Midleton Very Rare – February 19, 2013

Date Tasted: February 19, 2013
Whisky / Whiskey: Midleton
Expression: Very Rare
Distiller: Irish Distillers International Ltd
Type: Whiskey
Country / Region: Ireland
Bottling Size: 750ml
ABV: 40.0%
Cost (Cdn): $180.30

Wow.  There is good reason that this liquid has won multiple, prestigious awards… Our membership unanimously enjoyed it. The box (with dovetailed corners) adds a nice touch of class.

This is not an in-your-face whiskey.  Elegant and smooth. Complex, yet subtle. Extremely well balanced, with a beautiful finish.

(It is truly unfortunate that this is $180 a bottle. If you have the opportunity, try it!)

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YAMAZAKI 18, 19 Feb 2013

Affectionately known in our circles as Yami 18, Yamazaki 18 is never a disappointment, not matter how many times you have it. This was our second go at this, but not intentionally. Brother Rich had secured a bottle of Kavalan Solist for this particular meeting, and did the unthinkable. Dropped it down the stairs to the waiting concrete floor of his garage. It bounced and bounced, and then bounced no more. Sadness. Bellamy liquor never disappoints though, and Brother Rich had another world whisky in the $150+ range. One we had enjoyed previously, but never tire of. Was just looking to steal the tasting notes from April 2011, and there aren’t any. Woe is me. Alrighty then.


Thoughts on Yamazaki 18

Noses of raisins or sultanas and other fruits.  Possibly cinnamon apple. Fruity oily mouthfeel. Thick and coats the mouth. Oaky Spiciness .  Malt and a hint of smoke. Big thick malt certainly full bodied. Slight cherry hints. Complex.  Long finish with tones of boiled fruit, maybe prunes. Without a doubt we would pick one up despite the cost, for the cabinet.

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Laphroaig 25yr Tasting in Victoria at Liquor Plus on Douglas

I would be there if I were in town.


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Sometimes you are able to get your hands on something so special that it blows your mind, but the circumstances that led you to coming by this pure specialness are such that you can’t tell anyone about it. We enjoyed a bourbon so remarkable at this meeting, that Brother Glenn, who is not a lover of bourbon, quipped, “Fantastic.” We then followed it up with some George T. Stagg for some reference. It didn’t hold up to George. Few bourbons can. But the mystery bourbon was truly Fantastic.

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Tip A Wee Dram 2013 Vancouver


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Amrut Fusion – 29 January, 2013

Date Tasted: January 29, 2013
Whisky / Whiskey: Amrut
Expression: Fusion
Distiller: Amrut Distillers
Type: Scotch
Country / Region: India
Bottling Size: 700 ml
ABV: 50.0%
Cost (Cdn): $69.65

This tasting had mixed reviews from our Expresssion – half of our membership liked it, and the other half did not…

An interesting offerring from India, nontheless!

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17 Jan 13 – Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch

The first Ottawa Chapter tasting of 2013 saw our five members sample Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Scotch, a product from their 125 year old distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland.  The company’s Malt Master created this fine beverage in their typical house character – i.e. ripe fruits, citrus, vanilla and hints of spice.  What made this scotch particularly unique was the Malt Master’s decision to journey down a path which employed casks from different years.  Some of our members offered there was an orange nose with a sharp/spicy and bitter marmalade flavour to the body.  Others noted the palate to have hints of peppercorn and touches of both bitterness and sweetness.  Overall, all found this single malt to have a smooth flavour.  The tasting bottle was purchased at LCBO on Innes Road in Orleans for $59.95.

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Robbie Burns Day

Happy Robbie Burns Day to all!

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This was a travel retail exclusive that Brother Ski’s dad was able to get his hands on for us. It’s also the latest bottling to use Spanish Pedro Ximinez sherry casks for finishing, after aging in ex bourbon barrels and the Laphroaig standard quarter cask (125L), which speeds the maturation process somewhat.  Laphroaig Distillery is situated on the south coast of Islay, and has been turning out their brand of magic on and off for  two hundred years.

Some thoughts on Laphroaig PX Cask

Definitely Laphroaig. Full bodied, heavy and warm. Definetly smoky, with a tart finish. Some described it as burnt rubber and one called it leathery. No, not leathery librarian. Just leathery. Certainly salty, and one Brother thought he detected some escargot in there. Perhaps a late evening dram, when you can’t decide on a salty or sweet treat. Have both.

A lot of the Brothers liked the combination of peat and smoke with the sweet fruit finish, and the general consensus was that we would buy it again. Some (me) were not fans. Love PX finishes, love peaty, smoky malts: don’t think they work together.

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