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Springbank 35 Year Milennium
Added on Sunday, Jun 17, 2018 at 08:02 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 35 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Campbeltown
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
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Fuji
 
Lots of purple fruit stuff. Easy drinking and very tasty. 
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St. Magdalene 1975 G&M for Brookline
Added on Saturday, Jun 9, 2018 at 06:35 PM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1975 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Lowland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Cask 21, bottled in 2005.  Selected by Brookline Liquor Mart
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Caramel with  a hint of lemon

 

p:  bland honey nut cheerios with a citrus twist.  A bit forgettable yet unoffensive. 

 

C+/B- 

 
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Teeling 24yr
Added on Wednesday, Jun 6, 2018 at 11:25 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Irish
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Dublin
  Price: $400 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  citrus peels.  Perhaps a little moldy.

 

p: lemons and oranges with a bit of wet cardboard and a hint of mint. 

 

Easily quaffable 

 
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Deanston 20 Year Oloroso Cask
Added on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 05:04 AM
  Bottler:  
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 55.30 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $160 Availability: Better Stores
Unveiled in late 2015, this is a limited edition expression from Deanston distillery in the Highlands. Matured for 20+ years in ex-Oloroso Sherry casks and bottled at cask strength.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: caramel taffy, warmed margarine, car vinyl. Graham crackers (campfire s'mores) and burnt cream - quite unique. Honey drizzled on dates with a hint of snuffed out match .

 

t: initial is yellow cherry, dried tropical fruit (pineapple and papaya), and honeysuckle. Earthy with gingerbread cookie and a note of rubber (took me a while to figure it out - threw me off). Nice oak and golden raisin in the long finish. 

 

Interesting but weird - would be a polarizing whisky to talk about. The sherry cask is quite subdued for its age. 

 
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Knob Creek 25th Anniversary
Added on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 04:29 AM
  Bottler: Beam Suntory
  Age: NAS yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 2004 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 122.60 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $130 Availability: Better Stores
Mashbill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Malted Barley

According to the company press release, “In 1992, Sixth Generation Beam Master Distiller Booker Noe created Knob Creek Bourbon to restore the standards of pre-prohibition style whiskey, pushing the boundaries of an entire category with the introduction of super-premium, small batch bourbon. Twenty-five years later, Booker’s son and Seventh Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe is celebrating this milestone with the launch of an exclusive, limited-edition release ­– Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon. Uniting the signature whiskey making styles of Booker and Fred Noe for the first time, Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon is a cask strength and unfiltered single barrel bourbon, aged in barrels for twelve-to-thirteen years and personally selected by Noe for this historic occasion.” The company goes on to describe it as “the truest expression of Knob Creek’s iconic flavor.”
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: standard stuff - but pleasing and strong. Heavy caramel and buttercream.
 
t: heavy dense body of oak char, burnt vanilla, and green tobacco. Peanuts roasted in the shell, brown sugar, and raw maple sap. This is loud and full-flavored with the right amount of bite. Very savory with spearmint and white pepper. Finish is long with seasoned corn sweetness and caramel with dry cinnamon to balance. A lot of chewy oak in here that lasts.

Releases are all in the same ballpark, some slight variables.
 
reviewed side by side:
barreled 2004  |  122.6 proof  [tasty + cohesive, B+/A-]
barreled 2005  |  122.8 proof  [great nose, more bite, B+]
 
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Westland Sherry Wood
Added on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 11:01 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Washington
  Price: $80 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Damp paper and watermelon jolly rancher

 

p:  Bitter and fungal with white pepper taking over.  A bit dissapointing unless you like the dry experience. 

 
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Bowmore 1996 SMWS 3.294
Added on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 12:56 AM
  Bottler: SMWS
  Age: 20 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1996 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: Salt and chlorine. A bit rough

 

p:  Tarry brine.  I imagine the gulf coast oil spill was a slighly less delicious version of this.  White pepper and spearmint syrup.  Fun and complex although a little bit too unbridled to be an A

 
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Westland Winter 2016
Added on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 09:57 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Washington
  Price: $50 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: Anice, cherry, mustiness

 

p:  Spunky and a little hot.  Matchsticks.  A bit bitter.  Doesn't seem to come together like the nose does. 

 
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Laphroaig Four Oak
Added on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 09:12 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $80 Availability: Overseas Specialty
1 Liter for the Duty Free market
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Typically Laphroaigy.  Perhaps a cross between PX and Quarter cask

 

p:   A bit thin on the mouthfeel.  Salt, ash, and moly fruit.  Perhaps not a big departure from the other limited editions, although perhaps a better value the many of the Cardeas bottlings. 

 
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Mortlach 1995 Faultline for K&L
Added on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 01:21 AM
  Bottler: Faultline
  Age: 22 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1995 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.30 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Sherry butt #7301
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Alcoholy.  Moldy fruit

 

p:  Sweetened leather and hot spearmint.  Also helped by water

 

B-/B 

 
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