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Glen Grant 27yo A.D. Rattray
Added on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:28 PM
  Bottler: A.D. Rattray
  Age: 27 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1985 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.20 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $120 Availability: Specialty Stores

Sherry Butt

453 bottles

Distilled Dec. 31st 1985

Bottled July 1st 2013

 

 

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Xray
 

A solid Glen Grant expression.

Nose is sweet and malty with a touch of treacle and stone fruit.

Palate is fruit forward with a bit of cereal. 

Finish is pleasant with a bit of prickly pepper at the end. 

 

 
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Four Roses Single Barrel Paws & Claws/1789b #14
Added on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 10:03 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 9 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Warehouse RN  Barrel 89-2I    "Missing Maxie"
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Sku
 

The nose has huge caramel notes. The palate has charred oak, caramel, clove and rye all dancing around together until the rye pulls out into the finish.  There's something about this bottle that's more textured than the typical Four Roses Single Barrel.  It's great stuff.

 
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Caperdonich 1998 Heavily Peated Single Malts of Scotland
Added on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 09:46 PM
  Bottler: Specialty Drinks Ltd.
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1998 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 57.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $65 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Bourbon cask
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Sku
 

The nose is peated rubbing alcohol. The palate is peat, just peat, disassociated from any other flavors.  It's not a particularly strong peat, but it doesn't have anything giving it texture.  It's like peated water, and despite the strong abv, it goes down pretty much like water.  The finish is lightly peated.

 

This is an odd malt.  It's strangely flavorless for a peated malt.  There's no smoke or sizzle...  It's like a malt made by (and possibly for) robots.

 
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Edradour 2001 12 yo Port Finish Straight from the Cask
Added on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 09:34 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2001 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 56.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $80 Availability: Overseas Specialty

Distilled Jan. 23, 2001 in hogshead; transferred to port pipe on Dec. 10, 2010, bottled June 25, 2013.     

 

1,033 Bottles

 

 

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Sku
 

The nose has sweet brandy notes with some grape juice. The palate comes on with strong port notes, then turns slightly acidic with some lemon.  The finish has both of these notes, like a glass of port with a squeeze of lemon.  It doesn't really work very well.

 

C+/B-

 
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Glenfarclas 1990 K&L
Added on Wednesday, Apr 22, 2015 at 09:54 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 24 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $170 Availability: Wide
A vatting of two first-fill Oloroso sherry casks.
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Sku
 

The nose has bright fruit and sherry notes with a touch of sulfur. The palate starts with a moderately sweet sherry note; as with the nose, there is very light sulfur and milk chocolate in the late palate. The finish is sweet and fruity on the nose but dry on the palate with some nice spice on the palate.

 

This stuff is great, balanced and drinkable as hell. I wouldn't call it a sherry monster, but it's one of those malts I just find myself reaching for over and over.

 
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Scapa 14 Cask Strength
Added on Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 09:45 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 14 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1992 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 60.60 % Region: Highlands
  Price: $75 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Batch SC 14001    Bottled 2006    50cl 
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Sku
 

Nose:  Malty with green grapes and white wine.

Palate: Sweet and malty with some sweet fruit notes but mostly malt.

Finish: Malty

 

Good, straight forward malty whisky and high proof.

 
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Laphroaig 1997 Signatory (Binny's)
Added on Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 09:15 PM
  Bottler: Signatory
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1997 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 54.70 % Region: Islay
  Price: $170 Availability: Specialty Stores
Cask 3354   Hogshead   Distilled 4/8/97    Bottled 8/27/14
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Sku
 
The nose is nice and sooty. The palate is very sweet with all kinds of soot and ash, then vanilla, like vanilla ice cream with ash poured on top. The finish is smoked fish with not much residual sweetness. A nice one but a bit too sweet on the palate for my taste. 
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Lagavulin 1997 Distillers Edition
Added on Tuesday, Apr 21, 2015 at 09:07 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1997 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $110 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled 2013     Finished in PX sherry casks.  
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Sku
 

The nose is smoky with some underlying fruit, like a peach on the grill.  The palate opens with light, fruity sherry notes that are quickly overtaken by peat. Mouthfeel is just a tad oily. The finish is coal in the mouth with some fruit notes on the nose.

 

Very nice, well balanced stuff. Lagavulin doing its thing.  

 

B/B+

 
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Benriach 1994 Cask 7352
Added on Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 at 09:34 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 19 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1994 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.20 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $150 Availability: Specialty Stores
Peated / Oloroso Sherry Finish     Oloroso Sherry Butt     Bottled July 2013     563 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Adam
 

Nose is smoky, earthy, dirty, menthol, antiseptic. Band Aids and white wine.

 

Palate hits with sweet, sooty smoke. Very medicinal with menthol and eucalyptus that just hits over and over. Sweet sherry backup. The label says Oloroso finish, but there are big notes of Fino in here. Lengthy finish.

 

This is definitely not one for everyone, but I'd recommend it if you need a good solid drinker of the peater/perverse kind. It's not the strongest B+, but still a "definitely want to own" if I needed something to fill in the category. As of this writing (April '15) it's still available. 

 
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Jim Beam Signature Craft Brown Rice
Added on Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 at 05:26 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 11 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $50 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bourbon with brown rice as a secondary grain.
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
The nose on this one is pretty traditional bourbon with caramel notes, but it has a sweetness that's reminiscent of old, dusty bourbons. The palate is very unBeam. It's got strong mineral notes, almost like a Dickel (and tasting blind, I would definitely have guessed Dickel), which give it a lot more texture and depth than a typical Beam. Those mineral notes really blow up on the finish, which is quite long. It's quirky, but I like it. 
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