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Jameson Black Barrel

The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

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  • Monday, 23 January 2012 18:15

    Where's the blog this week?

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    I am not going to be posting a blog entry this week (well... except this one).  Why?   I spent the weekend at the Victoria Whisky Festival and I am still a little overwhelmed from that experience and to be honest I haven't really been able to concentrate on a single entry or idea (and I have a business trip to prepare for this week).  Highlights included an eight whisky / whiskey master class from Jim Murray (see picture), an unbelievable chance to sample the Gordon and Macphail Glenlivet 70 year old, participating in another WhiskCast virtual tasting and meeting Mark Gillespie, Grant Stevely, Simon Brooking, Ashok Chokalingam and many others.  Oh and I have a Glenlivet Nights of Passage tasting event tonight.... still someone has to do it.

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    Hazelburn 12 year old

    Every now and then a whisky (or perhaps my palate) will play a trick on me.  This happened when I sat down to taste Hazelburn 12 year old.  Hazelburn is of coures the unpeated expression from Springbank... and everyone knows that there is no peat in Hazelburn.  OK... everyone with a whisky a blog knows that (but that is still a shed load of people).  I definately knew that.  Yet something in this suggested "peat" to me in this one.  I know there is no salt in Highland Park... but I can taste it!  So the notes below reflect what I wrote at the time and I will have to go back at some point and try it again in a different environment.  The nose is sweet and nutty with pepper (like peppered cashews) and l also I get a sweet peaty note.  The taste is smooth at first, even creamy, then caramel sweetness, citrus fruits and spice begins to build in the chest and takes over into the finish.  The finish is warming and rich, a fire in chest (not burning but glowing) and again there's a note I want to say is peat but might just be an oak spice!  The citrus turns into grapefruit  peel behind the warmth.  The addition of water increases fruit character and creaminess.  Very nice...forceful but not a bully.