By @jeanluc on 14th Dec 2009, show post
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@MRick I think Stagg 2010 was one of my favourite batches, tasted thanks to @Victor.If you had bought three you could have sold one and more than made up the cost of the other 2.... and your flight...
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@MRick @OdysseusUnbound Yeah! Scalpers have SOME morals...
4 months ago 2Who liked this?
Finished my bottle of Hazelburn 12 this weekend. A little sorry to see that go.
Currently have a few open bottles. The next to be finished will probably be a Cadenheads Glen Ord that has about a 3rd left. It's a light summery whisky so I need to finish it before the last of the summer dies!
I'll review it on here in the next week or so.
4 months ago 4Who liked this?
Dead, but not forgotten. Very nice whisky, but sadly now unaffordable.
3 months ago 6Who liked this?
@BlueNote yes, sir, expensive, but great. I have one unopened bottle of 17 Doublewood, and one unopened bottle of the Balvenie 15 Sherry Cask.
3 months ago 3Who liked this?
@BlueNote - What's in the decanter, may I ask?
3 months ago 1Who liked this?
@RianC Haha, yes, the decanter. I've been dumping heels and dregs in there for a while. Mostly high end stuff and some peat in the mix. I haven't kept any record of what's in there, but I taste it regularly and if it's good I give some samples to my mates. If it's not so great, we try to figure out what it needs. It's just a random hodge podge of leftovers and I have to say, it's been pretty damn tasty so far.
@BlueNote I may need to try that. I have so many heels, and a few bottle I am not likely to reach for. I wonder if this might be the solution to my overcluttered top shelf.
@Victor I would definitely buy another one if I found it at a decent price. It's the best Balvenie, other than the 15 year old single barrel, that I've had; its lowly 43% ABV notwithstanding.
@RianC The decanter is kind of special too. My dad was in the RAF during WW2. The decanter has a Spitfire and Churchill’s famous quote engraved on it.
3 months ago 2Who liked this?
@Nozinan You might want to do it a little more scientifically than me and keep a record of what goes in. But it’s kind of fun to just throw bits of all your good quality heels in and see what comes out.
3 months ago 0
@BlueNote, I’ve got you covered. Popped the cork on one of those Balvenie 17 YO today with my son.
3 months ago 5Who liked this?
@paddockjudge Happy Thanksgiving. That's a perfect dram for the occasion.
Finished off this bottle of Bunnahabhain Ceòbanach. I enjoyed this one enough that I will probably pick up another, if I can locate one.
3 months ago 4Who liked this?
@TracerBullet my memory of Ceobanach Batch 01 "very maritime and loads of beach fire ash". What was your take on Batch 03?
@fiddich1980 I agree with the maritime description. As an Islay, I expect a bit of that. Great smoke from the peat and a gentle sweetness on the palate,
Johnny walker Black Label - well the lasts went into my hip flask and is now tucked in my golf bag so I'm counting it!
My once favourite whisky but couldn't get into this bottle as easily as others - more overtly peaty and with less of the toffee and maple syrup. I will buy again, no doubt, but have so many other blends to open that it will be a while.
2 months ago 1Who liked this?
@BlueNote - Get a bit of dust in my eyes every time I hear that quote! He said it so well ...
I've tried these 'infinity bottles' myself but I ended up throwing our most of the last one as it went kind of flat and 'off' and I didn't want it to taint anything else. Maybe I'll try it again some day?
Glad yours is working out, I bet it's good fun trying to blend if to your liking when it strays off? Speaking of, I made my own stab at an old Teacher 's blend a few years back and had forgot about it until yesterday when cleaning up some cupboards. I'll have to get into that at some point, it's definitely had time to marry ha.
@RianC Have you tried Cutty Sark Prohibition? Very good blend at 50% ABV. @Victor recommended it a few years ago and I always have one on hand. It's a little on the sweet side, good for friends who aren't quite ready for the real deal.
2 months ago 2Who liked this?
@BlueNote I got my 2 bottles of prohibition about 5 years ago in Vancouver. I’m almost finished my first bottle. I rarely reach for it but I do appreciate it.
@BlueNote Yes I have. I liked it and thought it excellent value but a bit too heavy on the vanilla for my tastes.
@RianC Yeah, have to agree with you on the vanilla. I guess that's what makes it a little on the sweet side.
2 months ago 0
In honor of 1900 bottles of AP CS selling out in a few hours today.
2 months ago 6Who liked this?
@Astroke hard to see why people would flock to buy these. The new bottle fill level is so low.
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@Astroke That was insane. I did order one, but just one.
Abraham Bowman 10 yo Straight Rye Whiskey, 10 years old, 69.4% ABV, private single barrel from The Party Source in Bellevue, Kentucky. This was my bottle # 2 of 4 total, all 4 of which I purchased in 2011, of what for me has been my favourite of all whiskies I have ever owned. Unfortunately this 2nd bottle received too much exposure to heat in 2011 and was damaged so that it did not retain what for me was its 98 point excellence. It remained a 90 point whiskey despite the damage.
The interesting thing about this whiskey, its two sister single barrels, and the less impressive batch product put out mostly through the state of Virginia, was that the original family-owned A. Smith Bowman Distillery never publicly released any rye whiskeys whatsoever. When Sazerac Company bought A. Smith Bowman in 2003 there was some rye whiskey aging, despite Sazerac Company's lack of interest in producing rye at that distillery. They decided to release most of it in one batch in 2011, and sell off 3 barrels to The Party Source.
The Party Source owners/staff are now behind the very successful New Riff Distillery, not far from their retail store.
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Ardbeg Uigeadail, batch L5939704082014 14008246 17:51. I opened this Dec. 29, 2017. 3 years. My first bottle lasted only 1 yr, 7 mo. I was planning to put the last dram H2H with a sample of an older batch but with my drinking almost as sparse as it was 10 years ago when I started, I decided it would take forever to be up for that. I'll put the sample up against the next bottle I open.
I enjoyed this one from start to finish. I know there has been criticism of more recent batches being a shadow of the older ones. Not having had the pleasure of too many older batches, I am happy to report the quality remains high.
I have 2 in reserve, one older, one newer. Once the cabinet it a little thinner I can justify opening one. So maybe in the fall?
I'm trying not to routinely replace bottles I open from my cabinet, but I may well be on the lookout for a reasonably priced bottle of this next winter when I'm in Calgary. Last time I checked, a discount chain had it for
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