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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

December 11th Tasting

Bowmore Small Batch nas 40% abv Islay


Nose: Coastal brine air, light peat, a whiff of smoke, with vanilla and honey notes followed by some light spice/cinnamon.


Palate: The coastal brine comes through with some vanilla and citrus peel.


Finish: Medium long with a warming vanilla/oak tannin note and orange pith.










Highland Park Sigurd nas 43% abv Orkney


Nose: Fresh cut grass, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, toffee, light smoke


Palate: Candied citrus peel, mulling spice, slight oakiness, bit floral


Finish: Medium long, candied ginger, gentle smoky notes









Aultmore 12yr 46% abv Speyside


Nose: Very clean, slightly minty, and herbal with a hint a springtime grass


Palate: Smooth & creamy, anjou pear, fresh cut tart apples with some floral notes


Finish: Very pleasing medium finish with fresh oak tannins, ripe fruit, and lingering spice


Comment: Great early afternoon soother or aperitif. Wonderful addition to the single malt ranges.






Aberfeldy Single Cask “Bits O’Strange 16yr 55.1% abv Speyside


Nose: Sweet, heavy sherried, old church pews, vanilla, fresh cooked maple syrup


Palate: Very dry and oaky with a peppery middle, and a bit sappy.


Finish: Long and spicy finish with sweet sherry notes and oak tannins.







Edradour 2006/Olorosso Cask #240 7yr
59.2% abv Western Highlands


Nose: Brown sugar, stewed fruits, toffee, cereal notes, drying


Palate: Spiced fruit cake, black liquorice, King’s syrup, stewed raisins


Finish: Medium and drying with lingering spice and warming.









Kilchoman Original Cask Strength nas 59.2% abv Islay


Nose: The tell-tale Kilchoman soft peatiness with lemon peel and some sweet fall fruit


Palate: Sweet & peat meat & greet with the late fruity notes


Finish: Long and rewarding with lingering peat and some late citrus notes.









Brew List

...fa la la la la, la la la la!

T’is the season....

Tastings

Free Will Brewery "Black Friday" Belgian Ale 12% PA


Nose: Sweet with honey and maple syrup


Palate: Balanced with apple, vanilla, and molasses


Finish: Short & sweet


Comment: As with all the brews tonight, a bit sweeter then expected.






Boulevard Smokestack Series "Rye on Rye" 12% MO



Nose: Malty sweetness with molasses notes and a bit of yeast


Palate: Again yeasty with chocolate and coffee notes


Finish: Medium long, sweet, with late chocolate note










The Bruery “8 Maids a Miking” Imperial Milk Stout 11.3% abv CA


Nose: Sweet & hoppy


Palate: Caramel, oak, and vanilla


Finish: Medium long with a bit of spice














Founders “Backwoods Bastard” BB Aged Ale 11.5% abv MI



Nose: Single malt scotch, oak, bit of smoke


Palate: Caramel, roasted malts, spice, oak, bourbon sweetness


Finish: Dark chocolate caramel






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Merry Christmas to all, and a special welcome to new members Seb and Mike (Mike’s second tasting but first time in the photo). A great group of friends sharing a dram or two. We comfortably fit into the new Tasting Room, even after all the food. Kudos to you ALL for the tasty morsels. I think we all agreed the Lobster Mac & Cheese was the hit, not to mention the Beef Filet Medallions, Shrimp Cocktail, Sushi selection, Baked Brie, Crab Tartlets, Veggie Plate, and the ultimate Chocolate Torte. Yum!

...to be jolly....

Whisky selection!

Beer flight!

Doug & Bill, ready for the festivities!