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Elijah Craig Small Batch

This "no age statement" expression replaced the 12 year old Elijah Craig in 2016.  The nose has vanilla, popcorn and toasted oak.  Oily and peppery on palate, a little honey but not as sweet as nose suggests. Not as balanced as I would like but a little water helped and brought up some caramel sweetness and apple tartness.

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  • Sunday, 28 October 2012 16:23

    What's new Pussycat?

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    Well I have finally completed my website "upgrade" and if you are reading this then it has gone live.  So what's new?  Well as I mentioned in an earlier blog I removed all "scores" from my whisky reviews.  I won't repeat my reasons here but if you are interested you can read it at http://www.somanywhiskies.com/blog/item/379-whisky-in-the-wild-why-i-won’t-be-scoring-whiskies-anymore.

    I made three other changes.  First I added a Whisky Timeline which is pretty self explanatory but I don't just cover whisky events as I feel to understand the development and history of whisky it is important to see it in context of other events.  I have focussed on the history of UK, Ireland and the USA and their whiskies (apologies to Canada and Japan) but I am sure over time I will be able to build out a global timeline.  I have used several references in building the timeline and from time to time applied some of my own subjectivity, but if you have suggestions, corrections or questions please reach out to me through the Contact Us link and we can discuss.   I still have much to add but wanted to draw a line under it and "go live" so you can expect it to develop further over next few weeks.

    I have also decided to try and review all 101 whiskies from Ian Buxton's latest book "101 World Whiskies to Try Before you Die" and I will track that on the So Many Whiskies web page as well.  I really enjoyed the challenge of finding all 101 from his first book and so I have taken on the next book.  I suspect this will be a lot harder to complete (I guess it will take at least 18 months) and in some cases finding the exact expression from the book may also be difficult but where I have to make a judgement call,  as I am sure I will from time to time, I will be transparant in the review and I may also go to the source itself, Ian Buxton who has been very gracious to me in his communications, and get his "official approval" that I did indeed complete the list.  I am also going to enlist some help from my whisky buddy Jeff, whom I met on WhiskyCast Virtual tastings, and will share our thoughts on these whiskies.

    Finally I added a Tastings tab.  I hope to start running whisky tasting events, maybe a club, in Houston (and who knows where else) going forward and will post pictures and details of these events on this page.  Nothing is firm or scheduled yet but if you are interested please get in touch.

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    Cardhu 12 year old

    This was actually the first distillery we visited when we moved to Scotland in 2009, however they could not take us on a tour for over an hour so we went to Glenfiddich instead and the rest is history.  I never went back to Cardhu and it has taken a long time to actually get round to tasting this expression so I was very happy to find it in my mini bar during a recent business trip to Spain.  I was even happier when I drank it, and yet happier still when the next morning another botttle appeared in my mini bar like a gift from the tooth fairy.  Apparently it is a very popular Scotch in Spain.  The nose is honey sweet, malty grains, lemon and some oak.  The taste is quite smooth, not hot, but a little oaky.  Behind the oak is some more lemon and herbal, even piney, note.  The oak also carries into the finish along with some honey.  With water the taste gets a little sweeter and I also found a nice chocolate note and the finish gets a little peppery and the wood turns smokey (not peat... just woodsmoke) .  Because of the wood and pepper I think this one stands up well to water (and I suspect ice) and perhaps that is reason for its popularity in the hotter Spainish climate where I guess locals drinks with water and ice?