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grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

Do you know the moment, when you see a piece of art or craftsmanship and you realize it is just one single color, technique, etc. but still totally stunning? Well, meet the bacon-singularity: Octomore 2007 Event Horizon.
From the first nosing to the last drop this one seams to be tuned to one flavor profile. Kudos to the team behind this whisky!
Read my full review (in German) here: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/08/19/die-schinken-singularitaet/

butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    91 91
  • Taste
    89 89
  • Finish
    92 92

Palindrome did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

Considering the date of this whisky's distillation, I do find the name "renaissance" to be in bad taste, even though it is part of a series. This said, the series (of two) started with this very bottling, and so the second "renaissance" bottling the next year, in 2012, was a moot point, almost like a decoy meant to distract from the audacity of the first.

There's nothing Renaissance-like about 9/11. Does this bottle mark the beginning of a new age, which is supposed to be "golden?" If so, it's the beginning of a dark age, far darker than the so called dark ages, which were full of merriment and relative freedom when compared with today, and plenty of holidays each year.

In the so-called "dark ages" people lived their entire lives mainly in villages and hamlets, surrounded by forests and meadows, with their best friends by their sides, supporting them, week after week.

Even the so-called "tyrannical" kings and queens were far more in touch with their relatively small kingdoms and if they got out of line then they got sacked by the people who knew precisely who to sack, unlike today with propped-up figure heads working for shadowy rulers who lurk behinds the scenes in complete anonymity.

I'm sure Bruichladdich was well aware of the distilling date when the company came up with the title "renaissance."

19.05.2011 is the bottling date. On this night, the moon was far closer to the earth than usual, so much so that it was called a "super moon." There was great occult significance to the date. Some people are paying attention to this sort of thing. What better night to "draw down" the moon for the purposes of making dark alliances with supernatural powers?

Let's not forget that Bruichladdich has openly shown its affinity for "Black Arts." I was raised in a haunted farm house and I can say from experience that the supernatural is nothing to court or make bargains with! No human being can control some of those forces, no matter how much said human prides himself or herself on wielding spells, symbols, trinkets, and other props. That stuff is all best left alone and banished! The price to be paid for collusion with such forces is very high indeed.

Bruichladdich had a golden opportunity to turn this bottling into a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Instead, it did the opposite by calling it "renaissance."

This said, the distillery is no stranger to commemorative bottlings. According to Wiki: "Much of the equipment in use [at Bruichladdich] is the original Victorian equipment. The process is gravity fed and no computers are used in production, apart from in the offices clerically and to run a series of eight webcams.

"These webcams were the focus of an intelligence operation by the (American) Defense Threat Reduction Agency, when the distillery's antique distilling equipment was mistaken for that purportedly used for Iraq's elusive chemical weapons.

"This story has roots in an e-mail sent by an American agent to the distillery when one of the webcams had broken. A limited run of commemorative WMD bottles were released in honour of the story, while a second WMD bottling, Yellow Submarine, was issued when an Islay fisherman found a MoD submarine ROV, and a minor farcical affair ensued."

It seems that Bruichladdich would rather make tongue in cheek jokes about WMD's than to honor the dead of 9/11. So be it. It's worth remembering that the Iraq war was started based upon misleading propaganda about the country having WMD's.

Millions of people (mainly Iraqis when collateral damage is included) lost their lives as a result of those alleged WMD's that didn't exist. Americans and citizens of other countries would have resisted that war, as well as a war with Afghanistan, if 9/11 had not taken place. And we needn't open up that can of worms in terms of who did what, but even the official story had nothing to do with culprits from Afghanistan or Iraq.

9/11 is nine plus one plus one which is eleven. 11:11 is a magical number meant to connote human sacrifices when used in conjunction with a date on a calendar. It is not "armistice." It is not "memorial." It is ha ha ha ha. And the joke is on humanity.

JackWarren scored this whisky 98 points Newbie

On the nose: Salty briny costal, smoke, earthy. Fruits and red apples almost like a certain Campeltown.

In the mouth: more salt and smoky spice, some nuts toffee.

Conclusion: Long lingering finish.

Schnappsdrossel did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

Halbblindverkostung: Schöner Raucher mit ordentlich Salzlake in Nase und Mund, Zitrusfrüchte, Apfel. Bourbonfass, ich tippe mal auf Longrow. Vermutlich nicht mehr ganz jung, Rauch hat er trotzdem noch ganz schön viel...

markkuyper scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    86 86
  • Taste
    84 84
  • Finish
    83 83

Bona scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

Dieser Small Batch Glenlivet ist eine kleine Sherrybitch. Nicht sehr komplex aber lecker. Sherry ist auf der fruchtigen Seite (Orangen, Mandarinen, Äpfel). Die 48% sind prima. Im Mund sehr süffig mit deutlicher Eiche und leichter Pfeffrigkeit. Mittlelanger fruchtig trockener Abgang mit Eiche und Kakao. Macht Spaß. 87-88P

dRambo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

solide, recht intensiv und unkompliziert vollmundig ohne eindimensional zu sein - PLV in 2019 echt gut
  • Nose
    86 86
    sirupartig eingekochte saure Äpfel mit Zimt und Nelken, Apfelringe, Zitronensaft, Zitronat, frisch gesägte Bretter, Kiefernharz, Fenchel, Steinmehl, Roggenteig - süß, dicht und intensiv - wobei ganz leicht in floralen Tönen die Jugend aufblitzt
  • Taste
    85 85
    süß, Nüsse, Zitrusschale, Kakao, Apfelgelee, Butterstreußel - auch hier süß und dicht mit angenehmer Getreideröstbitterkeit - staubige Eiche, Holzmehl mit einem Hauch Möbelpolitur - Datteln, Feigen, etwas Schwefel
  • Finish
    86 86
    leicht trocken, Pfeffer, wärmend, staubig mit Schoko, Nußmehl und Zimtbutter

detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Great nose, leathery, rich sherry, iodine, bonfire peat, warm and robust, very balanced.
  • Taste
    Mellow and sweet, a lot of peat and chocolates, liquorice, blood orange, leather, new shoes, cigar boxes.
  • Finish
    Long, sherry, dried fruits.

dramidaris scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    81 81
  • Taste
    73 73
  • Finish
    72 72

detachedblue scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Mellow shallow, like other synthetic-style whiskies, vanilla, bakery, normal.
  • Taste
    Mellow, herb medicine, a bit peat maybe from the residue, a little bit farmy.
  • Finish
    Short, simple, sweet.

detachedblue scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Dusty peat, dunnage house, chocolate, a lot of dried fruits, a bit artificial, a bit oaky.
  • Taste
    Raw nuts, dusty, rotten cloth, wine, modern style- peat.
  • Finish
    Long, leathery and chocolaty.

detachedblue scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Some sweet new oak, porridge, raisins, jammy, leathery
  • Taste
    Mellow and smooth, jammy and chutney, sour and salty.
  • Finish
    Long, molasses, some bitter herbs.

detachedblue scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

89 to 90, very good.
  • Nose
    Tropical and grainy, sweet juicy sherry, mango, citrus fruits.
  • Taste
    Rich and sour, grains, grass, fresh butter, Irish, sherry, dried grapes.
  • Finish
    Long, herbs, mints, dried prunes.

detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Clean, vanilla, icing sugar, not explosive but robust.
  • Taste
    Thick and complex, melons, icing sugar, a touch of rotten vegetables, smoky, intense, salty and dirty, very good.
  • Finish
    Long, wood tannins, smokes, diesel, pine needles.

detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Pine needles, some golden fruits that you can only found in old Caol Ila and Port Ellen, clean and coastal, very fruity, a bit tropical.
  • Taste
    Intense and sweet, rich barley peat, lemon oil, sour and vegetal.
  • Finish
    Short-medium, mango, malty and peaty.

detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  • Nose
    Very complex, oily, burned caramel, rich orange, very smoky, a rather special nose for entry-level whisky, much much better than nowadays synthetic-style whiskies.
  • Taste
    Sulphorus but OK, dirty and woody, tannic, grape juice, lemon, full and rich.
  • Finish
    Long, burned sugar, a touch of sulphur, dried orange and leather.

detachedblue scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

Another failure for cask finishing.
  • Nose
    Mellow, smooth and winey, actually good, grapes, candies, lovely orange juice.
  • Taste
    Young and very woody, very tannic, shallow and simple, spices and chilli powder, very sour.
  • Finish
    Young, synthetic.

BenNevis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

A nice whisky, easy to drink, better than the 10 and 12 fine oak but not worth the price tag
  • Nose
    Vanilla, some sherry dry fruits and a hint of grass.
  • Taste
    Vanilla is more dominant than the sherry, More marzipan/almonds than I have had in any other OB Macallan.
  • Finish
    Vanilla with some spice, cut grass, some dry wood .

Conside scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

Ботл удачный - уровень был с порядке и содержимое не пострадало...
Обязательно давайте подышать старым ботлам, вне зависимости от крепости. Бутылка ждала своего открытия столько лет - имейте терпение и Вы...
Нос: эффект старой бутылки присутствует... ферма, сено, копчености, мед, прополис...горелые спички?
Вкус: вяленые на открытом огне сливы, абрикосы с косточками... железо с солью...
Финиш: средней продолжительности... переспевшая сливы и капля полироли... смесь съедобного в несьедобном.
Если бы попалась такая же бутылка - взял бы на попить ещё...
84
P.S. Чем дальше пьешь этот ботл - тем больше уверенности, что таки трава была зеленее...

Pauci scored this whisky 45 points Expert Junior

Das Zeug ist schrecklich sprittig. Leider kaum trinkbar :(

Gere scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

Für mich ein nicht typischer Moray aber dennoch ganz speziell
  • Nose
    Es kommt mir vor als stehe ich am Lunapark vor einem Süsswaren Wagen. Der Duft von Marshmallow, Zuckerwatte. gebrannte Mandel, Marzipan und Vanille Süsse kommen geballt der Nase entgegen.
  • Taste
    Im Gaumen weicht die Süsse den schönen fruchtigen Aromen. Ananas Papaya aber auch eine angenehme schärfe durch den Alkohol überwiegen
  • Finish
    Der Abgang ist zuerst schön würzig und wird zunehmend prikelnd bis er etwas später noch eine schöne herbe holznote hervorhebt.

dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

Pretty good and drinkable
  • Nose
    89 89
    Dried fruits, prunes, plums, rhum raisins, hints of acacia honey, sugar cane, molasses, hints of fresh rubber, spices, nutmeg, sherry wood - really not bad
  • Taste
    88 88
    Little punchy, creamy, sirupy, sweet, more dried fruits, more rhum soaked fruits, cherries, more spices, cinnamon, hints of solvent and leather
  • Finish
    87 87
    Long, warm, sweet, fruity, little bit more leathery notes, some tannins

stefsel111 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  • Nose
    86 86
  • Taste
    86 86
  • Finish
    84 84

dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

Refreshing start but quite some bitterness in the end - overall really not bad but no more than 90 points
  • Nose
    89 89
    Fresh, intense, fruity, green fruits, plenty of pears, green apples, whiffs of honey, little vanilla, dry hay - really good
  • Taste
    91 91
    Very oily, creamy, mellow, sirupy, subtle sweetness, fruity, more of fresh green and yellow fruits, mostly apples and pears, more vanilla notes - very good
  • Finish
    87 87
    Medium long, warm, zesty, grapefruits, clear bitter note in the end

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