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Deoch an Doras Glenugie 30 year old

This one will take a little explaining.  Deoch an Doras is a series of rare whiskies from Chivas Brothers that are no longer produced and Glenugie was a Highland distillery in Peterhead (a fishing port north of Aberdeen) that closed in 1983.  That is the distiilery closed, not the town (although that would explain my last visit there).  This bottle was distilled in 1980 and bottled at 52.13% ABV in 2011.  The nose has wood and campfire notes, with spice and heat from alcohol and dried fruits.  The taste is sharp at first with more wood, leather, dark chocolate and dried fruit.  A little dry and astrigent showing signs of both its age and sherry wood home for three decades.  Lacks a little sweetness for my palate.  The finish is all wood at first with some more chocolate and cinnamon at end.  Overall very nice and but like me starting showing some signs of age.

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  • OK whisky people, regardless of what a Florida judge may say, can we all agree it is now time to take the word "craft" out back and shoot it in the head like a diseased dog as it has become totally meaningless as Pepsi announce launch of their "craft soda". Time to call a good class action attorney? Mmmm a "good class action attorney".... add that to the list of sentences I thought I would never write.

    http://m.nydailynews.com/life-style/eats/pepsi-introduce-craft-soda-line-article-1.2247719

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