February 2010 Archives

Glenfiddich 21 Year Old

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gf_21yocr.jpgNose: Raisin, mixed spices (cinnamon & nutmeg), orange zest, espresso, black pepper.

Palate: Smoky musk with a spicy zing, butterscotch, clean mouth feel.

Finish: Hints of chocolate and rum with lingering heat and sugar on finish.

Overall: The nicest off-the-shelf offering from Glenfiddich, aged in Carribbean rum casks providing a unique flavouring. The rum casking complements the smoke without overpowering it. A good choice for those days when you need drams that are a bit more unique yet still familiar.

Isle of Jura 16 yr

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Nose: Sweet malt, oatmeal, toffee and a hint of citrus and ginger.

Smooth and buttery mouth feel, without being oily, and a strong oatmeal presence sweetened by toffee and honey.

A gentle ginger flavoured heat ushers in a long, sweet, buttery finish with a wisp of smoke. 

This is the perfect breakfast or desert dram. Wonderfully smooth and layered; a splash of water reveals more vanilla in the finish while muting the heat. If I were a wealthy man, I'd buy this whisky by the case just so I could pour it on my oatmeal in the morning.
Strongly recommended.

Update on Shackleton's Lost Whisky

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Source: BBC News

Shackleton's whisky recovered from South Pole ice

Five crates of Scotch whisky and brandy belonging to the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton have been recovered after more than 100 years in the ice. They were buried beneath Shackleton's Antarctic hut, built in 1908 for a failed expedition to the South Pole. Some of the crates have cracked and ice has formed inside, which means experts will face a delicate task in trying to extract the contents. (more)


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  • Ryan commented on Isle of Jura 16 yr:

    Picked up the last bottle available at Summerhill a couple weeks back and, my God, I missed this!

    A quick search of the LCBO site doesn't turn up any hits for this 16 yr old. Again, gone too soon!

  • Ryan commented on Aultmore 12 year old :

    Great to hear Gillian P, thanks for the feedback. Considering how fond he is of the Aultmore, I'd suggest looking at aged expressions from the following distillers: Cragganmore, Glen Grant, Glen Elgin, and Aberfeldy. If you can't track those down, let me know and we'll try to find something else ;)

  • Ryan commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    You're embarking on quite the quest; good luck Marc!

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