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.
Last edited by TheNovaMan; 04-08-2013 at 22:34.
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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 #.