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  1. #81
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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Old Rip Van Winkle 10yo 107.

    It is starting to warm me up now.
    It started out 4 below zero this morning and got all the way up to 17 now.
    ovh

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Quote Originally Posted by HighTower View Post
    Mark,
    I would be interested in your comparison of these 2 bottlings. I tackled them both on NYE, and I found them to be very similar, could be due to the other drinks I had beforehand, but I dunno.......may have to do it again!

    Cheers
    Scott

    Scott, funny you should ask. I did a blind tasting that included WTRB, WTKS and WTAS. I sampled each three times. Two of the three times I chose WTKS and the other time, WTRB. That's not the interesting part. What is, is the fact that WTAS came in last all three times! I was pretty shocked.

    Mark

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Switched from EC 18 to a manhatten made with Saz Rye.

    Squire

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    VWFR rye.

    Whatever the iteration, this one rarely disappoints.

    This bottling is dryish, elegant with a good residual sweetness.

    Kudos to the shop.

    Gary

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Very cold here in central Ky.
    A GOOD NIP OF Old Grand Dad 114 hit the spot.

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    I just poured me some '07 WLW. Don't know what from here but I'm sure I'll figure something out.

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Went into an ABC store in Kona. My choice of American whiskey: Jack or Jim. Johnny red or black were there for Scotland. Crown and Chivas were also on the shelves.

    I went with Jack and am enjoying it now on the rocks sitting on my balcony overlooking the Big Island with the mountains far off in the distance. Only a couple of more days and then back to the frigid Chicago temps.
    "A man can take a little bourbon without getting drunk, but if you hold his mouth open and pour in a quart, he's going to get sick on it."
    LBJ

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Over the past holidays I've had the good fortune to get some samples from Gary Gillman that I could not have obtained from our local liquor stores.

    Four Roses SB (50.2&#37
    Nose: Dark & sweet. Furnature polish, blood oranges & cloves.
    Taste: Good balance between sweet & dry. With water, dry becomes magnified, then ebbs & flows.
    Aftertaste: Tingles on palate. Drying like tea leaves. With water finish becomes longer, drier.
    Impression: Beutiful in its simplicity. BALANCED! Able to drink this at full STR (usually have to water down spirits over 46%).

    Hallmark of St James vatted malt 25yr (Scotch)
    Nose: Stewed apples & pears. Nutmeg.
    Taste: Follows through with the nose. More spice with some hotness. Reminds me of Cutty Sark 25yr.
    Aftertaste: Spice comes to the fore. Finish is powerful.
    Impressions: Fruitier at the start/ spicier at the finish.

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    Old Weller Antique 107 Single Barrel Unfiltered (Bernheim)
    Nose: Expressive - dark fruits with oak notes complementing. Becomes more expressive with water.
    Taste: Oak & spices. Drier with water.
    Finish: Long finish, then tapers gracefully. Less intence with water, and a bit drier.
    Impressions: LOVED this one!!!A beutiful dram on its own, and can take water without tasting diluted. The highest I've ever been able to drink alcohol (107 proof). A dram for the ages - thanks Gary!!!

    Also opened my bottle of EC 18 than family muled up from SoCal. The driest bourbon I've had by a wide margin. LOVE it, but am still trying to come to terms with it. Will post notes in the BOTM thread!

    The more I try good bourbon, the more I lament our lack of choices up here in Toronto. It's almost criminal...

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    Re: What Are You Drinking Tonight, Winter'07/'08

    This is a chance to mention that Chris (Frodo) kindly gave me samples in return, a 1960's Park Lane was very Canadian in style but heavier and more caramel-like than often found today. His Lagavulin 12 was a vigorous expression of pure Islay character and quite different to the 16 year old version. Finally, a blended scotch finished in a rum barrel showed interesting oily-like notes from the finishing treatment.

    We'll try to bring back different bourbons after the February trip to Doug's if I can get down there as currently planned.

    Gary

 

 

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