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Rating System <= 2.25 Terrible 2.5 - 2.75 - Poor 3 - 3.25 - Ok. 3.5 - 4 - Good. 4.25 - Great. Top 15%. 4.5 - Excellent. Top 5%. 4.75 - Amazing. Top 1%.

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  1. Godet XO Terre

    Cognac — France

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    An interesting cognac. Mint comes to the fore quite strongly which I'm not a big fan of. Balance just isn't there in that respect although otherwise well crafted.
  2. Bunnahabhain 21 Year Adelphi's Liddesdale (Batch 7) 

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Not to sure why I added batch 7 as it was Batch 10 i have so as I'm to lazy to add another entry here we go. Bunnahabhain and Adelphi. Two greats of the whisky world. Don't believe i've ever had a bad one from memory. This is interesting. Bourbon casking not the usual sherry style I expect from both. It's a nice lovely dram. Light, white grape juice, citrus. Well crafted but not outstanding.
  3. Richard Delisle XO Grand Champagne Cognac

    Cognac — France

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Hmm I do love a good Cognac. This one is quite rich however the taste really isn't great. Slight hint of coffee, xmas pudding but an astringency which isn't to pleasant.
  4. There is always the assumption in the back of my mind that unless it's an actual Japanese distillery official release and it's an age that's less than the distillery has been open i.e. most likely not sourced, then it's a good chance it isn't Japanese. Now TBWC not being a Japanese label should mean by declaring it's a 'Japanese' it actually is and all the internet chatter believes it to be true so it most likely is. One person thought Yamazakura, another translated the Japanese inscription which included reference to Bamboo and the only distillery with that referenced in the name is Taketsuru.. so they deduce it's that or Nikka. They also amazingly had a bottle of the 21 which as of this month has been announced will be discontinued and drank side by side (must have a damn deep collection!) and believed it to be similar. The Taketsuru range is a blend of blend of malt whiskies produced at Nikka's Yoichi and Miyagikyo distilleries. So that makes sense although why they would serve up stock to TBWC if they are running low doesn't..although if they were thinking of discontinuing then maybe it does..I think I'm going to much down a rabbit hole which may even be the wrong one! It's not a bad drop. Creme brulee, vanilla, banana, slightly bitter wood. The finish is short ethanolly. Definitely not worth the price of a couple few hundred usd though.
  5. High West Campfire

    Blended American Whiskey — (bottled in Utah), Multiple Countries

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Hmm interesting. I got the grassy slight cherry bourbon, the spicey rye and smoke. It's a younger tasting whiskey and astringent on the aftertaste. Interesting experiment but not for me just too odd and unrefined.
  6. Arran Sassicaia Cask Finish

    Single Malt — Island , Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Hmm once you get a bit of water in to tame the beast it's not too shabby at all. Slightly orange plasticky nose the palate once watered is still slightly harsher as most CS mid range Arrans are..very rough and ready for the most part. Still not to bad a dram..it has flavour and character..wouldn't be clambering for a bottle though.
  7. Samalens Vintage Bas Armagnac 1995

    Armagnac — France

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    I thought in one massive binge on a Saturday night I'd cleared out the crap but no still a few remnants...Beinn Dubh black fake crap and another Armagnac...(sigh)...I think I only have several to go....not a fan move on....
  8. Beinn Dubh- Black Mountain (The Speyside Distillery)

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    1.5
    1.5 out of 5 stars
    Ah wft..this can't legally be whisky can it? Its like fake coffee liquer, liquorice, creaming soda and root beer all had a mass orgy with badly cut ethanol and this was the love child. I'm not to sure if the insinkerator back fired or the sink just vomited in my face when I poured it down it's throat...
  9. Method and Madness Irish Micro Distilled Gin

    Modern Gin — Ireland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    The last in the series of drams sent to me by @cascode. This is a nice one both straight and excellent with an East Imperial tonic. 4 straight and 4.25 with the tonic. Thanks once again cascode for the amazing diversity in tasting across the spirit world. I doubt I'll ever get to try such diversity in a tasting set ever again!
  10. The Macallan Edition No. 4

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Maybe it's cos it's Tuesday and I have a job and am alive that this tastes great..not to worried about covid19 killing me..i think the 4 week upcoming lock down with wife and kids from today will get there first when we all kill each other first. I read NZ exports food to feed 40 million people or 10 times the number of the population so we should be fine..beef eye fillet in plentiful supply and this whiskey always a good combo. Toffee, burnt caramel spicey. I quite like it. I thought after the oscuro LeeE provided it would have ruined Macallan for ever after for me but no it hasn't. It is weird though Macallan often has this characteristic which the more I drink it the more the slightly bitter astringent aftertaste which I don't notice at first builds up on my tongue and really detracts. The top notch ones Rare Black, Oscuro etc don't have it just their lower and mid range offerings. Anyhow started at a 4. 3.75 tops.
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