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Little Book
Added on Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 02:57 AM
  Bottler: Jim Beam
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 64.10 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $80 Availability: Wide
Little Book is the first whiskey created by Freddie Noe, Booker’s grandson and the son of current master distiller Fred Noe. All of the whiskeys are distilled and matured at Beam.

4 year-old Kentucky straight bourbon
13 year-old corn whiskey
6 year-old 100% malt whiskey
6 year-old high rye whiskey
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Caramel chew, leather, and matcha green tea. Cereal, strong vanilla, and dried tropical fruit notes in the middle. Heavy on toasted corn, the rye shows in the finish with a dose of dry cinnamon. Dense oak body with oily mouthfeel. This is interesting with its robust flavour.

 
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Smooth Ambler Contradiction
Added on Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 02:39 AM
  Bottler: Smooth Ambler
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: West Virginia
  Price: $50 Availability: Better Stores
This batch of Contradiction is a blend of straight bourbons containing 27% of a 2 year old wheated bourbon made in-house at the Smooth Ambler distillery, along with 73% of a 9 year old rye based bourbon sourced from MGP in Indiana. For Contradiction, the bourbons are blended and then re-casked in their original barrels for an additional three months.
 
The 2 year bourbon consists of a mashbill of 60% corn, 20% wheat, and 20% malted barley. The 9 year bourbon contains a mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye, and 4% malted barley, and is normally bottled and sold as Smooth Ambler Old Scout. The end result is a blended bourbon that contains a four grain blend, consisting of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley.
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Buttery spice and green apple. Heavy on dill and young fruit. Black pepper note helps tone down the sweet tones. Finish is still disjointed and doesn’t quite come together - it’s like listening to different songs all at the same time. Interesting in trying to bring these elements together though.  [C+/B-]

 
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Michter's US 1 Toasted Barrel Bourbon
Added on Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 02:09 AM
  Bottler: Chatham Imports Inc.
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.70 % Region:
  Price: $59 Availability: Better Stores
A limited release bourbon from a toasted and fire-charred, new American oak barrels. After reaching maturity, it is moved for additional aging to a custom barrel assembled from 18 month air-dried wood and then toasted but not charred. 

Willy Pratt of Michter’s has stated that this is the company's Regular US*1 Bourbon that was finished in a brand-new toasted white oak barrel that has been toasted over an open flame of its own wood for 60 minutes. Michter’s regular US*1 bourbon was then aged 26 days in this new barrel. This was determined through trial and error, as the company realized that 10 days wasn’t enough time in the new toasted barrel and that 30 days was too much additional aging time, thus they settled on 26 days.
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Dry floral (potpurri) and candy corn sweetness are the initial flavors. Smoky and grassy middle - very oaky with some dark molasses and pecan. This tastes like a bitter ‘hoppy’ IPA beer. Finish is mostly oaky char and some burnt caramel. This is just overly sweet and has a tannic charred oak profile. Funky and unusual, so it gets a bit of a bump in score.  [C.]

 
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Entrapment
Added on Monday, Dec 4, 2017 at 01:49 AM
  Bottler: Diageo
  Age: 25 yrs Type: Canadian
  Vintage: 2017 Subtype: Other
  ABV: 41.00 % Region:
  Price: $150 Availability: Better Stores
The 11th Orphan Barrel release is the first one to be made in Canada. This whisky was made from 97% corn and 3% malted barley at Crown Royal’s Gimli distillery. It aged for 25 years in American oak barrels.
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Ries
 
Vanilla, white sugar frosting, cardboard paste. Boring is the word I kept coming back to. Just standard w/o anything making this unique even though it spent so long in a barrel.  [C/C+] 
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Amrut Everest Edition
Added on Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 at 10:22 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Indian
  ABV: 58.70 % Region: India
  Price: $200 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Cask 07006     Bottled for The Whisky Exchange to raise funs for the 2015 Nepal earthquake
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The nose has wine notes, maybe sherry.  The palate has a stronger sherry influence with a syrupy mouthfeel.  The sherry dissipates after the early notes and leaves a malt-dominated finish.  

 

It's pretty hot on the tongue.  Water brings out more sherry on the nose and a sweeter palate.

 
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Blue Moon Edward Young Deluxe
Added on Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 at 10:16 PM
  Bottler: Edward Young & Co.
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Scotland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only

An Italian import from the '60s.  

 

[Picture is not the exact bottle but the closest we could find]. 

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Nose is malty with slight fruit notes.

Palate is light and grainy with a bit of a soapy note. 

Finish is soapy bathwater.   

 
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Caol Ila 1999 Gordon & MacPhail
Added on Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 at 10:45 PM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1999 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 60.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty

Cask 305335   Distilled Aug. 17, 1999    Bottled October 2011 for Whisky Warehouse, Belgium 

Refill Sherry Hogshead      267 Bottles 

     

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Nose: Huge, powerful peat, first coastal than a very fuel forward, oily peat smell.

Palate: A huge peat blast and then honey sweet. 

Finish: A nice smoky/peat finish.  

 

Really nice stuff.

 

 
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Glenfarclas 2005 Chichibu Whisk(e)y Matsuri
Added on Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 at 10:11 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2005 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 61.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty
Bottled May 11, 2016 for the Chichibu whisky festival    Cask 2847     Sherry Butt         643 bottles
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Nose: Light wine notes and malt.

Palate: Sweet sherry notes that fade into orange and clove which remains for the finish. 

 

A nice, lightly sherried malt.  

 
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Glen Moray 1994 The Whisky Agency/Three Rivers Tokyo
Added on Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 at 10:02 PM
  Bottler: The Whisky Agency/Three Rivers Tokyo
  Age: 22 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1994 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.80 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $210 Availability: Collectors Only

Joint bottling by The Whisky Agency and Three Rivers Tokyo

Bottled 2017   Hogshead    230 Bottles

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The nose is very floral/perfumey with strong Irish Whiskey notes and a hint of bourbon. On the palate it's sweet and malty with some young, craft type notes.  The finish has caramel and more of the perfume and floral notes.

 

This stuff is all over the place - very strange. 

 
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An Oa
Added on Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 at 10:15 PM
  Bottler: Ardbeg
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.60 % Region: Islay
  Price: $69 Availability: Wide
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Torched vanilla bean, sea salt caramel, cigar wrapper, and turkey jerky. Prickly candied ginger, lighter body/thin mouth feel. Smoldering driftwood. Nice smoke throughout and approachable.  [B-/B]

 
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