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Glenrothes 1995 (Bottled 2013)


Glenrothes 1995 (Bottled 2013) Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol, mix of 70% refill cask and 30% sherry treated cask aging
Price – $115
Color – Light straw
Nose – Malt, apples, and pear
Palate – From the well recognized Speyside distillery, Glenrothes, which makes the backbone of the Cutty Sark blend. This mild-mannered single malt is honey sweet and light. Warm rye bread and pepper open up at the half-way point. Dry oak and a cashew nuttiness. But it is fruity as well with white peaches and lime zest. Whole cinnamon sticks and deep barrel char warm it up while a fresh heather note tone it down. Subtle and pleasant, a real charming drink sip after sip.

Glenrothes 1995 (Bottled in 2013) Tastes Like:

  1. Cardhu 12 Year Old (90%)
  2. Edradour 10 Year Old – 1999 Sauternes Cask (88%)
  3. Breckenridge Bourbon (86%)

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Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner


Bowmore 15 Year Mariner Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol
Price – $100 for 1 Liter
Color – Mid amber
Nose – Peat and apples
Palate – Balancing tastes that typically seem to be in opposition with each other is no easy task. But contradiction plays in the favor of this polite Islay sipper. Light and sweet, but still has the full backbone of rich ashy peat smoke. Some dry oak and must at the finish. Apple peels brighten up the mid-palate and counteract the briny sea-side quality. As this one opens, it brings in more raw honey sweetness and a touch more woody oak.

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner Tastes Like:

  1. Ardbeg 10 Year Old (89%)
  2. Old Ballantruan – The Peated Malt (89%)
  3. Yoichi 12 Year Old (88%)

 


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Michter’s US*1 American Whiskey


Michter's US*1 American Whiskey Visual Taste Profile

Stats – 41.7% alcohol, small batch unblended american whiskey, aged in used bourbon barrels, KY.
Price – $40
Color – Deep reddish amber
Nose – Sweet corn and cereal
Palate – A bourbon must be aged in new white oak barrels, since this whiskey was aged in barrels previously used it doesn’t qualify to be named a bourbon. But as Shakespeare noted “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, and in spirit this whiskey holds up to most any bourbon. Sweet and citrusy right up front. The body fills out with floral heather and grassy notes. This has a little rye spice rounding out the profile at the back end. A slight astringency dries out the finish. This has lots of bold and well rounded bourbon flavors. Parting is such sweet sorrow…

Michter’s US*1 tastes like:

  1. Buffalo Trace (94%)
  2. Aberfeldy 21 Year (94%)
  3. Singleton 12 Year (92%)

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Kilchoman – Loch Gorm


Kilchoman - Loch Gorm Visual Taste Profile

Stats – 46% alcohol, aged 5 years in Oloroso sherry casks, Islay
Price – $85
Color – Straw
Nose – Smoky peat and biscuits
Palate – As expected from “Islay’s farm distillery” it is rich and smoky with a good dose of diesel peat and coastal seaweed iodine character. But this is no one-trick-pony, it is also sweet, smooth, and has a slight baked apple quality as well. While it is undeniably an island scotch, it is tame and drinkable at 92 proof. While this may diminish some of the deeper and richer flavors you would find in a cask strength Kilchoman, the sherry cask maturation fills in a lot of this whisky’s well rounded sweet and fruity flavors. This one is just more evidence that when it come to whisky, heavy peating and sherry cask aging go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm tastes like:

  1. Port Charlotte – An Turas Mor (90%)
  2. Bruichladdich – Octomore Comus (87%)
  3. Port Charlotte – The Peat Project (86%)

 


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Tincup


Tincup Whiskey Taste ProfileStats – 42% alcohol, MGP whiskey bottled in Denver, CO
Price – $27
Color – Mid amber
Nose – Light and sweet, slighty fruity and melon
Palate – The whiskey news has been bringing a few things to the forefront in the last couple of weeks as well as raising a few questions to whiskey consumers, like: “Who’s making this stuff?” Unfortunately many new craft distilleries are concentrating on marketing more than distilling. Brands like Templeton have come under fire for sourcing there booze from large industrial distilleries (MGP is a large eaxample) and reselling it under their own label. This is exactly what Tincup does as well. While adding “pure rocky mountain water” and bottling it in Denver passes as making it a Colorado product, it was still distilled in Indiana. But, I think this draws some undue focus, after all I think savvy consumers will agree that they are more concerned with how a whiskey tastes than its pedigree.

On that note, Tincup has figs and brown sugar that make it warm and sweet. There’s also a good dose of cinnamon sticks. Dried apricots and cherries round out the fruity side with dry oak tannins and citrus peel keeping everything in balance. A sherry sweetness and an oily nuttiness add some dimension. The low alcohol content keeps this whiskey easy to drink and the price tag makes it easy to enjoy!

Tincup Whiskey Tastes Like:

  1. Jefferson’s Reserve – Very Old (91%)
  2. Sullivans Cove – Double Cask (91%)
  3. Four Roses – Single Barrel (86%)

 


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