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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by boss302 View Post
    I'd like to know what adding a heavy, sherried malt, like Aberlour or Macallan, would do to such a blend...
    It would probably taste more like Lagavulin Distillers Edition or Ardberg Uigeadail.
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Tonoght I started with a vatting of Black bottle and Lap QC. Next some Talisker and Caol Ila mixed and now some Bunnahabhain all on its own.
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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    I started with a Guinness and then moved on to a small pour of Dewars. I then realized that I have some Caol Ila 12 and it is Friday. I had a small pour. The mouth entry is as sweet as ginger ale and then quickly after is a very dry, ash-like (in a good way) flavor. The sweetness is there in the backround. From Islay I have had, aside from this, Talisker 10 and Compass Box Peat Monster and I liked them all alot. I just always want to have one around. They have to be aged though. I have had Bowmore Legend and McClellands and they just aren't the same.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by PAspirit1 View Post
    I started with a Guinness and then moved on to a small pour of Dewars. I then realized that I have some Caol Ila 12 and it is Friday. I had a small pour. The mouth entry is as sweet as ginger ale and then quickly after is a very dry, ash-like (in a good way) flavor. The sweetness is there in the backround. From Islay I have had, aside from this, Talisker 10 and Compass Box Peat Monster and I liked them all alot. I just always want to have one around. They have to be aged though. I have had Bowmore Legend and McClellands and they just aren't the same.
    How did you like Caol Ila compared to Talisker 10? I should point out that Talisker is not an Islay, and neither is the Peat Monster. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye whereas the Peat Monster is a blend of malts, including Ardmore from the Highlands and Caol Ila. Both great whiskies, in any case.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Enjoying some mid-afternoon drams. Started with Glenkinchie 12, one of my favourites. Bright aromas of orange and lemon. And rosewater. Delicious bittersweet balance on the palate. Oatmeal, strangely. Very full and lasting flavour. Delicious!

    Then on to Auchentoshan 12, another Lowland, which is quite fantastic. Such clean malt flavour that I want to call it Longmorn Lite. Very crisp with sawdust and butterscotch on the nose. A hint of smoke on the finish. Subtle and engaging.

    Switching gears, I'm finishing up with a'bunadh batch 23. Rich, fruity, cognac-like nose. Thick, oily, buttery in the mouth. Peanut brittle. Intense. No water in this dram. I can take it either way, depending on my mood. A bit funky on the finish; rubber. I'll be sad to see this one go.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    On to another mixing of 50% Talisker 10, 30% Caol Ila, and 20% Laphroaig QC. Marvelous combination! Spicy, smokey, works great!
    though I rarely do vatting, Laphroig and Stagg 50:50 proved interesting. Not as good as either by itself, but interesting. Give it a try if you have stagg running around in the house.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by loose proton View Post
    though I rarely do vatting, Laphroig and Stagg 50:50 proved interesting. Not as good as either by itself, but interesting. Give it a try if you have stagg running around in the house.


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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Megawatt View Post
    How did you like Caol Ila compared to Talisker 10? I should point out that Talisker is not an Islay, and neither is the Peat Monster. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye whereas the Peat Monster is a blend of malts, including Ardmore from the Highlands and Caol Ila. Both great whiskies, in any case.
    Megawatt,

    Your questions wasn't directed at me, but as I've been drinking Caol Ila and Talisker lately, I thought I'd throw my opinion into the mix. This isn't an apples-to-apples comparison, as the Caol Ila is a cask-strength, un-chillfiltered 8 year-old and the Talisker is a lower-proof 10 year-old (I don't know the extent to which Talisker is filtered).

    The Caol Ila is a G & M bottling for Binny's. It is a powerful, almost brutal whiskey, with an initial smell and flavor of bacon/butter, followed by a wave of tasty but one-dimensional peat, and ending with some sweet vanilla. These flavors arrive one after the other -- meat, peat, then sweet. There isn't much integration and none of the individual tastes seem very influenced by time spent in the barrel (maybe the vanilla?).

    The Talisker 10 is comparatively subtle and integrated, with more salt, smoke, and what I think is graininess. My palate isn't experienced enough to name every flavor I can taste, but it seems malty/grainy. These flavors are more balanced than those in the Caol Ila, and I'd happily drink Talisker 10 on a regular basis. I feel funny describing Talisker 10 as "subtle," because it's a flavorful, interesting whiskey, but the Caol Ila is a bruiser.

    I'd say the Caol Ila has a nicer, oily texture, and a tasty "bacon-ness" I haven't yet found in other whiskies. It's a lot of fun, and for all its aggression, ends with that nice bit of vanilla. The Talisker wins out on sophistication, brininess, and the smooth smokiness.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Quote Originally Posted by Megawatt View Post
    How did you like Caol Ila compared to Talisker 10? I should point out that Talisker is not an Islay, and neither is the Peat Monster. Talisker is from the Isle of Skye whereas the Peat Monster is a blend of malts, including Ardmore from the Highlands and Caol Ila. Both great whiskies, in any case.
    I forgot that Talisker was not from Islay. I had a nip of it that night after the Caol Ila and I didn't notice the same big change in gears from sweet to peaty-ashy. The Talisker also seemed slightly milder but it was kind of late for any serious analysis. I guess it is not coincidence that my notes for Peat Monster and Caol Ila are the same.

    I couldn't pick a favorite between them. The Compass Box was a while ago. I'll have to try a proper side by side with the Caol and the little I have left of the Talisker.

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    Re: What Wee Dram are you enjoying now?

    Last night I started with Whitehorse (which is fast becoming one of my favorite NAS blends, second maybe to Black Bottle). The WH has a nice spicy kick (from the Talisker I presume) but surprisingly little smoke (I want smoke!). After that I had some Talisker 10 which provided the contrast of smoke etc... Last I savored some Laphroaig QC which didn't come off as well as it usually does. Not sure if it was the cold I'm fighting off or just the ordering I selected for the night.
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