May 2009


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This was our Friday Dram members intro bottle to the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and is a 15 y.o. Altmore bottled in May 2008.

Color

Light gold, very bright. Reminds me of a clear tea.

Aroma

The first smell is very unusual, slightly medicinal and quite floral. It deepens out and becomes almost syrupy. Adding water softens the nose, and reduces the sweetness while bring out more of the floral notes. After tasting and getting familiar, the aroma becomes slightly dull.

Flavor

The first hit on the palette is very spicy which builds up into slight lemony caramel notes and finishes very slowly with a syrupy taste and an oily feel building back up to a peppery spice. Subsequent sips add a menthol minty flavour.

Rating

Great long finish, that continues and warms for many minutes even when tasted with water. I really like this, but it is also mostly typical of a highland too. I would be happy to drink this any time, but I think I’ll rate it a 7.5

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So I just looked back here and realized that while traffic has been coming in steadily to the site, I haven’t made a post in almost 18 months. It is time to try and rectify that situation.

Since the last post I have helped a few friends become lovers of good whisky, and a few of us started a Friday Dram Club to round off the week at our office (complete with custom etched glasses – more on that later).
I’m inviting some of these guys to contribute their thoughts to this blog. None of us are experts, but we love learning 🙂

A few minor rules to the club. Each participant should regularly bring in one of their favourite single malts or something unusual to keep the stocks going. Additionally there is a $5 per week donation that every so often is used to buy something special that we might not want to pay for individually. There are

Regarding the donation. This provided us with an outstanding 24 year-old Port Ellen a few months ago, and more recently the delivery of Ardbeg Supernova and the new 25 y.o. Port Askaig. Neither of these are yet opened, and we hope to provide tasting notes soon.

We seem to have around 10 bottles or so in the rotation at any time. In addition to the two listed above, we also have the following

  • Ardmore
  • Balvenie DoubleWood 12y.o.
  • Bowmore Darkest 15y.o.
  • Bowmore Legend
  • Deanston 12y.o.
  • Glenfarclas 12y.o.
  • Highland Park 12y.o.
  • Ilse of Jura
  • Lagavulin 16 y.o.
  • Scapa 14y.o.

That is it for now.