The Knot

“By cracking this seal of The Knot you accept that drinking is never to be taken lightly and promise to act in a responsible fashion — not like some blithering idiot. You promise to drink The Knot straight up in a proper shot glass, rather than mixing it in some sort of novelty, tiny umbrella, fruit fiasco. And finally, you vow that you will never drink to anything that you are not prepared to go through with. If, in any way, you are not willing to abide by these conditions, by all means, please refrain from opening this bottle.”

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Springbank 10

Springbank 10 yo
(46%, OB 2009, batch 09/434)

Nose: a classic Springbank profile with a wide range of aromas. Starts on tangerine, with added notes of lemon peel, green apples and pears. Dry oak. Maritime notes with a bit of ‘wet dog’. Hints of sharp, earthy peat as well. After a while, the fruitiness becomes bigger and rounder. Mouth: very oily and extremely coating. Very peaty as well, much more peat than I expected. Rather spicy, with mostly pepper and nutmeg coming out. Roasted nuts in the background. A faint hint of sour notes (vinegar?) in the aftertaste. Becomes a bit perfumed with water, so I recommend it straight. Finish: long, peaty and briney.

This is a surprisingly complex dram. A very consistent opener of the range!

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Highland Park 18

Nose:  Oaky from its 18 years in barrels. Slight smokiness but not to harsh. Hints of pears and a slight creaminess.

Palate: A light smokiness, slight taste of the sea. Very enjoyable and easy drinking Island malt. Its not got the power of some of the Islay Malts but when you want a whisky that’s there for you after a hard day, I would say this is your man.

Finish: Bitter, oaky and a little dry.

Highland Park 18 is always going to be compared to Macallan 18. Both owned by the Edrington Group, both premium products for their distilleries and both huge worldwide brands.

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Corner Creek Bourbon

Name: Corner Creek Reserve Bourbon Whiskey
Producer: Corner Creek Distilling Co.
Location: Bardstown, Kentucky, USA
Proof: 88
Blend: Wheat, Corn, Rye
Taste: A selection of the distillery’s finest barrels. Smoothed to perfection with pure Kentucky limestone water. Full-bodied, but without any harshness.

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Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey

George Stranahan, artist, rebel and founder of Flying Dog Brewery has now ventured into the tasty world of whiskey. When his barn burnt down over seven years ago one of the firefighters helping douse the flames was Jess Aspen, a fellow lover of spirits. As the two discovered their shared passion for alcoholic beverages the idea was born to create a whiskey distilled in the beautiful landscape of Colorado. Now available, Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey is a small batch distillery located in Denver. Availability is limited, but sure to be coming to your area soon.

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Blanton’s Bourbon

Blanton’s
Blanton Distilling (Buffalo Trace Distillery) – (Frankfort , Kentucky)
Grain – Corn (at least 51%) Rye, Barley

PROOF: 93 (48%)
AGE: No Age Statement (Best Guess 12-14 Years)
TYPE: Single Barrel

Notes: This whiskey is produced at the scenic Buffalo Trace Distillery in
Frankfort (close to Woodford Reserve Distillery if you are touring) home
of numerous other whiskies such as Ancient Age, Eagle Rare 10 year-old, Eagle Rare 17 year-old, Rock Hill Farms, Hancock Reserve, George T. Stagg, Old Charter, W.L.Weller Special Reserve, W.L.Weller 12, and Elmer T. Lee.

Taste: Sweet start, then going dry quickly,creamy roundness to it ,corn and rye.Touch of persimmon perhaps, char and rye at the end. Smooth whisper of a finish. Dry, almost amontillado-like bouquet, leather, and on
more warming: char, toffee, some spicyness, and a faint trace of marzipan.

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Google 1-5 Jan. 3, 2010

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Copyright 2010 DL Thomas

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