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Kavalan Solist Port Cask
Added on Wednesday, Dec 12, 2018 at 01:09 PM
  Bottler: Kavalan
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Other
  ABV: 58.60 % Region: Taiwan
  Price: N/A Availability: Specialty Stores
Port is a Portuguese fortified wine that is robust and sweet with a fuller and richer body. It is therefore usually served as a dessert wine or digestif. Kavalan Solist Port Cask is fully matured in Portuguese Port barriques under the subtropical climate to create the multiple fruity flavours such as plum, blueberry, blackberry and strawberry just to name a few, with chocolate as the main background note.
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Ries
 
n: blackberry pancake syrup, vanilla malt, inviting dark nose.
 
t:  sweet initally with blueberry, plum, and milk chocolate. Middle has old wood, amber honey, and leather. Exotic spice and pepper mix with dark brown sugar. Dangerously easy to drink. Dry and tannic finish with more of the dried dark fruits - heavy cask influence.
 
[B+/B, cask no. 0090911037A, 58.6% ABV]

 
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Glen Mhor 1982 Carn Mor "Celebration of the Cask"
Added on Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 at 09:48 PM
  Bottler: Carn Mor
  Age: 27 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1982 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
18/8/82 - 22/2/10  Cask 1233
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Andy
 

n: Sugar and soil.  Raisin oatmeal cookies

 

p: prunes, olive oil, and potting soil.  Lemon peels.  Finish is a bit indistinct.

 

B-/B 

 
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Willett Barrell 3219
Added on Saturday, Nov 24, 2018 at 03:36 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 5 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 58.60 % Region:
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Fuji
 

N: Neutral with light rubbing alcohol notes.  Faint whiffs of sweet corn, honey and toffee in the background.  You have to let things blow off to get some of the sweeter notes, but even then, its very light.  There just isn’t much here.  

P: Bland and light.  Sweet corn with bits of cinnamon and clove.  But, its fleeting and turns into an over-powering bitter burnt waxy thing  mid palate and carries through to the finish.

 
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Ichiro's Malt For the Taster
Added on Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 at 05:10 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 10 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: 2000 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.00 % Region:
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  pipe tobacco in a tin.  candied oranges.  Fairly subdued.

 

p:   tobacco and leather.  Bitter prunes

 

B/B+ 

 
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Glenfarclas 1973 Family Casks
Added on Tuesday, Nov 6, 2018 at 07:39 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.10 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Candied orange wedges and cinnamon sticks

 

p:  wood-forward spanish cedar sweetened with and assortment of sugar plums.  Perfect lipsmacking finish.  I can't not like this.

 

A-/A 

 
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Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino Sherry Cask
Added on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:55 AM
  Bottler: Laphroaig
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2018 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.80 % Region: Islay
  Price: $85 Availability: Wide
This bottling was released on the 2018 Fèis Ìle Open Day for Laphroaig. Cairdeas means "friendship" in Gaelic. The single malt matured in Warehouse 8 and 10 and was first placed in first-fill bourbon casks before finishing its maturation in Fino sherry casks. 
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Ries
 

n: speck, dried mango, with a heap of smoke. Plastic and almonds.

 

t: bonfire smoke and peach notes w/ a funky bit of sweet plastic. Smoked meat and burnt marzipan in middle. Overall, nutty and dry on the front end with the smoke bringing up the rear in a long, turning sweet finish. Very enjoyable and oily mouthfeel.


[B+/B]  

 

Quite nice, one of the better (interesting) Cairdeas releases.

 
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Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year
Added on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:30 AM
  Bottler: Balvenie
  Age: 14 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.30 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $85 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Introduced to the market in June 2017, this Balvenie release is set to be a permanent travel retail exclusive. The whisky harkens days past when Speyside whisky distilleries used to use peat in their whiskies. This peated single malt is non-chill-filtered and is aged, as the name suggests, in three types of casks: first-fill bourbon, refill bourbon, and sherry. The distillery normally dedicates just one week a year, known to them as Peat Week, to using peated barley in its production. This is said to produce a different style of whisky with enhanced smoky notes. The Peated Triple Cask expression was the result of trials put on by The Balvenie’s Malt Master David Stewart MBE and Ian Millar, former distillery manager and current Prestige Whiskies Specialist at William Grant & Sons.

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Ries
 
Creamy dried figs mixed with a vanilla caramel, burnt wheat toast, and citrus/clove note in middle. Spiced honey. More intense in the peat profile compared to "Peat Week," but a thin, quick finish.
 
More pronounced in the dried dark fruit, peat, black peppercorns, and earthy oak. 

 
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Balvenie 14 Yr Peat Week
Added on Wednesday, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:19 AM
  Bottler: Balvenie
  Age: 14 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2002 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.30 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $99 Availability: Better Stores
One week each yeah the distillery shuts down to use the malt floors to produce a peated Balvenie. This has happened for each of the last 14 years, resulting in this 14 year old bottled 2002 vintage peated whisky matured exclusively in American oak.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: sweet vanilla candy and lavender; like a sugar glazed donut and fresh cut flowers. Burnt butter, hint of snuffed candle smoke, and old paper.

t: creamy and rich, the smoke is more apparent in the taste. Oak char, milk chocolate, and orange wax. More intense than I expected with the peat aspect adding a light layer of complexity. An example of the Highland peat where the gentler notes stand-out. If you're a peathead, this won't interest you. Balvenie fans (like me) will enjoy this experiment.  [B-/B]
 
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Laphroaig 27 Year Old
Added on Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 at 09:34 AM
  Bottler: Laphroaig
  Age: 27 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 41.70 % Region: Islay
  Price: $650 Availability: Better Stores

Refill quarter casks and the rest first-fill bourbon barrels.

Cask Strength. Bottled March 2017.

Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 
n: dry straw, lemon custard with torched merengue. Leather furniture, orange peel and gentle hint of smoke.

t: delicate notes of waxy apricots, white chocolate, and rich oak. The phenols and most of the smoke has completely faded in a soft whisper of complexity and flavors of leather, smoked white pepper, and honey. Thin mouthfeel and watery finish hurts the overall quality of this whisky. Unique and fun to taste this aged Laphroaig but most of the Islay essence has faded with time in the cask.  [B]
 
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Highland Park Helluland
Added on Saturday, Sep 29, 2018 at 09:10 AM
  Bottler: Highland Park
  Age: 13 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 61.30 % Region: Islands
  Price: $200 Availability: Specialty Stores
Number of bottles 510
Refill Sherry Puncheon
Cask 6313
distilled 2003 | bottled 2017
 
Matured for over 13 years in a Refill Sherry Puncheon.
510 bottles available.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: great nose of scorched black cherry, raspberry, butterscotch, and cake icing. Dense and rich with a bit of smoked lime peel.

 

t: bright and spicy with floral smoke and tons of the raspberry from the nose. Flavours hit at different times to make it interesting. Heavy red berry and paper smoke middle. Sweet malt and milk chocolate in the finish. Nice stuff with a good full-flavoured bite with the high ABV.  [A-/B+] 

 
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