Peregrine Rock
Added on Sunday, Apr 20, 2008 at 07:29 PM
  Bottler: St. James Spirits
  Age: 2 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: California
  Price: $23 Availability: Specialty Stores

Made from peated Scottish barley and mountain spring water.  James Busuttil does this as a side business -- by day, he teaches public high school.  From the opinion of our group, not only do we want him to switch to full-time distilling, but some guys were talking about bankrolling him.  This was a big favorite, and found few objections among our group.

Price is for a 375ml bottle. 

Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 
Fruit Loops for adults -- "Follow your nose!" Buttery texture. 
AS
 
Outrageous fruit, an alcoholic fruit bowl. Thank you! But still doesn't taste like "whisky." 
DW
 
Cherry sweet, fruity, Amaretto-ish. Almost a liqueur. Very short finish, mild, but strangely enjoyable. 
Mike
 
Cherry nose, bubble gum, strawberry. Very fruity and smooth. High times. Cherry pie in a glass.  
Adam
 
Mild, fruity.  Maraschino cherries.  Amaretto (thanks DW for the call) finish.  Very simple, buttery, and good.  B/B+  
Chris
 
Nose:  Super glue (but nice, sniff away).  Palate:  Mixed nuts lathered in butter, deep fruity notes.   Very well integrated.  Finish:  Sweet, long, and good!  Overall:  A must try and a great bargain. 
Dave
 

Nose is spirity and malty with some caraml and oily creme.  Palate is warm and smooth.  I know this is not the 3 year the label states and it seems more like 10-12 year.  After a few minutes the vanillas begin to dominate and a nuttiness comes through in both the nose and palate.  Takes water well but not too much.

Oddly good but not like anything else.  Very different in a good way.  Some old wood flavors that dominate the finish and creates a strange after-taste.  Something like butterscotch and beer mixed together.

 
Sku
 

The aroma is floral, a bit Irish, a bit bourbon, though with some fruit and a hint of smoke. The taste is a cross between Irish and bourbon, smooth but sweet.  Then a sweet pineapple, like a pineapple Starburst (if there is such a thing).  The finish continues with the pineapple and a hint of smoke.  There are some interesting flavors here but it's a bit flat; they don't really come to life.  

 
Fuji
 

N: Warm vanilla extract. Toffee, peppers with wood and fruity notes
P: Varnishy to start. But you also get dark cherries with a very oily viscosity.

F: A sticky fruity finish that sticks and kind of tastes like the finish you get off of cherry cough syrups.

 

This runs very hot for 40%.

 
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