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April 2011

The Glenrothes 33yr 1972 distillation (Signatory) Cask Strength

The Glenrothes 33yr 1972 distillation (Signatory) Cask Strength, Cask #12368 549 bottles made. 56.6% ABV

This is one of the Master of Malt sample size orders from the UK.

The nose reveals light fruits, beautiful complexity, very smooth, very mature. It makes me want to taste it. Very complex nose.

The taste reveals a nice little kick, some heat. Very rounded. Very complex. Heat subsides and then the sides of the tongue pick up slight flavor. More nutty than anything. Does not taste as old as it is. Slight bitter.

2nd tasting …. same taste, top of tongue nothing, walnuts finish, some wood. No sweetness. Slightly salty.

After water is added…… still complex nose. Candies come out with water… just slightly. Carmel, walnuts again. An excellent and unusual dram.

I turned to some outside blog notes from http://www.whiskynotes.be for some outside opinion on this one.

I was glad to see they also found an unusual aspects to this whisky, I was doubting my own palate but found their reviewing experience similar yet they had more exacting notes. The one thing that they brought up was beeswax. I’ve chewed beeswax as a kid since my dad had a hobby honey bee hive that complemented our suburban garden, and concurred with the taste.

This isn’t a whisky I would go purchase but appreciate it because it shows me a very different expression than that I’m use to from The Glenrothes.

14 January 2013

I’m tasting this again after some time. The only thing different about tonight is that I let it breathe for about an hour, due to an unexpected event, and revisited it. I still concur with my earlier notes and actually find this to be more pleasing this time. Not sure if it was due to the breathing or just having a more mature palate. You can still find this on some websites for around $400 USD. If you are a big Glenrothes fan it could be that special bottle you’ve been waiting for!

Cheers!

 

Olivia series G, a fine smoke!

I’m smoking a series G that has been in my humidor for about 5 months now. And I’m happy to say my humidor is running perfectly these past few months! I’ve been meaning to smoke this for some time and tonight I was enjoying a rum and coke (zero) and thought these might match up well. I’d have to say the G outdid the cocktail! A very nice medium cigar with Nicaraguan leafs that I do enjoy so much! This cigar has wonderful cedar and coffee notes that really do not disappoint. It has an easy draw and produces creamy smoke, you should not be disappointed by this one.

The Ginger Martini (via Cultured Chaos)

I’m a big fan of the vodka (extra dry) martini, this sounds interesting though! Thought someone else would be also.

The Ginger Martini I mentioned in my blog yesterday that Erik and I picked up some Ginger Syrup while we were out at the Brooklyn Farmacy and, I have to say, it was one of the best purchases we've ever made in the cocktail department. We made Ginger Martinis last night and they are delicious! Here's the recipe: 1/2 oz Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup 2 oz Vodka 1 oz lemon juice Add ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for about 10 seconds and strain into mar … Read More

via Cultured Chaos

Fear and Loafing (via levautour)

I’m a loafer lover myself and thought some of my easy going scotch drinking friends would be interested. Very nice and well done article.

Fear and Loafing Suede loafers from Aldo. Photo by John Lockett by John Lockett I was somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when my love of loafers began to take hold. By Ralph Steadman It was a long journey from loathing to loving these stylish slip-ons. I always thought they looked hideous, mainly because seeing a pair would conjure up images of the ratty black penny loafers my dad wore to church when I was a kid. It doesn’t help that my exposure t … Read More

via levautour

Macallan 22 yr (1988) Cask Strength Signatory collection tasting

I’ve just had a very awesome tasting! Unfortunately, this expression seems to be sold out, everywhere. I got the sample from Masters of Malt of Scotland but they appear to be out of the full bottle. But I must say a few words on this Macallan. The last Macallan I tasted that left a grand impression on me was the Masters of Photography sample given to me by Jay Liddell at the Nth event. Also at that event the 21 year fine oak was in a chocolates and whisky class and I remember the 21 being a massive hit with everyone.

This 22yr is no slouch! I had just tasted a 33yr Glenrothes, which I will write on later, and while it was complex and a bit hot, this Macallan came in like the 21yr, a smooth operator.

The 22yr nosing was very elegant. Not so much complex. Some fresh oak? Maybe some grass. Very nice.
Taste wise, mmmm, mmmm, mmm, ummmhmmm, (I’m listening to my recorded notes) oh, ho, ho, that’s good, oh my goodness. Like a nice pat of butter with a slight bit of pepper, a dusting, just perfect! Rounded, elegant, literally as on the tip of my tongue, a very toffee expression.

One reviewer called this oily and a dry finish. I will go with that. Not very heavy to me, but somewhat oily. I did notice a dry finish on the top of the tongue.

Nevermind the details! If you have this expression, count yourself lucky. If you get the opportunity to taste it or buy it, go for it!

Cheers!

Montecristo white label #2

I picked up this smoke at a local shop only because I’d heard people refer to it while sampling some Dalmore Cigar Malt in Vegas. I was curious to the flavor of it, I’m not a Montecristo regular, and how it would pair with a Dalmore whisky. Now I picked the #2 white label on the advise of the well-educated gentleman at the tobacco shop. He explained that the Ecuadorian Connecticut shade wrapper would give me a little bit more flavor, which I insist upon.

I did not have dram in hand, that I remember, when smoking this cigar. What I do remember was that this was not a very powerful cigar. As I referred to an earlier article, this cigar is taken largely from the lower leafs on a plant, they are shielded from the sun and do not produce as much flavors as the leaves further up the plant. The cigar is marketed as a rich, creamy and flavorful, well-rounded smoke. I’ll go with creamy, flavorful, to an extent, but rich, not so much. I have a hard palate, I drink black coffee and I drink whisky neat. To me this cigar is a great golf cigar or a pre-dinner cigar. It doesn’t challenge my palate much and if I’m around friends just enjoying the conversation this cigar would be just fine. But as someone who is trying to awaken and challenge my palate, not so much.

As far as pairing it with whisky, I would not choose a Dalmore. To me a Dalmore has way too much flavor to it, due to the excellent work of “The Nose” Richard Paterson, and I would think a Dalmore would overpower the Montecristo #2. I recently imbibed on some 12yr Dalmore and thought a medium to full cigar would be a better match. If you want guidance on a Dalmore, I recently smoked a Gurkha Regent Torpedo and I think it would be up to the task.

To me, the #2 would be best suited with a great Speyside, non-peated, whisky. I’d like to try it with a Balvenie expression.

One impression I do remember at full smoke was that a great, out of the oven yeast roll would be at home along side this cigar. It was the most exact pairing I could think of since that taste was coming through.

Message in a Bottle: 100-year-old Whisky Reveals Its Secrets – With Photo

Message in a Bottle: 100-year-old Whisky Reveals Its Secrets – With Photo.

Host a whisky tasting. A “how-to” WIRED wiki article

Some good guidance on starting tastings with friends. I will be using some of this! Link follows:

http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Host_a_Whisky_Tasting

Brick House Cigars

I have smoked a couple of Brick House cigars and was impressed both times. I have no reservations recommending this product.

 

Brick House Cigars – JC Newman Cigar Company – Cigar Explorer from Cigar Explorer on Vimeo.

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