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Fall has been over for a long time, hell winter is getting kind of long in the tooth, though here it doesn't really seem to have made it's presence known as it normally does, that being said I'm very much enjoying this pour and find myself wishing that Ballechin was more widely available here in the US of A.

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I didn't have anything unpeated open so I thought this needed rectifying. Cheers all!

A cold and blustery day has me wanting this pour this afternoon. Peatiness with some black licorice and leather. Very nice  

Comfort food…  

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Tonight?  Jameson! 

 

I normally drink majority high proof, but the light, floral finish on this dram is perfectly satisfactory in this moment. :)

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7 hours ago, beasled said:

That's a hefty pour

My tolerance is at its peak, so what the heck.  It's probably why I am 250 instead of 225 though, lol.

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28 minutes ago, kevinbrink said:

doing some important research for science....

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Nice-- I'm doing the same thing with Royal Brackla tonight-- the official 12 yo vs. two indies.

 

I've never had the Distiller's Edition Clynelish-- how does it compare with the stock 14yo release?

 

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3 minutes ago, Marekv8 said:

 

Nice-- I'm doing the same thing with Royal Brackla tonight-- the official 12 yo vs. two indies.

 

I've never had the Distiller's Edition Clynelish-- how does it compare with the stock 14yo release?

 

 

Very different, the sherry influence is pretty significant, the G&M Connoisseurs Choice is far closer in profile to the DE despite the fact that the DE has more age. I'd probably pick the CC particularly based on the price paid (though that is largely a thing of the past). 

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I hoarded a case of Clynelish 14 at $40/bottle a couple years back.  Aquavitae was the one who turned me on to this quietly-hidden gem.  

 

I started this evening's festivities with a teenage SBS.  

Old Pulteney 17 and Longmorn 16.  

 

"They are both better, in different but better ways!"  

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1 hour ago, kevinbrink said:

 

Very different, the sherry influence is pretty significant, the G&M Connoisseurs Choice is far closer in profile to the DE despite the fact that the DE has more age. I'd probably pick the CC particularly based on the price paid (though that is largely a thing of the past). 


Yes, and beyond the cost it’s probably the least tinkered with. All reports during my travels last week is that Gordon & Macphail finally resolved their recent situation and bottles are starting to trickle back into the States. 

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On 2/7/2020 at 8:48 PM, Guss West said:

I hoarded a case of Clynelish 14 at $40/bottle a couple years back.  Aquavitae was the one who turned me on to this quietly-hidden gem.  

 

I started this evening's festivities with a teenage SBS.  

Old Pulteney 17 and Longmorn 16.  

 

"They are both better, in different but better ways!"  

 

This post was a good omen-- I was in a bourboncentric LS over the weekend and was shocked to see a single battered 2013 Longmorn 16 (olive carton with neck flag) sitting next to the Chivas Regal. First time I've ever seen any Longmorn in the state. It wasn't even in their system, but it's in mine now.

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An airways enjoyable pour for me, Compass Box Spice Tree out by the fire, tonight.  Such a chew inducing finish with this whiskey.  

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1 hour ago, smokinjoe said:

An airways enjoyable pour for me, Compass Box Spice Tree out by the fire, tonight.  Such a chew inducing finish with this whiskey.  

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The legs and viscosity on this whiskey are amazing...

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13 hours ago, smokinjoe said:

An airways enjoyable pour for me, Compass Box Spice Tree out by the fire, tonight.  Such a chew inducing finish with this whiskey.  

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Last weekend I pulled my bottle of this one purchased about 6-7 years ago and was reminded of what you say. It sort of blew me away how good it was. Those guys are blending masters.

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2 minutes ago, flahute said:

Last weekend I pulled my bottle of this one purchased about 6-7 years ago and was reminded of what you say. It sort of blew me away how good it was. Those guys are blending masters.

Yep!  Spice Tree is one of my very favorites from him.  

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That emphasis on the chocolate/coffee malt character made it my “Valentine” pairing with chocolate cake.

 

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On ‎2‎/‎24‎/‎2020 at 8:04 PM, Whiskey Junkie said:

I hope it's good, I have another in the bunker.  Both have been there for 2 years.

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Definitely loads of coffee here and bitter chocolate

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Enjoying a nice pour of Redbreast Lustau.  RBCS was the first Irish whiskey I really liked.  Had this bee out then and I tried it first, it could have taken its place (don't love it quite as much, but like it a whole lot more than most other Irish).

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