Elements of Islay LP8

53.5% alc./vol.
Distilled in 1998, this Laphroaig opus is composed of three Ex-Madeira Wine cask.

André 86.5%
Black cherries, figs and raisins, blood oranges, citrus fruits, honey cereals, diaphanous veil of iodized earthy smoke. The palate is medicinal and fruity; dried fruits, black cherries, oranges, plums, raisins. Medicinal elements and roundness in the mouth, roofing pitch, earthy peat, sea salt, camphor and vanilla-flavored vanilla and honey lozenges, antiseptic, but the texture is oily and feminine. Camphor, maritime and spicy cinnamon finish. A good Laphroaig, singular but 280 $ for a 500ml ... No way.

Patrick 94%
Oh that's good, a very intense Laphroaig, but so well balanced that it looks almost sweet. I love. Nose: Impressive, a Laphroaig where sherry almost takes over. In short, sweet sherry, chocolate, beautiful peat smoke and a hint of pepper. Palate: Finally, we find in the mouth the beautiful peat smoke typical of Laphroaig, pepper, burnt wood and sweet sherry to marry everything. Finish: A good length, salty and smoky, with a subtle touch of sweet fruit.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Cutty Sark 25 years old

45.7% alc./vol.

André 87%
Beautiful creaminess brought by vanilla, paired with a palpable tranquility brought by the quarter of a century spent in cask. Dates, fruitcake, heated caramel, old cherries, apples. The intensity of the mouth destabilizes a bit with the powerful arrival and its smoke notes of hearth ash, pepper and bitter dark chocolate. Once these flavors are assimilated, notes of dried fruit and burnt caramel, salt and anise, pout of coffee bodum, oranges to close on hints of oak a little dry and cinnamon, clove. Finale dry and bitter, dark chocolate and dry oak. Thanks to Eric for sharing this bottle.

Kirkland Signature Premium Small Bourbon Batch 7 years

51.5% alc./vol.
Batch T-1796. Distilled and bottled in Tennessee

Patrick 91%
Ok, in terms of surprise, it's hard to beat. An excellent whiskey, with everything you would expect from a bourbon, like "textbook-bourbon". Wow. You have to try it to believe it. Nose: A superb sweet and juicy bourbon perfume with vanilla, molasses and some spices. Very appetizing. Palate: Beautiful spices of rye, some burnt wood, brown sugar, molasses, a note of discreet smoke and a little citrus. Wow. Unbelievable. Finale: Of a beautiful length, spicy, smoke and woody.

Martin 86.5%
Nose: shy aromas, though typical of American whiskey. Dominance of vanilla, corn and wood. Some stewed fruits and a little honey. Light wood glue and earth cherry. Alcohol level lives up to expectations. Palate: Vanilla, honey, wood and spicy maple water. Corn firmly in the foreground. Very little subtlety, however. Finish: Hot and spicy, strongly marked by vanilla, earthy cherry and charred oak board. Balance: A bourbon more than honest. An extraordinary nose, some clumsiness in the mouth, but even if it is rather punches, I would live well with the fact of being able to get it at Costco.

Loch Lomond Original

40% alc./vol.

André 77%
Lemon notes, pineapple and almonds, fresh vanilla bean and caramel, honey cereals. Overall very generic. The palate is liquid, creamy with vanilla flavor, citrus, oranges, apricots, pears, dried cereals topped with a hint of honey, almonds, ginger. Short finish without passion, notes of citrus and pineapple, pears and apricots with a spicy touch.

Patrick 84%
A superb set of flavors, very well balanced, but almost ruined by a too short finish, probably because of the dilution. The whiskey could have scored very hard if we had been less cheap and had it bottled at 46%. Nose: The kind of aromas I like in a whiskey, with a nice subtle mix of malt, spices, oak, peat smoke, salt and sugar. Palate: Peat smoke, oak, subtle fruit, salt, generously sprinkled with spices. The texture is a little watery, but the set still offers a nice intensity. Final: Too short, subtly smoky, woody and spicy.

Pendery Gold Line Sherrywood Welsh Single Malt

46% alc./vol.

Patrick 79%
Almost good. Almost. Nose: Delicate scent of sherry, with hints of milk chocolate. Mouth: Ok, as always with Penderyn, it's on the palate that it takes the edge. It starts with beautiful notes of aged whiskey in a sherry barrel, then we have the typical metal notes of the distillery. Finale: A beautiful length, marked by fruits and metal.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 16 years 2001-2017

50% alc./vol.
742 bottles.

Patrick 90%
A big fat Laphroaig that will not disappoint, at least until the credit card account arrives. No but 400 $ for a 16 years, do not know the value of the money to buy that. Nose: The typical dirty peat smoke. In fact, perhaps more filthy than usual, kind of old engine grease and a hockey pocket after the playoffs. Mouth: Always the beautiful big dirty peat, with a good dose of coal and motor oil, with also beautiful spices. Finale: Of a beautiful length, very smoked and spicy.

Loch Lomond 18 years old

46% alc./vol.

André 78%
Honey cereals, oranges, fruit jam, peaches, apple pie, citrus fruits, apricots, honey melon. The nose is superb, the fruit intense and well tied. It spoils in the mouth, with notes of odd wet cardboard and a dose of pepper quite intense. Well sweet all the same, fruit salad syrup, orange pods, chocolate, pepper, wild fruit jam, anise, ginger, eucalyptus-flavored flu-smashing candy. Flavors almost musky. Sweet powder from Bazooka gum packaging. Peppery finish and dry on oak wood, the limit a little tannic too. An unstoppable whiskey with an attractive nose but an unbalanced mouth and amalgam of dubious flavors.

Patrick 88%
A good whiskey, surprising, tasty and a little original. Nose: Light peat smoke, with ripe fruits and a good dose of cereals. Palate: Peat smoke, barley and unobtrusive notes of ... Boiled vegetables? Finale: Of a beautiful and spicy length.

Bowmore Vintage Distillation 1984 Limited Edition

58.8% alc./vol.
Limited edition of 2208 bottles, bottled in 2000.

André 77.5%
At first glance, it impresses a vintage Bowmore 84 but it hides a surprise. What a homecoming, I feel to return to my first bottlenecks of the distillery with this floral flavor. This is definitely an edition that will not please everyone, singular and powerful violet fragrance. Sea nose, dried sea salt on the pebbles strolling on the beach, soap gum, violet, soapy sherry, distant peat smoke, a little dusty too. Powerful on the palate, alcohol grows quickly as well as it softens with the notes of soap gum perfumed with violet from which salted maritime reminders and offshore winds. Final punch of sea salt and crushed pepper, strong alcohol. One of the weirdest bowmore ever ... uniform, questionable flavor arrangement, balance more than questionable. The taste of peppery soap gum is destabilizing in ti-sin.

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