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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

Tasting Aug 17th

Speyside Finest “Bill 60th” nas 43%

Speyside


Nose: Fresh oak and orange rind with some late spice


Palate: Nice and sweet with those orange notes and a bit of honey


Finish: Short with some spice on the tail


Comment: This was a gift from my children and their families for my 60th. A nice evening dram.









Glenburgie G&M Whisky Castle Exclusive Single Cask 17yr 57.1%


Nose: Big bold vanilla and citrus, toffee, and dried fruit


Palate: Caramel and butterscotch lead in with that dark stewed fruit at the end


Finish: Medium long and a little spice


Comment: Water brings it in-line and tempers the alcohol. Should have been bottled under 50%










Glenmorangie Finealta nas 46%

Highlands


Nose: Fresh fruit, peaches, apricots, wine notes, and marzipan


Palate: Raw and a  bit of peat at first, then into the peaces and apricots, cooked berries, marzipan, and some orange rind notes


Finish: Long and fresh, creamy, vanilla, still some fruitiness and then spice


Comment: Had to try this one again :). Very nice and refreshing change from the Glenmorangie norm. Seems a bit out of balance though.








Highland Park Thor 16yr 52.1%

Orkney


Nose:  Nice citrus and light peat, some smoke, and then butterscotch & caramel


Palate: Ginger and spice and everything nice with honey, then nutmeg, and a little smoke.


Finish: Sweet again with honey and still a little spice, late smoke and peat.


Comment; The perfect Christmas dram. Makes me want some wassail






Kilchoman Sherry Cask 5yr 46%

Islay


Nose: Farmyard peat, vanilla, raisins


Palate: Very sweet up front, then some more controlled honey, moving right into some burnt toast, drying


Finish: Long & a bit salty, some sweet peat notes, ginger. Very dry.




Brew List

We’ll choose them on the fly!

From a pool of 12 single malt and 9 brews we chose them randomly from a hat and here is what we ended up tasting. Not too bad for a summer evening!

Tastings

Elysian “Men’s Room” 5.6%

Colorado


Nose: Light hops


Palate: Medium citrus, very light


Finish: Nada










Widmer Brothers “Nelson Imperial IPA” 8.6%

Oregon


Nose: Citrus & hops


Palate: Lemon & orange, well balanced hops


Finish: Orange rind, slightly bitter, some hops, but an even finish


Comment: Well done!






Widmer Brothers “Oatmeal Porter 6.0%

Oregon


Nose: Roasted malt, swet


Palate: Sweet with chocolate and a bit nutty


Finish: Slightly bitter, medium, nice







Widmer Brothers “Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout 2012 9.3% Oregon


Nose: Hop bitterness, fruity


Palate: Dark chocolate, espresso, and raspberries floating over the top of it all


Finish: Short








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A small gathering as half the group opted out at the last minute. Oh, well, their loss! We missed you all.