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Macallan Easter Elchies
Added on Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 14 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1991 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Sherry Butt 7020     570 bottles
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Fuji
 
Stale sherry with funky plastic and latex notes. 
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Martin Mills 24 yo
Added on Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 at 05:34 AM
  Bottler: Heaven Hill
  Age: 24 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1974 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 53.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Made by Heaven Hill for the Japanese export market.  

Distilled December 1974        Bottled February 1999

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Sku
 
The nose is deep and rich with espresso notes. The palate is both rich and savory with red wine notes, and the finish is sweet and candy like. This one is terrific, changing in flavor from nose to finish with the emergence of sweeter notes toward the end. It's really well done and quite wonderful. 
Adam
 

Candy-sweet bourbony nose, very inviting. Palate is a sweet caramel-honey-vanilla-nut onslaught. Full of goodness with a finish that's nearly just right after it opens up, though it could be longer.

 

It just lacks the little extra bit of magic that would push it to a straight A, by my magical standards at least. Tasting this blind, my guess was a 22yo Heaven Hill, for whatever that's worth.

 
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Balcones Brimstone Resurrection
Added on Monday, Sep 15, 2014 at 04:50 AM
  Bottler: Balcones
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 64.50 % Region: Texas
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores
This whisky from Balcones Distillery in Waco, Texas was named “World’s Best American Whiskey” in Whisky Magazine’s 2014 World Whiskies Awards.
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Ries
 

n: burnt tortillas, dried old lacquer in a metal paint can, cherry syrup, linseed oil, and what a burnt-down house must smell like after it's been put out but still smouldering. Smoky but with a fruit and sweetness to it that is very peculiar.

 

t: sweet corn with the husk charred black in a campfire. Dark vanilla oak, sour cherries and fig, with a dill brine. Middle is back to old lacquer, whole cloves, and a savoury sweetness that balances the smoke and creates a nice balance.

 

I can see how this is very polarizing. This is not peaty or earthy; this is intense campfire smoke that is sweet and sour all at the same time with a strong tone of black tea and burnt caramel popcorn. And a great ABV that really packs a punch!  [n: burnt tortillas, dried old lacquer in a metal paint can, cherry syrup, linseed oil, and what a burnt-down house must smell like after it's been put out but still smouldering. Smoky but with a fruit and sweetness to it that is very peculiar.

 

t: sweet corn with the green husk charred black in a campfire. Dark vanilla oak, sour cherries and fig, and a dill brine. Middle is back to lacquer, whole clove spice, and a savoury sweetness.

 

I can see how this is very polarizing. This is not peaty or earthy; this is intensly campfire smoke that is sweet and sour all at the same time.   [B+/A-] 

 
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Mortlach 1995 Alexander Murray & Co.
Added on Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 07:17 PM
  Bottler: Alexander Murray & Co.
  Age: 16 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1995 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $50 Availability: Better Stores
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Andy
 

n:  Rubbing alcohol and toastd Cheerios

 

p:  Curiously hot.   Thin. Fresh wood finish.  $20-$30 blendy.  Meh.

 
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Balblair 1978
Added on Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 at 06:43 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1978 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $300 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  White Fruits

 

p:  Apples, pears, citrus tang.  Mild.  Not quite dull.

 
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Kilchoman 100% Islay (K&L)
Added on Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 05:58 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: 4 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2009 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 60.80 % Region: Islay
  Price: $110 Availability: Specialty Stores
7/23/2009 - 6/2/2014 
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Whisky in a tin pail.  Hint of burnt toffee.

 

p:  Sweet and savory cinnamon soaked cedar.  Not bad at all.  Finish leans red hots on fresh firewood.  Great d

 
Fuji
 

Cinnamon shavings, fireball candy, wet herbal root, star anise, brown sugar.


Salted butter, brine, sea salt, dry oak and white pepper.


Lightly sweet finish.

 

There is a lot going on with this and the individual components are nice.  But as a whole, it's not cohesive.  The salt/ brine and oak is too pronounced.  

 
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Glendronach 1995 18yr (K&L)
Added on Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 05:34 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2013 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.50 % Region: Highland
  Price: $150 Availability: Specialty Stores
10/3/1995 - 07/2013   Cask 1411
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Burnt caramel

 

p:  Coffee and chocolate with almonds.  Oily.  Semisweet.  Definitely a whopper although perhaps too much so.

 
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Jim Beam Distillers' Masterpiece 18 yo Cognac Finished
Added on Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:18 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 49.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Cognac Finished Bourbon.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

 

The nose on this has some rye spice and then sweet, almost sherry like notes. The palate has brown sugar and vanilla with lots of candy notes. The finish is minty. This stuff is just delicious. It's sweet without being cloying, and the wine finish really comes through.

 

 
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Willett 15 yo Barrel 8 (Bourbon DC)
Added on Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:16 AM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers
  Age: 15 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1992 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 61.45 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

Distilled Aug. 17, 1992    Warehouse B  Rick SR13

153 Bottles 

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Sku
 

Nose: Peanuts, PayDay bar.

Palate:  Rich and sweet with oak and burnt sugar.  

Finish: Swee and a bit spicy.

 

Really great stuff. 

 
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Old Fitzgerald Colonial Decanter
Added on Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 at 10:14 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 6 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1963 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 100.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Bottled in Bond.   Distilled 1963   Bottled 1969
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose: Nice wheaty nose with lots of caramel.  

Palate: Huge caramel and candy notes.

Finish:  Cherry candy, a touch of cough syrup.

 

A pretty decent old SW.  

 

B/B+ 

 
Adam
 
Okay stuff by all means, but the finish is a little soapy, and a little too alcoholy like it contains neutral spirits. 
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