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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

February 17th Tasting

Balvenie Tun 1401 Batch 3 nas 50.3% abv

Speyside


Nose: What a nose! Vanilla, ginger, and sherry slam you, then old wood, orange zest, earthy.

Palate: Wonderful sweetness with rich honey notes, orange & spice, cloves, nutmeg, and wood

Finish: Wow! Just goes on and on, very warming, spice, lemon zest, and some old wood creeping in.


Ardbeg Alligator Untamed Release nas 51.2% abv   Islay


Nose: Peat smoke right up front followed quickly by spice, a bit fruity in the middle with charcoal, BBQ, and chocolate on the tail

Palate: Big & sweet with that spice hitting you right away, drying with some late vanilla

Finish: Long & sweet with vanilla, smoke, leather, dry



Springbank Portwood 14yr 52.8% abv

Campletown


Nose: Wine notes, sweet & fruity, dried fruit, oak

Palate: Sweet & creamy, dried apricots, caramel, vanilla

Finish: Long & warming, smooth, with a little dryness







Glenfarclas Movember 2011 9yr 53% abv

Speyside


Nose: Nice vanilla hit with marzipan, some strong citrus notes, orange peel, then some smoke, dried fruit, and cloves.

 

Palette: Wonderful fresh oak & vanilla with some nice honey sweetness moving to fried fruit, then chocolate.

 

Finish: Long and rewarding with oak, then smoke, some spice, leather.





Port Charlotte PC9 9yr 59.2% abv

Islay


Nose: Peat smoke, then sweet peat, pepper, toffee

Palate: Creamy & sweet bourbon, oak tannins, toasted barley, oatmeal

Finish: Long and slightly sweet, then drying, leather


Kilchoman 100% Islay Barley Cask Strength 3yr 61.8% abv Islay


Nose: Peat, oily, morning campfire, salty, bananas

Palate: Sweet & creamy, peat smoke leaning toward that burning campfire, vanilla, and apple crisp

Finish: Long and spicy, smoke, spice

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Tastings

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Southern Tier "2X Milk Stout" 7.5% NY


Nose: Malty with a little hop, honey & chocolate notes


Palate: Chocolate malt, slightly sweet


Finish: Medium with milk chocolate






McNeill's "Dark Angel" Stout VT


Nose: Hoppy with dark chocolate notes


Palate: Malty sweetness, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, bitter


Finish: Short & drying, slightly swet







The Lost Abbey "Serpents Stout" 11.0% CA


Nose: Sweet & malty with dark chocolate notes


Palate: Rich, dark bitter chocolate, sweet & creamy


Finish: Short









North Coast "Old Rasputin" Russian Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Aged 11.5% CA


Nose: Sweet, chocolate, light malt


Palate: Chocolate, sweet bourbon


Finish: Short







The Lost Abbey "Deliveance Ale" 12.5% CA

A Blended Aged Ale in Bourbon & Brandy Barrels


Nose: Light malty nose


Palate: Chewy, fruity, sweet, with bourbon notes


Finish: Short







Mikkeller "Black" 17.5% Belgium


Nose: Molasses, malty


Palate: Beef bouquet, strap molasses, liquorice


Finish: Short


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