By @jeanluc on 14th Dec 2009, show post
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I haven’t had the opportunity to announce the end of a bottle in quite some time. October, to be specific.
This afternoon I had to go do an urgent visit. Before I left I topped up my spray bottles and drained this bottle of Dillon‘s. It was a faithful partner in healthcare but I will not miss it. I have 3 more, and hopefully our programme can track down more if we need it.
5 months ago 2Who liked this?
Talisker 10. Kind of a waste of money.
5 months ago 0
Finished up these two on Friday night. Both excellent. I’ll probably replace the 100% Islay, but the outstanding STR is getting out of my price range and will probably just be a memory.
5 months ago 4Who liked this?
Finished my OGD 114. I’m shocked how fast this one went down. It’s a terrific multi-purpose bourbon. What a shame we can’t regularly get it here in Ontario.
4 months ago 4Who liked this?
@BlueNote nice Kilchoman bottle kills. I'm almost done my 100% Islay 8th edition and it was such a easy drinking whisky. I was really stoked for the STR but the price kept me away.
@OdysseusUnbound I wish that OGD 114 was available locally, even the bottled in bond is pretty good. I recently blew through a bottle of Old Ezra barrel Proof rather quickly. Thankfully still a few around, I think this will be replacing Stagg Jr. in my rotation as that's become difficult to get.
4 months ago 1Who liked this?
Killed off the very last dram of my bottle of Flaming Heart 2015, I had a final pour lingering in the bottle for ages and couldn't bear to part with it.
4 months ago 8Who liked this?
By regularly get it, do you mean it's a shame no one can go to the US to get it for you/us? OGD 114 has never, to my memory, been available at the KGBO.
The sun is starting to set on my open bottle as well. I have a few to fall back on thanks to some friends and one trip.
@cricklewood I think the BiB is very different that the 114, but I agree it's a good whisky in its own right.
As for the Old Ezra, I have one open and it has a similar style to the 114, but I would give the 114 the edge, as did @paddockjudge when he tried them H2H.
4 months ago 2Who liked this?
@Nozinan I just mean I can’t go to the LCBO and get another one on Tuesday. I’ll have to wait until I visit the US or until someone in my family does.
@OdysseusUnboun, you posted "It’s a terrific multi-purpose bourbon."
I presume you meant it is versatile and can be used for both long pours and short pours.
@Victor, the LCBO has decided it will not accept any "innovative" releases this fall; as a result, the 2020 Northern Border Collection(s?) has been suspended., which means NO LOT 40 CS and whichever rye-laced-age-stated whisky was on deck. Perhaps other distillers will be doing the same.
@paddockjudge That is ridiculous! I can understand G&W and Pike's Creek special releases because they stay on the shelves, but Lot 40 CS is not experimental. Without that French oak finish it's a proven star, and will sell out. The LCBO is crazy if they don't want to carry it.
And I'm sure the other provinces would love to have more to sell, and we would clean out the distillery shop. Not to mention the international market!
4 months ago 3Who liked this?
@paddockjudge Neat, rocks, doubles, and yes, even in cocktails. An OGD 114 whiskey sour is a thing of beauty.
@cricklewood I’m down to the last quarter of my 2015 Flaming Heart. I’ll be very sad to see it go. I’ve tasted the more recent version and it is not in the same league.
@Nozinan yes the OGD BIB is not the same as the 114 but it's pretty decent stuff. There's a local group that gets together every few months and does a private purchase of a couple of cases of OGD BIB ends up being about 35$ a bottle (you can buy just one bottle. I should keep an eye out for their next update.
@Nozinan @paddockjudge I think a few of the liquor boards are scaling back purchases to their bread & butter products. SAQ hasnt had anything special in weeks. My inside source says she doesn't even check arrivals anymore.
@BlueNote that Flaming Heart 2015 is really stunning, very well balanced between the older whisky and freshness of the new. Probably the closest I'll get to drinking 30yr old Caol Ila as well.
Aside from sending a couple of bottles to a friend who can’t get out to restock.... I killed a Tullamore Dew and OF 1920 last week. Both replaced.....
@paddockjudge this is very sad to hear that the LCBO is discontinuing carrying of special release whiskies . The LCBO is ditching the connoisseur in favour of keeping the least common denominator volume business flowing. Absolute standardised governmental control wins out again over the flourishing of difference and individual excellence. I expected the Canadian top tier releases to become scarce soon, but I wasn't expecting this mechanism. My timetable was pretty close.
Hopefully Wiser's will still continue to bottle the premium product lines and you Ontarians will have a shot at getting some of them from other provinces. I'd get my contacts going right now. The supply will dry up fast. This is looking just like the USA with BTAC and Van Winkle starting in 2012.
Just finished the last drop of my glengoyne 25 year old. That went far too quickly.......
Onto to Arran master of distilling 2. Yep I’m impressed.
I killed off my Laphroaig Cairdeas 2015 this past weekend. Good stuff, but honestly, I'd rather just have another regular 10 CS. I need that full-powered peat in my Laphroaigs.
I won't miss it.
@MadSingleMalt it's funny I think that 2015 Cairdeas is my favorite for exactly that reason, it feels much more mature than it's 11yrs and while the peat is present it leaves room for more nuance underneath. The 15 was the one I felt was underwhelming.
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@cricklewood @MadSingleMalt reading these comments made me realize "Hey! I think I have one of those 2015 Cairdeas!" Now I may have to open it sooner rather than later just to weigh in on the debate.......although I've got quite a few bottles open already and I don't have any Private Preserve so maybe not.
Just killed another Lagavulin 16. Still one of my favorite drams.
4 months ago 6Who liked this?
@cricklewood & @OdysseusUnbound: I would describe that 2015 Cairdeas as clean, pure, maybe simple, and even delightful. It's good. But that's not what I want from a Laphroaig. I want a sledgehammer of peat.
Someday I'll open my 2 bottles of 2015 Cairdeas. I certainly have some idea of what to expect!
@MadSingleMalt Completely agree, I had the 2015 as well and you nailed it haha
Just finished the most recent Belle Meade Black Belle release. Still have a few glasses of the other 2 years releases. Just a heavenly bourbon and the only whiskey that has done the finishing in imperial stout casks so well.
@OdysseusUnbound @cricklewood @Victor @MadSingleMalt @casualtorture I bought two bottles of the 2015 Cairdeas when it first appeared. I knocked one off pretty quickly and bunkered the other. You guys are making me want to get it out and get into it.
Another one bites the dust!
Little Book Chapter 02, one hell of a great blend. I tip my hat to Freddie Noe for swimming against the current and creating a great whisky, one worth bunkering a whole box full.
Those big glasses require a tighter drain plug
@paddockjudge Good to the very last drop?
BTW, I like your shelving unit, well, actually I like the contents of your shelving unit.
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