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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

May 4th Tasting

Balvenie Signature Batch 4  12yr  40% abv

Speyside


Nose: Malt and spice , cinnamon, wood and thick honey syrup. Sexy. Hints of “silane ” and dates in addition to nuts and cocoa powder.


Palate : Sweet stuff. Great sherry style shining through. Tannins are high. Golden syrup. Sultanas, chocolate cake , raisins some butter too.


Finish : Butter, vanilla, toast.





Balvenie Cuban Cask 14yr 43% abv

Speyside


Nose: Nice rum hit upfront!  Some sweet pear candy. Some nectarines and oranges. Trademark honey and hints of vanilla cake. Apples and cinnamon.


Palate: Quite sweet again, with the honey coated fruits on the foreground and a few nutty notes in the back. Vanilla and cinnamon again. Butter toffee. Relatively soft and candied.


Finish: Medium length, warm and sweet.






Balvenie Sherry Oak 17yr 43% abv

Speyside


Nose: Well worn leather upholstery, cloves, medium-dry Sherry and delicate liquorice.


Palate: Delicious on the rich, ripe palate, with flavours of fruity Sherry, nutmeg, cinnamon and

tangy spice. Water releases pleasing vanilla and oak notes.


Finish: Lengthy, with stewed fruits, tasty spices and a hint of oak







Balvenie Portwood 21yr 46% abv

Speyside


Nose: A perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness.


Palate: A malt of refinement and remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes


Finish: Long and gentle nutty finish.


Comments: One of my all-time favorites. A bit pricey but worth every penny.








Laphroaig 2008 Cairdeas nas 55% abv

Islay


Nose: Gentle peat, peppery, and creamy. Quite fruity and nutty. Coal smoke, medicinal. Hints of smoked fish. Vanilla and possibly some lemon notes


Palate: Sweet peat and a little dusty. Fairly

salty, peppery and fruity. Slight notes of

iodine. Subtle sherry, liquorice and honey.

Very slightly mentholated.


Finish: Quite sweet, peaty and fruity, with

abundant amounts of smoke. Becomes a

little honeyed after a few seconds. Lingering

creamy, medicinal notes.





Laphroaig 2009 Cairdeas 12yr 57.5% abv

Islay


Nose: Starts off on mellow peat smoke with woody undertones. Some refreshing citrus, banana and red fruit. Very nice. Very creamy and rather sweet, with hints of burnt sugar.


Palate: Starting on lemon, growing sweeter and more candied. Lemon pie. Roasted almonds, some espresso. Some liquorice and more spices than the Cairdeas 2008. Nice balance, dry.


Finish: Long with diminishing sweetness, leaving the peat smoke behind and getting very dry in the end.





Laphroaig 2010 Cairdeas nas 57.3% abv

Islay


Nose: In line with previous Cairdeas editions. The smoke and ashes seem a bit more prominent this time. Lemon and salt. Sweet marzipan notes and some banana again, but overall it seems quite a bit drier.


Palate: Quite dry smoke with citrus. Powerful earthy peat. Iodine. Getting oily and slightly peppery.


Finish: Long and dry, evolving on salty almonds and some liquorice.






Laphroaig 2011 Cairdeas nas 50.5% abv

Islay


Nose: More than average. Peat, honey, iodine, citrus. Very closed nose.This whisky says very little about itself when you nose it.


Palate: Smooth, powerful, oily. peat, iodine, citrus, wood, coffee, pepper.


Finish: Longer than average. peat, citrus, herbs, pepper, iodine.





Brew List

A short list from two new brewery’s for the club.

What a superb evening, and a special welcome to first timer Doreen!

Our “Scotland Tastings Revisited” was all one could hope for except for the fact we were not in Scotland :( . Two of the most memorable experiences during our trip last year were at the Balvenie and Laphroaig distilleries. At Balvenie we savored the Signature 12, Doublewood 12, Single Barrel 15, Portwood 21, and their 30 year old. At Laphroaig we indulged in an amazing line-up of the Feis Ile Cairdeas whiskies from 2008, ’09, ’10, and ’11.

Tonight we revisited these tastings, with a slight change-up for the Balvenie selection, but the exact line-up from Laphroaig. I have been able to acquire each of the Cairdeas bottlings which have been long sold out, and am looking forward to a “do-over”. We will however be foregoing most of the brews and will have only two, one in the beginning, and one midway. I think a fair exchange :)

Here are some images of the tasting table with the new
“TST Floor Boards” , appropriately named because once you’ve finished two rounds of these you are probably on the “floor”.

Tastings

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White Birch “Tavern Ale” 7.9% abv

New Hampshire


Nose: Molasses, chocolate, and malt


Palate: Chocolate, smokey, and sweet


Finish: Short


Comments: Very enjoyable and an easy drinker.







New Holland ‘Dragon’s MilK” 10% abv

Michigan



Nose: Sweet and malty with bourbon coming through


Palate: Coffee, sweet


Finish: Short


Comments: Another very easy drinking brew I look forward to having again.






Scotland Revisited!