By @jeanluc on 14th Dec 2009, show post
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I'm trying to clear up some heels in the past 2 weeks before opening anything new.
-Bruichladdich Classic Laddie - A batch from 2016, open a long time it was a bit past it's prime at the end, this one had a lot of wine cask in the vatting and I felt was quite different than other batches I've tried.
-Octomore 7.4 - I really enjoyed this one, probably one that would have been good to ease someone into Octomore, lots of BBQ pork, sweet oak, thai curry paste.
-Gooderham & Worts 11 souls, I made no secret about how much I loved this one, great profile and bit of blending work, I wish it was a bit less expensive.
Wiser's Legacy - I milked this one until the end it was good till the last drop, rich beautiful profile, the rye is well integrated. Sad to see it go.
8 months ago 2Who liked this?
I finished bottle of the Bunnahabhain 12yo, the older version, well, before the bottlings with the red label. I will say, I waited a bit too long for the last drams. I ought to have poured into a smaller container. It had lost most of the aromas and flavors I came to enjoy, and was almost bitter. I ended up pouring just the little what was left. Lesson learned.
Ben Nevis 10 this afternoon. It's been a great malt this one and for the £30 I paid was an absolute bargain. It now goes for £50 (if you can find it!?) and I'm kicking myself I didn't open it sooner than I did as I would have stacked up on this at that price had I known ...
The last few pours were as good as the first few, if not better - that big malty, gingery kick still there but more integrated.
8 months ago 4Who liked this?
Caol Ila, Distiller's Edition. Bye Bye dear friend. It's taken a while for this one to empty, but that's had to do more with my curiosity to drink variety than a reflection on the dram itself - the sweetness of the sherry goes exceedingly well with the Caol Ila's campfire sootiness. In fact, I prefer this one to the standard 12. We shall see if it'll be replaced sometime in the future...
Dalmore 12. This bottle went down really quickly, mostly because it's so approachable and I've had quit a bit of company the last few weeks. Since most of my other open bottles are (were?) either heavily peated malts or high proof bourbons, this one was the go-to for company. I enjoyed it and I'll likely purchase another one eventually. I just hope this very good bottle (I rated it 87/100) wasn't an outlier.
7 months ago 2Who liked this?
A couple of candidates for recycling. Replacement on the way.
My cabinet, with a little help from my friends, is decimated (Amrut Peated CS, PC MRC, two expressions of Springbank CS, Longrow Red, Kaiyo CS,Laphroaig CS 10,Corry, Hazelburn 13 Oloroso, Caol Ila IB 11 years CS, Caol Ila 17 CS unpeated, Kilkerran 8cs and 12, and
A'bunadh, Uigeadail). I was immobilized, so I shared with friends and fired up the fireplace.
Broke both bones in the lower leg and then just recently broke my shoulder on the ball, four fragments. The fractures are on my left (dominant) arm. Grading papers is a challenge.Probably osteoporosis. I wasn't able to drive. I have a Springbank CS 57.1 left. It's wonderful, but I'm on painkillers, so it will have to wait. I had to drink the good stuff and invite some friends. (And I'm glad that my wife decimated my A'bunadh, She really developed a taste for it. )
Rather than assemble another whisky library, I'm going to limit my "library" to five or so special bottles, and old easily available standbys (like the Oogy and Port Charlotte 10).
Once I'm done with painkillers and my operation on Friday, that is. Not the most inspiring post, but so it goes. After my surgery, I will be permanently unable to raise my arm above my shoulder. Couldn't help but think of Trump's taunts at McCain.
7 months ago 0
Killed off this Laphroaig 10yo CS batch 010. It was very nice. Sadly, they are becoming harder and harder to come bye. I hope to pick up bath 011 on my travels over the holidays before it is gone.
6 months ago 5Who liked this?
@Nock I know the feeling when that one gives up its last dram. Good luck on the hunt.
6 months ago 2Who liked this?
@Nock, shall I say it again?
Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength can save the world.
Lagavulin 8 went to the promised land tonight. I like it. I have another.
6 months ago 3Who liked this?
@Jonathan I missed your post at the time it was posted. Sorry to hear of your misfortune but good for you sharing the love with good friends. I hope you're on the mend and feeling in a better state now. Cheers
6 months ago 0
The Deanston got better as the fill level dropped. A great holiday dram. The Foursquare consistent from start to finish. I have a spare of each.
6 months ago 4Who liked this?
@fiddich1980 I have that same bottle of Foursquare. I haven't opened it yet, but I was thinking about opening it over the Christmas break. How was it? Good as a stand-alone sipper?
My take on it, and definitely a sipping rum. There is Christmas pudding aspect but, that could just be the rum and raisin flavour profile. I suspect that your interpretation will depend your focus - be it the ex-bourdon or the ex-sherry. Both of which have not quite become homogeneously blended but, are distinctive.
Red Letter 2015, a great whisky whether sipped straight or used as the platform for a custom blend.
6 months ago 8Who liked this?
After almost 2 years in the cabinet and a very “storied” experience, I’m sipping the last of my Weller 12 tonight.
5 months ago 3Who liked this?
@OdysseusUnbound, a little birdie told me the Weller 12 may be sporting a new cork next year....and a new price tag
5 months ago 2Who liked this?
@paddockjudge I’m glad I experienced Weller12, but I’m not going to fight anyone for another bottle.
5 months ago 4Who liked this?
We’re having a bit of a “Royal Rumble” party (my youngest is a huge WWE fan) and I just finished my Russell’s Reserve 10 Year (45% abv). Review forthcoming. It was an enjoyable bottle, but I don’t see myself asking my parents to bring back another bottle from Florida. There’s too much bourbon available down there that I can’t get here.
5 months ago 5Who liked this?
My uncle and I finished the last 45 or so cc of this whisky at his place tonight. This one was a pretty good one.
I notice the Caribbean cask is selling for over $140 at the LCBO. It’s only 43%.
The Golden cask is 47.5%. But at that price I would not replace with either one.
Maybe I will dig out my 15 yo single cask for him. I bought him one many years ago and because we liked it I got another(I think the same cask). And of course, like most of my bottles, it never got opened...
5 months ago 6Who liked this?
Just finishing my Booker’s 2018-01 (review forthcoming). Spoiler alert: it was good from the get-go and got better with time. I wish I had another one, but I’m not sure I want to spend $110 for another Booker’s.
Last night I finished a bottle of Clynelish 14 with a good friend. Review forthcoming. Spoiler alert: I think I liked it better with a bit of water added.
4 months ago 1Who liked this?
@Nozinan Is the Golden Cask less sickly sweet than the Caribbean Cask? Both finished in rum casks, so just wondering. I found the Caribbean far too cloyingly sweet.
4 months ago 0
@BlueNote This one was not too sweet. Certainly not syrupy. At a reasonable price I would buy this one.
@Nozinan Thanks, I’m seeing it on shelves down here in Mexico at a decent price. I think I’ll pop for one next shopping trip.
@BlueNote the 47.5% version? I didn’t know they still had them. If I ever see it I might pick one up for my uncle.
@Nozinan 300+ pounds in the UK specialty hard to get shops. Gotta think this is an auction bottle now.
@Astroke That just makes my memories of it all the sweeter...
@Nozinan not sure about the ABV. I’ll check it out.
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