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Notes from the Atlas Liquors Whisky Tour

Back on November 2, I attended the Atlas Liquors Whisky Tour. It was a sizeable event, with dinner and a lot of representatives from various companies offering samples of scotch, bourbon, rye, vodka, and tequila. I had already tried the offerings from the companies that were at the Kappy's tasting a couple weeks prior, so I focussed on the things I hadn't tried. There was a lot to try and not a lot of time to try them, so my notes on each sample are shorter than I'd like.


Wasmund's Single Malt Batch 31 (48%)
Nose: rich, apple wood, vanilla, malty/cerealy
Palate: sweet, apple wood, vanilla, toasty wood, bit of sugar, touch of cherry

Wasmund's Single Malt Batch 34 (48%)
Similar to Batch 31, but spicier, more woody, and more peppery. I preferred Batch 31.

Copper Fox Distillery Rye (Bottled October 1, 2009)
NOse: sweet, apple, touch of rye
Palate: light, smooth, woody, apple, touch dry, touch caramel

I also tasted two experimental batches Rick Wasmund brought for the talk he gave:

Single Malt, aged in jars, 100% apple wood chips
Too woody, interesting apple flavor, but not so good

Rye, aged in jars, oak + apple wood + sassafrass chips
Whoa, only aged for 2 weeks! Rich color, sweet apple, root beer, perfumey, nice and rich. Unfortunately, adding water kills it - turns rather resiny.

Vermont Gold (100% maple sap vodka)
Nose and palate of butterscotch (!??!?) with a touch of maple. Wow! Nice!

Vermont White (100% milk whey sugar vodka)
Very silky smooth, creamy. Also nice!

Glen Garioch 15 (43%)
Nose: sweet, honey, touch citrus
Palate: smooth, sweet, full, touch oily, touch smoke, cerealy, spicy
Quite nice!

Glenfarclas 12 (43%)
Nose: woody, creamy, cherry, fruity
Palate: woody, creamy, cherry, fruity, caramel, candy sweetness
Finish: cherry cream
Very nice!

Glenfarclas 17 (43%)
Nose: richer than the 12, honey, smooth, touch cherry, touch caramel
Palate: spiciness shows up, cherry, vanilla
Finish: wood and butterscotch
Spicer and less creamy than the 12

Glenfarclas 25 (43%)
Nose: ooo...nice, rich and sweet, mellow
Palate: kinda thin, honey, touch spicy, very smooth
It's quite nice, but I much prefer the 21 over the 25, as it's richer and fuller-bodied.

Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Nose + Palate: strong vanilla, rich and creamy, sweet, smooth, wow!
Gave this one a star in my notepad.

George T. Stagg Bourbon (70.7%!!!)
Nose: woo! that's a lot of alcohol! woody, caramel, vanilla
Palate: wow! burning! but nice...beautiful vanilla finish

Eagle Rare 10-Year Bourbon
Nose: sweet, vanilla
Palate: kinda burny, woody

Bruichladdich Rocks (2nd edition)
8 years old, lightly peated, aged in Buffalo Trace casks, finished in Cote d'Rhone casks. Bruichladdich has an exclusive deal to get Buffalo Trace casks.
Rocks, Waves, and Peat are a product line of peaty progression. Rocks is lightly peated, Waves has a medium amount of peat, and Peat is the heir apparent to the 3D series of heavily peated whiskies.
Nose: light and sweet
Palate: not smooth, kinda burny

Bruichladdich Waves (2nd edition)
10 years old, medium peat, also aged in Buffalo trace casks
Smooth, creamy, some of that bourbon vanilla, touch of peat, oily, nice!

Bruichladdich Peat
Sweet and smoky, coal fire smoke, not iodiney, dry, not bad

Bruichladdich 15 (2nd edition, American oak aged, Château d'Yquem Sauternes finished)
Nose: sweet, malty, rich, honey, cerealy
Palate: rich and smooth, light and sweet, honey, touch of wood
I liked this one a lot and gave it a star in my notepad.

Bruichladdich 18 (1st edition, pewter-colored tin)
Aged in bourbon casks, finished in red pinot wine casks
Thin, light, white wine (huh, but finished in red...), smooth, touch of butter, too light, some smoke and salt

Bruichladdich 1989 (18 years old, bourbon aged, kosher Carmel wine finished)
ugh...don't like

Bruichladdich 2001 Resurrection Dram
7 years old, 10ppm phenol, celebrating the new ownership of Bruichladdich
light, sweet, mild, honey sweet, touch smoky

Bruichladdich Redder Still (1984)
gentle smoke, sweet, honey, rich...oof...a bit off
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