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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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Enjoyed some short pours this afternoon of Compass Box Delilahs XXV, No Name Vol 1, and No Name Vol 2.  All delicious.  At first wasn't nuts about No Name V1 (which is mostly Ardbeg) but with time in the glass really opened up with more nuance.  Definitely have to spend more quality time together :) 

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Caol Ila 12 at a restaurant across from the hotel. Not a common find on-premise. 
 

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A gratis Glengarioch 8yo and BenRiach 12yo courtesy of a great bartender— followed by this generous Booker’s with coffee, as Fernet-Branca was absent from the house. 
 

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Braving death and disease for an Auchentoshan 12– shame about the proof and coloring. 
 

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I wanted to open a bottle that can't possibly disappoint today. An older batch B1/15 I've been holding on to for years.

 

 

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Envision WRDO made with the pot still component only— with all of the inherent bourbon sweetness replaced by singed hair. Interesting ride. 
 

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33 minutes ago, Marekv8 said:

Envision WRDO made with the pot still component only— with all of the inherent bourbon sweetness replaced by singed hair. Interesting ride. 
 

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Damn active sherry butt to get that color at that proof and age. I really enjoy a healthy dose of sulfur in my sherried scotch, and singed hair sounds so delicious.

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1 hour ago, Kane said:

I wanted to open a bottle that can't possibly disappoint today. An older batch B1/15 I've been holding on to for years.

 

 

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That whiskey never disappoints.  I’m hoping to get my bottle through to the 17th, but you done made me get to it.  Now, I ain’t sure...Thanks... ?  Top 5er whiskey on my list.   

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Had dinner with my across the street neighbor and after we finished he brought out the Scotch and Irish.

We started with Glenlivet 14 which is finished in cognac casks. Then some Bushmill's Black Bush. We finished with Tullamore Dew 14yr which is finished in sherry, port, and madeira casks.

Next Sunday we'll be doing Shepherd's Pie and Irish Soda Bread for the Irish holiday so some stouts are in order and of course some more Irish whiskey.

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Big shock that the cork came out in one piece (although I've replaced it) after a 24-year stint in the bottle.

This small batch from what appears to be three refill bourbon casks is a rather mild child, but yet interesting in its earthy delicacy-- like Salers Aperitif.

 

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I'm one pour in and this is just sublime. 

 

The nose is a heady mix of peat and vanilla, a hint of citrus. The 'american oak' really comes through in the form of bourbon.

 

Palate is a glorious mix of burnt fruit, baked apples, toasted oak, all mixed up with lots of smoke and some brine. 

 

Finish is sweet and sour, some spices (nutmeg) and some brine that all then returns to the vanilla and peat of the nose.

 

Quite something! The finish just goes on and on. 

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15 hours ago, beasled said:

I'm one pour in and this is just sublime. 

 

The nose is a heady mix of peat and vanilla, a hint of citrus. The 'american oak' really comes through in the form of bourbon.

 

Palate is a glorious mix of burnt fruit, baked apples, toasted oak, all mixed up with lots of smoke and some brine. 

 

Finish is sweet and sour, some spices (nutmeg) and some brine that all then returns to the vanilla and peat of the nose.

 

Quite something! The finish just goes on and on. 

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I've long been intrigued by the Zuidam Single Malts-- I need to track a bottle down based on your description.

I was just playing with bottle of their Honey Liqueur last week in hopes of creating a decent Screwball-based cocktail, but no luck as of yet.

 

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1 hour ago, Marekv8 said:

 

I've long been intrigued by the Zuidam Single Malts-- I need to track a bottle down based on your description.

I was just playing with bottle of their Honey Liqueur last week in hopes of creating a decent Screwball-based cocktail, but no luck as of yet.

 

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Nice! 

I've had several of their bottlings. They don't seem to have much in the way of a core range as of yet, so most of them have been 'specials'. Unpeated sherry cask was ace, as was a 23 year American Oak. Their 100 rye is pretty good, too. 

 

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Opened up a Midleton BC today, I always heard the lower numbered ones were better, but don't know if there is any truth to that, (2291), anyway its pretty damn good. I will be buying another for the bunker.

 

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I don't drink a lot of Irish whiskey but this is as good as any I've had.  I prefer it to the the Power's John Lane which is the last fancy bottle I remember buying.  I think the added proof gives it a heft that is lacking in much Irish.   Happy St Pat's, all!

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Opened the Writers Tears Double Oak I bought last week. It's a very nice Irish whiskey but could use a bit more abv and/or age to be excellent. Still, a good bottle I won't have any problem going to when I'm in the mood for Irish

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9 minutes ago, scratchline said:

I don't drink a lot of Irish whiskey but this is as good as any I've had.  I prefer it to the the Power's John Lane which is the last fancy bottle I remember buying.  I think the added proof gives it a heft that is lacking in much Irish.   Happy St Pat's, all!

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It really is special whiskey.  Enjoying a pour now as the Sun has broken through late on this St. Patrick’s Day here Down South, in Georgia.  

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Joining the trend with a healthy pour of Redbreast 12yr CS Batch 1/12.  Made a decent dent in this last Saturday, but being a Tuesday - it likely will make it through the evening :D ?

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Batch 1/18 of the Redbreast 12 cask strength in my glass. Between isolating at home and a likely 14+ hour work day, not the most fun St. Patrick's Day I've ever had.

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18 hours ago, scratchline said:

I don't drink a lot of Irish whiskey but this is as good as any I've had.  I prefer it to the the Power's John Lane which is the last fancy bottle I remember buying.  I think the added proof gives it a heft that is lacking in much Irish.   Happy St Pat's, all!

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I had a small pour of Redbreast CS yesterday as well.  Over crushed ice, it's great.

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So as to be honest, on this the day I complete my 40th rotation around the sun, I did in fact have a Laphroaig 18 and a 2015 Cairdeas, because one should not go without their favorite things when there is cause for celebration. No photographic evidence exists as I'd prefer to continue enjoying this episode of Picard instead. 

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