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Tullibardine 1993 Vintage Edition

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This offering from the self-proclaimed "first distillery of the 20th century" is difficult to find in any one specific vintage. My notes here will reflect my take on the 1993 vintage specifically, though I must state here that having sampled other years and malts from Tullibardine, all possess a similar redeeming quality, as I have yet to encounter any malt from this distillery that has not called me back to the glass with a desire for more.


Nose: Playful vapours of fruit laid out under vanilla and oatmeal tease the senses with what is to come.


Palate: Opening with vanilla and honey, this gives way to round notes of cocoa fused with an underlying hint of orange and oatmeal, all the while remaining mellow, flavourful, and without any pervasive heat. Most certainly this provides the consumer with a mouth feel for those who cannot deal with a warm scotch.


Finish: Delightfully dry and coating. It draws nicely across the palette settling with the cocoa giving way to the fruit vapours first experienced on the nose.


Overall: A truly well rounded scotch with every indication of an unequivocally well finished and masterfully crafted whisky.  Not only is this suitable on its own, it would undoubtedly create a most delightful Athol Brose as well, if one could find the strength within to sacrifice the joy derived from consuming this neat. A character trait that yours truly most certainly does not possess.

Balvenie Signature 12 - David Stewart

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Balvenie's signature offering is aged in Sherry, Bourbon and Refill casks that produce a rich and mellow reward.


Nose: Slight citrus and apple - faint nose, sweetness of caramel. whiffs of cedar and sea salt on the nose

Taste: Soft and viscous on the tongue. Nutty mix with hints of sherry. Musty leather and dark chocolate notes.

Finish: Brief finish, slightly sour. candied fruit. sweetness, peaty vapours.

Overall: Our favorite Balvenie, remarkably smooth and satisfying.

Bacardi Limon Rum - Original Citrus

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On this, the first day of April, my pick is a real treat.  This is a citrus expression of the white spirits family.  Distilled by drunk  communist Cuban children and aged quite sparingly in oak casks.

Bacardi-Limon-lg.jpgNose: Stiff lemon raunch with a vulcanized rubber burn.

Taste:  I get lemon, but it still tastes like white rum.  I suppose this was what they were going for.  According to the officials, there's also lime and grapefruit mixed in there.

Finish:  Surely it's safe to say that I didn't finish it. 

If you find this item among your bottle collection, god help you, but there is hope.  First check the fridge for beer, and if the liquor store is closed, go to the store and get some juice to drown it with.  For the less conservative sorts, the toilet is well designed for disposing of this sour toxin.


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  • Isabelle Gurble commented on The Famous Jubilee, Special Edition Reserve:

    This looks amazing, something my husband would love. His birth is coming up soon as well.

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Hi Sherry, I think you might be outta luck on this one. Only 9000 bottles of this delicious whisky were produced and I'd wager most - if not all - purveyors have been sold out for quite some time now. If you're looking to sample it, I'd recommend visiting your local whisky bar and checking their list of Canadian whisky offerings. Your only other option would be to try and track down someone willing to give up their bottle? I've got one 2oz sample tucked away and, sorry, I'm keeping it all to myself! :) Good luck! Let us know if you find a bottle!

  • Sherry commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    Do you know where I can purchase this item?

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