See, this should actually be named after the sample: Damn.You.For.Ruining.My.Original.Swap./u/StinkySauce .Mystery.Sample. However that seems wordy, and that’s my job, not the titles.
A bit of background: Wait, too long, let me condense: I got a sample from stink. It was something I was trading to Devoz. Devoz hunted him down, and ate him. I got this sample.
Also, just to make it fair, /u/Devoz let me pick 3 bottles, and this is one of them: So this is either Caol Ila 15 Unpeated, BenRiach 1996 Single Cask (#7176) 18yr PX Finished, or Bunnahabhain Adelphi Liddesdale Islay Batch 8.
Should be easy, right?
You’re fucking wrong. Let’s see how this tastes, shall we?
Price: N/A in Ontario
Colour: 2.5Y 6/8
Nose: Pineapple, tannic, pepper, floral, brown sugar, honey, pear, lemon, butterscotch
Okay, no peat. That narrows it down to…. fuck, I know nothing of any of the three I’m reviewing.
Fruity. Okay, that narrows it down a little. Not too strong; That leads me to believe that it isn’t the Caol Ila, which I think is CS. Wait, aren’t all of them CS?
Dammit, my forced blanking of information has bit me in the ass! Damn my sweet sexy ass!
Taste: Butter, cereal, pepper, cream, ginger, lemon
No peat. So I’m saying it isn’t the Bunnahabhain, which has a little peat. So we’re down one.
Also a lack of sherry blast. I think the BenRiach is sherried. The Caol Ila isn’t though. But this isn’t strong enough to be Cask Strength. Unless it means to be smooth.
Still lost then.
Finish: Pepper, cream of wheat, zucchini, mint, dry
Alright. There’s a little pepper now. Which means it’s not the Caol Ila.
However I’m getting more dry notes. Don’t really think it’s a Bunnahabhain either, because they typically have these big flavours.
Or I’m still lost.
Conclusion: Yup, still really lost. Quite lost. Lost and can’t be found.
The nose is a big ole blast of fruit and nice flavours.
The taste is simple. Smooth, nice mouthfeel, but simple. Can’t be too old (editor’s note: I’m wrong here)
The finish is really, really dry. Not as simple as the taste. I like it, though I’ve had better finishes lately.
Suffice to say, I’m lost as fuck.
Guess: BenRiach 1996 Single Cask (#7176) 18yr PX Finished
Actually: Bunnahabhain Adelphi Liddesdale Islay Batch 8
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