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Bunnahabhain 1973 Archives
Added on Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018 at 12:51 AM
  Bottler: Archives
  Age: 40 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1973 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.60 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
"Fishes of Samoa" series     Distilled 3.1973     Bottled 4.2013     156 bottles
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Adam
 
Nose is very "alive" and full of stone fruits, cotton candy, along with some oak and maybe hay. The palate completely delivers on this, it's really great, bright stone fruits again. Not sweet though, just the essences of things like apricot and tangerine. Here and there there's a peppery, mineraly side that shows, which switches back to a zippy, semi-tart, fruity thing.
 
This one surprised me and I wish I'd bought it on release. Instead, I found a sample deep in my archives, pulled it out on a whim, enjoyed it greatly, and shall now be sad I have no more.
 
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Gold Bar
Added on Saturday, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:41 PM
  Bottler: Gold Bar Bottle Company
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region:
  Price: $55 Availability: Specialty Stores

"A premium blended American whiskey with a mash bill of rye, corn and barley" finished in French oak casks from Napa, as well as the company's "signature gold finishing method." 

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Adam
 
Nose is light and inviting. European white nougat, chardonnay, with the familiar woody notest that you find in some younger craft spirits.

Palate is mildly fruity, pleasantly apricoty-peachy on a vanilla background, all very light. If I were tasting this blind, I'm not sure I'd know what it was. I might peg it as a blended scotch.

It all gets kind of alcohly in the finish, and increasingly so the more the glass drains. It passes the sip test pretty well, but fails the glass test. Although I do think this would be pretty good for certain cocktails, and maybe that's what it's intended for. 
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Glen Garioch 21 1965 (Dark Vatting)
Added on Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 at 07:55 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1965 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 

See my notes on the "light" vatting, I feel the same here. This has a noticeable amount of added fartyness to it, the kind of which I find in some of the later-oughts bottlings from Glenrothes. There's a lot of fanfare among some about this bottling, but I don't taste it. B-/C+

 

For comparision:
 

 
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Glen Garioch 21 1965 (Light Vatting)
Added on Sunday, Feb 11, 2018 at 07:51 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1965 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
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Adam
 

This bottling and its darker sister have developed a strong reputation in some whisky circles. I'm not gonna say that isn't deserved -- but palates can be like fingerprints, and whatever receptors one might need to fully appreciate this malt, I don't seem to have them.

 

To me it's just kinda dry, kinda peaty, kinda average overall, and kinda good. I like it marginally better than the darker iteration.

 

For comparison:

 

 
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Bladnoch Adela
Added on Friday, Feb 9, 2018 at 08:06 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.70 % Region: Lowland
  Price: $120 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  hints of apple peels and light plastic.

 

p:  Sweet, with dark fruits and nuts.  Perhaps a very good fruitcake, albeit light on the spices. Safely comparable to other 15yr sherries, at least in the quality of the spirit itself.

 
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Bowmore 11 years old Feis Ile
Added on Thursday, Jan 25, 2018 at 02:33 AM
  Bottler: Bowmore
  Age: 11 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2017 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.80 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Selected by hand exclusively for Feis Ile 2017, from casks matured at the home of No.1 Vaults, Bowmore's bottling is 11 years of age and has been matured in a combination of ex-sherry and ex-red wine casks. Bottled at cask strength and limited to only 4000 bottles.

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Ries
 

n: dates, synthetic rubber, red berries, + salt char. Smouldering campfire and a metallic note.

 

t: blackberry syrup with a strong plastic/phenolic sharp taste and bakers chocolate. A lot of fruit jam (blackberry + currants) and oak with charred vanilla. Overall a bit synthetic with the skewed winey aspect - especially in the finish. It's weird, and part of me likes that and part of me isn't in tune...

 
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The Exclusive Blend 1980
Added on Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 at 01:21 AM
  Bottler: Creative Whisky Co.
  Age: 35 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1980 Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 46.00 % Region:
  Price: $180 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: grape cough syrup

 

p:  yogurt raisins and dried apricots.  Intense and fruity but not overly sweet.  Easy sipper for sure. 

 
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Dufftown 1997 Signatory CS
Added on Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:51 AM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1997 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.80 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores
Cask No's: 19496 and 19497
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: boozy grains.  Hint of lemon

 

p:  bitter french vanilla then leads to white pepper that finishes vibrantly in a fun way.  

 
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Port Dundas 18yr
Added on Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:30 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Grain
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Lowland
  Price: $95 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  light.  Perhaps multigrain bread

 

p:  vegetal and a little sweet.  Chewing raw sugercane.  Overly thin and watery.  Hint of vanilla toward the finish.  A bit forgettable.

 

C+/B- 

 
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Peerless Rye 2015 (Cork 'n Bottle)
Added on Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 at 06:56 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 2 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2015 Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 53.70 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $129 Availability: Specialty Stores

R150421103  Barrel 1 for Cork 'n Bottle  Barrel Date April 21, 2015  Chosen May 23, 2017

 

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Sku
 

Tasted blind:

Nose: Soy sause, honey, bananas

Palate: Raw and grainy, then bitter

Finish: bitter and slightly metalli with alcohol fumes.

Overall: Crappy. 

 
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