Compass Box – Great King Street

by Johannes on May 28, 2012

Type: Blend Abv.: 43% Colour:Pale gold Nose: My first impression reminds me of german apple cake with baked apple and cream. All this is supported by vanilla and brown sugar notes. After some time a whiff of bitterness hits my nose. Taste: This dram has a slidely oily mouthfeel to it. The 43% gently reinforces [...]

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Glenmorangie – SMWS 125.45 “Complex and thought-provoking”

May 20, 2012

Distilery: Glenmorangie Whisky Region: Highland Age: 10 years Date Distilled: February 2000 Cask Type: Second-fill ex-bourbon hogshead Outturn: 312 bottles Abv.: 59.2% Colour: Pale Lothlorien gold Tasted before: Glenmorangie Original Nose: The first impression is very sweet one with dominant caramel, some whiffs of vanilla and butter. The second impressions are more fruity. With water [...]

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Can I truly be a whisky geek if one of my favorite whiskies is an original bottling?

May 6, 2012

Limburg chitchat: “I haven’t bought an original bottling in ten years“. This tweet (by OliverKlimek) I read on twitter the other day. Well, this quote matches quite well with a question I’m asking myself for weeks now: „Can I truly be a whisky geek if one of my favorite whiskies is an original bottling?“ Frankly this sounds [...]

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How we taste and scent whisky

December 3, 2011

As a passionate whisky aficionado I do tasting notes on a more or less regular base. My tasting notes tend to be rather long. Well that may be a result of my anxious attempts to be as powerfull eloquent as those great Whisky writers such as Charlie MacLean, Jim Murray and last but no least Michael [...]

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SMWS 25.52 – Fresh and juicy collides with spicy heat

December 2, 2011

Distillery: Rosebank  Cask: refill barrel  Age: 18 years Strength: 55,0 % Abv Bottles: 1 of 216  APPEARANCE The whisky appears clear, pale golden with green reflexes. Small and relatively fast legs with small tears run down the glass. NOSE Without water the dram starts very fruity with peaches, green apples and apricots in the nose. [...]

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SMWS 3.135 – Heaven and Hell

December 1, 2011

Distillery: Bowmore  Cask: 1st fill Barrel  Age: 7 years Strength: 58,0 % Abv APPEARANCE Very light and pale white wine color – clear NOSE First heavy peat smoke with an intense sweetness hits my nose. Then caramel and vanilla flavors with a whiff of tabacco aromas pull through. Later, when the smoke settles down, clear [...]

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SMWS 4.137 – Ooh! Ouch! Aaah!

December 1, 2011

Distillery: Highland Park Cask: refill butt Age: 12 years Strength: 55,6 % Abv APPEARANCE Golden amber colored and clear in appearance. NOSE Wow that’s a very intense and typical Highland Park. Sherry flavors and heather smoke is clearly there. The 55.6% abv let expect lots of alcohol tingling the nose but that’s not the case [...]

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SMWS 119.12 – Chewy and cheek sucking

December 1, 2011

Distillery: Yamazaki Cask: Japanese Oak Age: 16 years Strength: 54,0 % Abv APPEARANCE This dram is dark golden colored and very powerful in appearance. Oily and syrupy in the glass this dram looks like pure nectar. NOSE First impressions are very intense raisin flavors. Rum raisins – not too sweet – nearly dry raisins hit my nose. [...]

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SMWS 125.29 – A garden breakfast dram

December 1, 2011

Distillery: Glenmorangie  Cask: 2nd fill hogshead Age: 12 years Strength: 57,2 % Abv Bottle: 1 of 280   APPEARANCE The whisky is clear, yellow-golden with great reflexes. Small and fast tears with small legs run down the glass. NOSE My first impression of this dram reminds me of french croissants with some apricot jam and [...]

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SMWS 125.26 – Liquid Desert – Glenmorangie

December 1, 2011

Distillery: Glenmorangie  Cask:  New toasted & seasoned (slow-grown, air-dried Oak, “Designer Cask”) Age: 16 years Strength: 57,2 % Abv   APPEARANCE Golden, clear and relatively dark for a whisky matured in an ex-bourbon cask. NOSE Wow, a very complex bunch of fantastic and clear flavors hits my nose. Aromas of peach, apricot andpineapples alternate with oaky and [...]

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