Yes that one. The REALLY expensive, REALLLY rare one. My wife was kind enough to buy me a dram when I celebrated my recent birthday at Houston’s best bar, Reserve101. Reserve's co-owner Mike had secured one of just 53 bottles available worldwide of this “lost” bottling. Many people suspect this may be one of the first ever “finished” single malts, so it is real whisky history in a glass. This dram goes alongside Gordon and MacPhail’s Glenlivet 70 year old on my “Top Shelf of Top Shelf” tastings. The nose is fruity with ripe banana sweetness and shows the sherry cask finish influence. The taste has dried fruit peels and raisins, sweet sherry, dark chocolate, cherry, oranges and the finish has a spicy and slightly smoky tail. With water (yes I did add a LITTLE water if for no other reason than to make it go a bit further) I found it brought up the chocolate and smoke notes. This is not your standard barkeep’s Glenmorangie: but another animal from another time.Read More
As I mentioned in the first installment of this blog entry “114 Whiskies to Try Before You Die Part 1: A New List” I found thirteen changes between Edition 1 and Edition 2 of Ian Buxton’s’ fine work. In Episode 2 I discussed those that were obliterated like Alderaan by Ian’s death star. In this entry we shall take a look at the new characters, the Jar Jar Binks if you like.
I was very happy that just six whiskies stood between me and the "monumental" claim to have tasted and reviewed not only all 101 from Edition 1 but also all 101 in Edition 2. Those six were whiskies Cutty Sark 18 year old, Glenglassaugh Evolution, Kavalan Concertmaster, Lord Elcho 15 year old, Naked Grouse and The Tweeddale 12 year old. The links to my tasting notes are posted below.