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Smith's Angaston Whisky 14yr
Added on Monday, Aug 22, 2016 at 09:10 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 14 yrs Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Other
  ABV: 43.50 % Region: Australia
  Price: $150 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  lavendar and chocolate covered cherries

 

p:  Armagnac-like.  Semi-sweet and delicious at first but it fades a bit fast.  Quaffable.

 

B/B+ 

 
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Sullivan's Cove French Oak - Batch 052A
Added on Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 11:25 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 12 yrs Type: World
  Vintage: 2000 Subtype: Other
  ABV: 47.50 % Region: Tasmania
  Price: $175 Availability: Specialty Stores
1/24/2000 - 1/15/2013   Barrel 052A
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Sharp, like opening a warm bag of dried apricots.

 

p:  Dark fruits, vanilla beans, and nail polish. Interesting although not entirely in a good way. 

 
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Thomson Two Tone
Added on Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 12:27 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: New Zealand
  ABV: 40.00 % Region: North Island
  Price: $45 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Cashews and a field of springtime flowers.  

 

p:   Mildly malty.  Struggles to find a flavor.  Not helped by being watered down to 40% as it feels thin.  No off notes at all.  It's probably what the upper-tier blends shoot for (and charge more for).  Blind tasters would probably not guess it as whisky given how gentle it is on the palate.

 
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Starward
Added on Sunday, Aug 21, 2016 at 12:09 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Other
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Australia
  Price: $60 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Caramel and shellac

 

p:  Young but not harsh.  Lemony hardwood.  Definitely not complex.  It comes it.  It goes.  A bit to fast, really. 

 
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Highland Park Ice Edition
Added on Thursday, Aug 18, 2016 at 09:18 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 17 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 53.90 % Region: Highland
  Price: $300 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 

The nose is very nice, malty with light peat notes. The palate opens with sweet honey malt notes followed by some light peat. The finish is dry and peppery.

 

This is a nicely composed and well balanced malt. Tasting notes really don't do it justice because the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It's highly drinkable and the dry finish leaves you wanting another sip. This is the type of balanced malt that Highland Park can do so well. It reminds me of some of their older releases that I really loved.

 

B+/A-

 
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Compass Box 5th and Harrison
Added on Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016 at 11:50 PM
  Bottler: Compass Box
  Age: N/A Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Vatted Malt
  ABV: 55.30 % Region:
  Price: $180 Availability: Specialty Stores
Member Ratings and Notes
Andy
 

n:  Typically Caol Ila muted charcoal.  Orange peel and cherries

 

p:  White pepper and moldy fruit (better than it sounds).   Semisweet with a very even flavor from start to finish, not unlike Japanese whisky.

 

This is well put together and is easily sipped even at full strength, although it isn't going to excite or suprise anyone.

 

B/B+ 

 
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Iwai Tradition
Added on Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:57 PM
  Bottler: Hombo Shuzo Co
  Age: N/A Type: Japanese
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Blend
  ABV: 40.00 % Region:
  Price: $65 Availability: Better Stores
 
Finished in ex-Red Wine Casks from Chateau Mars winery in Yamanashi Prefecture. 
Member Ratings and Notes
Ryan
 

N: Sherry, Nutmeg, Cinnamon. Right away this reminds me of nitecap in Tokyo after a night of exploring... Like a mini Nikka 10 baught at a convienience store.

 

P:  Coffee, Caramel, so light with some complexity. Dessert.

 

F: Toffee, Sherry, Mint, & Dark Chocolate. This is too easy to drink. Almost too easy. Wish it had something more interesting to finish on. Nonetheless, I'm a fan. 

 
Andy
 

n:  New car smell after 1 month.

 

p:  Blendy and a bit perfumey like fresh laundry.  Thin and watery mouthfeel.

 

This seems like an average Japanese blend pretending to be a higher end Japanese whisky (thanks to all of the insane whisky awards)

 

C-/C 

 
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Lagavulin 8
Added on Thursday, Jul 28, 2016 at 09:52 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 8 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 48.00 % Region: Islay
  Price: $60 Availability: Specialty Stores
Limited Edition released to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Lagavulin distillery by John Johnston in 1816.
Member Ratings and Notes
Ryan
 

N: Peat, Potting soil, Mint, Oreos, Pears. I like it.

 

P: Butter Cake. Dry & Astringent, a bit Paint chippy..

 

F: Light Peat, Smoke, & some Candy Cane. Not enough going on. This is quite dry and fades very quick. Too one dimensional. Not close to the 16.

 

 

 
Kevin
 

Tasted this in a flight with Lag 12 2015 and Lag 16 and even added a Laphroaig 10 for good measure.  

 

First of all, the color is the pretty typical light gold you'd see in a young whisky. So there's that. Big surprise. 

 

N: I found this very buttery, which I love. Love love that buttery note. What is that? It's one of the reasons I tend to adore young Scotch. Of course you get a little peat as well. There is also a bit of sweetness that comes through. All in all, it's pretty light and subtle. 

 

P: Lots of peat here. A bit harsh. (Water helps, but makes it that much more one-dimensional.) This is not the nicely balanced Lag 12/16 you'd expect. Buuuuuut, I can't help but be struck by how this tastes like a nice youthful Lag. It retains so much of the character, it's kind of mindblowing that it's half the age of the 16 year. 

 

F: Can't say much here. Falls off quickly and leaves a little burn (no election reference intended). Some earthy afternotes, I suppose. 

 

I am impressed by how much this 8 year old whisky retains the character (a bit of elegance?) of it's older sibling, the Lag 16. It's one dimensionality and finish really pull it down though. 

 

B/B- 

 
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Paul John Peated, Cask 739
Added on Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 07:59 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Indian
  ABV: 57.00 % Region: Goa
  Price: N/A Availability: Overseas Specialty
Bottled for Dutch importer Bresser & Timmer   Bottled 2015   American Oak    210 Bottles
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
The nose has a light char, like next day campfire. The palate is smoky with a touch of sweetness. The smoke intensifies toward the end and builds into a massive, smoky finish. This one is a legit peat monster. 
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Paul John Classic Select Cask
Added on Wednesday, Jul 27, 2016 at 07:58 AM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: N/A Type: World
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Indian
  ABV: 55.20 % Region: Goa
  Price: $78 Availability: Overseas Specialty
Bottled 2013.  
Member Ratings and Notes
Sku
 
This has a nice, malty nose. The palate has malt, then some acid and some berry notes and it closes with a strong, malty finish. This is a very nice, bold malt with lots of pure malt flavors. It's well executed and flavorful. Good stuff!  
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