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Glenmorangie Milsean
Added on Sunday, Feb 7, 2016 at 10:55 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  toast and marmalade

 

p:  Honey wheat bread from a sandwich shop.  Perhaps a hint of grape jolly rancher.  Not too complex but the palate and finish are fairly long and steady.  It is somewhat like a Japanese whisky in its rather steady and crisp delivery.

 

A step up from some of the recent special releases. 

 
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Royal Brackla 1998 Douglas Laing
Added on Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 08:47 PM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 10 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1998 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.80 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty

Bottled for Van Compernolle Whisky Club    Ref #DL4528

Bottled 2009   Refill Hogshead   317 Bottles

Photo courtesy of whiskyfun.com

Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose is light malt with honey.

Palate is floral, grassy and sweet, then grows dry and develops some more mineral notes.

Finish has a mix of it all, grassy, floral and mineral.

 

Very nice with some complexity. 

 
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Blair Athol 1988 Van Wees the Ultimate
Added on Monday, Feb 1, 2016 at 08:26 PM
  Bottler: Van Wees
  Age: 25 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1988 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores
Cask #6918   Refill Sherry Butt
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

Nose: Really nice, fruity sherry nose.

Palate: Opens with sweet fruit and transitions to drier sherry notes with just a touch of sulfur.

Finish: Soft sherry fruit.

 

Really nice and drinkable.  If it had a bit more proof, it would probably be in the A- range. 

 
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Flaming Heart Limited Edition
Added on Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016 at 11:30 PM
  Bottler: Compass Box
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Vatted Malt
  ABV: 48.90 % Region:
  Price: $130 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Caol Ila peat definitely comes through in this.  Dark cherries and peanut brittle.

 

p:  Wow.  Chewy peat with prunes and raisins in tandem.  Full flavored.  Tinkers with being too hot but isn't.   Long ashy finish.

 

Reminds me of the profile in many of the higher end Douglas Laing bottles.  Very expensive ones.  This this one isn't a homerun it's at least a moonwalk triple. 

 
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Caledonian "The Cally" 40 (2015 Diageo Special Releases)
Added on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:28 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 40 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Grain
  ABV: 53.30 % Region: Lowlands
  Price: $1350 Availability: Specialty Stores

5060 bottles     Refill American oak hogsheads

Pricing is average in US. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Chris
 

N: Smells like good gum, Mounds, maybe Almond Joy, 2x4's.

P: Lots of oak and marshmallow and... something.

F: Burnt pastic? 

 
Adam
 
Toasted coconut party. Great example of a great single grain whisky. B/B+ 
Sku
 

A pure bourbon nose was matched at first sip with sweet bourbon caramel, turning spicy and then ending with a taste of honey (tasting much sweeter than wine). The late honey on the palate gave it an almost Canadian Whisky type of profile, but like the best Canadian Whisky ever. The finish was drier with spice and coconut. It was sweet and delicious and fun to drink.

 

B+/A-

 
Josh
 
NOSE
Caramel, toasted grain, vanilla, waxy fruit, Tootsie Rolls and spice with a light bit of butterscotch and a bit of coconut. Water brings out the coconut in a big way.

PALATE
Caramel, toasted grains, dill, vanilla, waxy fruit, Tootsie Rolls and spice with more light wood and coconut. Here too water pulls the coconut up to a prominent position.

FINISH
Medium fade of caramel, wood, vanilla, dilly spice and coconut.

- It's like a combination of bourbon and scotch that was cut with coconut water, which is equal parts interesting and weird. I’ll definitely be revisiting at the LAWS bar in the future to see how time and air treats it and if it’s worth an updated score. -
 
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Port Ellen 15th Release (2015)
Added on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:19 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 32 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1983 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.90 % Region: Islay
  Price: $4000 Availability: Specialty Stores

2964 bottles     Europeak oak butts

Price is average in US. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
More sherry here than I expected. I mostly just enjoyed the heck out of this while cynically complaining it wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. But when the bottle was gone, I was sad. Please send more. 
Chris
 

N: Waffles
P: BBQ ribs with a spicy sauce. Powerful.

F: Yum time fun time.

A/A- 

 
Sku
 
The nose starts with a blast of peat followed by oak and a touch of sweet sherry which grows as you smell it. The palate also starts with peat, then reveals dry sherry which is remains present but never in an overwhelming way. There are dried pineapple notes and plenty of peat. The finish is an old fireplace, or maybe even the smell of just lit firecrackers after they explode (aka my neighborhood on the Fourth of July), along with an old, dry red wine. Everything about this is rich, thick and wonderful. 
Josh
 
NOSE
The big burly inky oily aroma of the Port Ellen 32 Years rolls out like molasses on amphetamines. Thick layers of peat, salted pork, iodine, smoked meat, licorice and charred fruit get sprinkled with light notes of wood, dark fruit and band-aids.

PALATE
The liquid is so viscous it’s an oil spill in my mouth, though with significantly fewer dead penguins. Oil slicks of peat, dark fruit, salted caramel, smoked meat, iodine, toffee, and saline sit in a gasoline shimmer atop light notes of fruit leather, minerals, earthy wood and band-aids.

FINISH
Long and peaty with oily layers of rubber, fruit, hay, wood and something I can only describe as “fossil fuel”.
 
- This is an Islay lovers dream. It’s a monster ballerina that dances across the senses like a steamroller fueled by peat, oil and pure uncut grace. A tidy glass of insanity that I considered giving an A+ to and if I was able to revisit it at a later date I might, but we slew that beast the same night we came face-to-face with it - 
 
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Brora 37 (2015 Release)
Added on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:18 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 37 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1977 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.40 % Region: Highland
  Price: $2300 Availability: Specialty Stores

2976 bottles     American hogsheads

Price is average in US. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Great but not excellent. I used to spend more time with a malt like this, telling myself that its “elegance” needed to be explored — and maybe that’s correct to say. This hits me with oak, grassy stuff, pepper, citrus background, and the peat is there... great stuff, but I'm probably biased for expecting more. 
Chris
 

N: Delicate peat.

P: Oh yeah. Very clean peat, lemon, hot smoke, vanilla.

F: Oily n' good. Vanilla. Delicious.

A-/A 

 
Sku
 
It's got that characteristic Brora mixture of fuel like peat notes, grassy malt and ocean air, along with a touch of lemon rind late in the palate.

 

 

It's perfectly balanced with no single element dominating.

 

Note to Adam: Its elegance needs to be explored!

 

 
Josh
 
NOSE
Fruit, saline, lemon curd, meringue, toffee, nuts and a light spice accompanied by dried fruit and smoke. It’s a nice bright aroma.

PALATE
Full an warming it’s layered with crisp notes of fruit, lemon curd, creme brûlée, toasted grain, smoke and light bit of dried apricots all strung together in perfect balance.

FINISH
Long and peaty with notes of fruit, saline and malt intertwined.

- Has the kind of lovely bright aroma, crisp balanced palate and long meandering finish that puts a smile on my face. -
 
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Clynelish Select Reserve (2015 Diageo Special Releases)
Added on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:15 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.10 % Region: Highland
  Price: $900 Availability: Specialty Stores

2946 bottles     No age statment

Ex-bourbon first-fill American oak barrels, rejuvenated and refill American oak hogsheads, ex-Sherry and refill European oak butts.

Price is average in US. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Pretty good stuff. I’ll admit that the NAS of it made me skeptical, but I was quickly swayed. Green apples, pinot grigio, citrus, white pepper, goodness. 
Chris
 

N: Bit of fartiness, greasy.

P: Oh well this is really nice, dirt and grassy.

F: With sugar drizzle. 

 
Sku
 

Nose: Creamy and malty

Palate: Malty with light peat and sea wather, briny

Finish: malt and sea notes.

 

A very Clynelish Clynelish

 

B/B+

 
Josh
 
NOSE
Pit fruit, malt, toffee, dried apricots, citrus and a taffy sweetness with a light waxy and minerally alkaline character floating on top. Water brings the waxiness up even higher.

PALATE
Fruit, toffee, hay, wax and citrus followed by a touch of wood, saline and earthiness. Pretty decent in overall profile, but lacking in complexity and all water seems to do is bring out more waxiness.

FINISH
Long and waxy with notes of fruit, lemon zest, hay and a woody earthiness.
 
- This is a waxy little bugger. At full CS it’s not overpoweringly waxy, but if you add some water that waxy character really kicks up. All-in-all it's a MOTR whisky that's a decent sipping whisky -
 
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Dailuaine 34 (2015 Diageo Special Releases)
Added on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:12 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 34 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1980 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.90 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $650 Availability: Specialty Stores

2952 bottles     Refill American oak casks

Price is average in US 

Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Yummy. Kinda old school, sort of an unsweet apricot thing going on. Oaky fruitiness, but not a sweet fruitiness. Very savory. B/B+ 
Chris
 

N: Bag of peanuts, nectar, lemon Pledge.

P: Oh nice, big fruity pop, banana Runts, somewhat waxy.

F: Big swell, dry, I like it. 

 
Sku
 

Nose: Light malt with fruit notes.

Palate: Peat followed by sweet notes.

Finish light peat.

 

Nice light, peaty malt but nothing special. 

 
Josh
 
NOSE
Complex fruit, malt and chocolate with light touches of toffee, salted caramel and graham cracker pie crust.

PALATE
Rich complex fruit, toffee, malt, salted caramel, honeydew and some light notes of wood, earthiness and those candy dots you get in olde time candy shops.

FINISH
Medium finish that’s malty and fruity with a bit of wood and brûlée.

- Isn’t overly exceptional, but quite nice for what it is: a bold whisky with a big fruity Speyside character and some dark earthy notes. -
 
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Pittyvaich 25 (2015 Diageo Special Releases)
Added on Monday, Jan 25, 2016 at 10:11 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 25 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1989 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 49.90 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $550 Availability: Specialty Stores
5922 bottles     Refill American oak hogsheads and ex-bourbon barrels
Price is average in US.
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Mineraly, especially in the finish. Mild generic spices. A good malt with interesting character.
 
Chris
 

N: Minerals, stones, and lemon zest

P: Big and punchy citrus, mainly lemon. And green apples.

F: Clean wet stones. Light and dry. No flaws, but rather light. 

 
Sku
 

Nose: vanilla and malt

Palate: More vanila malt followed by some fuel and mineral notes.

Finish: Savory and minerally

 

Nice with some good compleixty.

 
Josh
 
NOSE
Fruit, malt, butterscotch and apples with a touch of vanilla, nuts and dried fruit. A nicely executed whisky indeed.

PALATE
Fruit, malt, mint, dark sweets, caramel and dried fruit is accompanied by a touch of wood, earthy hay, nuts and acetone. The palate is definitely better / more complex than the nose.

FINISH
Medium fade of malt, mint and dark sweets.

- Didn’t come across as overly complex or dynamic, but it was rather nice. On the whole It was basically just a decent Speysider -
 
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