Laphroaig 1/4 Cask and Lagavulin 16 last night as final pours and the Lag took center stage by way of sweet sherry and smoke to balance,definitely the right way to finish the evening.
Started the night K&L's 30 year old Sovereign Coal Ila cask strength from last year while watching LSU fail to upset Alabama. The scotch is great, LSU switching to a soft zone after their defense dominated Alabama in the second half was a huge fail. Now I've moved on to some Balvenie double wood 12 year. It's boring, but the bottle improved from when I first opened it.
Drinking my sorrows away with Talisker 18 after watching LSU's D revert to "3rd & Chavis"... Geaux Tigers!!!
Finished my evening with a few pours of Johnnie Walker Black. You can't beat the stuff for $25. I think I'll pick up a handle next time around.
I enjoyed some Laphroaig Cardieas while watching it.
Last night I took a rare dip into a Springbank Society 11yo Local Barley bottling that was finished in re-charred sherry butts. Man I love this stuff. It has a deep earthy minerality that is lifted by fruity malt sherry influence. I wish I could get more.
After dinner I had a pour of Laddie 10. I think there's something wrong with my bottle. I've thought it from the moment I opened it, and it is confirmed each time I pour from it. It has that somewhat gamey quality that I associate with cork taint. I opened it right after I opened an awfully corked Springbank 10/100, so I tried to ignore it, in disbelief that I could open two whiskies gone bad in a row. Really disappointing. I never have this problem with bourbon...
I finished the night on a high note with Ardbeg Day. This bottle has really grown on me over the last few months. I think I can say I have officially acquired a taste for the richly sweet sherry finish on top of the earthy smoke of the peat; it's like smoking a cigar dipped in sherry. I'm heading out to look for more sherry finished Islay. Like, now.