By @Wodha on 15th Jan 2010, show post
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@bwmccoy Much of what you taste is spirit aged in casks that used to contain other whisky. Ex-bourbon casks are everywhere! And anything from a refill sherry cask fits as well.
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@Tom92 What's this supporting the Crusaders? I thought you were a 'Bay boy?
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@Nozinan it was worse than Lambertus.
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@Nozinan - thanks for calling that out so I can clarify what I was trying to say. I should have been more specific. What I meant was Scotch aged in casks that previously held Scotch is somewhat rare. I know there is some out there, but I don’t know if I’ve tried any of them. I would love to try a non-peated Speyside or Highland Scotch aged in an ex-Laphroaig cask.
@bwmccoy I think Glenlivet or Balvenie had or have an expression where their malt is aged in a cask that matured a peated malt. It was a while back that I read about it but I haven’t tried it.
I suppose most refill casks hold malt from the same distillery time after time.
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Watching Nadal v. Thiem in the men's final of the French Open, so a cognac is in order: SMWS C4.1 'A tantalizing tightrope' XO from the Grande Champagne region. 57.5% ABV, 478 bottles. Fruity with apples, pears and citrus, light honey and massive spice.
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Benromach Peat Smoke while preparing a roast pork dinner, listening to the cricket and watching kids' TV. The 'smoky apples' thing it's got going on makes me think this will be a good pairing with the food itself.
Last night a JD Rye and some Arran 10 JMcT ed - can't get enough of this. Every sip makes me think 'Man, that's good whisky!'
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@RianC yeah that benromach peat smoke is strangely heavy on the orchard fruit, It hadn't crossed my mind that this could make it easier to pair with food. Good idea. I am really curious to try their sherry+peat release, apparently a small allocation will make it to Calgary.
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Sipping from my new bottle of Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye. Good stuff on this beauty day!
Had a few colleagues take me out last Friday to celebrate that issue I was able to iron out for the company. There is an izakaya-type place near work and is known to have a number of Japanese whiskies. We were all in happy hour cocktail mode to start. I don't say no to $2 oysters, and a couple of different hand rolls. Washed it all down with Sapporo. We shared a number of different plates, mostly grilled meats on skewers.
A colleague had a whisky flight of Nikka whiskies and I opted to try Yamazaki 12 year, and then Highland Park 18. I liked the Yamazaki all right but it struck me as somewhat bland, not that interesting when I've had better Japanese whiskies. Really liked the Highland Park 18...left me very comforted and full. It was like a very good piece of dark chocolate that lingers...
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@Nozinan So this is a Rye but I was visiting Sagamore a few weeks ago and ran across two interesting casks. One label says "Islay Scotch Finish Rye Whiskey" and the other "Laphroaig 2008". I tried to get additional information but was told that they are always experimenting. Picture included; Hopefully it is legible.
Today was a long day of driving, and I’ve got to head out to the local ball field to see my 8 year old play. So it’s just a little nip of Amontillado Sherry while making some scrambled eggs for now. I love the combination of sweet, savoury, and pungeant in this Sherry. It’s like an antipasto platter with almonds, briny green olives, prosciutto, mushrooms, and figs...
@TracerBullet I recently purchased a bottle of North Star Spirits, 9 year Heaven Hill Bourbon at 66.1% ABV finished in an Ardbeg Cask. So looks like there are a few bottlers using former Peated Whisky casks to finish.
@OdysseusUnbound that sounds delicious and right up my alley. So far the only sherry I've tried is PX. I need to expand my horizons!
@Hewie We don’t have a ton of selection here in Ontario, but Bodegas Hidalgo, Lustau, and Gonzales Byass have been my favourites so far. I’m sure they aren’t the “top shelf” sherries among Sherry connoisseurs, but I like them. Dry, savoury, briny, and fruity.
@OdysseusUnbound Have you tried the Redbreast Lustau edition? Beautiful stuff. I had some Lustau sherry side-by-side with it, it was fun to compare!
@talexander I did. I reviewed it here.
And I would probably have rated it a bit higher by the end of the bottle. It improved quite a bit with time and air.
@OdysseusUnbound Ah I should have checked! Nice review (I'd give it a higher score, but I love love love Redbreast)
@talexander By the last third of the bottle, I would easily have rated it 89/100, maybe even 90. It took some time for it to really "open up".
@OdysseusUnbound - it sure works with some Ledaig
I've been off the drink lately due to the pills I've been taking (everything tastes like vinegar!). But I just fancied a dram right now and have opted for a Ben Nevis 10 before dinner while listening to Time to Say Goodbye - sheesh - no wonder Italians are seen as so emotional! Bit of dust in the old eye here . . .
I can actually smell the slightest hint of rotten eggs - I've never got that before and I don't know if it's due to air exposure or my taste/smell being out of whack?! I wouldn't say it's that unpleasant either - which seems a weird thing to say.
Finishing up my charts and some more admin work. Also listening to Jordan Romano, Canadian born pitcher, strike out the first 2 players he faced in the majors and get a ground out on the third.
I am sniffing (will taste shortly) a small pour of yellow spot from a sample generously provided by @OdysseusUnbound. Not sure I've ever tasted a spot before...
Tasting it in my Irish Whiskey glass.
Old Fitzgerald Bottled In Bond (50% ABV) wheated bourbon. I toast the St. Louis Blues on their 2019 first ever win of Lord Stanley's Cup in the North American National Hockey League. Nice going, boys!
@Victor Old Fitzgerald is one of those brands I hear about but have never seen here in Canada. I’m incredibly happy that my second favourite team (i.e. whoever is playing the Bruins on a given night) won the Cup.
Last night, had the next to the last dram of Highland Park 13 year (Dec. 2004) "Stones of Stenness" from Single Cask Nation - 2nd fill ex-Pedro Ximenez sherry hogshead - 57.4% ABV. I’m really going to miss this one when it is gone. It has it all; perfectly balanced peat, smoke and nutty PX wine influence. This is by far the best Highland Park that I have had in a very long time, maybe ever!
It’s almost Friday...and this has been a rough week so far. I’m taking the edge off with a generous pour of Compass Box Peat Monster. This is a good whisky, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it. I believe the normal price is around $75-$80 in Ontario, but a friend found one for me on clearance for $55. I’m unlikely to replace it at $80, since I can get Laphroaig 10 for that price. And while this Monster is friendly, I don’t enjoy this whisky as much as Laphroaig 10.
@OdysseusUnbound and imagine if you had Laphroaig 10 CS.... sigh
@Nozinan I’ve got a bottle of Laphroaig 10 CS Batch 10, but I’ve got a whole lot of samples in my collection to whittle down before opening another bottle.
I’m working on reducing the size of my sample collection so I’m sipping some Craigellachie 17 given to me by a friend. Interesting stuff. Review to come soon(ish).
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