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Dayum! Way more than I thought!

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Well folks, I am having serious shooting withdrawal symptons so I'm contemplating the hunting trips I can't have as the home renovations and tax man suck the life out of my bank balance.

Still, I got the M12 out for a "fondle" earlier and I'm having a Glenlivet now in front of the fire.

Rifle club range day tomorrow but apparently we are getting a tree and decorating it...

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Dayum! Way more than I thought!


I suggest we try them ALL...
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If we try them all on the same day, my liver will explode.  In the grand scheme of things, that is not a bad way to go.

Speaking of trying: someone brought me a bottle of Nikka's Miyagikyo.  I thought it was absolutely excellent.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

If we try them all on the same day, my liver will explode.  In the grand scheme of things, that is not a bad way to go.

Speaking of trying: someone brought me a bottle of Nikka's Miyagikyo.  I thought it was absolutely excellent.

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The Japanese have made a full commitment to single malt production and they are doing a very good job, though many of the Japanese single malts are one-dimensional... there is a blast of one feature, then it is just gone.  Plus, they are hard to get at times and mostly above average cost... some VERY above average.  There is currently a shortage, due to a lack of anticipation of demand (which means a lot of people like them), but that shortage will only last a few years.  The Japanese distilleries are committed to "catching up".  The biggest problem right now is that due to various international laws, not all Japanese whiskey is Japanese whiskey... they are importing inferior distillations to rebottle and sell as "Japanese".  Legal, but unethical.  Caveat emptor...
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Greetings and Merry Christmas, fellow lovers of fine spirits!

I treated myself to an early Christmas present and wanted to share my impressions of same.

If you've read previous posts I've made in this thread, you may have picked up on the fact I've become quite a fan of Kilchoman single malt Scotch. Overall, this small distillery is my favorite among those on the island of Islay, Scotland. I want to once again thank Mr. Koshkin for first recommending Kilchoman to me over a year ago. Their stuff has the typical, powerfully smoky-peaty flavor that Islay whiskies are known for but their peaty flavor is somehow different from that of other Islay distilleries in a way i can't really describe but recognize immediately. 

It's kind of ironic that I love Kilchoman so much, given that early on in my Scotch journey, I truly disliked peated whisky. Over time, my tastes have evolved and I appreciate both peated and unpeated styles of Scotch. Good whisky is good whisky.

So, on to the subject of this post: Kilchoman "Loch Gorm."



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Loch Gorm is an annual limited-release from Kilchoman, with only 15,000 bottles (thus far) in each year's release. It is the only offering from Kilchoman that is 100% matured in ex-sherry casks. Based on my positive experiences with other Kilchoman versions, I've been searching in local stores for this stuff for a long time and never found any, so I finally broke down and ordered some online. My sample is the 2018 release. According to the tag that accompanied the bottle, Loch Gorm 2018 edition "is a vatting of nineteen oloroso sherry butts filled in 2007, 2008 and 2011, bottled in Spring 2018."

In general, 100% sherry cask-aged single malts are my favorite, whether peated or un-peated, and I really love the combination of flavors that a peated 100% sherry cask aged single malt usually provides -- smoky- sweet, spicy, and fruity. This one delivers. This same formula is the reason I also like most offerings from Highland Park, for example.

I always have a hard time with describing a whisk(e)y I've tried to others. I tend to think most tasting notes I read on blogs and spirits review websites are extremely pretentious-sounding, with their very arcane, cringe-worthy, elitist descriptions of things that almost nobody can relate to...honeyed dark fruit compote, chocolate ganache, spiced sultanas, warm toasted Christmas cake, dewy spring honeysuckle...give me a break! It's as if the mystical elixir being described is so transcendent that one must pass a sophistication exam before purchase is allowed and must only drink while wearing a tuxedo, being careful to adequately inhale the vapors for a spell and swirl the magic nectar around in one's mouth for several minutes prior to swallowing. I cringe when I hear a goodly portion of the commonly used "highfalutin" terms that snobby reviewers tend to use when worshipping the tiny splash of precious liquid in their dainty drinking glasses - "palate," "expression," "mouthfeel," "cloying," "chewy," "arrival," etc.  

Nevertheless, on the other end of the spectrum, saying "it's really good" isn't very helpful either, so it is with that conflict and reluctance that I offer my tasting description of Loch Gorm 2018. This is what my nose and taste buds tells my brain. As is the nature of tastes, others will undoubtedly have a different experience.

Nose: typical peat smoke, with a kind of "musty" earthy-like quality rather than a more "campfire-like" smell you get with some other peated Scotch. Strange as it sounds, I say "musty" not in a negative way. The peat smell is complemented by sweet honey, cherry, and orange/citrus smells.

Taste: typical Kilchoman signature peat taste but again more "musty" than other Kilchoman versions, combined with almonds, raisins, cherries, honey, malt, and a cookie dough-like flavor. It also has a peppery spiciness in the mix.

Finish: again, typical Kilchoman peat smoke with a biscuit-like note, and more of the same flavors you get initially, fading out sweet and peppery.

Overall, a good mix of smoky and sweet, typical of what you'd expect with an entirely sherry cask-aged Islay region Scotch.

I believe this is my favorite version of Kilchoman so far, slightly edging out "Sanaig." I haven't tried any previous release of Loch Gorm, so I have no idea how the 2018 release compares to previous years' versions, but this stuff really does it for me! The best Kilchoman I've tried means it's in the upper eschelon of Scotch that I've tried. This stuff just makes me think of sitting around a campfire at night during the Christmas holidays.

Merry Christmas to me!
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Long time blended whiskey drinker. Been tasting single malt scotch whiskey lately and settled on speyside. Been reading lots of threads on Makers Mark Kentucky straight bourbon, so yesterday I bought a bottle. That is good. Different taste than blended whiskey but very good. I see there are other versions of Makers Mark and am wondering versions you like and why.
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Welcome to OT, Mr. Tomson!

Which Speyside Scotch to you prefer?

I do like Maker's Mark pretty well. I prefer some other bourbons more, but would never turn down a glass of Maker's.
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Anybody know anything about "Basil Hayden's" bourbon?

A friend gave me a bottle for my birthday. I like it.
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I like it and have more than a few of the copper bands lying around. 
It has a nice spicy finish from the rye in the mash.
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Originally posted by BeltFed BeltFed wrote:

Anybody know anything about "Basil Hayden's" bourbon?

A friend gave me a bottle for my birthday. I like it.


Yes, Basil Hayden’s is one of my favorite bourbons. It has a large % of rye in the mash along with the corn, which gives BH a bit of spiciness to complement the sweetness of the corn mash.

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