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Mortlach 12 year old

The nose on 43.4% expression is very floral with some wheaty breakfast biscuits and spicy notes.  The taste is very smooth with baked spiced apples (maybe even slightly burnt) caramel and honey.  The finish has some slow building heat along with some Bovril (salty / meaty) notes.  Reminded me of good Texas barbeque brisket with strong spice bark.  Overall a ittle too much burnt, salty and bitter notes with not enough sweetness to balance it for me. 

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  • Friday, 15 March 2013 23:51

    Tennessee: The Perfect Birthday Gift

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    What do you give the man who has everything (well everything he wants) for his birthday?  If you are my wife you allow him to take his family to Tennessee for his birthday / spring break and visit both of the major distilleries working today.  Below are the links to my distillery tour notes and I have to say while Tennessee whisky has largely failed to impress me to date, I think that is changing now.  Some of Dickel products in particular impressed and I will post some tasting notes shortly. 

     

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/537-george-dickel-cascade-hollow-tennessee

    http://www.somanywhiskies.com/distilleries/item/536-the-jack-daniel-distillery-lynchburg-tennessee

     

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    Knockando Master Reserve 21 year old

    This was one of those great surprises that makes trying new whisky so much fun.  Peering across the bar of a hotel in France I saw this sitting on the back shelf (I like to think forgotten and unloved) and ordered one.  I was really glad I did.  The nose was dominated by sherry, fruits and a little malt as well.  The taste had lots of toffee and milk chocolate and was very smooth.  I wrote down "like eating a Rolo while sniffing sherry".  There was also some familiar sherried whisky spices.  The finish was (as you might expect) drying and even slightly disapointing.  The dry oakiness turned almost bitter, like the more acrid smoke notes from a bonfire.  Not sure I would ever buy a bottle but will definately help you drink yours if you decide to buy one.