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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

Our Tasting "Gatherings": A malt, a beer, a malt, a beer. Who's counting!

3/14/14 Tasting

Bowmore 25yr 43% abv

Islay


Nose: Intense sherry and stewed fruits with a trace of Bowmore smokiness.


Palate: After twenty five years, delicious toffee and hazelnut have mellowed together with just a hint of sweet peat smoke.


Finish: Mellow, gentle and incredibly complex. Savour every drop


Comment: It doesn’t get any better than this!







Bruichladdich Cuvee 407/PX 21yr 46% abv

Islay


Nose: Huge aromas of spice and chocolate. Toffee apples, marmalade and black treacle. Sticky toffee pudding and cherries.


Palate: Raisins and soft spice. Big notes of vanilla, marmalade and rich oak. Very aromatic and intense. Lovely and thick malt core.


Finish: Long, spicy finish. Sherried oak and fruit







Balvenie Single Barrel First Fill 12yr 47.8% abv

Speyside


Nose: Bounty of sweet oak and spice.


Palate: Rich and complex with deep vanilla oakiness. Honey notes will be overlaid with sweet fruits and subtle spices.


Finish: Medium long with lingering sweetness.









Kilchoman Loch Gorm 1st Release 5yr 46% abv

Islay


Nose: Fruity and spicy with understated peat.


Palate: Deep and richly flavored, combining sherry notes with peat and cloves.


Finish: Well balanced with lingering sweetness and long finish.








Springbank Calvados Wood 12yr 52.7% abv

Campbletown


Nose: The influence of the Calvados casks is immediately apparent, with notes of green apples, citrus fruits and sweet toffee showing themselves in the beginning. Vanilla essence, pears and some gentle spice come later.


Palate: A very lively dram at cask strength. Black pepper and rhubarb give way to demerara sugar, green grapes, a touch of cinnamon and a little bit of home-made fudge. This is an oily whisky for sure.


Finish: Orange marmalade, gooseberries and a pleasant, dry, peatiness leave a lasting impression.





Octomore 6.1 Release @167ppm 5yr 57% abv

Islay


Nose: Malt, leather, and a little medicinal... Something sweet also, maybe a little melon. Floating above all of this is almost a slight cheese aroma, and then of course the peat smoke... Not the uppercut to the face you would expect. But it's definitely there.


Palate: This stuff just fills the mouth. Fills every crevice. Almost creamy, thick. A real joy to tease across your tongue. This time smoky, peaty, bonfire. Not as aggressive again as you may expect, but wow. Its definitely powerful. Aside from that though, it's deceptively delicate. There are some really light, almost floral notes. Maybe a little fruit too. Hard to describe. The peat is definitely the overwhelming flavor. Absolutely incredible.


Finish: Long and warming. Your tongue is coated with wave after wave of peat. Fantastic!


Brew List

Scotland Revisited!

Islay, here we come!

Tastings

Great Divide “Fresh Hop” Pale Ale 6.1%

Colorado


Nose: Citrus, fresh hops


Palate: Nice hops on the forefront, orange notes with some slight bitterness


Finish: Short











Brewdog “Cocoa Psycho” 10%

Scotland


Nose: Big coffee and chocolate hit


Palate: Dark roasted malts, coffee, then the chocolate sweetness


Finish: Short







Founders “Sweet Repute” Wheat Ale 12.6%

Michigan


Nose: Sweetness, maple syrup, orange notes


Palate: Very sweet (ready for your pancakes), Bourbon, maple syrup, vanilla, oak


Finish: Medium with the lasting bourbon sweetness








Williams Brewing “Fraoch Heather Ale” 11%

Scotland


Nose: Bit of a whiskey (bourbon) nose, winey


Palate: Fruity, malty, with a bit of caramel


Finish: Medium with the bourbon oak coming through



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Did I hear someone say BACON?

A great evening with friends, whiskey, beer, and yes, bacon!

Our palates were pleased with a plethora of bacon themed dishes from bacon meatballs to bacon soup shooters, bacon cheese balls to bacon crab cakes, and bacon stuffed mushrooms even. Not to mention the beautiful pairing of the Bowmore 25 with bacon truffles. Superb! I would also add that it was a wonderful way to celebrate Matt’s birthday.

Bowmore 25 & Chocolate Bacon Truffles

Bacon Soup Shooters

Potato leek soup with peppered bacon and dill