crown Royal Reserve. The batches go anywhere from flat and boring to outstanding and sizzling. I would love to have 2 or 3 more bottles from the batch of my first bottle of Crown Royal Reserve. I am scared to buy any more, though, because I have tasted from 2 other batches from bottles owned by friends of mine neither of which I would want to own.
At @Maddie's house, last night I presented a tasting to 9 persons, including:
1) Jameson 12 yo Special Reserve
2) Redbreast 12 yo
3) Redbreast 12 yo Cask Strength
4) Tullamore DEW Phoenix, 55% ABV blended Irish
5) Bushmills 21 yo Madeira Single Malt
6) Bruichladdich Scottish Barley, 50% ABV
7) Old Pulteney Navigator
8) Clynelish 14 yo
9) Macallan 12 yo Sherry Oak
10) Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX
11) Aberlour A'bunadh, Batch # 54, 60.7% ABV
12) Caol Ila 12 yo
13) Ardbeg Ten 16/11/2015
14) Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength, Batch # 007, 56.3% ABV
15) Mellow Corn (not my idea; one of the participants brought it)
16) Kentucky Vintage Bourbon (KBD)
17) Johnnie Drum Private Stock, 50.5% ABV
This was a largely peat averse crowd. Only 4 of us wanted to go that route or we would have tried more peaty/smokey stuff. I enjoyed the Old Pulteney Navigator more than at first now that the bottle has been open quite a while. One of these years I may start taking pictures of the bottles and posting them, but not yet.
7 days ago 2
@Victor Sounds like a great tasting. Three interesting peated whiskies for non-peat drinkers. Sadly, it sounds like that bottle of Ardbeg Ten is not all that great. Which batch of Redbreast 12yo CS? Was it the 1/11 from 2011 at 57.7%?
6 days ago 0
@Nock, oddly for me, I didn't note the batch of Redbreast 12 Cask Strength from which we sampled. I vaguely remember 57.7% ABV, so yes, it may well have been B1 11. I'll let you know privately if it is a different one. But that will only happen once I get back to Baltimore. When I do get back to Baltimore I probably will drink some more of it, because I am out of Redbreast 12 CS at home.
Having some delicious George Dickel Rye. This is a whisky that has grown on me tremendously since I opened the bottle. I didn't much care for it then, considered giving it away in fact, but over time I've come to really appreciate it. Sadly there's only about one more pour in the bottle, and the LCBO has discontinued it for now. If they ever being it back in stock I'll make sure to bunker a couple.
6 days ago 1
@Nelom, that's no surprise to me that the bottle got better as you went on. Those MGPI Ryes often are going to be better after you give them a lot of air time. The same is true for many other distillerys' US straight ryes.
5 days ago 1
@Victor Oh? That's very interesting. I'll keep that in mind when I open my bottle of Bulleit Rye. Thanks for letting me know.
@Nelom, I did the first Connosr review of Bulleit Rye, in particular, when that product first came out. My bottle was OK but underwhelming, until it sat around a long long time. It just got fruitier and fruitier and fruitier. Now, if I bought a bottle of Bulleit Rye what I would very deliberately do is to consume maybe 100 ml of it, and then let it sit on the back of a shelf somewhere, without gas or decanting, for a couple of years. Then it would likely be absolute dynamite, moving from an 80s score whiskey to a 90s score whiskey. Hard to do all of that waiting? Yes. But very worthwhile.
5 days ago 2
@Victor hmmm. I've had a 1/3 full bottle of Bulleit Rye sitting in my closet for about 2 years..... maybe time to dig it out.
Having some makers46 tonight though...
3 days ago 1
@Nelom I completely concur with @Victor's advice. I am now to the point where I keep a "living" open bottle of Bulleit around 1/3 full. When the bottle dips down to 1/4 or so I will open a new bottle and pour in the new liquid to raise it back up to 1/3 or 1/2. It is amazing how the old reserve whiskey will shock the new stuff into opening up. I am to the point where I don't believe in keeping s bottle of Rye whiskey closed. Air only seems to help it. That is my hope for my bottle of Colonial E. H. Taylor Rye . . . wow was that bad when I opened it in November! So I have put it at the back of my cabinet. I'll check on it again in a few moths to see if it is improving.
3 days ago 0
I'm sampling the grappa i brought home from Italy. I found it surprisingly good! The pomace really sings in the nose and the palate is a sweet continuation of the nose with a long and rewarding finish. Go get yourself one!
Enjoying a pour of MacAmrut Cask Strength. My brother joined me today for a few drams. We managed to vat Macallan Cask Strength with Amrut Single Cask, 1:1, both are 60% abv. The dark fruits of Mac CS married well with the honey-ginger-oak spice of Amrut SC, so well that I poured another after he left.
@paddockjudge the single cask bourbon Amrut, which is probably the closest you can get to the Amrut CS, goes very well with Booker's 2015-01.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye 2016 Release. @Nock wanted to know what I thought about the 2016 release so I opened a bottle of it. Sad to say 2016 Handy is not up to its usual standard, except for its superb nose. In the mouth there is too much wood tannin.
21 hours ago 0
@Victor - Have you not said in the past that ryes often get better with air time?
17 hours ago 0
@Nozinan, that is my hope, but tannin, like sulphur, tends to persist. That 2014 Thomas H Handy which you own started off shaky, but improved a lot. I think that it might be more difficult with this 2016 release, but I have to hope for it. It it does improve a lot it will probably take a lot of time, well more than a year.
The 2013 George T. Stagg started out too tannic, too, but got to be very much better after a good year's-plus time.
15 hours ago 0
Sipping Hibiki Harmony on ice while watching the Australian Open.
12 hours ago 0
This weekend I had my father-in-law for a visit. We sampled a rum I gifted him. Talking about whisky, I later poured him some Amrut peated CS and that was a treat. He claims not to like smoky whisky but this had him light up, eyes widen and a huge smile on his face. ''wow!'' was his takeaway...
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