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  1. #751
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Ardbeg Uigeadail L13 - yeah, this expression is still pretty good and the most enjoyable pour of the night for me. It's like coming "home".
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Tried my Glendronach Cask Strength batch 3 last night... very interesting. Lighter in color and body compared to even the 12 year, and I get some flavors that I associate with bourbon barrel aging. The label says it was aged in the normal olorosso and PX sherry casks but it tastes to me like the blended sherry and bourbon barrels... strange. Overall I really enjoyed it, and it was incredibly smooth for 54.9%. I love cask strength whisky and I'm more immune to the burn than most but I can still usually tell something is high proof fairly easily. On this one there was almost no heat until the end, very nice. My wife, who is far more sensitive to high ABV, was very surprised when I told her the strength.

    I may have to order myself another bottle now...

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

    Reflective of the weather here this week and the skies under which I worked today....for starters tonight: Talisker Storm. It's getting better...a little more of a softer side as more air gets into the bottle. Perhaps my early judgment was a bit too harsh. Up on deck after dinner: Ardbeg 10 and maybe a wee dram of Lagavulin before bed. The smoke of Islay puts me to sleep each harsh winter's night.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnDew View Post
    Tried my Glendronach Cask Strength batch 3 last night... very interesting. Lighter in color and body compared to even the 12 year, and I get some flavors that I associate with bourbon barrel aging. The label says it was aged in the normal olorosso and PX sherry casks but it tastes to me like the blended sherry and bourbon barrels... strange.
    Most people automatically assume that sherry = European (quercus robur) oak but that isn't necessarily the case. A significant amount of sherry (and other wines) is aged in American oak (quercus alba) barrels. The other thing the Scotch industry does that isn't common knowledge: they take ex-bourbon barrels, infuse them with sherry (not sure the exact process but its like spraying the inside with sherry concentrate at high pressure), then fill with new-make and call the mature whisky "ex-sherry".

    So, long story short, many scotches* that have been aged in ex-sherry casks actually exhibit characteristics of ex-bourbon barrels.


    * Highland Park is a good example, since they claim to use all ex-sherry casks but a significant number (probably the majority) of those casks are actually American Oak.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quite true, quite true.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Finishing off a bottle of Oban 14 while I catch up on network TV. The fruity nose and taste, saline, and pectin mouthfeel really have been doing it for me lately.

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

    Needed some peat fire with this cold weather, so it was Ardbeg 10, then Ardbog tonite.

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

    Wouldn't wish anyone discomfort but I hope that cold stays in TN and doesn't move South, we have a surfeit as is.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Had some Glendronach 21 and Glenmorangie Companta with MaxPower on Thursday night. The Companta was too sweet and one dimensional. Not worth it in my opinion and a big disappointment after the awesomenss of last year's Ealanta. The Glendronach 21 was excellent. Sherry fudge and woodiness in perfect balance. Extremely long finish. I probably took an hour to drink 1 oz and savored every second of it, then smelled the glass for 30 minutes after. It was great stuff. $140 is steep for anything, but if you have the money or can split a bottle with someone, you won't be disappointed.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Fall 2013/Winter 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by sob0728 View Post
    Had some Glendronach 21 and Glenmorangie Companta with MaxPower on Thursday night. The Companta was too sweet and one dimensional. Not worth it in my opinion and a big disappointment after the awesomenss of last year's Ealanta. The Glendronach 21 was excellent. Sherry fudge and woodiness in perfect balance. Extremely long finish. I probably took an hour to drink 1 oz and savored every second of it, then smelled the glass for 30 minutes after. It was great stuff. $140 is steep for anything, but if you have the money or can split a bottle with someone, you won't be disappointed.
    I'd echo these as well. The wine finish on the Companta is like the Quinta Ruban with a bit more of a dry finish. Head to head, I preferred the QR and it's less than half the price. Companta will not be a repeat buy. I'm going to have to do a side by side of the Glendronach 15 and 21. The 21 has the huge finish that is reflected in the price, but 15 years tends to be my wheelhouse. However, 21 might have overtaken it as my favorite GD offering. Good thing I can revisit it.
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