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Glenmorangie Companta
Added on Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores
The fifth release in Glenmorangie's Private Edition, Companta is a vatting of whiskies aged in American oak and then finished in wine casks from Clos de Tart vineyards and a fortified wine from Cotes du Rhone. 
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Sku
 

The nose is malty with orange rind, brandy notes and lots of fruit. The palate is fairly straightforward and malty with a touch of honey and a bit of acid; the acid grows toward the end getting a bit astringent.  The finish has red wine notes and some sherry type nots on the nose but the astringency stays with you.

 

I'm not a huge fan of this malt.  The nose is very nice but the palate is overly astringent and the wine notes aren't ingtegrated well into the malt.  

 

C+/B- 

 
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Singleton of Dufftown
Added on Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 05:36 AM
  Bottler: Singleton of Dufftown
  Age: 28 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1985 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.30 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty

bottled as part of the Diageo's annual Special Releases.

bottle number 0166 of 3,816   |   distilled 1985, bottled 2013

Cask Type Refill Bourbon (refill American oak)

 

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Ries
 

n: bit-o-honey bar, toffee, fresh printed cardboard. Spiced frosting animal crackers, and waxy lemon polish. Full of cereal malt and heather with a tease of faint smoke.

 

t: hay and wet green grass with a light sweet side (simple syrup). Bright and brassy with nutmeg spice and a hot finish that goes a little flat after a few sips. Still honeysuckle sweet and grassy with a bit of mouth drying cedar-wood ash at the very end. Monochromatic.

 

low B-. 

 
Fuji
 

N: Bourbon cask sweetness (vanilla, toffee) with rusty metal and eucalyptus wood notes.

 

P: Starts off salty with mixed fruit and used tea leaves.  Herbal grassy stuff.  The hot finish is dry and astringent

 
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Tomintoul Stillman's Dram
Added on Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 05:07 AM
  Bottler: Tomintoul
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1969 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 45.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty

First-ever limited edition Stillman's Dram Tomintoul Speyside Single Malt. Each selected oak cask yields only a limited number of bottles. Cask number 5347 was filled in 1969 and bottled in 1999, after maturing for 30 years, the total yield was only 298 bottles.

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Ries
 

n: bread pudding full of black raisins. Plum juice (heavy on the dried fruits and black cherries). Currants in an almond scone.

 

t: follows nose; dense prune juice, moist tobacco leaf, brown sugar, and a light taste of menthol. Dark, dried fruit juice is the main character that only softens at the end. Very sweet and full of preserved fruit. Wet vegetation on a hot summer day. Raw bread dough and some oak shows in the finish. I would not be surprised if this came from a port cask. 

 

low B/B- 

 
Fuji
 
Desert in a glass.  Warm butterscotch, brown sugar, cotton candy, prune skin, black cherry jam/ marmalade and raisins.  It gets wierd on the palate with weird funk that is sulphuric.  It lingers into the finish that drops quickly. 
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Glen Grant 1976 Douglas of Drumlanrig
Added on Monday, Jul 28, 2014 at 04:52 AM
  Bottler: Douglas of Drumlanrig
  Age: 31 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1976 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores

Sherry Hogshead, cask number: 4594, bottles filled: 150

distilled Dec 1976, bottled Sept 2008 

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Ries
 

n: dark sherry and freshly applied wood varnish. Over-ripe strawberries, fresh cloves, old leather bound book. Some dark chocolate and graham crackers. Very nice and savoury nose, I could smell this all night.

 

t: Follows nose of dark red fruits and heavy ancient sherry wood. Noir chocolate and dry walnuts. Also has a dry/bitter black tea element of over steeped tea that tones down the candy fruit from the cask. This is deep and resinous whisky with a herbal spice that makes this a deep and thoughtful drink. I really like the old leather bound book in the very dry finish. This is a whisky that I really enjoy. 

 

high A-/Almost an A

 
Fuji
 
Purple stuff! Grape drank mixed with flowers.   Toasted malt mixed with cola, bitter black grape skin, and nuts (roasted and steamed peanuts).  The darker sherry notes do not translate well onto the palate for me.  Its too dry and tastes of re-used over extracted coffee grind.  It may have spent too much time in the cask.  
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Clynelish 1995 Signatory
Added on Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 13 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1995 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.20 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $90 Availability: Overseas Specialty

Cask 12792   Sherry Butt    Bottled September 15, 2009    

547 bottles

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Sku
 

Nose: Very nice nose with rich malt and a touch of grape.

Palate: Rich malt to match the nose, followed by some nice coastla notes, see air, sea water, seaweed and a touch of sweetness.

Finish: The coastal notes remain but some of the fruit retuns from the nose...like a coastal vineyard.

 

Not a lot of bells and whistles and not much in the way of sherry influence except for the subtle fruitiness on the nose and finish, but a really nice malt in the rugged, coastal genre.

 

B/B+

 
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Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B (Van Blankle)
Added on Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 08:50 AM
  Bottler: Buffalo Trace
  Age: 12 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1992 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.20 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
A single barrel of Stitzel-Weller bourbon bottled in 2004 for Randy Blank, known as "Van Blankle".
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Sku
 

The nose is old dusty bourbon with some medicinal notes. The palate is initially sweet with candy notes, then savory in that distinctly Van Winkle way, fading to slightly medicinal note and a finish with a nice balance of wood and spice.

 

This is an understated, really wonderful bourbon with a good balance of sweet and spice. It's very well balanced; the initial sweetness, the spice and the touch of medicinal, savory notes, make it approachable and fun but also complex and interesting. It's a beautiful composition and is far better than any bottle of the 12 year old Lot B I've tasted. This one is legendary for a reason.

 
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Ellenstown 12
Added on Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 08:40 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $65 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

n: Metal pail with butterscotch in the bottom

 

p:  thick oily mouthfeel.  Butter and mint with a jolt of heat.   Palate  lingers with ash like your mouth had a fire and got doused.

 

Sweet peat.  B/B+

 
Fuji
 
Peat, ash, brine and warm malt sweetness. There's also vanilla, iodine and citrus. Much of the same on the palate with peat and salt dominating. Lengthy finish of vanilla and ash.  
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Willett Rye 2 yo (Willett Distillery)
Added on Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 07:41 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 2 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 54.70 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $44 Availability: Specialty Stores
Released in 2014, this is the first release from the newly reopened Willett Distillery.  
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Sku
 

The nose has really nice rye notes with pickle juice and caraway; it's nice and spicy but with a touch of sweetness. The palate has a promising start with a nice sweet and spicy balance. Toward mid palate it shows its youth with some medicinal notes; they aren't exactly new makey, but they are the sort of medicinal, raw wood notes typical of very young whiskeys; those notes are pretty fleeting though. The finish is back to that sweet/spicy balance with just a hint of the medicinal notes. Adding water isn't a good idea; it makes it taste like a low end Canadian blend.

 

This was surprisingly good and balanced for a two year old whiskey. That being said, it's still two years old. It's not bad at all, and it's great to see what the Willetts are up to, but it lacks maturity and still has that young whiskey rawness. This whiskey has huge potential, and I'll be very enthusiastic to try this at four or six years old. With more age, it could definitely be great. For now, it's worth a try, but I'd recommend trying a glass rather than investing in a whole bottle.

 
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Royal Salute 38yr Stone of Destiny
Added on Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM
  Bottler: Chivas Bros.
  Age: 38 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region:
  Price: $650 Availability: Better Stores
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Andy
 

No good notes due to large whisky event.

 

Awesome.  Best blend I ever had.

 
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Highland Park Freya
Added on Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 02:10 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.20 % Region: Island
  Price: $250 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

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Very light and salty.  As far as general enjoyment I'd put this around the average 15yr. single malt.  Not so much a Norse god as perhaps a Norse librarian.

 
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