SPECIAL RELEASE TASTING
Tuesday, October 6th @ 7:00 PM
Master of Whiskey Kevin Mulcahy will be our delightful host this evening. Tonight we will have the pleasure of tasting the following special, new releases:
Glenkinchie 2000 Distillers Edition
Oban 1999 Distillers Edition
Lagavulin 1998 Distillers Edition
Caol Ila 15yr Unpeated
All for $4o.
We look forward to seeing you!
Slainte, Mac McGee
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The Hakushu Single Malt Whisky Aged 12 Years
What the Distillery Says:
HAKUSHU: THE VARDANT JAPANESE WHISKY
From Suntory’s mountain forest distillery, nestled deep in Mt. Kaikomagatake, Hakushu is the fresh and gently smoky single malt whisky with herbal notes that is the revelation of Japanese single malts.
Straight from the untouched forests, mountains and pure waters of the Southern Japanese Alps, it is no wonder that Hakushu is a “green and fresh” whisky, praised by the most curious whisky connoisseurs and lovers of gastronomy.Its crisp and vibrant feel, unique in a single malt, enlivens and liberates your senses.
Green with herbal notes.
Color: champagne gold
Nose: basil, pine needle, green apple
Palate: sweet pear, mint, kiwi
Finish:green tea, subtle smoke
What Richard Says:
Nose: “Green” comes to mind. Green grass, green herbs, green fruits, green conifers. At the very back is just the smallest bit of peat poking around. As it opens I get orange blossom honey.
Palate: Lovely fruity sweetness with again that wisp of smoke. Sweetened lime juice, honeysuckle, and herbal tea.
Finish: Long and warm with a nutty spice.
Comments: Wow. I don’t think I’ve ever had my opinion change so much on a whiskey before. When I first had this a couple of years ago I really didn’t like it. I tried it a few times and it never took. Revisiting it recently from like stock and this one is really hitting my sweet spot. It’s a fresh and vibrate whisky with an approachable sweetness that carries just a hint of smoke. Damn, I’ve overlooked this one too long.
Rating: Stands Out
Hibiki Suntory Whisky 17 Years Old
What the Blender Says:
HIBIKI: THE HARMONY OF JAPANESE NATURE AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
Embodying the soul of Japanese craftsmanship, this harmonious blend resounds with calm complexity and “Wa”, oneness.
“Kanzen”or complete, Hibiki is a harmonious blend of innumerous malt and grain whiskies which are meticulosly blended to create a full orchestra of flavors and aromas.
Seductive, blossoming and enigmatic, Hibiki celebrates an unrivaled art of blending, fine craftsmanship and a sense of luxury from the House of Suntory. From its launch, Hibiki has been embraced as the paragon of The Art of Japanese Whisky, the very product of Japanese nature and her people.
Hibiki is not only Japan’s most highly awarded blended whisky, but among the most prestigious and honoured whiskies in the world.
Elegant. Poised. Slowly revealing a clear yet complex equilibrium.
Nose: peach, apricot, melon, rose, lily, lemon leaf
Palate: toffee, black cherry, vanilla, and Mizunara (Japanese oak)
Finish: sweet, fruity, with lychee aftertaste
What Richard Says:
Nose: Creamy and floral with stone fruit sweetness. Pralines, dried tea leaves, and a bit of cocoa powder.
Palate: Light, rich, and exceptionally balanced. Vanilla cream, citrus zest, banana custard, and cherry turnovers.
Finish: As light and delicate on the finish as the palate. This doesn’t finish like an aged whiskey at all. It goes down ridiculously smooth.
Comments: This is probably one of the top ten most drinkable whiskeys I’ve ever had. It’s not especially complex but the balance and drinkablity are stunning. This is one of those whiskeys you need to be careful with because you could blink and be halfway through the bottle.
Rating: Must Try