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Ichiro's Malt Hanyu 23 Year Old
Added on Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 04:00 AM
  Bottler: Ichiro's Malt
  Age: 23 yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.00 % Region: Japan Market Only
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Made with spirit distilled in 1985 and 1986, which was then aged in sherry wood. This cask strength release was bottled for the Ichiro’s malt range.
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Ries
 
Really nice age and cask on this. Rich red dried fruits with a bit of scalded jam. Smells like a warm raspberry jelly donut and banana bread with walnuts. I enjoy the strength on this and the malt really shines with the quality sherry cask. This is a full bodied and delicious malt with a bit of ash and dark cherry in the finish, very oishii.
 
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Nikka Coffey Malt Whisky
Added on Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 at 03:51 AM
  Bottler: Nikka
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 45.00 % Region:
  Price: $80 Availability: Better Stores
The Nikka Coffey malt is made using 100% barley that is distilled in a Coffey (or continuous) still; more commonly used for creating grain whisky. Previously only released as part of single casks, Nikka decided to add their Coffey Malt to their core range in 2014.
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Ries
 
n: golden cherry and peaches on buttermilk pancakes. Warm malt heavy with oats and dark vanilla. 

t: sweeter than expected; full of scorched caramel and vanilla sugar marshmallow. Middle has buttery malt and the alcohol comes out and overpowers any wood influence. This comes across as very youthful with rough edges and overly sweet in the finish. Just a malty sweet spot, nothing deep or thought provoking.   [C+/B-]
 
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I.W. Harper 15 (2015)
Added on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 08:12 AM
  Bottler: Diageo
  Age: 15 yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $75 Availability: Specialty Stores
Distilled at the Bernheim distillery, this is Diageo's 2015 revival of the I.W. Harper brand.
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Sku
 
The nose has a very nice balance of caramel and rye spice. The palate starts sweet but very quickly turns spicy with rye notes which trail off into the finish. This is surprisingly spicy given that it is apparently only 6% rye. It may be that some of those spicy notes come from the oak. In any case, it's quite pleasant and sippable. 
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Old Forester Signature 100 Proof
Added on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 04:00 AM
  Bottler: Brown-Forman
  Age: NAS yrs Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Kentucky
  Price: $26 Availability: Wide
Old Forester was first bottled in 1870 and is the only bourbon today that has been continuously bottled since that time, even during Prohibition, when the distillery had special permits to produce bourbon for "medicinal purposes." Produced by Brown-Forman in Shively, Ky, Old Forester’s 72% Corn, 18% Rye, and 10% Malted Barley is the same mashbill used for Woodford Reserve and Old Forester Birthday Bourbon.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: vanilla caramel popcorn ball, nice full nose with kettle corn sweetness and vanilla oak. Wheat pancakes with maple syrup and butter.

 

t: buttery kettle corn, nice and chewy bite with a rounded sweet spot. Heavily buttered waffles, but still oaky and doesn't get too sweet. Long and spicy finish with charred wood and vanilla toffee. Fun and simple, this is an easy to enjoy bourbon and solid for the price point. I prefer this to Brown-Forman’s flagship premium bourbon, Woodford Reserve.   [B/B-]

 
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Glenfiddich 1963
Added on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 03:25 AM
  Bottler: Glenfiddich
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $99 Availability: Better Stores
In 1963 Glenfiddich launched a single malt whisky and sold it outside of Scotland, a highly unusual move considering that the whisky world at the time really only knew of blended Scotch, not single malts. 
 
Created by malt master Brian Kinsman, who nosed and tasted the original liquid and followed the original recipe. Kinsman said, “Glenfiddich has an unrivalled collection of rare and aged single malts from which we can draw on to create innovative whiskies. Using this collection we were able to replicate the original Glenfiddich Straight Malt. Glenfiddich The Original is a true taste of history.”
Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

n: aromas of nicely roasted malt, springtime, pear skins, heather (floral). Soft spice and toasted wood with a subtle coal fire smoke note.

 

t: toasted prunes on a grill, soft and oaky with a savoury aspect from the peat smoke. Fresh hay, light olive oil and dried banana note. The slight smoke adds to the complexity. Lightly sweet, easy to drink whisky, the nose is the best aspect of this.  [B-.]

 
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Tamdhu Batch Strength
Added on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 03:10 AM
  Bottler: Tamdhu
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 58.80 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $90 Availability: Better Stores

A 2015 addition to the Tamdhu family, Batch Strength is a high-strength bottling aged exclusively in sherry casks. A large proportion of the oak, both European and American, is first-fill.

Member Ratings and Notes
Ries
 

Red fruit roll-ups and dense Kool-Aid sweetness. Sour plum note in the middle with a hint of sulphur. Has a darker, almost dank sherry cask to this with a note of black grapes in the finish. This is nice and takes water well, similar sherry profile as Glendronach 15.  [B-/B, Release 001]

 
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Black Bull Kyloe
Added on Wednesday, Jul 29, 2015 at 02:59 AM
  Bottler: Duncan Taylor
  Age: NAS yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Scotland
  Price: $35 Availability: Better Stores

Black Bull Kyloe (pronounced Kahy-loh) is named after a breed of Highland cattle. It is a High Malt blended Scotch whisky produced by independent bottlers Duncan & Taylor.

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Ries
 

n: grainy nose with some light floral peat smoke, burnt lemon peel, and black cherry juice.

 

t: burnt citrus peel (torched lemon skin with chocolate syrup drizzled on top). Flat and grainy middle. Vanilla chocolate, green grass, and light oak in finish.  

 
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Glenmorangie Tusail
Added on Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015 at 10:59 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 46.00 % Region: Highland
  Price: $100 Availability: Better Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

Good nose but a bit of a letdown on the palate.  Bitter orange peel that is as dull as most other whiskies coming out now.

 

 
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Old Weller Antique 107
Added on Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 05:13 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: American
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Bourbon
  ABV: N/A Region:
  Price: $30 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
Fuji
 
Paint thinner and flower petals.  Sweet and tangy preserved fruit.   Thin on the palate with hints of spice 
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Glenglassaugh Torfa
Added on Monday, Jul 27, 2015 at 05:13 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 50.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $50 Availability: Wide
Ex-bourbon    20ppm of peat
Member Ratings and Notes
Fuji
 
Oily peat, cinnamon, smoke from burning toast and bacon.  Citrus, malt and tarry dank notes linger.

Citrus and peat initially. Thin palate.

Finish is neutral  
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