Oct 9, 2016

Sullivans Cove Double Cask...

Sullivans Cove Double Cask (40.0%): Another sample from the world whiskies blind tasting led by Raj Sabharwal. It is a Sullivans Cove expression distilled by Tasmania Distillery which is situated in the city of Hobart, Tasmania. The whisky in the bottle is a vat of whiskies matured in French Oak (40%) and American Oak (60%) casks.

Color: Oaked Chardonnay, yellow gold.

Nose: Sweet and grainy... Golden raisins, cookie dough, vanilla extract and glazed orange peel. Noses like a young grain whisky, quite perfumy. Unsalted butter, thin honey and white chocolate drops.

Palate: Chartreuse... Fresh fennel, mint leaves and cumin seeds. Toasted oak staves, unaged grape brandy and bitter greens. It tastes quite young but definitely matured and ready. Creamy and herbal... Fruit cake, butter and cinnamon. Adding water makes it spirit forward which didn't quite work for me.

Finish: Medium long with dried fruits, cinnamon, milk chocolate and white pepper.

Overall: It was my second favorite whisky at our blind tasting after Amrut Fusion and I still think that I was right... It is a great whisky... Fruity and spicy... Young and vibrant but easy to drink and nicely rounded. In the beginning I was a little skeptical about it is being bottled at 40.0% but I think it works quite well. No complaints there. But I wish it was coming with a tad lower price-tag but it is what it is. Definitely worth to look for... Thanks to Raj Sabharwal for the sample.

Price: $125


Oct 1, 2016

23rd Annual The Whisky Extravaganza, Fall 2016...

Well, after a year in Los Angeles I kinda accepted the fact that certain things are not going to be a part of my life in autumn anymore: foliage season, split pea soups, umbrellas, winter jackets and fresh quinces... Hey, but I still have The Whisky Extravaganza Fall Chapter to rescue me... This year The Scotch Malt Whisky Society's six city fall tour kicks off October 20th in Chicago and reaches West Coast in Los Angeles November 3rd..!

Join "tire-bouchon" on November 3rd at Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown, Los Angeles for a great night of whisky samplings, tasty food, premium cigars and tons of fun. It will be an exciting night where latest releases from participating distilleries, blenders and independent bottlers will be poured, brand ambassadors, bloggers and whisky enthusiasts will meet and geek out for a solid two and a half hours. You can get your tickets from The Whisky Extravaganza's website or call simply the number 954 749 8123... When you do that do not forget to use the code "EXTD2016" to claim your 10% discount.

The event starts at 7:00PM and ends at 9:30PM... Put your nice suit on or wear a kilt to make a bolder statement... Always a winner. Don't be late though and make sure to find me to share a dram or two if you can... See you there..!

Sep 29, 2016

Glenmorangie The Original...

Glenmorangie The Original (43.0%): The Original is the entry level bottle of Glenmorangie line-up... The whisky in the bottle is where most of the other regular cask finish expressions of the distillery starts their journey from. It is a ten years old whisky which is matured in only ex-bourbon casks, first and second fills.

Color: Yellow gold, oaked Chardonnay.

Nose: Orange blossom honey, sweet malt and marzipan. Maple muffin, vanilla extract and peach compote. Lemon crystal candy, fresh blood orange wedges and ripe bosc pears. It's sweet, fruity and very pleasant...

Palate: A little thinner mouthfeel than the nose suggested and a tad watery but still rich with tons of fruits: Juicy red plums, concorde pears, white peaches and nectarines. Honeysuckle, vanilla and marzipan. Healthy dose of toasted oak. Starting to get a little bitter and tannic at the end.

Finish: It is definitely more bitter compared to the nose and the palate. Like all of a sudden you realize that everybody left the party and you are all alone on the dance floor drunk with the tannins and oak staves... Ok, there are maybe some honey, dried bitter orange peel and almond peel as well but they keep their distance. Medium long.

Overall: Well, there is no doubt that it is definitely one of the best deals in the market... Also needless to say it has an amazingly satisfying nose for a ten year old whisky and a very decent fruity and vibrant palate. But I wish that the finish wasn't that much of a let down for me... Anyway, at the end it is a great everyday whisky considering its price tag, wide availability and overall taste. One of the bottles you would like to keep in your whisky cabinet or in your bottom desk drawer at work...

Price: $30