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Old Weller Antique (K&L Barrel #001)
Added on Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 at 01:57 PM
  Bottler: Buffalo Trace
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 53.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $25 Availability: Specialty Stores
Generic photo. June 2013.
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Dan
 
Deep golden amber color with a red-orange overlay. The nose features wafts of alcohol, some sugar and wheat. With some air, the hard edges disappear and some caramel comes out. The palatte is creamy and some oak, but quickly has a bitter wood in the mid-palate. Nice long finish. Overall I did think it was a nice bold bourbon. [3/5/14] 
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Karuizawa Noh 1999 #869 (K&L)
Added on Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 10:23 PM
  Bottler: Number One Drinks
  Age: 13 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: 1991 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 57.70 % Region: Japan
  Price: $145 Availability: Specialty Stores
Sherry Butt     500 bottles    
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose: Sulfuric sherry.  

Palate: Lots of Sulfur.

Finish: More of the same.

 

 

Some folks might love this, but I'm sulfur sensitive and this is a major sulfur bomb.  
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Kilchoman Machir Bay (2013)
Added on Monday, Apr 7, 2014 at 08:42 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $55 Availability: Specialty Stores
A vatting of 4 and 5 year old ex-bourbon casks, with the 4 year casks being finished in Oloroso sherry butts for 4 weeks prior to bottling.
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Sku
 

The nose is exactly what you expect it will be, sock you in the face Islay peat and brine. Big and peaty and oceany. The palate mostly follows suit but with a trace of sweetness. You can definitely taste the youth. Very little of the sherry finishing comes through. The finish is a very nice blast of peat.

 

This is a good, solid Islay malt.

 
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Willett 21 yo Barrel 3705
Added on Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014 at 10:23 PM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers
  Age: 21 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 51.20 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores
Photo is generic Willett bottle.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose:  Sweet caramel, bay, peppermint candy

Palate: Drier than I expected from the nose.  Very oaky with wood polish type notes, a slight sweetness, tobacco

Finish:  Dry and oaky with some char.

 

Very nice older bourbon.  

 

 
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Kilchoman Machir Bay (2012)
Added on Friday, Mar 28, 2014 at 10:28 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $54 Availability: Specialty Stores
First annual Machir Bay release.
Member Ratings and Notes
Dan
 

Faint yellow-white color. The nose is just fresh. Fresh peat, fresh farm air, it's nice. Some alcohol vapors and after some time, a weird rubber smell. On my tongue fairly straightforward, campfire-esque peat; well rounded and pleasant. But also a little boring to me. I kept wanting more. [3/28/14]

 
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Tamnavulin-Glenlivet Cadenhead 23yo
Added on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:54 AM
  Bottler: Cadenhead
  Age: 23 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
For the Italian market. Bottled circa 1990.
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Sku
 

Nose:  Big sherry with some sulfur

Palate: Sulfur dominates though some fruit gets through

Finish:  Raisins and matchsticks

 

Normally, I dislike big sulfur bombs, but this one had a enoug hblaance that I liked it.

 

B/B+

 
Fuji
 
Great livley sherry stuff here.  This was my favorite bottle from the blind meeting...beating out the Black Bowmore 1st edition.  This is just tasty. A-/B+ 
Dan
 

Red/black color. Very nice nose! Subtle red fruits and not overpowring. Lots and lots of fruit here. Just yummy. Not a long enough finish. I'm really intrigued by Tamnavulin after having had this. Almost could have been an A- from me. [Blind - 2/21/14]

 

Guesses: 45% (vs 46%); 22yr (vs 23); Glenlivet (vs Tamnavulin)

 
Andy
 
n: Eating toast in a pool

p: Burnt varnish

B+/A-
 
Ries
 

n: dark cherry chocolate, very delicious and heavily on sherry cask. Resin and wood varnish.

 

t: liquified wood, dark dried fruits and more varnish. Dry and tart in middle, finishes like licking a cherry lollipop with a cough drop in my mouth. 

 

*short notes due "Blind" Meeting newb pressure.

my guess: 51% | 24yr | Glen Grant

[A-/A, almost A]

 
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Highland Park 1977 Perfect Dram
Added on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:35 AM
  Bottler: Perfect Dram
  Age: 33 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1977 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.30 % Region: Island
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Bottled 2010     193 Bottles
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Sku
 

Nose:  Peat and light sherry notes

Palate:  Peat, apple cider, beer, sherry

Finish:  Fruit and a touch of bitterness

 
Dan
 

Light brown orange color. To be honest, didn't get a lot on the nose. Simple palate with some sherry and red berries. Fades quickly with a slight aftertaste. [Blind - 2/21/14]

 

Guesses: 51% (vs 52.3); 22yr (vs 33); no distillery guess.

 
Andy
 

n: Slightly salty

 

p: More salt.  Not doesn't have much going on.

 

C+/B- 

 
Ries
 

n: faint smoke in sea spray

 

t: hint of red berries, faint smoke, and hint of grey sea salt.

 

"meh"

 

*short notes due "Blind" Meeting newb pressure.

my guess: 44% | 14yr | Longmorn

[B-]

 
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Bunnahabhain 1978 DL Platinum Old & Rare
Added on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:33 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 32 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1978 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.30 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled December 1978     Bottled January 2011     Sherry Butt     197 Bottles
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Sku
 

Nose:  Sweet sherry

Palate:  Very sweet opening with fruity

Finish:  Rancio like bitterness.

 

Very nice and complex

 

B+/A-

 
Fuji
 

N: Sherry, stewed fruits, and eucalyptus

P: Berry flavored hard candy and tobacco leaves 

F: Burnt plastic

 
Dan
 

Deep red sherry color. Fruity (red) and strong. Some bitterness, remindes of a sherried glenlivet on the tongue. Some wood and grain. [Blind - 2/21/14]

 

Guesses: 43% (vs 54.3); 27yr (vs 32); Macallan (vs Bunnahabhain)

 
Andy
 

n:  Sheeeeeerrrrrry

 

p:  Flashy, white pepper.  Finish burns.

 

C/C+ 

 
Ries
 

n: sweet sherry candy and malty

 

t: red cherry hard candy and dry leather. 

 

*short notes due "Blind" Meeting newb pressure.

my guess: 54% | 26yr | Glen Grant

[B+/A-]

 
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Glen Grant "Reflection" Duncan Taylor 34yo
Added on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:31 AM
  Bottler: Duncan Taylor
  Age: 34 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.10 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
This was a single cask bottled exclusively for three whisky aficionados in Montana known as "The Filthy Boys." Who actually are really great and generous guys. See also "Reverence."
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Sku
 

Nose:  Fruit juice

Palate:  Fruity, oaky with some briny notes

Finish:  Very dry, oaky.

 

 
Fuji
 

N: Chalk, crushed peanut, walnut, tea and malty bread dough

P: Fruit bowl (Peaches, nectarine, bosc pear) with some staleness

F: Lightly bitter citrus peel

 
Dan
 

Amber orange color. Funky nose with some wood on the back end. Prickely vanilla on my tongue. Nice draw. B- [Blind - 2/21/14]

 

Guesses: 58% (vs 56.1); 20yr (vs 34); no distillery guess

 
Andy
 

n:  Very sweet.  Honeysuckle.

 

p: Hot, bitter.  Burnt greens.  Honeysuckle.

 

B/B+ 

 
Ries
 

n: sweet light fruit syrup nose, caramel, jasmine tea.

 

t: fruit cocktail in Granny's basement, some warm spice, marzipan dough. 

 

*short notes due "Blind" Meeting newb pressure.

my guess: 52% | 17yr | Ardmore

[B+]

 
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Black Bowmore 1st Edition
Added on Thursday, Mar 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 29 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1964 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Bottled 1993.     2,000 Bottles.

What happens in a blind tasting when nobody knows they are drinking this legend? Click here for the full report.

Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Notes from a blind tasting:

 

Nose:  Heavy sherry notes with some sulfur.

Palate:  Sweet sherry, very thick and syrupy mouthfeel

Finish:  Dried apricots, sulfur, a tad bitter.

 

A very nice sherry bomb.

 

B+/A-

 
Fuji
 
Match sticks, charred BBQ stuff, burnt black licorice, flambe, berry cough syrup and a big dose of sulphur.  Smoke and ash linger with light peat.  Flashes of sherry come through and hold on through the finish. 
TAP
 

From the LAWS blind tasting 2/2014, and we were trying to guess the distillery, age and ABV.

 

Nose: The sherry on this one had me thinking Strathisla or Longmorn (oh how wrong I was), and though I got a little sulphur, it was definitely not bad.  Papayas and sweet jam.

 

Palate: More sherry, of course, and just a light touch of peat, which had me thinking Bunnahabhain, but I still really felt this was a sherried speysider.  Definitely coats the mouth and a bit sticky, nice citrus.

 

Finish: Nice finish with more papayas, lingers nicely. 

 

I guessed 48% ABV, Strathisla at 24 years.  WRONG, WRONG and WRONG.  :(

At first I said it was very enjoyable, maybe an 89/90, then when I heard it was Black Bowmore I thought, maybe 91...errr...stop.  I'll keep it at my first score, and leave the bias of a legendary whisky out of this, but I'll select A- since that is part of my score.

89/90 (B+/A-) 

 
Dave
 

Well...after that write-up, this will seem self-serving.  However, I assure you that this an honest assessment.

 

I loved it.  I said I loved it at the time and I thought it was much older - around 39-40 years.  Reminded me greatly of the 1972 Glendronachs in the 700 cask series  (In the guessing-game portion of the event Glendronach, Glenfarclas, Longmorn were my distillery guesses). It was a lightly sulphered sherry thump.  Complex and IMHO excellent.  I do a considerable amount of blind tasting and this would fall into the 92+ category for me using the 100 scoring scale.  However, I doubt that I would have gone above 95......

 

Having said that, I would never have pegged this for the cult-icon that it is (I didn't).  Don't get me wrong, I thought it was great.  But high-four-figures, must-have-before-you-die, if-you-find-one-at-any-price-you-must-buy-it whisky?  Not at all.  Spend less than $1,000 (well, at the time of this writing anyway) on some older Glendronach sherry monsters and you will get a similar experience.

 

The geek in me is very greatful for such an experience.  I recommend this whisky to anyone who loves older sherry monsters with just the right amount of sulpher....just don't treat this - or any whisky - like it is the greatest thing to ever be put in a bottle.  

 

[Adam adds: Verifying the above. Dave was a big fan of this during the blind tasting portion.] 

 
Dan
 

Black-red color. Cigar ash, dried fruits, sherry, what a nose. I did like the nose a lot on this one. The palate was more dry sherry to me (I didn't get as much of the sweetness) with some tannins. I wrote down old library and I think I was trying to get at that it is a little stuffy malt. Great finish. It's weird, because from my notes, I'm like how did I not score this higher, but I gave it a B+ (A- nose). I will always wonder how I would have scored this both not blind and if it was later, like 4th or 5th in the lineup. The head games you play when drinking Blind -- very fun. [Blind - 2/21/14]

 

Guesses: 53% (vs 50); 25yr (vs 29); Longmorn or GlenDronach (vs Bowmore)

 
Andy
 

n: Magnificent

 

p: Great sherry, med sweet 

 

(If I knew what I was sampling,I'd have spent more time on notes and less time listening to Mole's Bora Bora story)

Adam you are an evil bastard of the best variety.  

 
Ries
 

n: dark black cherry juice, chocolate, black peppercorns, raw sour dough. Burnt wooden matchsticks and latex dress.

 

t: antique and deep sherry full of Tahitian vanilla, more black rubber, and raw peppercorns. Tease of charred/smoked walnuts and tanned leather. Completely balanced and full of scotch goodness. 

 

*short notes due "Blind" Meeting newb pressure.

my guess: 48% | 22yr | Bunnahabhain

[A/A-]

 
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