It's Thirsty Thursday and boy does @whiskyadventurer know how to stage a photo! He has some great notes and also a reminder that what people like is so individual, so it's worth giving something new a try. Also this Double Maturation packaging is a bit different in the U.S.
🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 Today I'm Doctor Who and I'll be traveling through time a little bit. I'll go back to somewhere in March when I tasted a truly remarkable peated whisky: #Laphroaig 10yo, the #CaskStrength version. If you like peat, medicine and could lay down on with your face stuck in to the Islay ground, this is for you 😉. This edition is sold on batches, and legends has it that the 007 has license to kill (your peat eagerness and curiosity at least 😁). Bottled at 56,3% ABV, this whisky gifts our noses with a several sea-like aspects (seaweed, sea breeze and salt), peat, medicine, moist morning soil, grains and cereals. The most awesome part is when there's no more liquid on your glass and you obey your curiosity of sniffing the inside of it: a delicious scent of burnt wood in the wilderness, just like a camp fire. The herbs seem to have burned with the log and you get a perfumed smell. To the palate, a good peat, herbs and spices mixed with a toasted bread. A great blaze comes to set your tongue aflame, but not to worry coz the herbs are very refreshing and they placate that feeling that you've become a fire breathing dragon. Differently than the regular 10yo, this whisky does not exaggerates on the medicinal touch, making it enormously pleasurable instead of nauseating. The finish is long, warm and herbal. There's an aftertaste of medicine that intrigues you and compels you onto trying it again, mostly because it's so refreshing it seems like you've brushed your teeth 😁. On an overall balance I wouldn't say this is a complex whisky, but that the regular diluted 10yo is pedestrian nearby this beauty. Whatever complexity was in here got washed away afterwards and that's a shame. On the other hand, I understand that this version, alongside other cask strength whiskeys, is very difficult to conquer regular folks minds due to its burning characteristics. Nevertheless, I think this is a great whiskey, worth buying and worth having at all times. I'm looking forward to pursue this whisky whenever and wherever. How about you malt mates, what are you up to this weekend?! #Slainte !
📸 credit: @samuelwhisky_visomalskarpunsch
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Fettercairn 29 yo 1989/2017 Maltbarn №75 48.9% - 154 bottles released, ex-bourbon cask.
Nose: dry, slightly mineral, some mashy and malty notes (strange for its age), hint of lime. Gets worse with time.
Taste: oily and powerful with some coal dust.
Finish: at first not so evident but it comes after a short pause.
Overall: first impression was about 85/100, but the nose and taste got worse with time, so I go down to 83/100, which is also not a bad mark at all.
Score = 20 21 21 21, 83/100!
Royal Brackla was the first distillery to receive a royal warrant, way back in 1833. Nowadays they still make good whisky. For example, this 12 year old received a finish in oloroso casks, giving it a sweet and spicy layer.