|Spirit of Islay
Joined: 28 Aug 2005
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|Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:53 pm Post subject: Whisky With......
|took advantage of an offer the SMWS had on to do with the up and coming Fringe . You could purchase 4 x 10cl bottles of a selection of malts for Ł40 , here are my notes .... Whisky.....
….with Music 23.53 (Bruichladdich)
Distilled - April 1989 Bottled - May 2006
Age- 17yo ABV –54.5%
Colour – Bright Gold .
Nose – Bags of Lemon Citrus , vanilla , Seashore ozone and a slight creaminess .
Taste – Honey , butterscotch toffee , a lovely freshness , pretty much a perfect Laddie .
Finish – Long and very warming
Over the past few months I’ve tried a few Laddies , the perfect ones seem to be in their Mid to late teens , from either fresh bourbon or a refill hoggy ,this one’s from a refill hoggy , this is pretty damn near perfect !
….with Food 39.58 (Linkwood)
Distilled –Nov 1985 Bottled - May 2006
Age – 20yo ABV – 59.5%
Colour – Bright gold
Nose – at first there is an off note I’ve detected in a few refilled sherry Linkwoods (common trate?) , loads of vanilla , cream and very floral .
Taste – peppery at first , then it seems to do a good impression of a lowlander (Grassy , lemon) , a touch of dry sherry as well .
Finish – Long , warming and a touch cinnamon apples .
Linkwood is not a speysider I would normally go for (too many not too nice ones in the past ) and I’m afraid this hasn’t changed my opinions either though to be truthful it is one of the better ones .
….with Words 7.36 (Longmorn)
Distilled –Feb 1968 Bottled – May 2006
Age – 38yo ABV – 53.5%
Colour – Mahogany
Nose – Raisins , mixed spices , dried fruit , dry sherry …..yes the proverbial Christmas cake in a bottle !
Taste – All of the above and some more
Finish – Long and dry oloroso , extremely spicy .
It’s Dark , it’s dry , it’s a hellishly well balanced dram , I was expecting nothing else after the 36yo we tried at a tasting in September last year , goes down really well . Maybe Linkwood should have a drive down the road to see what these guys are doing……
….with Friends 29.53 (Laphroaig)
Distilled – March 1988 Bottled – May 2006
Age - 18yo ABV – 60.8%
Colour – Ripe Barley .
Nose – Pungent ! Peat , smoke , iodine , the Laphroaig of old !
Taste - Wow ! Twice wow !! Nae triple wow !!! Bags of Iodine , a very sweet peatness , but oh so smooth .
Finish – Long ! and sweet with that lovely iodine lingering on …and on …and on…..
This late teenager puts the distillery 10yo CS to shame , this has got to be the best Froyge I’ve tried for many a year , this takes me back to my early 20’s and the tasting of the 10yo beast ….oh happy days !
Well 3 beauts and 1 not so good , The Laphroaig was an eye opener , the Longmorn a masterpiece and the Bruichladdich a classic ……shame about the Linkwood……..
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