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Port Ellen 1983 Eidolon 36
Added on Tuesday, Jul 20, 2021 at 10:13 PM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing
  Age: 36 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1983 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.50 % Region: Islay
  Price: $3500 Availability: Specialty Stores
639 bottles     Bottled 2019
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
This stuff is just massively drinkable. It’s a classic example of a peated whiskey that’s not too overwhelming in any aspects, very well balanced, and continually enjoyable. The smoke is still quite present, an earthy, sooty variety, but not at kick-in-the-crotch strength. I had the unusual pleasure of killing a bottle of this with a couple friends, start to finish, in one evening… and I still felt pretty good the next day. That’s gotta count for something extra.

A/A-
 
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Glen Scotia 2001 Cask 560
Added on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:53 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2001 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 57.10 % Region: Campbelltown
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Cask 560, First-fill bourbon cask
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: Plywood and lemon peels

 

p: Raw lumber.  Oily mouthfeel.  Simple. Decent but uncomplex. 

 
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Macallan Edition No 2
Added on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 07:54 AM
  Bottler:  
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.20 % Region: Highland
  Price: $100 Availability: Better Stores

A collaboration between Macallan master blender, Bob Dalgarno, and Spanish chefs Josep, Joan and Jordi Roca created from a combination of sherry butts, puncheons and refill hogsheads

Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

nose is the best aspect, rather nice.

 

fruity (strawberry and raspeberry), very sweet — heavy on the red ripe fruit and vanilla cream. Apricots and clove spice w/ a thin mouthfeel/body middle into the finish. Overall there is a good measure of oak but the tannins don't dry it out until the very end. Very easy to drink.

 
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Benriach 1999 Cask 2101
Added on Monday, Mar 29, 2021 at 11:54 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 16 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1999 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 59.20 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
11/15/1999 - 7/2016  Oloroso Sherry Butt #2101 (finished) for Taiwan
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Brandy Old Fashioned.

 

p:  Werther's Original and lemons.  Intense candied varnish and toffee sticks around for an impossibly long finish. Great stuff.

 
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Macallan Edition No 3
Added on Monday, Mar 29, 2021 at 12:46 AM
  Bottler:  
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.30 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

N: New cutlery. Metallic.

 

p:  pleather and cheerios.  dull.

 
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Alfred Giraud
Added on Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 at 09:13 AM
  Bottler:  
  Age: N/A Type: European
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Other
  ABV: 46.10 % Region: French
  Price: $170 Availability: Better Stores

French Malt Whisky

 

Slightly peated, triple malt, triple wood; 46.1%; Annual Release of 7 Casks, Natural color, non-chill filtered.

 

Matured in rare cognac, new French, and American oak casks. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: grassy, snuffed match, paper pulp, buttery chardonay.

 

t: notes of peach and straw with a bit of highland peat to add complexity; clean and fruity. Creamy butterscotch and gentle oak presence. Overall this is light and elegant and put together well, but I like my whisky to have more charcter + bite to it.

 
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Glen Spey Old Malt Cask
Added on Saturday, Mar 27, 2021 at 08:22 AM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing & Co
  Age: 25 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores

OLD MALT CASK GLEN SPEY 25 YEAR OLD 

A single cask expression from independent bottler Hunter Laing & Co. of Glasgow, this 25 year old Speyside single malt was distilled at Glen Spey distillery October 1990 and matured in a single refill hogshead HL12803. Bottled in August 2016. 1 of 95 bottles.

Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: golden honeysuckle, toasted oats, dry oak dust, floral.
 
t: wheat bread dough, more of the dried floral and standard honey in the initial. The middle is light bodied, w/ notes of dry oak and a hint of fruit (dried peach and mango). Refined but light, and surprisingly still on a grassy, youthful note in the finish. [Non-descript overall, B-/B]

 
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Mortlach 15 Six Kingdoms
Added on Monday, Mar 15, 2021 at 08:59 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $100 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n: sourdough and matchsticks

 

p: Bitter wood. Generic grains.  Could be any decent blend.  Could be any recent under-interesting Mortlach release.

 
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Linkwood 1990 30y G&M CC
Added on Tuesday, Mar 9, 2021 at 03:51 AM
  Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  Age: 30 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.60 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Connoisseurs Choice     First fill sherry butt     Cask no 6961     348 bottles
G&M confirms this is Oloroso 
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
A nice malt for certain, but the moderate sulfur in the nose combined with a finish that's a little too cloying and sweet keeps this from getting above the B range. It doesn't really pull me back for more. I wish there were more complexity here, which is probably unfair to cricitize a Linkwood for, but nevertheless. Tasting with the group a lot of us thought this might be a PX cask, including me, it doesn't have the oloroso character I relate with such whiskies. Still good stuff. 
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Ardbeg 1973 Old Malt Cask 27y
Added on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2021 at 03:16 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 27 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1973 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
March 1973/October 2000     240 bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 
Oh wow the nose is a really great sooty smoke, not off-putting or overwhelming, but like a snug embrace. Palate is really big and tarry, oily, diesel-y, tarry... did I say tarry? Continues the theme through the finish, this is just damn good stuff. Complex. 

When I got into malts, this is what great Ardbeg was like. And you just can't find this flavor profile any more without paying a ton at auction. 
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