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Terms

abv: Alcohol By Volume

ncf: Non-Chill Filtered

ncs: Natural Cask Strength

nas: No age statement

12/19/14 Tasting

Yamazaki Distiller’s Reserve nas 43% abv Japan


Nose: Light, summer fruit, strawberries, light oak


Palate: Fresh fruit again with a deeper raspberry note, some peach and sweet oak late.


Finish: Clean and lingering, vanilla, some cinnamon late.









Laphroaig Cairdeas Amontillado 2014 nas 51.4% Islay


Nose: Dry with a good peatiness and hints of cinnamon, ginger, lemon zest, and a subtle touch of almonds in the background.


Palate:Thick, peaty, and spicy with touches of brine, wet sand, burned driftwood, and a hint of wet leather.


Finish: Long, briny, and smoky. 










Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch 1 nas 47.1% abv Speyside


Nose: Honeyed, with elegant fruity notes. Oranges, apricot jam, some yellow raisins. A little unripe mango. Soft beeswax. Underneath is a subtle resin note, citrus blossom and old oak. Something vaguely earthy. Gentle but still in line with Tun 1401.


Palate: Orange peel at first, then nutmeg and a clear oaky side. Warming cedar oak and tobacco leaves. Soft pepper, ginger and clove. Just enough grapefruit to make it brighter again, but on the whole it feels a little thin and (bourbonny) oaky.


Finish: Long, with a subtle bitterness of rhubarb and orange peel. Still some wood spices and waxy notes.






Bowmore Devil’s Cask Batch II 10yr 56.3% abv Islay


Nose; Smoke, sherry and caramel syrup dominate the nose. Iodine, burnt toffee, maple, strawberry preserves, leather, cinnamon and smoked ham, slightly nutty.


Palate: Sherry and peat, tobacco, a bit of oak, roasted nuts, slight sweetness, dark stewed fruit, bit drying.


Finish: Smoke, wood, tobacco, and dark fruit fade to a soft smoke, long and warming.









Longrow Red Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 11yr 52.1% abv Lowlands


Nose: Peat, then malt and red fruits xtrawberries & cranberries, followed by oak, caramel, some citrus and floral notes. Don’t rush this one as it is very complex.


Palate: Peat, red fruit and wine, roasted sweetness with oak and chocolate, slightly briny.


Finish: Long and drying with the wine notes overseeing the exit. Late spice and chocolate notes.





Octomore 6.3 Islay Barley 258ppm nas 64% abv Islay


Nose: Surprisingly soft on the nose. A second draw reveals its fruity and salty qualities. Ripe prunes and cherries. Briny with some late sour notes


Taste: Peat rushes in, then a fruity sweetness. Mainly prunes and juicy red apples. Late malty & bready notes.


Finish: The finish goes on forever with wave after wave of the briny peat, then dry and a little sweet on the tail.









Brew List

Nice!

The Shrimp tree was one of the food highlights of the evening. Thanks to all for bringing a vintage hors d’oeuvres. They were all very interesting :)

Tastings

Innis & Gunn "Bourbon Aged Stout" 7.4% Scotland


Nose: Light malt , sour rye, some sweetness, oak


Palate: Sweet with vanilla and banana notes


Finish: Slight hop bitterness with roasted malts.


Comment: Fantastic!








Southern Tier “Goat Boy” Imperial Weizenbock 7.5% abv New York


Nose: Light, sweet, with caramel


Palate: Cloves, bananas, and roasted malts (fresh baked bread)


Finish: Yeast, light spice, medium finish










Founders “Dissenter” Imperial IPL 8.7% abv
Michigan


Nose: Hoppy with citrus notes


Palate: Malt and bitter hops with some fruity notes, orange rind


Finish: Slightly sweet with a medium finish












DuClaw "Brimstone" Rye Wine Style Ale 9.5% MD


Nose: Smoky roasted malt, hops


Palate: Dark stewed fruit, baking bread


Finish: Dry, spicy rye, long






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