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  1. #691
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOldKyDram View Post
    I'm all over it at $50 if we ever get it here.
    Would just be happy to see it as an option if and when it gets to Georgia. But with the Powers Signature Release now available generally at less than $50 it is not as critical as it once was. Of the two I think the Powers would be my first choice anyway and a better price just seals the deal.
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Had some interesting pours last night at our community group.

    Glenlivet Nadurra
    Aberlour A'Bunadh batch 46 (I think)
    Berrys Bunnahabhain 24 year CS

    All were great, though I remember the Nadurra being smoother. There was a lot of heat, especially on the tongue, even with some water added. The A'Bunadh was somewhat bland but smooth, I assume the blandness was due to just having had a sherry bomb the previous night (that tomatin 12 aged in first fill sherry hogshead) so I need to revisit. The Bunnahabhain was stellar, though I got pretty much 0 peat, just a little brine, that I assume came through because of the advanced age. All together it was a very satisfying tasting.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    ^ Having some A'Bunadh B46 right now myself. I think it's a good pour for the price.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    I've never heard A'Bunadh be called bland. I know plenty that don't love it, but I've always thought it at least had a definite profile.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Max Power View Post
    I've never heard A'Bunadh be called bland. I know plenty that don't love it, but I've always thought it at least had a definite profile.
    With the drams I have had around it I think it hardly got a fair chance. And bland may be too strong a word, boring or uneventful might be better. Like I said, it was just more a matter of what was tasted around it. I will be trying this batch again and I have a bottle of batch 33 I have not opened yet that I will give a fair shake at some point.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Just opened a Bruichladdich PC Peat Project NAS that I've had for a while now. It's a floral, citrusy slap on the front with peat arriving late and smoke in the background. All in all, I find it kind of refreshing...youth shows through for sure...but, not so bad as some reviews have painted.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnDew View Post
    With the drams I have had around it I think it hardly got a fair chance. And bland may be too strong a word, boring or uneventful might be better. Like I said, it was just more a matter of what was tasted around it. I will be trying this batch again and I have a bottle of batch 33 I have not opened yet that I will give a fair shake at some point.
    I will admit that I go hot and cold on it. Cask strength with that much sherry is generally flavorful. The amount of sulfur is the variable. A'Bunadh is one that I generally think is better with an ice cube.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Lamplighter View Post
    Just opened a Bruichladdich PC Peat Project NAS that I've had for a while now. It's a floral, citrusy slap on the front with peat arriving late and smoke in the background. All in all, I find it kind of refreshing...youth shows through for sure...but, not so bad as some reviews have painted.
    It took a month or two for me to warm up to this. It can be a challenging malt. In the end, I really enjoyed the bottle. It was very different from my usual peat bomb pours.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Carried over from another thread of a brief summary of a fun little whisky tasting we did earlier this week to share with those who enjoy the dark side! Don't usually focus just on Scotch at these tasting but this one did.

    Quote Originally Posted by tanstaafl2 View Post
    January 15 led us across the pond for a bit of whisky. I say a bit but this afternoon featured ten different bottles!

    Attachment 17538

    Usually I bring most of the bottles to try but today included a couple of lovely contributions from the owner. First up was a 31 and a half year old Balvenie single cask! I would say that was quite the contribution!

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    Distilled and barreled in April 1966, this was one of 240 bottles that had "limited chill filtering" and was bottled at 45.5% ABV. We decided this needed to go first of course. Not much point in blowing out the palate and then trying it!

    Remarkably sweet with nice fruit and vanilla flavors, a deep oily mouthfeel and remarkably very little wood influence. As far as I know this was all done in a single refill bourbon barrel. A delightful experience to start the afternoon.

    A second contribution from the owner was an original Compass Box Spice Tree to be compared to the current bottling. While consensus was split I found the original to be spicier and more in your face, which I liked, while the newer version was more rounded and had a bit less spice. Not to say both weren't excellent. But if you like it a bit on the wild side the original was the way to go.

    We followed that with the Caol Ila Stitchell Reserve which I got thanks to a heads up from a fellow SBer and the kind delivery to me by another (Isn't this group a thing of beauty??? ). This was a NAS vatting of unpeated Caol Ila single malt at cask strength from refill American Oak, rejuvenated American Oak and ex-bodega European Oak casks intended to honor the retiring Master Distiller. A beautiful whisky with a hint of apples and citrus and that lovely hint of smoke in the background that must permeate the water and everything else in Islay. This was compared to the standard 12yo which as always has lots of peaty smoke and a hint of iodine that makes it one of my favorite readily available Islay malts. While I love the 12 it is a drink for when I am in a smokey frame of mind. The Stichell Reserve is just way to easy to drink. A bit spendy but a nice splurge to try the rare unpeated version of Caol Ila.

    Next it was on to the Talisker 10, Storm and Dark Storm. I must confess here I liked the 10 best of all. All the typical pepper, brine and wisps of smoke that make it so enjoyable. The Storm, while inoffensive, didn't really add anything noteworthy and wasn't that much smokier while the Dark Storm was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the afternoon. It seemed almost astringent. All were newly opened so perhaps time will help it. It is currently a travel retail only bottle and not one I will need to look for again.

    Last but by no means least were a NAS Longrow and a recently acquired CS Springbank 12. The Longrow was good although not all that peaty/smokey. But the Sprinbank may well have been the find of the day. A beautiful honeyed dram with rich fruit that really came to life with a splash of water. This one was enjoyed by all and goes to the top of my buy again list!
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    The dram that needs no introduction.....


    Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch #3 50.3% ABV


    Color: Light amber.


    Nose: A sudden burst of ripe apples and freshly sliced pears right off the top. Sweet, red raspberries begin to emerge along with juicy strawberries and watermelon. Whiffs of honeydew melon lift from the glass. Just a symphony of fruit! Is that papaya?


    Palate: A sweet, sticky, delicious, strawberry jam entry with gummy black mission figs. Fresh picked blackberries roll in replaced with a jammy, tart note that begins to unfold. That strawberry, jammy, fig note just clings to the palate and hangs on for what seems like an eternity. The mouthfeel and texture is incredible with a supple, velvety, oily like viscosity.


    Finish: Quite possibly the longest finishing dram I've ever had. Rich and chewy with, again, lingering strawberry jam. Yum!


    Rating: What can I say that hasn’t already been said? Just a fantastic, excellent, exquisite dram that is so unique and intriguing. An outstanding marriage of 10 different whiskies that all come together in near-perfect harmony. I see the allure and mystery behind this malt now and understand why it’s so highly sought after. Just a delicious pour full of complexity and layers that leaves you yearning for more. Score is a resounding 95!
    Josh

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