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  1. #1
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    Best tasting notes EVER!

    David Driscoll seems to be getting a wee bit carried away:
    http://spiritsjournal.klwines.com/kl...t-is-here.html

    A masterpiece! I wish all reviews were this grandiose.

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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Quite.

    I'll offer up this from the SMWSA...

    Peat smoke drifts from a nearby island across calm waters – the sun is going down after a hot day on the beach – a driftwood fire is now lit on shingle between rock-pools – barbecued pork ribs, langoustines, lobster, then lemon meringue pie for dessert – nose the dram – ginger, Germolene, tobacco, boxing gloves – paint your own picture – Bruce Willis in Pulp Fiction? – taste it now – root beer, ice-cream, bananas, Old Holborn tobacco, liquorice cigarette papers, burnt heather, barley sugars rolled in ash – this whisky evoked all of these for us – now test your own imagination – it’s from the Sound of Islay.

    Or this gem...

    We found quite a bit of fruit on the nose – tinned pears, passion fruit and ‘someone peeling tangerines in the a recently painted hospital’ – in addition we enjoyed lavender, orange blossoms, patchouli, burnt paper, smoky bacon and well-kept stables – quite complex all in all. The palate had Elastoplasts and gauze bandages, star anise, walnut fudge, honeysuckle, nutty tobacco and baklava. Water brought freesias and parma violets, creosote and peat fires to the nose, while the palate became sweeter, developing slightly burnt treacle tart, sugar cane and dark chocolate coated marzipan with some coconut to finish.

    Any of the SMWSA (via Whiskey Apostle) notes are a bit over the top.
    Last edited by Tucker; 10-10-2012 at 20:29.

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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Peeled tangerines in a recently painted hospital.

    God almighty.

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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    I've often wondered how any human being could possibly get all that from a glass of whisk(e)y. What a bunch of nonsense.

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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    No anise? Well I guess Joe and Jimmy aren't getting anywhere near it.
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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Quote Originally Posted by ebo View Post
    I've often wondered how any human being could possibly get all that from a glass of whisk(e)y. What a bunch of nonsense.
    I agree that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society tasting notes describe more than any one person should be able to pick up. That said, the SMWS uses a tasting panel to decide on their whiskies, and it is completely believable that a group of whisky tasters will put together all of those flavors and smells. They probably have a marketing person write the filler words that get you from one flavor descriptor to the next, but you shouldn't doubt that someone in the room said they smelled that oil smoke from a two-stroke engine.

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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonny.Applebury View Post
    I agree that the Scotch Malt Whisky Society tasting notes describe more than any one person should be able to pick up. That said, the SMWS uses a tasting panel to decide on their whiskies, and it is completely believable that a group of whisky tasters will put together all of those flavors and smells. They probably have a marketing person write the filler words that get you from one flavor descriptor to the next, but you shouldn't doubt that someone in the room said they smelled that oil smoke from a two-stroke engine.
    Agreed. I just find it ridiculous when I read descriptors like "wet pavement". How the hell does anyone know what wet pavement tastes like? Did they go outside and lick the road? Or, "dried seaweed with a touch of model airplane glue". Really? And one of my all time favorites............. an "old leather chair". Who licks a damn chair to know how it tastes? Just sayin'.

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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Quote Originally Posted by ebo View Post
    And one of my all time favorites............. an "old leather chair". Who licks a damn chair to know how it tastes? Just sayin'.
    It would depend on who had sat there.
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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Quote Originally Posted by Trey Manthey View Post
    David Driscoll seems to be getting a wee bit carried away:
    Quote Originally Posted by Trey Manthey View Post


    While he didn't write the notes for the Flaming Heart, it's attributed to Serge Valentine, In the post right after that one titled "When Hyperbole Goes to Far" he writes
    "While it's fun to wax poetic about booze, I sometimes find the enthusiasm expressed in our descriptions just a bit too over-the-top."



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    Re: Best tasting notes EVER!

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh View Post
    It would depend on who had sat there.
    I got nothin'.

 

 

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