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The Judges' box of Mystery part II

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@cricklewoodReview by @cricklewood

21st Jun 2018


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  • Finish
  • Balance
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Alright, so I'm prepping for Spirit of Toronto and a dapper guy in a blazer hands me a box with my name on it and then scribbles a few notes with instructions to follow, I'm like shit...cue the Lalo Schifrin score I accept the mission.

Well close enough...the sample is courtesy of @paddockjudge, he did give me instructions on the order in which I should sample this first set.

Nose: vanilla, mackintosh toffe, apple, a hint of buttered popcorn, soft rye spices, lots of sweet oak. really well balanced.

Palate: Honey, a good amount of oak, the rye contributes cloves, orange flower water, a slight peppery bitterness, the vanilla is present but not overbearing.

Finish : green bell pepper, waxed apples, fresh bread and a little lemon slices. Lots of cloves and oak.

Subtle but full the nose is much bolder than CC40, not sure if this is only due to the addition of young rye in the blend. Another whisky I would be curious to taste blind along with some American whisky to see how it would fare.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

“The addition of young rye”

Isn’t every component of this whisky at least 35 Years Old? I’m confused.

2 years ago 0

paddockjudge commented

You've captured this whisky well...nailed it!

2 years ago 0

cricklewood commented

@OdysseusUnbound I believe the little secret about this whisky is that they are using the 9% rule and basically adding a "dollop so < 9%" of pot still rye (Lot 40 CS) to spice it up a bit. @paddockjudge can probably confirm this.

I know the rule is controversial I'm not crazy about it but neither am I about the Scotch industry pretending that they aren't doing the same kind of thing using freshly dumped casks.

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OdysseusUnbound commented

@cricklewood I may be wrong, but I thought that the age statement had to refer to the youngest component whisky in the blend, and that the 9% “other” could only be excluded from the age statement if it were a wine/Sherry/rum/unicorn tears. Perhaps @paddockjudge will clarify. My knowledge is limited...

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cricklewood commented

@OdysseusUnbound I spit up my coffee at unicorn tears laughing I think that's a Diageo trade secret.

You might be correct about the age statement, my knowledge about this grey area is limited.

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