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  1. #1
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    What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    Opened by bottle of my ER 17YO last night and WOW - what a great nose - a stack of pancakes, with maple syrup, pecan pie, apple pie, vanilla ice cream, honeyed cinnamon sticks, marzipan, dates and spice !! Great colour too. Almost brought a tear to my eye.

    So here are my top 2 smelling whiskies:

    ER 17YO
    VW 15YO

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    Good post! Nosing, to me, is almost as enjoyable as tasting (and more intriguing).

    I´ve never had the ER 17yo so I cannot comment on that one but I agree that the VW 15yo (supposing you mean the 107 proof) is about the best that you can treat the olfactory sense to. It does what a good nose should do : giving a hint that the tastebuds are in for something extraordinary.

    Other nosing favourites of mine (in no particular order) :

    - JD single barrel
    - I.W. Harper president´s reserve
    - Jefferson reserve 15 yo
    - George Dickel no. 12

    Also, older bottlings of Elijah Craig 12yo were stunning to nose. Alas, the same cannot be said about the more recent ones. Very ordinary, I´m afraid.

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    The VW15/107 is the best nose I've found to date. That rich, spicy maple syrup aroma is distinctive and beautiful.

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    I did indeed mean the 107 proof. A true classic.

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    It may be to simple to think about but to me all whiskeys smell great, some do have a different nose and subtleties than others, but all are great.
    The best smeeling whiskey? The one in my glass, of course!

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    Of those I've tried, Id have to give a gurnsey to both EC (12 and 18) for completely different but astounding tastes. I'd also heartily endorse the Woodford Reserve if you wanted a glass to smell like an alcoholic fruitbowl.

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    I always get bananas with WR I like it a lot.

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    I don't know about the rest, but no matter what was in the glass the night before, I love the smell of a "dirty" glass the next day. Caramel with just a hint of smokiness. It's a great smell to start the day with.

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    I love the smell of a "dirty" glass the next day. Caramel with just a hint of smokiness. It's a great smell to start the day with.
    You start the day with just the smell? Work sure goes a bit easier if you've got a nice pour of EC 12 in your belly when you get there!

    Bourbon, the breakfast of champions!

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    Re: What\'s the best smelling whisky ?

    Unfortunately, my day starts at 5pm and have to be at work at 7pm. But happy hour at the Gr8erdane Bar and Grill runs from 8am to 9am Mon-Wed. The rest of the week I have a pour when the mood suits me.

 

 

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