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LASC: Kavalan Blind Tasting

April 5, 2015 LA Scotch Club No Comments

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Recently, the World Whiskies Awards called Kavalan Solist Vinho Barrique Single Cask Strength the 2015 Best Single Malt. Some traditionalist, of course, balked at the mention of a non-Scottish single malt, not to mention that they did not even pick the best expression from Kavalan. In any case, it inspired us to do a blind tasting and pick, once and for all, the best Kavalan.

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The Club consensus is yet to be decided. Still, here are my notes:

10. Smells like Hawaiian fruit punch, the one that came in the blue can. It is odd. A little bit artificial, as in too much of this can’t be good for me. Asian pear. Rum raisin ice cream. Quite an interesting taste, it’s unlike other stuff that I have tasted recently. Not that Spicy. I like how it lingers on the finish. It’s good. B+. Rank 3. The reveal: Fino.
25: Best Nose. Reminds me of one of my favorite drams from SMWS, a 7 year old Dailuaine. Plums and apricots, pineapple jelly beans, white gummy bears. However, if you linger in the bowl, it starts to smell like glass cleaner. It’s a bit spicy on the tongue, but not overbearing. I like it with popcorn. It brings out the romantic side of me – Road Trips in a convertible. Spring time. Rolling hills. Picnic baskets filled with fancy cheese, figs, prosciutto, and crackers. Beautiful girl in a flowy, summer dress, and she is not wearing a bra. A-. I can drink this forever with no hangover. Rank 1. The reveal: ex-Bourbon.
18. Smells like high-end cognac – Louis XIII. It’s something that Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler would serve to me on a silver platter during Christmas time while I wait on Bruce, who is taking a phone call from Commissioner Gordon. In the mouth, I am reminded of Aberlour A’bunadh, one of my favorite Sherry bombs. Waffle cookies. Cherries covered in dark chocolate. It’s warming, like a blanket enveloping me from the cold, while the fireplace is on. B. Rank 4. The reveal: Sherry.
60. The nose reminds me of the entrance of a humid, long-forgotten cave, where treasures and curse lie hidden, and you half-expect a fairy to pop out of nowhere to lead you into a trap. Zesty citrus nose. Honey. Freshly made mochi black sesasme ice cream. Initial hit on the tongue is smooth, but quickly reveals to be a little spicy. The finish is spicy and it lingers. B+. Rank 2. The reveal: Vinho Barrique.

LASC: Tasting Whisk(e)y exclusive to K&L Wine 2015

March 7, 2015 LA Scotch Club No Comments

We tasted 14(!) different Bottles! Insane.

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  • Bowmore 2002 12yr Old Hepburn’s Choice
  • Caol Ila 2008 5yr Old Hepburn’s Choice
  • Craigellachie 1996 8yr Hepburn’s Choice
  • Miltonduff 1995 19yr Hepburn’s Choice
  • Mortlach 2007 7yr Hepburn’s Choice
  • Tobermory (Ledaig) 2004 8yr Hepburn’s Choice
  • Girvan 1989 24yr Sovereign
  • North British 1964 50yr Sovereign
  • Port Dundas 1978 36yr Sovereign
  • Laphroaig 16yr Old Particular
  • Macallan 21yr Old Particular
  • Tamdhu 16yr Old Particular
  • Tobermory 18yr Old Particular
  • Faultline Blended Scotch

LASC: Burns Supper 2014 with Aberlour

There was a huge turnout for LA Scotch Club’s Burns Supper. My guess is that there were about 80 people in attendance. We were completely sold out.

For 2014, we partnered with Aberlour and drank some mighty fine whisky, including the regular 12 year old, the 12 year old non-chill filtered, the 16 year, the 18 year, A’bunadh (one of my favorites), the 22 year Darkness, and for those that offered a poem – a 1970 Aberlour.

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It was a fun night!

Whisky Live 2014 – Los Angeles

January 28, 2015 Past Events, Whisky Live No Comments

LA Scotch Club had a table.

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LASC: Peatin’ Meetin’ 2014 List of Bottles

What a glorious sight!

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Expressions at the event:

  • Amrut Fusion
  • Amrut Peated
  • Ardbeg 2000 Release 1975
  • Ardbeg Corryvreckan
  • Ardbeg Supernova SN2010
  • Ardbeg Uigeadail
  • Ardbeg 10
  • Ardmore 1996 17 Gordon and Macphail
  • Ardmore 2000 12 Exclusive Malts
  • Ardmore Traditional Cask
  • Arran Machrie Moor
  • Balvenie Islay Cask 17
  • Bladnoch Young Heavily Peated, K&L 2009
  • Bowmore Black 2nd Release 1964 30
  • Bowmore Sherry Matured 1990 16
  • Bowmore 1996 16 Faultline
  • Bowmore 2001 12 Exclusive Malts
  • Bowmore Unchillfiltered Collection 2002 11 Signatory 2175
  • Bowmore Dorus Mor 10
  • Bowmore Laimrig 15
  • Brora 2007 Release 30
  • Bunnahabhain Toiteach
  • Caol Ila 1999 12 The Whisky Trail
  • Caol Ila 12
  • Caol Ila Port Askaig Cash Strength 19 Specialty Drinks
  • Cask Islay AD Rattray
  • Clear Creek Oregon Single Malt
  • Compass Box Peat Monster
  • Connemara Peated Single Malt
  • Connemara Sherry Finish
  • Connemara Turf Mor
  • Connemara 12
  • Eades Islay Double Malt Eades
  • Islay Dew 12 Ewan and Company
  • John Distilleries Peated Cask 2013
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay
  • Knockdhu anCnoc Flaughter
  • Lagavulin Lg4 Specialty Drinks
  • Laagavulin 16
  • Lagavulin 2007 Release 21
  • Laphroaig Authentic Collection 1994 13  Cadenhead
  • Laphroaig 1998 15 Signatory
  • Laphroaig Triple Wood
  • Laphroaig 10
  • Laphroaig 10 Cash Strength Batch 005
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask
  • Laphroaig 18
  • Ledaig Island 7 Exclusive Malts
  • Ledaig 10
  • Loch Lomond 1994 Whisky Fair 1994 11
  • Loch Lomond Green Peated
  • Longrow Sherrywood 10
  • Lost Spirits Leviathan III
  • Lost Spirits Seascape
  • Lost Spirits Umami
  • Octomore Scottish Barley 6.1 5
  • Port Charlotte Scottish Barley 10
  • Port Ellen 2nd Release 1978 24
  • Schlenkerla Smokemalt Rauchbier Spirit
  • Smokehead
  • Springbank 1995 Cask Strength Specialty Drinks
  • St. Georges The English Whisky Peated