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Miltonduff 1995 Hepburn's Choice
Added on Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 at 12:02 PM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing
  Age: 19 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1995 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.40 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $100 Availability: Wide
Bottled 2014 for K&L   Refill Barrel     80 Bottles
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This has a nice malty nose, crisp and clean with some grape juice. The palate follows suit with sweet malt notes and a light fruitiness. It's a straight forward malt; the kind you can drink anytime.  
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North British 1964 Sovereign
Added on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 08:36 AM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing
  Age: 50 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1964 Subtype: Grain
  ABV: 44.70 % Region: Lowland
  Price: $250 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled Sept. 2014 for K&L  Ref # HL 10429    Hogshead
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The nose has caramel, vanilla and some savory notes which I got as chicken fat. The palate is a huge dessert bomb with sweet caramel and vanilla. It's a damn candy bar. The finish, as with all of these grain whiskeys, is short, light and slightly sweet. This was pretty tasty if not overly complex.  
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Port Dundas 1978 Sovereign
Added on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 08:35 AM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing
  Age: 36 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1978 Subtype: Grain
  ABV: 60.10 % Region: Lowland
  Price: $150 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled 2014 for K&L   Ref # HL 10423
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The nose on this is very subtle with light grain notes. The palate is sweet and spicy with vanilla first and then a smoky bacon note. The finish is soft with grainy notes and a touch of alcohol. This one is decent and a bit odd with the smokiness in the mid-palate. 
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Girvan 1990 Sovereign
Added on Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 at 08:35 AM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing
  Age: 24 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1990 Subtype: Grain
  ABV: 50.30 % Region: Lowland
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled Sept. 2014 for K&L   Ref # HL 10574
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The nose is mostly bananas with some alcohol notes. It seems odd to find this in a 24 year old whiskey, but the palate opens with new make notes, then some banana, though it's a more subtle banana note than on the nose. It's very sweet and has a very short finish. There's just not that much to this one.  
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Macallan 1993 Old Particular
Added on Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 08:59 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1993 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 51.50 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $250 Availability: Specialty Stores

For K&L   Distilled June 1993    Bottled October 2014

 Ref# DL 10471    Refill Barrel   102 Bottles 

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The nose is sweet and fruity. The palate starts sweet but gets drier. It then develops a peppery note that adds complexity and moves it into the finish. This is from a refill bourbon cask, and while I haven't been a huge fan of bourbon cask Macallans in the past, this one is really good. I'd always associated the Macallan profile with sherry, but something about this feels very Macallan even without the sherry influence.  
Andy
 

n:  Cigar humidor aging orange peels.

 

p:  Nice mouthfeel.  Antique wood + small hint of christmas spices and honey.  Peppery-ness extends for a long finish.  Wish the Fine Oak series had been more like this.

 

B+/A- 

 
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Tobermory 1996 Old Particular
Added on Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 08:58 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 18 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1996 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.40 % Region: Highland
  Price: $110 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled 2014 for K&L  Refill Butt   232 Bottles
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The nose is malty/fruity with mild peat. The palate is rich with light peat, growing stronger as it goes down and trailing off into the finish with a touch of mint. This is a really nice one as well. 
Andy
 

n:  Something pungent at first whiff.  It's not bad, but there's a whiff of cheap cheap (think Toy District LA) chinese plastic packaging.

 

p: Faintly tanned leather or tweed.  Indiana Jones' office closet.  Toffee or weak molassas.  Pleasing enough but ultimately not one that will stick in my head.

 
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Tamdhu 1998 Old Particular
Added on Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 08:57 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 16 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1998 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.40 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $100 Availability: Specialty Stores

Bottled 2014 for K&L  Ref# DL 10506   Refill Hogshead

283 Bottles 

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This has a very fruity nose with pears. The palate is malty/spicy with some sweetness. There's a nice balance between the sweet and spicy notes. The finish is a peppery white wine, like a Gerwurztraminer. I really like this one. It's sugar and spice and everything nice.

B/B+

 
Andy
 

n:  Anne Smith's fruit salad, even down to the marachino cherries cut in half and an overabundance of sugar to appease her finicky son.  (thanks mom).

 

p:  Fermented white fruit with a dash of pepper.  Sour watermelon candy for just the first brief second.  Finish seems to get more intense in raw heat.

 

Water:  Wow, takes a lot to tame.  Leans a little more toward musty vanilla with H2O added.

 

B/B+ 

 
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Laphroaig 1997 Old Particular
Added on Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 08:57 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: 16 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1997 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.40 % Region: Islay
  Price: $140 Availability: Specialty Stores

Bottled 2014 for K&L  Ref# DL10472   Refill Hogshead

 

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The nose is pure Laphroaig with big, funky, peaty notes. The palate starts with big peat but gradually develops a sweet wine note, but the peat comes back for the finish along with some BBQ smoke. This is very tasty. It's everything you would want from a 16 year old Laphroaig.

 

B/B+

 
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Faultline Blended Scotch
Added on Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 at 08:56 AM
  Bottler: Douglas Laing
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Scotland
  Price: $25 Availability: Specialty Stores
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The nose is malty in a sort of Clynelish style. It's got some coastal notes but also some floral. The palate opens with sweet peat. The peat is present but not overwhelming, and the sweetness gives it a sort of candy coating. The mouthfeel is light. The finish is peaty and, for the first time, shows some grain whiskey notes. A minute later the sweetness is back adding a chocolate note to the grain, like Ovaltine.

 

This is a very solid blend with some good peat action, and at $25, it's a no-brainer. The price to quality ratio is insanely good.

 

B/B-

 
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Bowmore 2001 Hepburn's Choice
Added on Monday, Mar 2, 2015 at 08:44 AM
  Bottler: Hunter Laing
  Age: 12 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 2001 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.40 % Region: Islay
  Price: $80 Availability: Specialty Stores
Bottled 2014 for K&L    Refill Hogshead   266 Bottles
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I'm liking this nose with peat and motor oil, like an old garage. The palate follows suit with thick, fuely peat; then there's a sweet note, maybe some chocolate, maybe some dessert wine, that sticks to the roof of your mouth while the rest of your mouth is still finished in peat. This one's a winner, bold but balanced. 
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