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Wow I didn't know we have this category til today.   My collection  

This probably isn't the place for this, but given that it incudes a storage facility for singe malt whisky... why not!   One of my COVID projects was the conversion of a 'nook' into a bar (o

On 04/11/2020 at 8:02 PM, pete_mac said:

I feel quite similar - the single malt is nice, but I think I’d buy the Rye again instead, as it’s different to everything else that I have and is more unique. 

Hi @pete_mac had a snifter of the Archie Rose Rye the other night (I know I broke my rule about midweek snifting! :) ) I just had to refresh/confirm the old memory of the Rye...

Well imo the Rye is a much luscious drop and I would definitely purchase more of it rather than the straight out AR SMW...

Speaking of which I notice that AR have more of the Rye for sale on their website...mmmmmmm....

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3 hours ago, BLAH BLAH said:

Speaking of which I notice that AR have more of the Rye for sale on their website...mmmmmmm....

 

Oooooh... so they do!!

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14 minutes ago, sir sanders zingmore said:

Is the Archie Rose a good drop?

I think my local Dan's might have some

I am referring to the Archie Rose Rye Whisky...in my honest opinion it is a bloody good drop...first word that comes to my mind is 'luscious'...bloody good reason why it won prizes in the World Comp for Whiskys...the Archis Rose SMW is a pleasant drop but if I had to choose between the two I would buy the AR Rye...

 

 

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I enjoy both Archies for different reasons, but I agree... I’d buy the Rye again as it stands out as being something a bit different, and very enjoyable. The single malt is growing on me though!

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1 hour ago, BLAH BLAH said:

I am referring to the Archie Rose Rye Whisky...in my honest opinion it is a bloody good drop...first word that comes to my mind is 'luscious'...bloody good reason why it won prizes in the World Comp for Whiskys...the Archis Rose SMW is a pleasant drop but if I had to choose between the two I would buy the AR Rye...

 

 

Thanks. 
I’ll look for the Rye but I’m pretty sure it was the single malt that I saw at dan’s 

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1 hour ago, sir sanders zingmore said:

Thanks. 
I’ll look for the Rye but I’m pretty sure it was the single malt that I saw at dan’s 


Yeah, the Rye is out of stock at most retailers at present, but back in stock from Archie Rose direct. Dan’s has the Single Malt at some stores. 
 

The Rye has green detailing vs the blue of the Single Malt. 

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This naughty fella followed me home today.

 

Rather than the usual Glenlivet 12 at 40% ABV (which is quite a lovely and smooth dram, albeit no firecracker), this one is a bit different and 48% ABV and non-chill filtered.

 

Bargain at $78 at First Choice Liquor or Liquorland, although it has disappeared from their website for some reason. I had to call ahead and check that they had stock.

 

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Going on the "Distillery Tour + Cheese Platter" tour on Sunday. A delayed birthday present from my mum (from July). Good things come to he who waits!!!

https://www.chiefsson.com.au/the-distillery/

Whisky and Boat Shed cheese, a great combination for breakfast!!!

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On 13/11/2020 at 8:09 AM, Cloth Ears said:

Going on the "Distillery Tour + Cheese Platter" tour on Sunday. A delayed birthday present from my mum (from July). Good things come to he who waits!!!

https://www.chiefsson.com.au/the-distillery/

Whisky and Boat Shed cheese, a great combination for breakfast!!!

Well, that was a tasting and a half. Very small tastes, but we managed 8 different ones.PXL_20201116_050522435.thumb.jpg.e661465a6437692c419c5c1040d4eae3.jpg

First was Single Cask Barrel 99 which was pretty tasty. These are a cut above the standard 900's (which are a cut above just about anything else in Australia.

Next was the Imperial Porter Cask Expression, which was everything you'd expect from being finished in a fine (local) Porter barrel.

Third was a 900 Standard Single Barrel (Cask Strength) which Jim Murray gave a 95 to in his latest Whisky Bible. Not available online, you have to be there.

And last (on the tasting sheet) was the 2020 Distillers Select, which is probably the best whisky I've had for under $200, possibly the best ever.

These were enjoyed with a Boat Shed Cheese platter and some excellent tales of the making process from Stuart.

 

Then things got really good. Stuart clambered around a number of the barrels and pulled out some of the Standard being aged in American Oak (this was originally going to be another of their releases, but they've decided to not do this now. I got a 100ml bottle of this at 64%.

He also pulled out some that's been heavily peated and had been aging for a year in one of their second fill barrels (note that the average aging for a whisky in Somerville is around 33 months in 100litre barrels - more and it starts to get too oaky). This was a little too much for all of us (my wife, my mum and me) as the peat was a little over powering.

Last out of the barrel tasting was the best and possibly not for release. A Pure Malt expression finishing in an old Commonfolk Brown Ale 20litre cask. I put my hand up for a bottle if he ever decides to release it (and I live in hope).

 

Then we went upstairs to buy a few bottles (the 100ml ones come with the tasting we had). Mum bought a bottle of the Porter Cask Expression and also a bottle of the first release whisky for my Christmas present. And also to taste the Tanist - designed to be the best introduction to their style of single malt. Yup, got one of them too.

 

I can heartily recommend it to anyone. Especially the $58pp tour and cheese platter.

 

Just a couple of notes. The still is designed by Stuart and Naomi to allow more of the oils and flavour to be collected during both distillations. And the distinction between this whisky and others brewed locally is shown by the amount of barley used to create the spirit. Whisky normally uses a tonne of barley to make about 400litres. The Standard gets around 230litres/tonne, while the Pure Malt is a measly 80litres/tonne, and the Sweet Peat is somewhere in-between. The difference is the amount of flavour!

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Local distillery Loch. I found a bottle of the Bourbon cask at a local bottle shop. Wow. This is 49% abv but you wouldn't know it. I generally prefer bourbon cask to sherry and this is a good example of why. Heartily recommended. Sorry my whisky vocabulary should be better after the volumes consumed, but I'm more of a "I know what I like" person. I can talk a pretty good game after a few drams though :)

 

Loch Distillery Bourbon Cask Matured Single Malt Australian Whisky (700ml)

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Ok had a few snifters of the Lambay...

Very smooth drop...pronounced sweetish finish on the tongue with soft hints of vanilla and varioust fruits...but I think the sweetness disguises a confused lingering palette tending to a noticeable Johnny Walker Red roughness...Still has a nice growing fiery glow in the stomach...

IMO the 'Redbreast' is a finer and much more smoother drop in comparison...but then the Archie Rose Rye Whisky is an all round killer diller drop! :) 

But I canna keep drinking the AR Rye or Redbreast...

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On 16/11/2020 at 4:48 PM, Cloth Ears said:

Well, that was a tasting and a half. Very small tastes, but we managed 8 different ones.PXL_20201116_050522435.thumb.jpg.e661465a6437692c419c5c1040d4eae3.jpg

First was Single Cask Barrel 99 which was pretty tasty. These are a cut above the standard 900's (which are a cut above just about anything else in Australia.

Next was the Imperial Porter Cask Expression, which was everything you'd expect from being finished in a fine (local) Porter barrel.

Third was a 900 Standard Single Barrel (Cask Strength) which Jim Murray gave a 95 to in his latest Whisky Bible. Not available online, you have to be there.

And last (on the tasting sheet) was the 2020 Distillers Select, which is probably the best whisky I've had for under $200, possibly the best ever.

These were enjoyed with a Boat Shed Cheese platter and some excellent tales of the making process from Stuart.

 

Then things got really good. Stuart clambered around a number of the barrels and pulled out some of the Standard being aged in American Oak (this was originally going to be another of their releases, but they've decided to not do this now. I got a 100ml bottle of this at 64%.

He also pulled out some that's been heavily peated and had been aging for a year in one of their second fill barrels (note that the average aging for a whisky in Somerville is around 33 months in 100litre barrels - more and it starts to get too oaky). This was a little too much for all of us (my wife, my mum and me) as the peat was a little over powering.

Last out of the barrel tasting was the best and possibly not for release. A Pure Malt expression finishing in an old Commonfolk Brown Ale 20litre cask. I put my hand up for a bottle if he ever decides to release it (and I live in hope).

 

Then we went upstairs to buy a few bottles (the 100ml ones come with the tasting we had). Mum bought a bottle of the Porter Cask Expression and also a bottle of the first release whisky for my Christmas present. And also to taste the Tanist - designed to be the best introduction to their style of single malt. Yup, got one of them too.

 

I can heartily recommend it to anyone. Especially the $58pp tour and cheese platter.

 

Just a couple of notes. The still is designed by Stuart and Naomi to allow more of the oils and flavour to be collected during both distillations. And the distinction between this whisky and others brewed locally is shown by the amount of barley used to create the spirit. Whisky normally uses a tonne of barley to make about 400litres. The Standard gets around 230litres/tonne, while the Pure Malt is a measly 80litres/tonne, and the Sweet Peat is somewhere in-between. The difference is the amount of flavour!

that is now on my list of places to go! Thanks!!!

60% alc  wowzers!!! I'm topping up my credit card  for some serious spending.

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11 hours ago, misternavi said:

that is now on my list of places to go! Thanks!!!

60% alc  wowzers!!! I'm topping up my credit card  for some serious spending.

Note that they have 7.5ml pour nozzles for tasting, so you can have 6 of the lower alcohol (under 50%) ones or 4 of the cask strength ones and still drive legally. Oh, and the tasting cost comes off any purchases, so it's not wasted.

Regarding flavour profile, I reckon it's like drinking your first proper beer after having VB or Carlton your whole life.

You can tell them Jonathan sent you, but it won't get you any discounts (😁)...

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Found this today at Dan's. Early Xmas gift to self you could say. They matched the online price for me saving $40! 🤑👍.

I've heard good things about it and look forward to my own personal experience. 

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1 hour ago, pete_mac said:

It’s an Ardbeg 10 kind of night.  Enjoying that tarry rope flavour ;) 

 

 

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I've not tried this yet. Must give it a crack! 

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On 12/11/2020 at 12:19 PM, pete_mac said:

This naughty fella followed me home today.

 

Rather than the usual Glenlivet 12 at 40% ABV (which is quite a lovely and smooth dram, albeit no firecracker), this one is a bit different and 48% ABV and non-chill filtered.

 

Bargain at $78 at First Choice Liquor or Liquorland, although it has disappeared from their website for some reason. I had to call ahead and check that they had stock.

 

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@pete_mac Found it at Dans today for $80. Looking forward to it! 👍

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This probably isn't the place for this, but given that it incudes a storage facility for singe malt whisky... why not!

 

One of my COVID projects was the conversion of a 'nook' into a bar (of sorts). Full credit to my wife for motivating me to do it, and for working out the design.

 

Before - a gyprock 'nook' which seemed to have its own gravity, attracting random items from around the house.

 

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The nook was demolished, re-lined with gyprock and painted to match the original walls.

 

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We then installed modular cabinetry from IKEA - interestingly they supply BLUM soft-close drawer runners with their stuff these days, which is better than the older generic componentry.

 

The benchtop is a lightweight honeycomb-cored manufactured stone item to match our kitchen benchtops. 

 

I had my first crack at wallpapering, and after some initial cursing due to the confined space and intricacies of working with two inside corners quite close together, she turned out pretty well.

 

The final touches were a a floating shelf and downlight.

 

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I haven't brought all of the whisky outside from the pantry... just the basic stuff, with the special stuff to come out as/when required. 

 

Very happy with the result, and it's much more interesting than the original 'nook'. Importantly, the whisky bottles appear to be happy in their new home. :)

 

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Wifey is happy as she also has storage for her gins and whatnot ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, pete_mac said:

This probably isn't the place for this, but given that it incudes a storage facility for singe malt whisky... why not!

 

One of my COVID projects was the conversion of a 'nook' into a bar (of sorts). Full credit to my wife for motivating me to do it, and for working out the design.

 

Before - a gyprock 'nook' which seemed to have its own gravity, attracting random items from around the house.

 

128605487_289042065845594_141346285053253680_n.thumb.jpg.28630a525f957ab4fb8efc2ef6e41e9e.jpg

 

The nook was demolished, re-lined with gyprock and painted to match the original walls.

 

128580052_1636734039832791_4709583282412318410_n.jpg.8a432f2c8c9ca2c3a1c7a38f947cb9d0.jpg120500013_986154655140956_4113652121560577757_n.thumb.jpg.1a2253e9b3ad1e4aebf9686e4265fc97.jpg

 

128584653_816868472218417_8388937005543362803_n.jpg.082f4917e3a8a5402ed23141b647cab6.jpg

 

We then installed modular cabinetry from IKEA - interestingly they supply BLUM soft-close drawer runners with their stuff these days, which is better than the older generic componentry.

 

The benchtop is a lightweight honeycomb-cored manufactured stone item to match our kitchen benchtops. 

 

I had my first crack at wallpapering, and after some initial cursing due to the confined space and intricacies of working with two inside corners quite close together, she turned out pretty well.

 

The final touches were a a floating shelf and downlight.

 

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I haven't brought all of the whisky outside from the pantry... just the basic stuff, with the special stuff to come out as/when required. 

 

Very happy with the result, and it's much more interesting than the original 'nook'. Importantly, the whisky bottles appear to be happy in their new home. :)

 

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Wifey is happy as she also has storage for her gins and whatnot ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! Congrats on a fantastic job 👍 I think it looks amazing. A true credit to your handy work! 

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2 hours ago, pete_mac said:

This probably isn't the place for this, but given that it incudes a storage facility for singe malt whisky... why not!

 

One of my COVID projects was the conversion of a 'nook' into a bar (of sorts). Full credit to my wife for motivating me to do it, and for working out the design.

 

Before - a gyprock 'nook' which seemed to have its own gravity, attracting random items from around the house.

 

128605487_289042065845594_141346285053253680_n.thumb.jpg.28630a525f957ab4fb8efc2ef6e41e9e.jpg

 

The nook was demolished, re-lined with gyprock and painted to match the original walls.

 

128580052_1636734039832791_4709583282412318410_n.jpg.8a432f2c8c9ca2c3a1c7a38f947cb9d0.jpg120500013_986154655140956_4113652121560577757_n.thumb.jpg.1a2253e9b3ad1e4aebf9686e4265fc97.jpg

 

128584653_816868472218417_8388937005543362803_n.jpg.082f4917e3a8a5402ed23141b647cab6.jpg

 

We then installed modular cabinetry from IKEA - interestingly they supply BLUM soft-close drawer runners with their stuff these days, which is better than the older generic componentry.

 

The benchtop is a lightweight honeycomb-cored manufactured stone item to match our kitchen benchtops. 

 

I had my first crack at wallpapering, and after some initial cursing due to the confined space and intricacies of working with two inside corners quite close together, she turned out pretty well.

 

The final touches were a a floating shelf and downlight.

 

128621078_373191517306889_1464627898938113590_n.jpg.2e245d593deae6ae9adb7cd8e0ac6853.jpg

 

128608328_3499817300098002_2092147458099965608_n.jpg.28c3c32cd56d7a31ede7d2c993fef369.jpg

 

 

I haven't brought all of the whisky outside from the pantry... just the basic stuff, with the special stuff to come out as/when required. 

 

Very happy with the result, and it's much more interesting than the original 'nook'. Importantly, the whisky bottles appear to be happy in their new home. :)

 

128729207_433302857705462_796012060709599085_n.jpg.ebefc390f1f548bb3d38d93baf27ad21.jpg

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Wifey is happy as she also has storage for her gins and whatnot ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great job Pete, everything in its place 🙏👍🥃🥃

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2 hours ago, pete_mac said:

This probably isn't the place for this, but given that it incudes a storage facility for singe malt whisky... why not!

 

One of my COVID projects was the conversion of a 'nook' into a bar (of sorts). Full credit to my wife for motivating me to do it, and for working out the design.

 

Before - a gyprock 'nook' which seemed to have its own gravity, attracting random items from around the house.

 

128605487_289042065845594_141346285053253680_n.thumb.jpg.28630a525f957ab4fb8efc2ef6e41e9e.jpg

 

The nook was demolished, re-lined with gyprock and painted to match the original walls.

 

128580052_1636734039832791_4709583282412318410_n.jpg.8a432f2c8c9ca2c3a1c7a38f947cb9d0.jpg120500013_986154655140956_4113652121560577757_n.thumb.jpg.1a2253e9b3ad1e4aebf9686e4265fc97.jpg

 

128584653_816868472218417_8388937005543362803_n.jpg.082f4917e3a8a5402ed23141b647cab6.jpg

 

We then installed modular cabinetry from IKEA - interestingly they supply BLUM soft-close drawer runners with their stuff these days, which is better than the older generic componentry.

 

The benchtop is a lightweight honeycomb-cored manufactured stone item to match our kitchen benchtops. 

 

I had my first crack at wallpapering, and after some initial cursing due to the confined space and intricacies of working with two inside corners quite close together, she turned out pretty well.

 

The final touches were a a floating shelf and downlight.

 

128621078_373191517306889_1464627898938113590_n.jpg.2e245d593deae6ae9adb7cd8e0ac6853.jpg

 

128608328_3499817300098002_2092147458099965608_n.jpg.28c3c32cd56d7a31ede7d2c993fef369.jpg

 

 

I haven't brought all of the whisky outside from the pantry... just the basic stuff, with the special stuff to come out as/when required. 

 

Very happy with the result, and it's much more interesting than the original 'nook'. Importantly, the whisky bottles appear to be happy in their new home. :)

 

128729207_433302857705462_796012060709599085_n.jpg.ebefc390f1f548bb3d38d93baf27ad21.jpg

125847784_121820539530933_5332698129173634137_n.jpg.a84c8705a90c5c9586b8c1237b437bb8.jpg

 

 

 

Wifey is happy as she also has storage for her gins and whatnot ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great idea hiding the whisky 

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On 29/11/2020 at 6:22 PM, pete_mac said:

This probably isn't the place for this, but given that it incudes a storage facility for singe malt whisky... why not!

 

One of my COVID projects was the conversion of a 'nook' into a bar (of sorts). Full credit to my wife for motivating me to do it, and for working out the design.

 

Before - a gyprock 'nook' which seemed to have its own gravity, attracting random items from around the house.

 

128605487_289042065845594_141346285053253680_n.thumb.jpg.28630a525f957ab4fb8efc2ef6e41e9e.jpg

 

The nook was demolished, re-lined with gyprock and painted to match the original walls.

 

128580052_1636734039832791_4709583282412318410_n.jpg.8a432f2c8c9ca2c3a1c7a38f947cb9d0.jpg120500013_986154655140956_4113652121560577757_n.thumb.jpg.1a2253e9b3ad1e4aebf9686e4265fc97.jpg

 

128584653_816868472218417_8388937005543362803_n.jpg.082f4917e3a8a5402ed23141b647cab6.jpg

 

We then installed modular cabinetry from IKEA - interestingly they supply BLUM soft-close drawer runners with their stuff these days, which is better than the older generic componentry.

 

The benchtop is a lightweight honeycomb-cored manufactured stone item to match our kitchen benchtops. 

 

I had my first crack at wallpapering, and after some initial cursing due to the confined space and intricacies of working with two inside corners quite close together, she turned out pretty well.

 

The final touches were a a floating shelf and downlight.

 

128621078_373191517306889_1464627898938113590_n.jpg.2e245d593deae6ae9adb7cd8e0ac6853.jpg

 

128608328_3499817300098002_2092147458099965608_n.jpg.28c3c32cd56d7a31ede7d2c993fef369.jpg

 

 

I haven't brought all of the whisky outside from the pantry... just the basic stuff, with the special stuff to come out as/when required. 

 

Very happy with the result, and it's much more interesting than the original 'nook'. Importantly, the whisky bottles appear to be happy in their new home. :)

 

128729207_433302857705462_796012060709599085_n.jpg.ebefc390f1f548bb3d38d93baf27ad21.jpg

125847784_121820539530933_5332698129173634137_n.jpg.a84c8705a90c5c9586b8c1237b437bb8.jpg

 

 

 

Wifey is happy as she also has storage for her gins and whatnot ;)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That looks great! Thanks for sharing.

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My son found this on special at  BWS and picked it up for me, (he's a good boy😁) should be a good one, as i enjoy the Laphroaig Tripple Wood very much and seems to be quite similar with it's description. 👍

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The Lagavulin 16 is a lovely drop - thoroughly enjoyable. A different type of smoke and peat than Laphroaig, and a bit more savoury and leathery. Hope you enjoy it! 

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A couple more additions added to the shelf, ready for the festive season with family n friends 😋🥃👍

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Merry Xmas everyone! 🎄🎊🎉🍷🥃😁😃

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3 hours ago, Mushroom01 said:

A couple more additions added to the shelf, ready for the festive season with family n friends 😋🥃👍

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Merry Xmas everyone! 🎄🎊🎉🍷🥃😁😃

 

Very nice, and Merry Christmas!!

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Merry Christmas fellow SNAers and whisky aficionados!

 

I popped this lovely Glen Scotia Victoriana last night, and will having a sizeable dram tonight during Christmas shenanigans with my kids. A lovely drop indeed - rich with a creamy, oily mouthfeel and notes of stewed fruits, dark chocolate, salted caramel, and a rich/dark citrus. There's also a mild port-like richness/funk going on too. Perfect for Christmas, and some might say, almost Christmas-cake-like in profile. Non-chill filtered, natural colour, and 51.5%. Stonking value for money at $120 from First Choice Liquor. This is my first Campbelltown malt and I will be buying this again, no question. The Glen Scotia 15 is also well regarded, at slightly lower ABV, but I haven't tried it yet.

 

I believe that Santa might have a special drop for me tomorrow morning... we shall see if I have been naughty or nice! ;)

 

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On 17/12/2020 at 4:16 PM, Mushroom01 said:

should be a good one

 

Lagavulin is my go-to, unless I get distracted by an Ardbeg.

 

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My first SMWS purchase. A review from the Canadian Branch of the SMWS follows:

 

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 GAUZE AND EFFECT from Caol Ila distillery on Islay. The nose is sooty and salty with cured and barbecued meats, but a touch floral as well with a dash of lavender and potpourri mixed in. On the tongue, it is salty, creamy and ashy with charred meats and cooked fruits. Like a mix of oranges and Fisherman’s Friends along with peach and strawberry puree to sweeten it all up. This is another solid young-ish 53. Peated whisky always shows better than unpeated whisky at a young age. Even then: there is no other Islay distillery that we so many very good young single casks come out of. Thank goodness for Caol Ila – may its stills never go silent!

 

When passing this around, the recurring comment is "salt and lozenges".  

 

SWMS is right: there's slight fruit in with the lozenges. Nice! Edited to add: With a piece of Christmas cake, better than nice!

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