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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    I picked up TWO life-waters today. Very happy with both.

    One is Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength (120 US proof/60% ABV). I last had this about ten years ago when it was full of raisins and butterscotch but had no age statement. Now it's 10 years old and considerably more complex, but I think a little drier with a just a smidge of tartness on the roof of the mouth. An odd placement for a tart note, but it works. (I do note with irony that it carries an age statement now; Glenfarclas is imported by Sazerac.)

    The other is Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength (106.2 US proof/53.1% ABV). This is Springbank, only more so. So much brine that for a minute I mistook it for peat and thought they might have accidentally bottled Longrow in the wrong bottle. Springbank is my absolute favorite whisky to sip when the weather is chilly, damp, and preferably misty or foggy. This expression is beautifully intense.
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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Quote Originally Posted by shoshani View Post
    I picked up TWO life-waters today. Very happy with both.

    One is Glenfarclas 105 Cask Strength (120 US proof/60% ABV). I last had this about ten years ago when it was full of raisins and butterscotch but had no age statement. Now it's 10 years old and considerably more complex, but I think a little drier with a just a smidge of tartness on the roof of the mouth. An odd placement for a tart note, but it works. (I do note with irony that it carries an age statement now; Glenfarclas is imported by Sazerac.)

    The other is Springbank 12 year old Cask Strength (106.2 US proof/53.1% ABV). This is Springbank, only more so. So much brine that for a minute I mistook it for peat and thought they might have accidentally bottled Longrow in the wrong bottle. Springbank is my absolute favorite whisky to sip when the weather is chilly, damp, and preferably misty or foggy. This expression is beautifully intense.
    Hmmm, your tasting notes are inspiring me to open the Glenfarclas 105 mini I have as I've never tried anything from them. I may need to decide if a bottle is somewhere in my future...

    Thanks for the info!

    I personally made an online order this weekend from the UK. Once that arrives I'll post pics, assuming there are no problems along the way. Hoping they will arrive this week!

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Got my order in last night and it's a beaut. So far I've only opened the 12 year Burns from Tomatin. Not really sure what I think of it, it was aged entirely in a first fill sherry hogshead (hence the VERY dark color) and it's definitly a sherry bomb, but it has some off notes I'm trying to figure out. I think I found the right amount of water to add last night (it's 59%) but I need to try again. What I do know is that it's nose is very close to maple syrup and it's nearly as thick.

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Quote Originally Posted by MtnDew View Post
    Got my order in last night and it's a beaut.
    Those vintage Glendronachs are making me drool.
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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Well played, MtnDew...
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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Returned a bottle of Forty Creek "Confederation Oak" and exchanged for an Isle of Jura "Prophecy"
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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Picked up a bottle of Lagavulin 12. Last bottle. They had 3 a month ago.

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Quote Originally Posted by jtexaslonestar View Post
    Picked up a bottle of Lagavulin 12. Last bottle. They had 3 a month ago.

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Well quit buying them, Josh...
    Dark side is tempting....
    They did have an ORVW 10/107 for a buck fitty.... tried to sell it as a Pappy. New bottle, new price.

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    Re: Which Water of Life Did You Purchase Today - Winter 2013/2014

    Impulse buy at near the register I grabbed a JW Double Black. It's a little sad when I pick up a bottle of scotch like it's a candy bar.
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