By @T4sho3 on 27th May 2011, show post
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@Nozinan It should be interesting to put those head to head, I might try a sneak preview, I have a sample you sent along my way.
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@cricklewood By all means, but you will do it again in December, VIA permitting
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@Nozinan, the Rebels doppelgänger is 46 - 47 %..... unfair advantage over 42.8
Yesterday afternoon four of my malthead friends and I spent 3 hours or so tasting the dozen Canadian whisky samples that @paddockjudge sent west. Before we got into those, we had a taste of Sin Piedad, a 49.4% ABV Mezcal. Lovely stuff with a subtle smokiness. Then we sampled this beauty from the Shelter Point distillery on Vancouver Island.
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Then we got down to business. These are the four suspects that helped me out. This man cave ( not mine, unfortunately) is perfect for the occasion. It also has a full size snooker table, an audiophile sound system and large home theatre system for sporting events.
One more of the man cave.
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I’ll give @paddockjudge a more in depth report, but the consensus was that we were not too keen on the ones that were wholly or mostly corn based. These guys are hard core Scotch single malt whisky drinkers and they all, including me, found most of them just too sweet.
The Ninety 20 year old got mixed reviews. 2 yeas, 3 nays.
Eleven Souls. Everyone gave this one a restrained thumbs up.
Wiser’s Legacy. I know this is @paddockjudge‘s favourite, but it got enthusiastic thumbs up from 3 of us and was, again, too sweet for the other two.
Lot 40 CS 12 YO Rye. Everybody loved it.
Lot 40 CS 11YO Rye. Thumbs up all round.
Mixed reviews on the Alberta Premium 20 YO Rye, but raves all round for the Alberta Premium CS Rye.
Ditto for the Shelter Point CS Rye for KWM.
Little Book 2 was the one that got the best reaction. We all loved it.
We are saving the Lot 40 NAS 2019 and the Wiser’s 23 YO for next time. I had a sip or two of the 23 when I got home and although it is on the sweet side, I liked it a lot. I think the boys will agree that there isn’t anything not to like about this baby.
Many thanks to @paddockjudge from me and the guys for giving us the opportunity to see how Canada has moved on from Crown Royal and Seagram’s 7 to a very much more craft based type of whisky. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of whisky and cigars spent with friends and the spirit of @paddockjudge. (no cigars for me, but my wife threw all my clothes in the laundry when I got home).
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@BlueNote, true maltheads indeed.
The five whiskies that rec'd unanimous approvals were all cask strength with four of the five being 100% rye grain and the fourth, Little Book 2, a blend containing Canadian and American Straight Rye and not more than 19% of CC 40 YO (100% corn).
The corn whiskies in this lineup are definitely for those with a sweet tooth. I find some of the cask strength rye to also be on the sweet side, but with better balance. I believe it is the corn that presents a problem to some of your malthead buddies and that is not at all surprising as corn does not possess the balance that rye does; corn is often much less complex and sometimes cloyingly sweet.
Two thumbs up for identifying some great whiskies and also for getting through 10 of the 12 Canadians.
Thank you for sharing your afternoon gathering and allowing me to be there in spirit.
Cheers, with a smash of Wiser's Cask Strength 23 YO
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@BlueNote - That is a mean looking hang out! Glad a good time was had
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At the latest LCBO/Waddington's auction, I did my usual and made a bunch of low bids - however, it must have been quiet for I ended up scoring WAY too many bottles. While they are all good value, my budget is now seriously tapped. Winners were:
Bowmore CS 56% (NAS, old silk-screen bottling) (NO-ONE mention this to Pam - xmas present!)
Finlaggan Old Reserve
Old Pulteney 12yo (before the new bottling design)
Inverarity 8yo single malt scotch
Jameson Distillery Reserve 12yo (distillery exclusive)
2 Johnny Blacks (old bottling but not sure how old)
Johnny Green 15yo (old bottling but not that old)
Dewar's White Label 43.4% (looks like a pretty old bottling)
St Remy Napoleon Brandy VSOP
Chivas Century of Malts (100 malts blended)
Ok Tom.....no more whisky buying....no more whisky buying....
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@talexander nice haul. Looks like a lot of reviews to look forward to.
Do any of them look young and feisty?
@Nozinan Ahhh even if they did, they won't be ready for me to pick up for a while...
12 days ago 0
Springbank 15 coming my way. Haven't had it for a while and got it at a good sale price.
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I also have a First Editions 2006 Croftengea from Loch Lomand distillery coming. Been wanting to try Croftengea for a while.
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@BlueNote I rated Springbank 15 an 89/100, but I would have rated it higher by the last third of the bottle, maybe a 91/100. It takes some time to open up. Glad I have another bottle. I hope you enjoy yours.
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@OdysseusUnbound I recall my last bottle of 15 taking some time to settle down. I gave serious consideration to just sticking with the 10, but like you, I got to like it a whole lot more after it had some air time.
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@BlueNote @OdysseusUnbound - ditto here. I opened one two months back and it is still in the process of 'opening up'. My initial thoughts were that it was good but really needed some air to let the different notes settle in together. Had a wee pour last week and it's getting there ...
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