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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

December 16th Tasting

Whisky Bible 2012 World Whisky of the Year!


Highland Park 21yr 40% abv

Orkney


Nose: Like I’m in the kitchen baking that apple pie, nice caramel notes with bananas, some oak and late smoke. Mouth watering!

Palate: Initial sweetness, marzipan, then cinnamon, vanilla and oak

Finish: Medium long finish, a bit briney but vry enjoyable

Comment: It is great to give notoriety to this overlooked distillery. Wonderful whisky and one not to miss.





Highland Park 21yr 40% abv

Orkney


Nose:  Some initial sweetness with some chocolate coming through, apple pie, buttery

Palate: Very smooth & creamy, showing chocolate, spice, and some late peat smoke

Finish: Long and fulfilling with some citrus and late smoke


Comment: Great whisky for the rice. ANother one not to miss, if you can find it. Thanks Highland Park



Aberfeldy 21yr 43% abv

Speyside


Nose: Hearty oak with honey, slightly floral and creamy

Palate: Pleasant sweetness, creamy, with some citrus

Finish: Medium long, lightly spiced with a nice dry finish.

Comment: Beautiful






Benriach Authenticus Peatus 21yr 46% abv

Speyside


Nose: Peat hit, then the smoke, but gentle

Palate: Wonderful peat sweetness coming through, well-rounded and smooth

Finish: Fades fast with a little spiciness on the tail

Comment: Not an overly complex whisky for it’s age, but very enjoyable.






Glenfarclas 21yr 46% abv

Speyside


Nose: Intense sherried fruit, tropical fruit, spice (nutmeg) and nutty with a late citrus note

Palate: Rich and well-rounded, fruity, with smoke and spice

Finish: Long and smooth, with smoke, chocolate, and some late spice.







Bruichladdich 21yr 46% abv

Islay


This one I had to taste again as I didn’t make any notes. Oh well...

Nose: Slight oak, then a big sherry hit, mulled wine and spice (cinnamon & cloves)

Palate: Sweet & rich, chewy, then citrusy orange notes with a nice warming spice

Finish: Long and spirity, spice and slightly dry

Comment: As this one was the last of the evening it is always best to re-live the moment.


Brew List

Ales to the Christmas Season

    

Oh, to be 21 again!

Tastings

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Uinta Crooked Line “Cockeyed Cooper” 11% abv

Utah


Nose: Sightly sour with a distinct bourbon overtone, very malty


Palate: Nice sweetness upfront, caramel, toasty and a bit hoppy


Finish:Well-rounded & smooth with a short finish


Comment: This is our first sampling of this brewery: Great Job! Looking forward to the other bottle later this evening, as well as future bottles





Founders “Blushing Monk” 9.2%

Michigan


Nose: Beautiful red color with a crisp raspberry hit, sweet, and a little malty


Palate: Sweet raspberry & smooth


Finish: Short, and not seedy :)


Comment: Needs some dark chocolate brownies. Next time!





St. Bernadus “Christmas Ale” 10% abv

Belgium


Nose: Citrus and pleasantly hoppy, fruity


Palate: Really creamy and a bit malty, sweet


Finish: Short but smooth









Crooked “Labyrinth” Black Ale 13.2% abv

Utah


Nose: Malt, chocolate, and slightly sweet


Palate: Coffee, bitter chocolate, with malt and hops coming through nicely


Finish: Short but pleasantly sweet


Comment: Another winner!






Scheldebrouwerij “Hop-Ruiter” Blond Hoppy Ale 8.5% abv Belgium


Nose: Sweet & hoppy


Palate: Crisp & fresh with nice lemony citrus notes


Finish: Short and no bitterness


Comment: Nice summer brew







G. Schneider & Sons “Mein Nelson Sauvin” Wheat Bock 7.2% Germany


Nose: Lightly sour with some sweetness, flowery/hoppy


Palate: Fruity with bananas, citrus, a little hop and malty


Finish: Short but with some nice spice


Comment: Beautiful

A great evening was had by all, and the whiskies were pretty darn good too, not to mention the brews.

Here’s wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!