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Cadenhead Creations 20yr Batch 1
Added on Friday, Oct 31, 2014 at 12:08 PM
  Bottler: Cadenhead
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 46.00 % Region:
  Price: $99 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

n:  A bit sour.  Like a bad finish.

 

p: Wood varnish and sugary oatmeal. Thin and watery. Hints toward plums but doesn't quite make it.  Finish goes nowhere.

 

C/C+

 
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Bender's Rye
Added on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 10:20 AM
  Bottler: Treasure Island Distillery
  Age: 7 yrs Type: Canadian
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Other
  ABV: 48.00 % Region: Alberta
  Price: $46 Availability: Better Stores
Sourced from Highwood Distillers south of Calgary, Alberta.  Mashbill is 85% rye, 15% corn.
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Sku
 

The nose is light with nice rye notes and vanilla. The palate has bold rye spice, juniper, then some sweetness. It's strong for the abv. The finish turns a bit bitter with gin notes and some cotton candy sweetness in the background; the bitterness lingers, almost like an amaro. I'm generally sensitive to bitterness, but this one didn't bother me as it played well with the bold rye notes.

 

B/B-

 

[Batch 1] 

 
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Corti Brothers Exquisite Whiskey
Added on Tuesday, Oct 28, 2014 at 09:52 AM
  Bottler: Amador Distillery
  Age: 7 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2006 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 42.25 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $50 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled for Corti Brothers Sacramento store by Amador Distillery, this is a seven year old Kentucky bourbon finished in Mission del Sol dessert wine casks.
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Sku
 
The nose on this is pure port with some brown sugar. The palate is similarly big on wine with fruity port or sherry. Digging deep, there is a caramel bourbon note underneath, but I can't say I would pick it out if I didn't know this was actually a bourbon. The port notes increase as it trails off into the finish where it's joined by some oak.

 

It's not often that I taste something that's totally unique. Tasting blind, there is no way I would guess this was bourbon. If I had to compare it to anything, I would say it tastes most similar to the Navazos Palazzi sherried brandy than anything else I've tasted.

 

Usually when I taste finished bourbons, I'm left with the feeling that the finishing was just a method to add some sweetness to an inferior product. This one is more akin to a sherried Scotch where the wine notes become an integral part of the whiskey.

 

 
Fuji
 
Smells like a scotch and has a nice nose.  Lots of wine stuff but the finish is what kills it for me.  Tired sherry cask stuff that is musty and tastes of raw eggs. 
Adam
 

Cloyingly sweet bourbon, but not bourbony bourbon. I immediately pegged it as being finished in "some weird cask" because that's how it tastes.

 

Others may well enjoy it quite a bit, and I don't particularly dislike it... it's good enough stuff worth trying in my opinion, but not really the sort of thing I personally enjoy.

 
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Henry McKenna 10 yo (Everson Royce)
Added on Monday, Oct 27, 2014 at 09:07 AM
  Bottler: Heaven Hill
  Age: 10 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2003 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $29 Availability: Specialty Stores

Bottled in Bond    Bottled for Everson Royce in Pasadena, CA   Barrel 6386, P-7th Floor    

Barreled Sept. 8, 2003

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Sku
 

The nose on this is really great with caramel and oak. It reminds me of the nose on the old Elijah Craig 18 year olds. The palate follows through well; it starts with that nice sweet/oaky balance, and then turns nicely spicy and earthy which is what sticks around into the finish.

 

This stuff is just really good bourbon. It's complex and rich, elements that are lacking in so many of today's bourbons.

 
Fuji
 
Rich nose with burnt molasses, caramel and herbal stuff.  It carries over on the palate but thins out a bit toward mid palate.  Great value. B+/B 
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Port Ellen 1978 Douglas & Laing Old and Rare
Added on Saturday, Oct 25, 2014 at 03:05 PM
  Bottler: Douglas & Laing
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1978 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.20 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
423 bottles
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Fuji
 

Tasted Blind:

 

N: Iodine, diesel motor oil, lemon skin, popcorn butter, wax paper and a sharp dose of peat.

P: Peat upon entry followed by citrus zest (lime, lemon, grapefruit).  Sweetness of peaches and white nectarines come out mid palate.  

F: Smoke and ash  on the finish that lingers

 

B+/A-

 
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Westland Peated 3rd Release
Added on Friday, Oct 24, 2014 at 08:57 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 2 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Wa
  Price: $65 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

n:  Mixed fruit cobbler in a fewsh wood bowl.

 

p:  Wood varnish.  Unsweet with a hint of coal and soil.  Salty and simple finish.

 
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Westland 2012 Single Cask Nation
Added on Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 at 10:25 PM
  Bottler: Single Cask Nation
  Age: 2 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2012 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 60.00 % Region: Washington
  Price: $75 Availability: Specialty Stores
Exclusively from Single Cask Nation.  Cask 284, Oloroso, 6/12-10/14
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Andy
 
n: cherries and shoe polish. Kero syrup with water

p: Bold and entertaining. Vulcanized rubber meets maple syrup and honeysuckle. Bizarre in a fun way. Water tames but doesn't develop anything new. Finish is like biting a tire and forgetting to let go.

 

 
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Glendronach 1972 (Cask 702)
Added on Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 at 10:40 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 41 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1972 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.70 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Olorosso Butt 702     Bottled Oct 2013     
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Fuji
 

N: Fantastic sherried nose that is bright, tart and slightly acidic.  Hibiscus tea, raspberry, black berry, leather, varnished mahogany, melted hard candy, toasted baguette with exotic spices.  There just so much going on here: vinegar, mustard, and melted butter.

P: Just as good on the palate.  Theres a good balance of sherry fruit sweetness that is mixed with dry tobacco.  A lot of heat/ spice from cayenne in the astringent mid palate.  All the flavors contrast beautifully.  The sherry is in line with fruit jams and marmalade.  

F: The dry lengthy finish is wonderfully bitter with smoke, espresso and roasted seaweed.

 

A ton of stuff to find in this whisky.  Its really stands out because so much is going on, yet it manages to amalgamate.  Yet another great example of 1972 distillate but this one seperates itself becuase of the pronounced acidity and spice.  Epic stuff!

 
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Chichibu The First 2008 (non-USA)
Added on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:51 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Japanese
  Vintage: 2008 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 61.80 % Region: Japan
  Price: $150 Availability: Overseas Specialty
2008/2011.  Not to be confused with the 3yr USA release
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: Faint bubblegum

 

p: Hot, water helps. Lavendar bazooka gum with a maltiness in the background. Chewy finish that sticks around in a good way.

 
Fuji
 

N: Alcohol vapor, green apple honey comb

P: Sour green fruit, pickle, black pepper

 
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Chichibu The First Aged 3 years (US)
Added on Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 at 10:34 AM
  Bottler:  
  Age: 3 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 59.00 % Region: Japan
  Price: $200 Availability: Specialty Stores
USA version not to be confused with 2008/2011 European release
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 
n: Rice krispies treats
p: A little hot, water helps. Cheerios and sugar. Wonderbread.

Finish goes a little sour

 
Fuji
 

N: Paraffin wax, honey, peanut

P: Bright and fruity with alot of salt and malt.

 
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