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    What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by timd View Post
    The Benriach 21, and I didn't pay for it at all - is a solid dram. But..."

    "...with a "unappealing funk" in the middle.
    I tried the Benriach Authenticus (21) tonight and I get what you're saying about the "funk" - not quite as unappealing to me but I get bitterness like grapefruit rind with the funk and a saltiness on the backend. The peat is there but the sherry takes a back seat for me.

    It almost reminds me of a salty, peaty version of Rosebank.

    Quote Originally Posted by geereg View Post
    Glendronach 12 PX to celebrate the end of my first year as a high school administrator.
    Congrats on your well earned summer break!
    Last edited by ChainWhip; 05-22-2013 at 23:55.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    You guys are way fortunate to have access to that sort of stuff at Costco prices. No Costco stores within my driving orbit.

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    What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by LostBottle View Post
    The only downside is that my money goes to Diageo.
    I know what you mean but I gotta have my Talisker!
    ¡Geaux Tigers! - ¡Visca el Barça!

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    I know what you mean but I gotta have my Talisker!
    I love Tali too. Unfortunately, this is a brand that Diageo is really starting to tinker with, and Diageo tends not to tinker in constructive ways. Tali 18 is now clocking in double what it was a few months ago. The 25 price steadily rose, after they had the nerve to lower the proof. Also, they didn't even bother giving the States any of the 35yo special release. I guess we should just count ourselves lucky that haven't closed the place, which apparently they almost did back in the day.
    Last edited by LostBottle; 05-22-2013 at 23:30.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    It almost reminds me of a salty, peaty version of Rosebank.
    Spot on. I always describe the Authenticus 21 as drinking peated candy.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Opened bottles at the moment:

    - Old Pultney 12yr (375ml)

    - Linkwood 14yr from 1989 and bottled by Signatory. Its very dark and spent all its life in a sherry cask...possibly first-fill. It's fantastic!

    - Talisker 10yr

    - Kilchoman Machir Bay (2012)


    Been on a Single Malt spree as of late. Just picked up a Longmorn 15yr yesterday and a couple Macallan 18yr (distilled in 1994).

    Trying to decide what to open next. I have several Clynelish that are calling my name, but I'm tempted to pop open my Auchentoshan Valinch. For all those people mentioning Kavalan, it was indeed fantastic. I can't wait for it to get to the states. The standard expression barreled in ex-bourbon barrels was phenomenal. The sherried versions were pretty good too...drying, sort of like what I get from Glendronach.

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    What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    I had some Talisker 10yo after lunch (shut up, you're not the boss of me!). It was at the bartender's suggestion, as it's not one I frequent, but it showed better than I expected. Nice dose of earthy peat that cuts through the somewhat syrupy, yet nicely integrated and nuanced malt. I'm not sure if my own bottle would sell me on it or turn me off on the sweetness, but I'm glad my favorite lunch hangout has a bottle of it.
    "A man comes from the dust and in the dust he will end-- In the meantime it is good to drink whiskey."
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Bruichladdich Trilogy Waves at the moment.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    So I've got an Ardbog in hand this evening...

    and it's delicious!

    So my buddies here have been a mix of "meh" and "wow" - and I'll slot myself between those responses.

    It's truly a sweet, sultry and viscous dram - the sherry presence is massive, albeit well integrated with the smoke. But the smoke... ahhh the precious smoke... it's a bit understated.

    It's got the appeal of a Lagavulin or Talisker DE - and one would be hard pressed to not feel like Ardbeg felt the need to compete with these "Classic" malts seasonal releases at this stage... But by taking 10 years of Ardbeg in Manzanilla casks mixed with some other proportion in 10 years of Bourbon casks, I'm afraid the traditional coastal/medicinal and (I mean this seriously) delicate nature of Ardbeg has been sacrificed to the sugar-pounding grape gods.

    If you LOVE sweet whisky finishes - you'll be in hog heaven. This isn't blatant sherry finishing (ie. a raisin storm), but it's daaaaaaaamnnnn sweet. Almost port-like in it's sweetness without being obviously raisiny/grapey.

    The smoke is still there - it's an Islay after all, but it's muted beyond any Ardbeg I've tasted (excepting Blasda and 17 year). It may be a shell of an Ardbeg but it's one hell of a an Aberlour or Glenfarclas (I won't even dignify this with a MacAllan ref).

    Worth $79 out the door? As a one-time thing, sure - but I won't be back for another bottle at that price. I'd still opt for the (evil) Diego peated DE's over this one at around the same price point (yes, I know - Lagavulin DE's run $100, but it's worth every penny).

    Plus - this box has "fossilized monster footprints," skulls, dinosaur heads and a gold-embossed sword. I'm far more manly than I was before I bought this bottle - that alone is worth the $15-$20 premium over Uigadale any day. I think... (ask me tomorrow - 3 pours of this plus 3 of OGD 114 later and I may be biased).

    PS - the Ardbeg is actually SWEETER than the OGD114... Yeah, it's that sweet.

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    What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Sounds like its bogged down in molasses...

    ;-)
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