Macallan 20-year (Signatory un-chill-filtered, bottled in 1988 for Kappy's, 46%)
Kappy's purchased a cask for Macallan some years ago and had the cask on display at the store. The bottles came directly from that cask, and they were selling them for $80 each. Not bad at all for a 20-year. Actually, it's 2 weeks shy of being a 21-year, but they have to put 20-year on the bottle.
Nose: sweet, woody, fruity
Palate: sweet, spicy, full-flavored, creamy
Good finish on it. It was definitely very nice, but didn't have the super-rich feel I was expecting out of a 20-year Speyside. The $80 price makes it a decent buy, though.
Tullibardine 14-year Bourbon finish (Signatory, bottled in 2007, 43%)
Nose: sweet vanilla
Palate: light, smooth, sweet, spicy, lightly peaty
Definitely different than the Tullibardine I tried at Pint's Pub in Colorado a while back.
Tullibardine 14-year Sherry finish (Signatory, bottled in 2006, 46%)
Nose: light cherry cream
Er...yeah...should've taken more notes. :) I remember it being rather nice and a good easy-drinking whisky.
Aberlour a'bunadh Batch 27 (60.1%)
Another sherry oloroso finished one, tasted much like Batch 23.
Ardmore (couldn't find the age statement, 46%)
A peated non-chill-filtered Highland that was at the Jim Beam table (Laphroaig and Ardmore).
Nose: light, sweet, smoky
Palate: bbq smoky, rich, light body, smooth
Very nice one, this Ardmore, and I gave it a star in my notebook. If you like the idea of a smoky scotch, but find that the Islays are too much for you, give this one a try. Really nice stuff.
Laphroaig 10-year cask strength
Nose: under control, smoky, iodiney
Palate: mineral, seaweed, peat + smoke, iodine, sea salt, very nice with water
This one also got a star, and I'm mad at myself for never having tried it before. It's definitely on my list of things to get.
Laphroaig 18 (48%)
Nose: sweeter than the cask strength
Palate: smoky, peaty, but milder, smoked fish, light bbq, creamy?
Definitely a winner, and I gave it a star. The big problem is that its MSRP is $160 or so, and I don't know if it quite lives up to that price. It's a fine one, though.
Nose: light, sweet, lemon cream
Palate: vanilla cream, lightly toasty, buttery, nutty?
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban (port-finished)
Nice + rich. Is ok.
Um...that's all I wrote.
Oh, at the same table as Glenmorangie was, of course, Ardbeg. :) They offered samples of the Uigeadail, Airigh Nam Beist (a bit of a surprise, as it's discontinued), and Corryvreckan. My full Corryvreckan tasting notes are here. I haven't yet done tasting notes of the Oogie or Beastie, but I suppose I ought to. The intriguing news from the Glenmoriangie/Ardbeg rep is that there are rumblings that the Supernova will return in Feburary. No definite word on that, so stay tuned!
Balvenie 17 Rum-finished (43%)
Light + sugary, smooth.
Should've written more about it, as I did enjoy it. Looks like the MSRP is $125, and it doesn't live up to that. Shame, 'cause I rather liked it.
Balvenie Signature Batch #2
I tried Batch #1 back in July and liked it.
For Batch #2, I wrote: silly smooth, mild, buttery, light wood
Balvenie 17 Madeira-finished (43%)
Not as melony as the Glenmorangie or Penderyn madeira-finished whiskies. Woody, spicy, buttery.
(at this point, the notes get very brief and less legible...)
Aberfeldy 12 (40%)
Light, smooth, touch smoke, uninteresting
Nicely smoky for a light scotch, but not worth $150-160.
Aberlour 16 Double-Cask
Nice + balanced.
Balvenie 21 Port-finished
Is nice. Smooth + sweet.
French oak casks, which give it a buttery taste
Sherry-aged, mellow, nice, smooth.
All in all, a great event! It was great to chat whisky with a lot of people, both fans and reps alike. Many thanks to Tony from Kappy's for putting it all together!