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Bruichladdich Cuvee 407
Added on Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 01:39 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $200 Availability: Specialty Stores
PX cask
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Andy
 

n: Strang caramel.  Not very complex

 

p:  Tin bucket with Werther's Original soaking in a lot of water.  Just doesn't start anywhere or go anywher.  It's generally fairly safe tasting although there is the slightest funk. 

 
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Sweet sherry notes with raisins and figs.  
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Glen Grant 1998 Premier Barrel
Added on Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 10:11 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1997 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
BR0102/ Dist: Sept 1998 Btl: Aug 2011/ Tasted: Aug 2011
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Andy
 

n:  Not much.  Perhaps honeyed toast from a distance

 

p:  Pretty generic bourbon barrel.  Distinctly non-premier tasting.  Cheerios and a hint of red oak.  Nicely devoid of anything hard.

Would be a decent blend. 

 
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Maker's Mark Black
Added on Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 08:42 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 47.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
An disconinued export bottling of Maker's Mark bottled at slightly higher proof which was said to include older whiskeys.
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Sku
 

The nose is all candy bourbon. The palate is much less sweet than standard Maker's with some oak notes. Toward the end it gets bitter and medicinal with a medicinal finish on the palate and some nice oaky bourbon notes on the nose. This is very different from today's standard Maker's and has a lot of commonality with lower end Stitzel-Weller bourbons. In fact, tasting blind, I would have been likely to guess that it was one of those Stitzel-Wellers, maybe a Cabin Still.

 

B/B-

 

[circa 2001] 

 
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Maker's Mark Gold
Added on Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014 at 08:42 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
A discontinued export bottling of Maker's Mark at 101 proof.
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Sku
 

The nose is light with some Christmas spice, unusual in a wheater, and maybe a touch of BO (or maybe I just need a shower). The palate has honey, tea, some spice and a touch of lemon rind; it ends with lemon rind and mint. The finish is slightly medicinal. The spice is nice and unexpected element of this one.

 

B/B- 

 

[Circa 2000] 

 
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Lost Spirits Calafia
Added on Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 06:20 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.00 % Region: California
  Price: $60 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Hot damn!  That's new.  Evergreen tree dipped into a hot tar bucket.

 

p:  Vulcanized rubber topped with creme' broulle.  Seriously, I feel I was force fed a Michelin tire.  This is S&M for the palate.

I'm going to B/B+ this because I'm into whisky behind closed doors.  Don't take this to church because it won't be popular with the masses. 

 

 
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Arran 1996 Vintage
Added on Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 at 06:08 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1996 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Island
  Price: $70 Availability: Overseas Specialty
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Andy
 

n:  Table grapes and over-ripe white fruit

 

p:  Fruity and hot.  Thin mouthfeel.  sunflower seeds.

 

It's ok, but probably forgettable. 

 

C+/B- 

 
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Maker's Mark Cask Strength
Added on Monday, Sep 29, 2014 at 07:48 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 56.60 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $40 Availability: Specialty Stores
Released in 2014 as a gift shop/Kentucky only release.
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Sku
 

The nose is much less sweet than the regular Maker's, with more wood notes. The palate starts sweet but with plenty of wood balance. It grows in complexity as it goes down, showing some strong oak notes, wood spice, light medicinal notes and even some old red wine type tannins. The finish is sweet on the nose but oaky on the palate. This is a wonderfully balanced bourbon with a lot of complexity. It's hard to believe it's Maker's Mark.

 

[Batch 14-01]

 
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Ledaig 2005 Exclusive Malts
Added on Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 06:41 PM
  Bottler: The Creative Whisky Co.
  Age: 8 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2005 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.70 % Region: Island
  Price: $85 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

n: Strong.  Oily shop rag

 

p:  Salted cherry jolly rancher that then goes ashy and white pepper toward the finish.

 

B/B+ 

 
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Caperdonich 1994 Sovereign (K&L)
Added on Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 06:12 PM
  Bottler: Sovereign
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1994 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.40 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $126 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Gasoline and almonds

 

p:  Spinach in sesame oil.  Warming.  A bit more bitter than expected.  Hint of pine-sol.

 

C+/B- 

 
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Tamdhu 10 (after re-opening)
Added on Saturday, Sep 27, 2014 at 05:25 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 10 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $50 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Funky.  Old metal car parts.  

 

p:  Tainted water.  Stale and musty.  Peppery towards the finish before dying out.  Tastes like a tweed jacketed old man in a nursing home (don't think about it too hard).  

 
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