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The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve

I always find myself so drawn to rum influenced whisky that there is a part of me that thinks maybe I should just drink rum? Anyway this no age statement variation on the theme is bottled at 40% ABV and pretty good value at under $40 in bottle (in Texas anyway). The nose is sweet and fruity with perhaps the tell-tale Glenlivet pineapple notes lurking in the background. The taste starts sweet as well with toffee and brown sugars and I found quite oily. I don’t get fresh fruits but more candy fruit flavors, like Starburst or boiled sweets. The finish balances out the sweetness with bitter citrus oil and peel, essential oils and woody tannins. A little water turns the oily mouthfeel into something more creamy and brings out some banana notes. Really good value.

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  • Saturday, 22 December 2012 10:30

    Cheers! Merry Christmas! Etc! Etc!

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    Welcome to what will be my final blog entry of 2012, my first full year of www.somanywhiskies.com.  If you are reading this then the world did not end on December 21st 2012 and I now have to rush out and buy all my Christmas presents (in the event of world destruction I had hoped to save a few bucks, afterall every cloud has a silver lining).  So this entry, like a 25ml measure of Drambuie will be short and sweet.   I am writing this sitting in the excellent Great Scots Bar of the Cameron House Hotel (a bar that will help me cross off at least 3 more scotch whiskies off my list of 101 World Whiskies to Try later today) overlooking the bonny, bonny banks of Loch Lomond.  The weather?  As the seasonal song goes... "the weather outside is frightful" but there is no snow, just a constant dreich of rain.    So with the scene set (the world did not end and it is raining in Scotland - no big surprises here) I wanted to do some end of year housekeeping and post the obligatory and cliched  "best drams of 2012" and with a shocking twist, I will also point out some of the less sucessful drams as well.   These are not necessarily my "favorite" drams  but those that really exceeded expectations and / or delivered really good value that I tried for the first time in 2012.  I apologise to those many fine products that I did not include in list below, all omissions and errors are entirely fault of author.   Cheers!

    My first Australian single malt... blew me away: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/449-sullivans-cove-port-barrel

    Number 2 is a rum... yes a rum. That's how good it is: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/405-brugal-1888-gran-reserva-familiar

    Close to whisky perfection: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/263-highland-park-40-year-old

    I thought I knew Red Breast... then I tried Cask Strength: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/353-red-breast-12-year-old-cask-strength

    Great people making a very good Texas whisky: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/364-ranger-creek-36-texas-bourbon

    One of my highlights on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/218-wild-turkey-rare-breed

    And now some memorable for all the wrong reasons...

    Please Mayan gods, even if world doesn't end, please at least end the white whisky fad: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/363-georgia-moon

    I bought in a gas station, say no more: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/408-heaven-hill-kentucky-blended-whisky

    Really Canada... I know you can do so much better: http://www.somanywhiskies.com/reviews/item/268-seagrams-seven-crown

     

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    Tasted this at an Ardbeg Committee meeting in Houston in December 2011, and will revisit for more detailed tasting notes in the future but was perhaps my least favorite in the Ardbeg range (which I love but someone has to be last).  This has a high ABV at 57.1% and I found the nose dominated by alcohol at first and then the peat comes through.  Alcohol also dominates the taste at first, before the balancing sweetness and fruit I associated with Ardbeg can be found.   It is quite smokey in the finish but not hugely complex, I even got some new make spirit type notes.  With a little water the alcohol is subdued and some more subtle chocolate and spice notes are there.  For my palate I just feel there are better Ardbeg options out there.