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  1. #101
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    What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Oh let's see... It was a good night:

    Glenfarclas 17
    Nikka Yoichi 15
    Nikka Taketsuru 17
    Suntory Hibiki 17
    Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    The Ardbog sounds like a must buy for me. Appreciate the quick review Tim!

    My only recent dram was a healthy pour of Balvenie 15 a few nights ago. Just haven't been feeling the dark side the last month or so.

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

    Wish I could try Ardbog before buying. After Day was nothing special (IMO) and Galileo I was all set on skipping this, but the Bog sounds interesting at least. Thanks Tim.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    Oh let's see... It was a good night:

    Glenfarclas 17
    Nikka Yoichi 15
    Nikka Taketsuru 17
    Suntory Hibiki 17
    Suntory Yamazaki Sherry Cask
    Good night indeed. How did the Glenfarclas perform among all of those fantastic Japanese whiskeys?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Pollito View Post
    Good night indeed. How did the Glenfarclas perform among all of those fantastic Japanese whiskeys?
    Honestly, my palate was pretty fried by the time I got to the last one (Glenfarclas) - what I didn't list was I also had Blanton's (for the first time) & Vintage 17.

    Small pours but I think it was as well balanced as any of the Japanese malts we had last night. I just don't remember much more for the 'Farclas.

    The star of the night was the Yamazaki Sherry Cask though.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    I've been so unimpressed with nearly everything I've purchased in the last two months, a real negative Nancy (or belligerent bad_scientist). That changed yesterday. I bought a Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2006 using the Kynagarry Farms malt. Wow!

    When you have a glass of Jura, do you wish it had MORE farmyard notes?

    When you have a Springbank, do you wish that industrial/diesel taste was not just in the finish?

    When you have a sherried Speysider, do you wish you knew who the hell is responsible for putting this crap in your glass?

    You might like the Bere Barley if you have had these feelings. It's all about naked barley flavors, heavy on vanilla but not creamy - more like grassy and a bit herbal. it's like tasting the scent of a field on a hot summer day, mixed with a vanilla liqueur. Though it's unpeated, it does have the aforementioned diesel fuel component that I associate with bourbon cask aged Springbank and, to a much stronger extent, Port Ellen. It has more in common with Springbank, actually, than with any other malt I've had. I had it next to a Springbank 10 from 2011, and the Springer came off as really sweet, almost like crystallized barley sugar, compared to the Bere Barley. It also had a bit less character, a bit more porridge notes. Otherwise, they hit similar notes.

    The best part, how you know you made the right choice? You completely forget about what you could have bought instead!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ChainWhip View Post
    Honestly, my palate was pretty fried by the time I got to the last one (Glenfarclas) - what I didn't list was I also had Blanton's (for the first time) & Vintage 17.

    Small pours but I think it was as well balanced as any of the Japanese malts we had last night. I just don't remember much more for the 'Farclas.

    The star of the night was the Yamazaki Sherry Cask though.
    i was going to say...Yamazaki + Sherry Cask sounds like an absolute winner to me.

    Also, I had a nice pour of Balvenie 12 year Signature last night. A store around here has a really nice price on it at $36. Lots of honey...very pleasant.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring 2013 ...

    Enjoyed the Ardbog a lot but I doubt that I'm in the market for a bottle.
    Bourbon only requires a glass.

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

    Didn't think the Ardbog was coming out this soon, but doesn't sound like anything I need to rush out and look for from what I'm seeing so far. Bummer.

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

    Ardbog is better than Galileo (by far...), about on par with Alligator and not quite as good as Day.

    I'm an Ardbeg fanboy, but it's a oncer. I've turned down additional chances to grab a few more bottles - I'll still with just one, and go buy more Uigadale.

 

 

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