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#50351 - 20/05/17 10:02 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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Hi Raymond,
I guess Dave is well birthday drammed up at the Shebeen, and unable to answer. The AMX is a car he has been restoring for the last 30 years. I have a pic of it but can’t find it.
Here is a link.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMC_AMX

Cheers, Rab.

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#50352 - 21/05/17 01:42 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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Hi Rab,

I'm​ wondering what you think of Martin's 22 year old Braes of Glenlivet, I don't normally comment on this site but your opinions​ on Whiskybroker bottlings are very useful for me . I've made several purchases​ based on what you have to say.

Anyway best wishes from South Wales and keep the reviews coming!

Kind regards

Robert

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#50354 - 21/05/17 10:01 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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Hi Robert,

Glad to hear my tasting notes are of use, and hope they haven’t induced you buy something not to your liking.
Like book reviews, tasting notes should be used as a barometer of a given individual’s likes and dislikes.
Martin’s Braes of Glenlivet is a nice dram.
The colour is amber, and the body is light to medium.
The nose without water is distinctly liquorice, and the palate is Pontefract Cakes but very sweet with light fruits.
A dash of water brings out mint and pine sawdust, and the palate is old fashioned humbugs.
The finish is medium to long, and is light and fruity with a fair amount of vanilla.
I would class this as a medium light summer dram, but if you do not like liquorice, the nose may put you off.
It is quite a distinctive bottling, and pleasant if you like liquorice and humbugs.

Cheers ‘n’ beers, Rab.

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#50356 - 21/05/17 11:17 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Raymondo]
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Hi Raymond,
Got back from the Shebeen a couple of hours ago. The car behaved well, a 600 km return trip.
The car is an American Motors 1970 AMX, a two seater sport coupe that I purchased in the spring of 1979, 47 yrs old and I had it for 38 of those yrs. This model was made for three yrs, 68-69-70.
A total of 4116 were made for the 70 model year. It has a 390 cubic inch motor,6.7L,and an auto transmission. Really fun to drive, gets about 21 mpg.
Slainte

Dave N

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#50378 - 15/06/17 09:22 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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I had an early start tonight, having picked up my order from Whiskybrokers at Creetown, Tobermory 22 year old from a sherry butt at 53.6% abv; Glenallachie 8 year old from a sherry butt at 53.9% abv; Glen Moray 9 year old from a bourbon barrel at 55.4 and Glenrothes 20 year old from a hogshead at 52.4% abv.
Martin and I chatted about Tobermory, and agreed that their whisky doesn’t always set the heather on fire, and is often very samey, so I decided to try the Tobermory first.
The body is medium, colour is russet and this one has a sweet spicy nose.
First thoughts on the palate was sweet marmalade and orange peel, and a dash of water brought out the sherry notes and ripe fruit.
The finish for me is medium to long with the spicy aftertaste easing off to a zesty tang.
I think in a blind tasting few would pick it out immediately as a Tobermory.
It is a lovely dram, and something I could sit and sip all night quite happily.

Next in the glass was the Glenrothes, and as usual I expected something special at the age and abv.
Maybe I set the Glenrothes bar too high, but I was a bit disappointed with this one.
The body is good, the colour is gold and the nose is lemon and vanilla.
The palate light fruit, but it feels thin and watery in the mouth.
A dash of water didn’t enhance it any for me, if fact it became more peppery and lost the fruity tang.
The finish is shortish and nippy.
It isn’t a bad dram by any means, just not to my taste.
Maybe I have had too many really good Glenrothes over the last year, and was looking for too much from this one.
The winner tonight is the Tobermory.

I will be sitting down to the Glenallachie and the Glen Moray tomorrow night. I had a sneakie of each earlier, and must admit I am looking forward to the Glen Moray.

Cheers, HRH Rab.

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#50379 - 16/06/17 08:49 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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Tonight I started with the Glen Moray. The body is full, sticks all around the glass. The nose is full. Vanilla, sweet candy floss, and lots of floral notes.
On the palate there is oranges and spicy caramel. Water knocks out fruity tastes and opens up the vanilla and floral elements.
The finish with water is much shorter, light, slightly salty and spicy.
I wouldn’t recommend too much water with this dram.
I would put this as an aperitif pre- dinner dram, light and fresh with the minimum of water to open it up.

Last of Martin’s new bottlings is the young Glenallachie from a sherry butt.
I have to admit, this is the one I was looking forward to, and believe me, it doesn’t disappoint.
Most of the private Glenallachie bottlings are from specialists who find very old casks, but this is a bit of an enigma, as it is only eight years old, and from a sherry butt.
The colour is deep gold to russet, the body is medium to full, and the palate is just incredible.
Sherry, very ripe fruits, fly cemetery springs to mind (fruit slice) and plum pie.
A dash of water smoothes the harsh edges of this young dram, and I predict this little gem would qualify as a sherry monster if left for another eight years in the same butt.
You don’t find too many distillery bottlings of Glenallachie, so the private bottlings are those to look out for.
Of Martin’s new offerings, I put this one top of the list, but it is relatively young, has a harsh edge, and may not appeal to everyone.
I will be back for another case, maybe two, so if you really want to try a young, sherried, rarely bottled whisky, get your order in fast.

Cheers, HRH Rab.

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#50391 - 10/07/17 08:43 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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In the glass for starters tonight is 24 year old Tormore from Martin at Whiskybroker, bottled at 47.4% abv.
The colour is pale gold, and it is full bodied, sticking well to the glass when swirled.
The nose is very light and spirity, slightly earthy with a touch of vanilla and sweetness.
The palate is caramel and brown sugar but there is a peppery taste in the background.
A dash of water softens the nose even more, releasing hints of lemon.
The palate becomes even sweeter and it has a silky feel in the mouth.
The finish is medium to long with the white pepper staying on the tongue.
Quite a sophisticated dram, easy to drink, but be careful not to splash in too much water. I overdid it to begin with and brought it back under control with a generous top up from the bottle.
I will try the 21 year old at 46.8% abv tomorrow night. I also have Martin’s 12 year old Bruichladdich and his 26 year old Tomatin to try later on.
Missed out on the sherried Bruichladdich unfortunately, however if everything else is as pleasing as the Tormore, I will be happy.

Cheers ‘n’ beers, Rab (HRH)

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#50415 - 04/08/17 11:20 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
Wee Rab Offline
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I finally got around to trying The Dublin Liberties Copper Alley tonight. I wish I had bought a bottle sooner. I will be buying another couple fairly soon.
The six months in an Oloroso sherry cask has resulted in a wonderful sweet Irish Whiskey.
I also bought a bottle of Dunville’s 10 year old finished in a PX cask. It is pleasant, but for me, not a patch on the Copper Alley.
Both are worth a try if you haven’t already tried them.

Cheers ‘n’ beers, HRH Rab.

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#50423 - 27/08/17 04:04 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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By co-incidence I've just tasted the remnants of a bottle of the Dunville's (Three Crowns) Special Liqueur Whisky. Note the spelling on the label has no "Y" It's an Irish whiskey from an unknown date in the middle of the 20 century and is quite expensive because of its' rarity rather than its' excellence. So the two remaining bottles which I have shall remain unopened. Like quite a few rare whiskys the price as defined by auction prices peaked a few years ago and has dropped back a bit. It was bottled at 70* proof and so should perhaps under modern legislation no-longer be termed whisky. The remnants of my bottle are unmistakably Irish but have a weak sherrish taste that does nothing for me.
The company Dunvilles of course went into receivership in 1937 but some of their whiskey is believed to have been bottled in the mid 1950's.
As to your bottle Rab, it is the creation (although not distillation) of the new Echlinville distillery and I played a small part in the selection of the first few casks to be bottled. The whisky selected had spent a short time in PX casks before being bottled and winning quite a prestige price in San Francisco about three years back on its first outing.

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#50425 - 30/08/17 08:27 PM Re: What's in the Glass..... [Re: Anonymous]
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In the glass right now is Martin’s latest ‘Laddie, an 11 year old from a sherry hogshead, bottled at 55.7% abv.
The colour, unsurprisingly, is a dark ruby red, it is full bodied, clinging high on the glass when swirled.
The nose is light and sweet, sherry flavoured candy floss.
The initial palate is very spirity and hot on the tongue settling down to a warm sherry tone.
A dash of water changes this dram completely.
The sweet nose disappears to be replaced with an earthy smell, vegetables and damp sacking.
The palate calms down and only the sherry notes stop it verging on the bland side.
The finish is fairly long with hints of light spice and sherry.
A bit disappointing for me, but I am sure the ‘Laddie brigade will be happy to have it on the shelf.
I preferred the 12 year old bourbon cask offering from the last set of bottlings.

Cheers ‘n’ beers, Rab.

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