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Ardmore 1996 Gordon & MacPhail
Added on Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:17 PM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1996 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $60 Availability: Specialty Stores
1996/2013
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Andy
 

n: Warm roasted almonds and citrus on fresh timber

 

p:   Relatively generic.  Reminds me of a dull Glenrothes.  Citrus and hint of honey.  No peat.

 
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Cask Islay No. 1
Added on Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 03:16 PM
  Bottler: A.D. Rattray
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Vatted Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $50 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Intense.  Smoked gouda and big red hots.  Nice.

 

p:  Flat and ashy.  White pepper on the back of the mouth.  Bit watery on the mouthfeel.    Hot finish reminds me of eating one too many jalapenos.

 

Fun. 

 
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anCnoc Flaughter
Added on Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 03:08 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $80 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Very faintly minty

 

p:  Whole wheat bread with a distant hint of white fruit following. Glenmorangie-ish with a small (very) amount of smoke.

C+/B- 

 
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Schlenkerla Smokemalt Rauchbier
Added on Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 02:46 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: N/A Type: European
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Other
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Germany
  Price: $120 Availability: Specialty Stores

Distilledfrom hopped beer

Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Industrial chemicals.  Not sure if this strips a wall or coats it but the wall changes when this goes on.  Banana nut bread.

 

p:   Um, yeaaaaaaaahh. This is different.  I'm not sure these guys know where to place the cut (or that they should at all).  There's just a lot in here that seems wrong.  Thin and well, with the flavor of something exotic and cheap, as if picked up in a market in Cambodia with a snake head floating in it.   Flavor of artificial hickory seasoning dances around the nasty parts.  Not very hoppy.  Sort of gives me the idea that something is fermenting in there although I doubt that.

 

For the adventurer and collector. 

 
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Glenmorangie Sonalta PX
Added on Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 05:15 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $92 Availability: Wide
10 years in American white oak casks. Transferred into Spanish ex-Pedro Ximenez (PX) casks for two years of extra-maturation. Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX was the first release in the Private Edition range. Non chill-filtered. The word Sonnalta is Gaelic for "Generous”.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: aroma from golden raisins, goldenrod honey, and light spice. Cigar wrapper and dry wheat bread crust.

 

t: quite malty with a balanced berry jam/fruity sweetness and a nice oaky profile. Not overtly sweet and floral like many other 'Morangie offerings. Nut mix (predominately hazelnuts). Black cherry juice and cocoa powder in the finish. The PX influence is lighter than I expected.   [B]

 
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Glenmorangie Finealta
Added on Monday, Sep 1, 2014 at 04:20 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $100 Availability: Better Stores
A recreation of a recipe dating back to 1903. Matured in a combination of American white oak casks and Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. Unusual for its light addition of peatiness - a reminder of a time when Glenmorangie dried its barley in a peat fired kiln. Non chill-filtered
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: lime sherbert, almonds, orange peel burnt with a wooden matchstick. Warm floral-honey scent with rich malt.
 
t: blood orange marmalade with a few drops of cherry liquer, nutmeg spice, and candied ginger. Middle is where smoked lime shows with white sugar icing sweetness and dried rose petal. The finish is a lingering sweet paper smoke and more candied citrus peel. A fun whisky but might be trying to do too many things all at once; not quite harmonious.
 
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Bowmore Dorus Mor, Batch 1
Added on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 04:37 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 55.10 % Region: Islay
  Price: $100 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Strangely sweet.  A bit like a cream filled krispy kreme doughnut.

 

p:  Beef jerky and white pepper dipped in seawater.  Nice.  Peppery finish.

 

B/B+

 
Fuji
 
Butterscotch, vanilla malt and citrus mixed with ash. Palate is nice. There's a good amount of peat followed by fruity floral stuff and a buttery finish.  
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Paul John Peated
Added on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 04:16 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Indian
  ABV: 55.50 % Region: Goa
  Price: $50 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: Smoked pork with a thai bbq sauce.  Strange spice.  Saffron?

 

p:  Interesting.  Perhaps like biting a newly stained and sealed piece of furniture.  Semi-sweet and oily.  This finish will last you all the way from Goa to Madras.

 

B-/B

 
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Longrow 10 Sherrywood
Added on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 04:02 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 10 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: N/A Region: Campbeltown
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Sour dark fruits

 

p:  Honey oat bread and damp firewood.  Bit of caramel in the finish.

 

I find this odd because its label suggests peat and sherry.  Although wisps of these could be argued as present, I just can't claim either of these as dominant part of the profile.

 

Otherwise, the expression is nice but a little thin.

 

C+/B-

 
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Very Olde St. Nick 19 yo Bourbon
Added on Wednesday, Aug 27, 2014 at 09:13 AM
  Bottler: Very Olde St. Nick
  Age: 19 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 47.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty
The Very Olde St. Nick brand was designed for the export market only. It was originally supplied by Julian Van Winkle III (of Pappy fame) and then shifted over to Even Kulsveen (Willett). These were all bottled in the early to mid 2000s. 
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
The nose has heavy rye notes and caramel. The palate has some dark caramel notes without being too sweet, then some spice which continues into a peppery finish. This one was great with a great balance of sweetness and spice. 
Andy
 

n:  Nice

 

p:  Watery, leather, quick finish

 

B/B+

 

Note:  The Very Olde St. Nick line was sampled swiftly during a busy tasting.  To add to the difficulty, they were all simple and boring making notes difficult.  The ratings were easily placed, however. 

 
Adam
 
This is my favorite of the VOSN bourbon lineup, at least of those I've tasted. B/B+ 
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