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Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot B (Van Blankle)
Added on Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 at 08:50 AM
  Bottler: Buffalo Trace
  Age: 12 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: 1992 Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.20 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
A single barrel of Stitzel-Weller bourbon bottled in 2004 for Randy Blank, known as "Van Blankle".
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The nose is old dusty bourbon with some medicinal notes. The palate is initially sweet with candy notes, then savory in that distinctly Van Winkle way, fading to slightly medicinal note and a finish with a nice balance of wood and spice.

 

This is an understated, really wonderful bourbon with a good balance of sweet and spice. It's very well balanced; the initial sweetness, the spice and the touch of medicinal, savory notes, make it approachable and fun but also complex and interesting. It's a beautiful composition and is far better than any bottle of the 12 year old Lot B I've tasted. This one is legendary for a reason.

 
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Ellenstown 12
Added on Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 08:40 PM
  Bottler:  
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 52.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $65 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

n: Metal pail with butterscotch in the bottom

 

p:  thick oily mouthfeel.  Butter and mint with a jolt of heat.   Palate  lingers with ash like your mouth had a fire and got doused.

 

Sweet peat.  B/B+

 
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Willett Rye 2 yo (Willett Distillery)
Added on Monday, Jul 14, 2014 at 07:41 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 2 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Rye
  ABV: 54.70 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $44 Availability: Specialty Stores
Released in 2014, this is the first release from the newly reopened Willett Distillery.  
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The nose has really nice rye notes with pickle juice and caraway; it's nice and spicy but with a touch of sweetness. The palate has a promising start with a nice sweet and spicy balance. Toward mid palate it shows its youth with some medicinal notes; they aren't exactly new makey, but they are the sort of medicinal, raw wood notes typical of very young whiskeys; those notes are pretty fleeting though. The finish is back to that sweet/spicy balance with just a hint of the medicinal notes. Adding water isn't a good idea; it makes it taste like a low end Canadian blend.

 

This was surprisingly good and balanced for a two year old whiskey. That being said, it's still two years old. It's not bad at all, and it's great to see what the Willetts are up to, but it lacks maturity and still has that young whiskey rawness. This whiskey has huge potential, and I'll be very enthusiastic to try this at four or six years old. With more age, it could definitely be great. For now, it's worth a try, but I'd recommend trying a glass rather than investing in a whole bottle.

 
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Royal Salute 38yr Stone of Destiny
Added on Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 02:31 PM
  Bottler: Chivas Bros.
  Age: 38 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region:
  Price: $650 Availability: Better Stores
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Andy
 

No good notes due to large whisky event.

 

Awesome.  Best blend I ever had.

 
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Highland Park Freya
Added on Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 02:10 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 15 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.20 % Region: Island
  Price: $250 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

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Very light and salty.  As far as general enjoyment I'd put this around the average 15yr. single malt.  Not so much a Norse god as perhaps a Norse librarian.

 
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The Peat Monster 10th Anniversary
Added on Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 12:31 PM
  Bottler: Compass Box Whisky Company
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Vatted Malt
  ABV: 48.90 % Region:
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores
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Andy
 

n:  Fireplace ashes and fresh wintergreen

 

p:  Pretty intense and sooty.  Charcoal candy.  Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the flavor is not.  It starts watery and slow then really takes over the palate and lingers.  The "heat" is just right.  By design or accident it goes right up to the edge of needing to add water but doesn't cross it.  It has the peat and the sweet and isn't much more complex or developing than that, but it does what it does well.  Best Peat Monster yet.

 

B/B+

 
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Jack Daniel''s Old No. 7 90 proof (1970s)
Added on Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 09:28 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Tennessee
  ABV: 45.00 % Region: Tennessee
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
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The nose is sweet with maple syrup and perfume notes. Compared to the sweet nose, the palate is surprisingly dry with oak, smoke and tobacco. The finish is peppery/spicy leading to medicinal notes. Yum!

 

This is really delicious stuff, a far cry from the syrupy sweet JD of today. If this is what Jack used to taste like, it makes me understand how it built such a loyal fan base. It's got bold flavors like spice and tobacco and some real complexity. I feel like I should go back in time Terminator-style and stop whoever was responsible for turning this stuff into the cloying, 80 proof crap it is today.

 
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Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary
Added on Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 09:21 AM
  Bottler: Wild Turkey
  Age: 13 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 45.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $125 Availability: Specialty Stores
This bottle of Wild Turkey commemorates Jimmy Russell's sixty years at the distillery.  It is a blend of 13 to 16 year old bourbons.  36,000 bottles. 
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I usually don't comment on the color of whiskey, but the color on this one is quite light which is unusual for a bourbon in this age bracket. The nose is nice and very Wild Turkey; it's got sweet candy and a good dose of oak. The palate opens with light candy and then some spice. It's hot for the abv, which is typical of more recent Wild Turkeys. The finish is where the oak comes back with a burnt wood/barrel char note. 
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Willett 17 yo Barrel 58 (Mike's WhiskeyHandel)
Added on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM
  Bottler: Kentucky Bourbon Distillers
  Age: 17 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 69.10 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $270 Availability: Overseas Specialty

A wheated bourbon bottled for German retailer Mike's Whiskey Handel

Distilled April 6, 1993   Distilled at the new Bernheim Distillery

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The nose has candy sweetness.  The palate is dense and complex with dark chocolate (not sweet) and oak. Water improves it even more, bringing out polished wood and musty old libraries. The finish is woody with just a slight wine-like inflection.  

 

This is fantastic stuff.  I would guess something out of the Bernheim Distillery during the period in the '90s when they were making wheated whiskey for the Stitzel-Weller brands. 

 

B+/A-

 
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Wild Turkey 12 (early 2000s)
Added on Monday, Jun 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 12 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.50 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
An export only expression of Wild Turkey.
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The nose is spicy with ginger and rye. The palate is dry and medicinal with far less spice than the nose but peppery toward the end. The finish is minty on the nose and peppery on the palate. Water improves the palate and brings out some nice rye notes. The nose and palate are wonderful on this one but the palate is a bit of a let down. 
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