Sorry for the long delay in posting. There was a fire. A dog ate my notes. There was a flood.....hurricane. Well there was also laziness.
Todd shared a taste of his bottle of Lismore 21 with me. I am foggy on the details but remember it is finished in sherry casks. It's 43% ABV.
The initial smell is woody and sweet grassy. When I added water it became very dry like wine. The sherry disappeared with this.
The taste trailed off slightly woody.
Glenfiddich 21 Havana Reserve (Rum Cask) 43% ABV
I could smell the rum immediately with a sweetness. A strong alcohol scent overpowered any flavors.
I added water and it became slightly sour and wet. There was an oak/wood taste that was almost creamy. Then the taste disappeared completely.
Glenmorangie Signet (No Age Statement) 46% ABV
Apparently the malted barley used in this is the same used in stout beer. Todd may have to correct me on this point or add more of the proper information.
The initial taste/smell was sweet and citrusy like a lemon. There was a slightly woody taste that turned into almost pastry dough. We did not eat cake or donuts during the tasting.
When I added water the flavor turned woody with much stronger alcohol. That was weird. It trailed alcohol burn.
Auchentoshan Three Wood (No Age Statement [or I forgot to write it down])
43% ABV Triple Distilled and Finished in Spanish Sherry Casks
Smelled a tinge of rubber with the woody scent.
It was sweet and wet like an ice cream soda. Strange. Maybe I'm just strange.
Adding water made it cool and much less sweet. It took on some saltiness at that point reminding me of taffy.
Robert Burns Night at Todd's. Fun was had by all. I struggled through my "tim'rouse beastie" for another year. Phew!
(inhale for breath...)
The Official Authorized Edition of the Robert Burns World Federation Blended Scotch Whisky (No Age Statement) 40% ABV Isle of Arran Distilleries
In additon to a handsome label and sweetheart locket portrait of the man himself, Arran provided a fine twist top. I would have thought in tradition, Burns swillin' tradition, that there might have been a cork.
There was a woody smell with a tinge of floral notes. I also got a weird baby oil smell. The initial taste was grainy like rye bread without the sweetness. The flavor was very dry like wine.
The middle flavor was band aid and slightly rubbery.
It trailed bitter without much flavor.
Thanks Drew for donating your prize bottle to me!