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    BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Few whiskies are as shrouded in mystery as The Classic Cask. A quick perusal of the forum suggests that this brand started as a private bottling for a scotch whisky society, selected and bottled by Even Kulsveen at KBD. The brand is a line of extra-aged bourbon and rye whisky, bottled at different stages. The 17 and 20yo bourbons, as well as a 21yo rye have made appearances at past gazebo tables, to generally positive review, but still little is known about the brand itself. Where does the whisky come from, and has it changed sources, like most independent brands, over the years? . Let's take this opportunity to catalog any information out there about the source, availability and bottling iterations, as well as tasting notes and personal experiences with this brand.


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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Nice pick, Jeff.

    I have been wondering about this one since I saw the review on MA. I have yet to find one. perhaps someone here may be able to point a lost soul in the right direction.

    i await the tasting notes as well !!!
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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    I got a bottle of The Classic Cask in '05.

    Batch #GL-109
    Bottle # 68 of 726
    Distilled 1991
    Bottled 2004
    Proof 90.8
    Age 13 years

    It also says it was bottled by The Classic Cask Company of Bardstown, KY.

    Except for liking it very much I don't remember anything about it.
    If it is a KBD bottle than I would have to say it is the best they have to offer, along with the 17yo Vintage Bourbon.

    I wish I would have bottled the last of it in a mini along with a lot of different ones that I drank early on in my quest to try all things bourbon, but I didn't.
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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    I opened both a 15yo and 22yo rye at the Sampler two years ago during my 'rye riot'. In fact, they're packed again already for the return trip (time to bottom those puppies out!).
    Anyway:
    • The 15yo is distilled in the now-famous rye year of 1984, bottled in 1999. It is 90 proof, and one of a 600-bottle batch.
    • The 22yo was distilled in 1981 and bottled in 2004. Also 90 proof, it comes from a batch of 636 bottles.


    The 13yo bourbon has been available around here (I think I may have purchased one for Dawn a few years back), but I haven't seen it for awhile.
    There IS a well-aged single malt Scotch with the same Classic Cask label that appears on the above ryes and bourbon in a store around the corner from me, though I don't remember the distillery.

    Brief, post-prandial taste notes:
    The 15yo: spicy nose, with a black-pepper palate. Disconcerting, wet-cardboard back end, with a hot, though long, finish. Reminds of the Vintage 23yo, also by KBD.
    The 22yo: sweeter, rye-grain nose; a more-subtle palate, with some licorice, violets. Pleasing medium, less-intense finish. Reminds of VWFRR, especially early years. Medley?
    Last edited by TNbourbon; 04-14-2008 at 15:56.
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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Never seen a bottle in any store. I did have the chance to sample the 17 y.o. at The Whisky Attic in Las Vegas a couple of months ago. Don't remember much of the specifics (too much fun / too little sleep, etc.) but it was an enjoyable pour.
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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    ...
    • The 15yo...

      ...Reminds of the Vintage 23yo, also by KBD....
    Oops -- I should note that I'm referencing the Vintage 23yo (or was the eldest 21yo?) bourbon here, not the 23yo rye, which is excellent.
    Tim

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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    I'm referencing the Vintage 23yo (or was the eldest 21yo?) bourbon here,
    VB23 is the eldest, then there were/are the 21yo and the 17yo.
    I got a 23 not yet opened, ( Tim you make it to MI and we'll open it) the 17 was very good and the 21 I thought was good but not as good.

    Back to the Classic Cask.
    I searched on-line stores and could not find another 13yo or any other one.
    I'd love to get another.
    ovh

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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    This place says they have 2 of the 13 yo in stock.
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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarV View Post
    ...( Tim you make it to MI and we'll open it)...
    I AM a Michigan native, you know, Oscar -- so, I know the way!
    Tim

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    Re: BOTM 4/08: The Classic Cask

    Quote Originally Posted by AVB View Post
    This place says they have 2 of the 13 yo in stock.
    Hey AVB, now they only have one in stock!
    Thanks for the tip.

    Quote Originally Posted by TNbourbon View Post
    I AM a Michigan native, you know, Oscar -- so, I know the way!
    I just dusted off the welcome mat.
    ovh

 

 

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