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Kilchoman 10th Anniversary
Added on Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016 at 11:08 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2015 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.20 % Region: Islay
  Price: $140 Availability: Specialty Stores

The 10th anniversary release is a vatting of sherry and bourbon casks filled between 2005 and 2012 and includes whisky from cask number 01/2005 (the first cask ever filled at Kilchoman). Total of 3,000 bottles at cask strength .

Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: wax, sea air, and parchment paper. Soft edges of smoke and vanilla bean. Wet heather and moss. 

 

t: smoke and char - quite different from the sweet impression from the nose. Middle is nice and oaky with even more hearty smoke and controlled phenols. Finish is driftwood campfire and salty. Nice whisky that checks all the boxes for a peated scotch that is intense without any sharp edges. Barley sugar and smoked grapefruit finish.  [B+/B]

 
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Springbank Local Barley 16yo (2016)
Added on Tuesday, Jun 21, 2016 at 11:02 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 16 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1999 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.30 % Region: Campbeltown
  Price: $180 Availability: Specialty Stores
9000 bottles.
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Well, it’s nice. Present but muted peat behind a grassy and lightly fruity-floral palate. It drinks lighter than 54%, but I wish there were more going on. I’ve had plenty of Springbanks which were highly memorable (most for the right reasons), and plenty that weren’t — this one falls into the “mostly forgettable” category, though not because anything’s wrong with it. It just needs more right with it.  
Ries
 

n: cereal in buttermilk, light lemon rind, and vanilla cream. Snuffed matchstick, dried heather flowers, barn/earthy. 

 

t: surprisingly sweet; lemon custard and torched merengue with grey seasalt. Middle has smoke and ash - apricot jam and dry leather on the tongue. Lemon custard donut with white sugar glaze rescued from a barn fire (light earthy peat). Long finish with more of that prickly BBQ citrus.  [B/B+]

 
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Rare Ayrshire 1975 Signatory CS for Binny's
Added on Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 37 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1975 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: N/A Region: Lowland
  Price: $350 Availability: Wide
Cask #3422
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: Cotton candy and fresh lumber.  A

 

p:  Rock candy, sweet at first, then leaning toward lemon and bitters. 

 

This really goes from Jekyll to Hyde fast which is a dissapointment from how it starts.

 
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Strathisla 1967 Duncan Taylor
Added on Saturday, Jun 18, 2016 at 11:18 PM
  Bottler: Duncan Taylor
  Age: 40 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1967 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.40 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores
Cask #1891
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Sour and weedy.  Unpleasant vegetation.

 

p:  Vegetal with hints of plum candy.  Chewy.

 

B-/B 

 
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George Dickel 17
Added on Tuesday, Jun 14, 2016 at 07:05 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 17 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Tennessee
  ABV: 43.50 % Region: Tennessee
  Price: $75 Availability: Specialty Stores
Released in 2016, for sale only at the George Dickel distillery.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
The nose is fantastic with big bourbon notes and plenty of oak. There is a dryness to it along with some red wine notes. The palate is, I hate to use the term, smooth. It's got a creamy, buttery mouth feel with those characteristic Dickel mineral/plywood notes, but there is a diluted quality to it. The finish is sweet with floral notes and maple syrup. At higher proof, this could have been a B+ or maybe even an A-. 
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Highland Park 1990 Signatory (Cask 15696)
Added on Monday, Jun 13, 2016 at 03:35 PM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 19 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.50 % Region: Island
  Price: $85 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Distilled Dec 13, 1990     Bottled Nov 24, 2010     Cask no. 15696     Sherry Butt     531 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

The nose is well balanced with malt, some sulfur and very light peat. The palate has sweet sherry notes and a touch of sulfur, followed by a drier sherry which fades into the finish where it is joined by fruit on the nose.

 

This is a nice one with lots ofgood HP character and complexity.

 
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Ardbeg Dark Cove
Added on Thursday, Jun 9, 2016 at 10:20 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: $120 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  30% Gallileo, 70% Ardbog.  You get that decaying wood funk with just a bit of dried apricots

 

p:  Thin mouthfeel.  Gunpowder and wintergreen.  Really sticks in the finish.

 

B/B+ 

 
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Stark Spirits Peated Single Malt Batch 1
Added on Thursday, Jun 2, 2016 at 11:19 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 118.40 % Region: California
  Price: $75 Availability: Specialty Stores
Stark Spirits is a Pasadena-based (LA) distillery.   Bottled 2/18/2016
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

Note:  No rating will be given since I had involvement with the spirit and am a friend of the owners.

 

n:  Auto shop with drying raisins and tobacco

 

p:  Bacon, maple syrup, motor oil, dry leaves.  White pepper and iron take over toward the finish.  This definitely leans toward the Balcones in-your-face-with-flavor craft American whiskey experience.  Not subtle.

 
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Imperial 1995 Van Wees The Ultimate
Added on Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 at 07:22 PM
  Bottler: Van Wees
  Age: 19 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1995 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty

Cask 50167   Distilled Aug. 21 1995   Bottled Aug. 12, 2014

318 Bottles   Hogshead

Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose: Malty

Palate: Malty and grassy with some coastal sea breeze, then just a touch of sweetness.

Finish: Malt and dry white wine.

 

Comes together nicely.

 
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Imperial 1995 Van Wees the Ultimate 18 yo
Added on Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016 at 07:18 PM
  Bottler: Van Wees
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1995 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty

Cask 50152   Distilled Aug. 21, 1995    Bottled May 27, 2014

328 Bottles    Hogshead

Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose: Floral with white wine notes.

Palate: Floral and soapy, tastes like laundry detergent smells

Finish: Clean laundry or maybe fabric softener. 

 

 
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