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  1. #211
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Old Dusty View Post
    Not the breadth or depth of the GBS, but TomH's BBB had a nice lineup of world whiskey-RB 12 CS, Nikka Coffey Grain, and then the scotches-Balvenie Tun Batch 8, Loki, Thor and the other Norse God, CB The General, and CB Hedonism "Maximus" come to mind. I am not a scotch guy but I have now been exposed to some really stellar pours. The Maximus stuck out to this bourbon guy.
    That Maximus does sound tasty! The regular Hedonism is also a nice pour for those looking for a gentle introduction to the dark side. Cost a bit more than some of the other CB bottles but I thought it was worth it. Definitely on the lighter side.
    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 - Spring/Summer 2014

    I know it's highly thought of, but I'm struggling with Lot 40 2012 tonight. I've been drinking a lot of barrel proof bourbons lately which might be the problem. The Lot 40 comes off thin and watered down on the palate which is making it hard to taste what should be there. The nose is muted which doesn't help. Interestingly, the finish is the best part which is where I pick up some of the spices and the finish does hang around for a while. Does anyone else have a hard time with this one or is it just me?

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Thanks for the great hospitality, Bruce. That was a great time, and it was fun to learn about the different Scottish whiskies and distilleries, and also learn how my palate lines up with each. I am discovering, I think, that the heavily sherry finished Scotches are not to my liking. But, I find a touch of sherry to be quite nice. With sampling several from the vast array of Islays on the table, I confirmed that they are definitely in my wheelhouse.
    And, the Compass Box whiskies may be my personal great non-bourbon finds of 2014. I may make the CB lineup my house scotches. The nose and finish on The General are as great as I remember them from the CB event. Thanks again for breaking out that bottle.
    Now that I've fully recovered, I'll join everyone else in thanking Bruce for a killer evening that was a really nice change-up from the normal GBS bourbon & rye get togethers. A few take-aways:

    - the Octomore 6.1 surprised me with how balanced it was. I was expecting a peat bomb but instead got a really nice peated whiskey with plenty of sweetness and mouthfeel to drink regularly. This was my first Octomore, so that may be typical.

    - I wish I had access to K&L's stuff. The Mortlach and Lomgmorn were outstanding. Two of the best of the night.

    - The Arran Devil's Punchbowl 1 was the hands down winner for me over the 2.

    - Blind tasting the Laddie 10 versus the new Laddie Classic was very interesting. The Laddie 10 was much more complex and balanced for me than the very sweet Laddie Classic (which some preferred).

    - the Longrow 14 year Burgundy finish did not taste of feet as I feared it might. Really good.

    - the Kilchoman Loch Gorm was really really good. I am into this distillery, as the Machir Bay (or MAcker Bay, as Joe pronounces it) is also very good.

    - The General was a great treat and just as good as I remembered. One of the great noses in whisky.

    Thanks again Bruce!
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Sipping on some Berrys' Caperdonich 17 year from TW. It's the last of my bottle and I brought it with me in a sample bottle on my current work trip. It's nice crisp pear flavor makes a great break from the oppressive heat that is Phoenix.
    Last edited by MtnDew; 05-20-2014 at 19:57.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Reading BigRich's blog reminded me that I hadn't opened my Glenmorangie Original 10 yet (or the cute 50mL bottles that came in the "Discovery Pack"). Saving those three for this weekend, but counting this as "study hall" so I'm more familiar with the malt. Can't say I'm a big fan of this first pour, but I blame the GBS for spoiling me last weekend
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Lagavulin 16. Yay!

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Revisited my Aberlour A'bunadh. Still a meh, for me.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Glenfarclas 105, a vatting of Lag 16, Lag 12 2012, and Longmorn 17 year CS, then Ardbeg Galileo.

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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by smokinjoe View Post
    Revisited my Aberlour A'bunadh. Still a meh, for me.
    Well then meh-by you should just drop it off at my place and save your palate the horror.
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    Re: What Wee Dram Are You Enjoying Now - Spring/Summer 2014

    Quote Originally Posted by Yeti View Post
    Glenfarclas 105, a vatting of Lag 16, Lag 12 2012, and Longmorn 17 year CS, then Ardbeg Galileo.
    That vatting sounds interesting. How was it?
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