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LukeFive
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 30-10-2016 at 16:32 pm

Yesterday before bed around 1 am morning I had look at my open bottles and proceed to have these:

Crawfords deluxe 12 yo ( truly fantastic old blend ), then I bit of Amrut Intermediate sherry ( not bad at all but bit mono dimensional ) then I had Highland park 21 SV 46% ( I like this one a lot ) after that I had small sip of Springbank 12 Burgundy wood ( I didnt like that one on this occassion ) and then I wanned to get some of absolutely stunning Aberlour abunad'h batch 47 which I have open for over a year now and its just ready to be sipped neat but I felt asleep. That was my yesterday selection which I picked randomly.
  Edited on 04-11-2016 at 19:01 pm
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 30-10-2016 at 19:04 pm
Luke there is already a private members group for this

It is however hidden a little so it may be worth starting another thread here?


  Edited on 30-10-2016 at 19:05 pm
LukeFive
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 30-10-2016 at 19:10 pm

Thanks Linc, didnt know about the thread.

I had an idea to post what i had and the occasion+some short notes.
I would like to hear others opinion and what they had happy 
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 30-10-2016 at 19:26 pm
Other forums I have been on have a thread like this, I think it is worthwhile. I abstained last night but Fri/Sat had these, a mixture of bottle kills and samples :-
Glenburgie 10 year 40% G&M
Glenburgie  14 year 1997 60.5% Chivas Cask Strength
Glenburgie  15 year 1997 58.1% G&M Reserve for Van Wees
Glenburgie  10 year 1984 59.2% G&M Cask Strength
Glen Elgin 1975/2011 46.8% Angel's Choice cask 11024 Malts Of Scotland
Balblair 14 year 2000 53% cask 1343 bottled for TWE
Miltonduff  22 year 1992  51.5% cask 10592 Old Particular
Glen Spey 32 year 1981 50.9% The Whisky Agency
  Edited on 30-10-2016 at 19:27 pm
thanasist
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-10-2016 at 09:16 am

JW classic of islay 56,8%

Ardbeg Uigedail 
Arran 10 y.o
Laphroaig 10 y.o. 
Springbank 10 y.o.
Glenfarclas 18 y.o. 
Clynelish 1997 c&s dram collection 17 y.o. 47%
Peat monster reserve edition 48,9%
Kilchoman machir Bay
Lagan mill NAS CC 2015 46%
mostly these but many more are open and left aside. Have to finish them before opening something again i guess
Shane_IL
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 31-10-2016 at 20:35 pm

Oban 14 at this very moment

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VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 01-11-2016 at 06:02 am

Black Art 4.1. Happy Halloween!

One life... Drink it well
Darkocanthus
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 01-11-2016 at 08:18 am

Opened a bottle Glenmorangie Midwinter Night's dram yesterday.
Surprisingly charming.

praisethepasta
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 01-11-2016 at 09:28 am

Now opened: finnlagan old reserve: the absolute bang for buck, very flavoury, medicinal, peaty young Islay whisky TheGlenfiddich 12 year old, the evergreen of single malts, which usually starts of the evening when I have some friends over Armorik sherry finish: a very approachable, warm, red fruity French whisky, smooth with a warm and full medium long finish. Ideal for the cold evenings ahead And, sadly, just finished a bottle of Clynelish 14. A whisky I never tasted untill I bought it, but it went straight to top of the list of reasonably priced whiskies! beatifully complex, oily, hints of grasses, some nut, lemony freshness and a coastal zilty touch, rounded of with a hint of smoke. Only downsize is that the finish could have been a bit longer...

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LukeFive
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 02-11-2016 at 00:35 am

Lagavulin 16. Bottle opened for almost 3 years now, transferred to 200ml bottle in about 1 1/2 year time ( Im down to the last quarter as of now ).

Im drinking this dram mostly seasonally, Autumn/Winter.

Still great , soft chimney peat ( like being in village where people using coal/wood to heat houses in fireplace, with traces of someone smoking a fish in background ), smoked meat, few oysters, with ripe raisins and oranges on nose and the taste is good as I remember before. Nice mild chilly pepper start into soft smoke, charcuterie, light sea food bbq, and dry fruits, touch of oak, salt flakes with super long finish. The balance is spot on.
Needed to cheer up and already feeling better now.
  Edited on 02-11-2016 at 01:01 am
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 02-11-2016 at 05:36 am

Finishing off my Black Art 3.1. It's been more than three weeks since my last dram of this due to fighting a cold. What a wast! The Back Art 3.1 does not oxidize very well (especially on the last 1/3 of the bottle). I noticed on my 4th and 5th drams after opening it that it was already loosing it's punch (although only very slightly). Still very good, all the way to less than 1/3 of a bottle up until 3-4 weeks ago (one year after opened). But now, on the last dram that can be squeezed out, it's lost most of what it once had. 

The Black Art 3.1 needs to be karloffed to fully enjoy this bottle, completely! Otherwise gas it once it's a 1/3 of a bottle (or sooner). 

  Edited on 05-11-2016 at 05:46 am
One life... Drink it well
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 03-11-2016 at 17:57 pm

Finishing off my Black Art 3.1. It's been more than three weeks since my last dram of this due to fighting a cold. What a wast! The Back Art 3.1 does not oxidize very well (especially on the last 1/3 of the bottle). I noticed on my 4th and 5th drams after opening it that I was already loosing it's punch (although only very slightly). Still very good, all the way to less than 1/3 of a bottle up until 3-4 weeks ago (one year after opened). But now, on the last dram that can be squeezed out, it's lost most of what it once had. 

The Black Art 3.1 needs to be karloffed to fully enjoy this bottle, completely! Otherwise gas it once it's a 1/3 of a bottle (or sooner). 



Ha...Karloffed, very good, I will take that as a compliment wink

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 04-11-2016 at 00:13 am
karloff wrote:

Finishing off my Black Art 3.1. It's been more than three weeks since my last dram of this due to fighting a cold. What a wast! The Back Art 3.1 does not oxidize very well (especially on the last 1/3 of the bottle). I noticed on my 4th and 5th drams after opening it that I was already loosing it's punch (although only very slightly). Still very good, all the way to less than 1/3 of a bottle up until 3-4 weeks ago (one year after opened). But now, on the last dram that can be squeezed out, it's lost most of what it once had. 

The Black Art 3.1 needs to be karloffed to fully enjoy this bottle, completely! Otherwise gas it once it's a 1/3 of a bottle (or sooner). 



Ha...Karloffed, very good, I will take that as a compliment wink

Most definitely. The next and all the 3.1s will be Karloffed all the way! happy

One life... Drink it well
Ancient
Expert Junior Junior Expert
Posted on 04-11-2016 at 02:26 am

Just picked up the Black Art 4.1 23 yo today!

Still finishing a 1994 19 yo Ben Riach Peated PX Sherry Cask - opened 24 months ago and still delicious!

And drinking at 18 yo Laphroaig as I write this...

  Edited on 04-11-2016 at 02:30 am
Ancient
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 05-11-2016 at 02:35 am

Macallan Sherry 25yo.

One life... Drink it well
lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 05-11-2016 at 09:37 am

Macallan Sherry 25yo.


How did you find it VVP?

LukeFive
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 05-11-2016 at 12:09 pm

Had a small dram of Aberlour Abunadh batch 47. Its opened for over a year ( close to 2 years ) and I sip it neat.

Had it before bed, it was fantastic, full, rich deep, the alcohol well integrated.
Slept well afterwards happy

VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 06-11-2016 at 01:51 am
lincolnimp wrote:

Macallan Sherry 25yo.


How did you find it VVP?

I need another day with it.

  Edited on 06-11-2016 at 01:51 am
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VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 06-11-2016 at 04:55 am

Went to a tasting today and sampled the following;

Arran 18yo  Excellent
Glenfarclas 21yo So so
Glenfarclas 25yo Excellent 
Glencadam 21yo Very Good
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 4 Excellent

After those, I went to another store and paid for a sample of Glenburgie by Gordon & MacPhail 1964 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/21279. Very good, but too light at 43%. I'm sure at 46%, 48% or even cask strength it would have be a winner! I like my scotch with more boldness and depth. These 43% watered-down chilled-filtered concoctions are starting to piss me off a little.

Right now, sampling a miniature of Big Peat that my brother gave me for my birthday. And at 50%abv, it's something more to what I look for in a scotch.
  Edited on 19-02-2017 at 07:18 am
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lincolnimp
Connoisseur Connoisseur
Posted on 06-11-2016 at 11:44 am

Went to a tasting today and sampled the following;

Arran 18yo  Excellent
Glenfarclas 21yo So so
Glenfarclas 25yo Excellent 
Glencadam 21yo Very Good
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 4 Excellent

After those, I went to another store and paid for a sample of Glenburgie by Gordon & MacPhail 1964 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/21279. Very good, but too light at 43%. I'm sure at 46%, 48% or even cask strength it would have be a winner! I like my scotch with more boldness and depth. These 43% watered-down chilled-filtered concoctions are starting to piss me off a little.

Right now, sampling a miniature of Big Peat that my bother gave me for my birthday. And at 50%abv, it's something more to what I look for in a scotch.

I would more or less agree with you on the strength issue but I will add a counter point to this.
In my view at 40% some whisky struggles, not because it is underpowered but because the spirt is not good enough in the first place and should not have been bottled after watering down.
While I accept cask strength is great generally and allows you to play around with water, I cannot help but feel that some of these high cask strength are bottled at 60%+ to mask their inferiority and the high alcohol content is trying to compensate for the fact that its not that good or tasty, some of these should not have been bottled either, when you add water they just fall apart and in order to get more in the bottle run at low strength this is exactly what has been done.
A whisky that takes water well at high strength is usually OK at around 40% but I accept there will always be exceptions.
Anyone who tried some of the stand out early Connoisseurs Choice bottles will know what I mean about quality at 40%.
VaryingViewpoint
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 06-11-2016 at 18:10 pm
lincolnimp wrote:

Went to a tasting today and sampled the following;

Arran 18yo  Excellent
Glenfarclas 21yo So so
Glenfarclas 25yo Excellent 
Glencadam 21yo Very Good
Glendronach Cask Strength Batch 4 Excellent

After those, I went to another store and paid for a sample of Glenburgie by Gordon & MacPhail 1964 https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/21279. Very good, but too light at 43%. I'm sure at 46%, 48% or even cask strength it would have be a winner! I like my scotch with more boldness and depth. These 43% watered-down chilled-filtered concoctions are starting to piss me off a little.

Right now, sampling a miniature of Big Peat that my bother gave me for my birthday. And at 50%abv, it's something more to what I look for in a scotch.

I would more or less agree with you on the strength issue but I will add a counter point to this.
In my view at 40% some whisky struggles, not because it is underpowered but because the spirt is not good enough in the first place and should not have been bottled after watering down.
While I accept cask strength is great generally and allows you to play around with water, I cannot help but feel that some of these high cask strength are bottled at 60%+ to mask their inferiority and the high alcohol content is trying to compensate for the fact that its not that good or tasty, some of these should not have been bottled either, when you add water they just fall apart and in order to get more in the bottle run at low strength this is exactly what has been done.
A whisky that takes water well at high strength is usually OK at around 40% but I accept there will always be exceptions.
Anyone who tried some of the stand out early Connoisseurs Choice bottles will know what I mean about quality at 40%.
I think I over emphasized the "These 43% watered-down chilled-filtered concoctions are starting to piss me off a little." For me, it's not so much the 43%abv, it's what it entails to get it there. And the implied loss in getting it to 43% or less, as oppose to a cask strength release that happens to be in the 40%-45% range. I agree with your point about the quality of the scotch being the true measure of the scotch itself which is not always abv related. I think I'm growering more partial to a thicker oilier scotch with more body and depth than the lighter chilled filtered ones as a whole. 

For me, it's not all cask strength all the time whatever the quality of the scotch. The best cask strength releases (for me) is when even at 60%abv or higher you don't notice the alcohol in the noise or on the palate. You feel it over time, but it's not hot or prickly in the noise or on the palate and you can't taste it. At all. But not all cask strengths are the same. 

I used to like Bunnahabhain 18yo, but over time (maybe because my palate changed) I found it hotter and hotter and less satisfying, and it's at 46%abv non-chilled-filtered. I also notice that it didn't oxidize very well past the 6 month mark. So I jettisoned the remaining bottles I had for something else. This is coming from someone that used to want the Bunnahabhain 25yo thinking that it might even be a nicer scotch experience. But after my falling-out with the 18yo and from what others had to say about the 25yo being on the hot side? I left that twisting in the wind. Especially for what the asking price if for that one now.

I think I'm a little less forgiving than most as I'm not a drinker by nature. I fell into scotch by accident. I actually don't care for the way alcohol makes me feel (most of the time). But, I drink scotch because of what I get from it as an experience that is non alcohol related to me. So for me if a scotch is somewhat underwhelming, it was a wasted effort and I move onto something more to my liking rather quickly.
  Edited on 07-11-2016 at 05:45 am
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karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 06-11-2016 at 22:12 pm

The Glenlossie 16 GM. Really warming nutty and spicy, just the job for a cold night like tonight. Really pleased with it and enjoying it immensely.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
LukeFive
Expert Senior Senior Expert
Posted on 09-11-2016 at 21:31 pm

Celebrating Donald Trump victory by finishing bottle of Lagavulin 16 at this very momment...

...raise the glass..
It tastes damn good...
  Edited on 09-11-2016 at 21:32 pm
karloff
Specialist Specialist
Posted on 10-11-2016 at 18:27 pm

Just cracked the Glenglassaugh Evolution, it's a Nas and it's young but it is really nice, a pleasant surprise.

I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy. Tom Waits
Whisky Hamster
Member Senior Senior Member
Posted on 11-11-2016 at 10:08 am

A very interesting and impressive Clairin Casimir for me. Tropical fruits meet petrol and burnt stuff - Haiti meets Islay. Gotta love the - seemingly run-down, yet authentic - craft distillery flair, reminds me of Del Maguey Mezcal: http://www.thespiritofhaiti.com/faubert-casimir/
Malternative ftw! happy

  Edited on 11-11-2016 at 10:16 am
Oh Laphroaig, where art thou?
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