Very cool, thanks for that! Not sure when I can get out there. :) I'll be honest, the only time I've ever been there is when trying to outrun delays on the 401, i.e., taking the roads parallel to get back on further down. :) Time for a revisit.
I had the 12-6714 head to head with my opened 12-6500. These two are very different. I put both glasses on my white stove, and noticed that the 12-6714 is indeed quite a bit lighter. The nose was lighter too, also not as sweet. The overall mouthfeel of the 12-6500 was much thicker, fuller and rich. More notes of vanilla and dark sugar in the 12-6500. Neither has any real banana notes. The 12-6714 has a delicate profile I'm not used to, having the 12-6500 open for 3 weeks. 12-6714 had scaled down sweetness, some slight floral and cantalope notes. The finish of the 12-6714 is much shorter too. The 12-6714 on a scale is closer to the standard Old#7 than the 12-6500. I enjoyed the 12-6500 more than the 12-6714. Mind you, having a 1/2 full bottle and allowing the air to get at it may have improved the profile, and my newly opened 12-6714 may improve too after a couple weeks.
+1 on head-to-head, if still possible.
Interesting notes. I liked the lighter and elegant body, and the heavier ones always have a more typical JD taste in my experience although the one you compared it to seemed not to share that characteristic. I sampled the 12-6714 next to a Black Label the other day and found them completely different! As always taste will vary..
Weeks ago I did a head to head of the 12-6500 to the Black Label. I will agree that the Black Label, 12-6714 and 12-6500 all have very different profiles. On a scale I would say the 12-6714 is closer to the Black Label than I found the 12-6500 to be (not stating that they are identical). I wonder if this has to do with the barrel wood, char level or the placement in the rickhouse (one is L-5, the other L-15). Like I said though...once the bottle is open for a bit, there might be notes that improve that I didn't pick up after the first tasting. Time will tell.
Update: I went to stevenson/gibb lcbo in Oshawa and asked an employee on look through all the bottles. 8 on shelf and 12 in the back. There was no more 12-6714. Each case had 6 bottles all with same cask #.