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What Dram are you enjoying? Winter 2018

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Just now, lcpfratn said:


I almost picked up one of those today for just under $30 based on some other comments I’ve read or heard, but the last low priced NAS scotch that I bought in that price range based on “good for the money” comments left me unimpressed, so I passed on it. Maybe I’ll give it another look next time I see it.


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I think this one is helped a lot by the proof and the fact that it is NCF, obviously the Virgin Oak finishing does a lot to help the maturation along in some ways. I thought it might come off like an American Craft malt but it's definitely not in that territory and while it is a little rough around the edges that's also kind of what I like about it.

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Marekv8

Continuing on the blends theme-- stumbled across a case of Cutty Pro that had been resting on the corks for at least a couple of years and had to make the save. A 100 proof NCF variant of my old friend-- all is good, even in a plastic cup.

 

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Marekv8

Surprising finds at Valentine's Day dinner-- it's always nice to be allowed to snoop behind the bar. A Cadenhead's Dufftown-Glenlivet 26 followed by a Gordon & McPhail Linkwood 15. Neither were in their system, so they rang up at the same price as my wife's Gibson.

 

 

 

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kevinbrink

Damn.... :wub:

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beasled

This is a phenomenal whisky. I think the best sherry/peat combo I've had yet. Gonna need to get some more.

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mbroo5880i
On 2/11/2018 at 10:59 PM, tanstaafl2 said:

Macallan?

haha...yes, Macallan.  Magellan would have been the world traveler.  

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Marekv8

An absolutely delicious Cadenhead Dailuaine-Glenlivet 19, bottled at 57.5% ABV to get the evening underway.

 

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Marekv8

Should have started with this one first, as it fails to chart after the Cadenhead D-G19's long-distance dedication. Nice flavor and texture, but the caramel sends the lead guitarist packing.

 

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Marekv8

Continuing on the blended path…

 

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kevinbrink
55 minutes ago, Marekv8 said:

Continuing on the blended path…

Joining you on the blended path, but taking a different approach

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Marekv8
13 hours ago, kevinbrink said:

Joining you on the blended path, but taking a different approach

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Interesting-- I've never seen a 17yo expression. What's the ABV?

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Marekv8

Back to Cadenhead's for the last dram of the night. I had a pour of this Dufftown-Glenlivet 26 at Valentine's dinner-- tracked down the restaurant's source and picked up a bottle last night.

 

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kevinbrink
2 hours ago, Marekv8 said:

 

Interesting-- I've never seen a 17yo expression. What's the ABV?

Regrettably 80%, it is actually a pretty enjoyable pour nonetheless, I'm not sure how dusty this is either nothing on the bottle seems to give any indication, the first night I cracked it I did a SBS with JW Gold and Platinum and it was the clear winner to me a nice whisper of peat and just a bit more character.

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smokinjoe

Joining the blend train with this CB Delilah’s.  It has that nice freshly laundered linens that have been air dried on the clothes line nose that I love in certain Scotches.  It gets heavier after that, and finishes a bit salty.  A really nice pour.

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Marekv8
4 hours ago, kevinbrink said:

Regrettably 80%, it is actually a pretty enjoyable pour nonetheless, I'm not sure how dusty this is either nothing on the bottle seems to give any indication, the first night I cracked it I did a SBS with JW Gold and Platinum and it was the clear winner to me a nice whisper of peat and just a bit more character.

 

Thanks-- I assume that bottle is nice n' old-- there's been at least one pack refresh since then and it seems all current offerings are NAS. It'd be interesting to compare it to one of their new releases. Last week I paired a vintage 43% BBR Cutty Sark vs. the current Edrington version and it was easy to see why it was once America's #1 blended Scotch.

 

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Marekv8
1 hour ago, smokinjoe said:

Joining the blend train with this CB Delilah’s.  It has that nice freshly laundered linens that have been air dried on the clothes line nose that I love in certain Scotches.  It gets heavier after that, and finishes a bit salty.  A really nice pour.

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You're killing me-- I've been hunting that bottle forever. Please enjoy!

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kevinbrink

Well in a break from normally scheduled blend content, despite the fact that it hit the 60's this week and may again in the coming week, it is currently snowing pretty heavily so decided I needed to warm up a little. Actually my second pour after a small pour of WTMK 17. Glad I picked this one up, don't believe I've had a Glen Garioch from the era when they were pleated before and this is a pretty damn enjoyable dram.

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Marekv8

Back to the Cadenhead's last night. It was a delight to sample a straightforward Auchentoshan, as I typically find it over-engineered.

 

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beasled

Something a little special this evening, why not. 

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jvd99

Sad to see this one go.  Took a flyer on it a few years ago and it paid off

 

 

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kevinbrink

Old Ballantraun 10 Year, and enjoying it indeed, interesting that Tomintoul who bottles their normal bottles at 40% chose to do their peated at 50%, glad they did.  I actually like Tomintoul 16 as a slightly more complex easy drinker, it doesn't hurt that Costco sells gift for $45, but this jumped to the top of the heap for this distillery for me, though as some may have already realized 10 year old peated drams are kind of my wheelhouse. 

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