Monday, July 29, 2013

07/21 - Raptorial bird park in Buchs


I think the pix speak their own language... just enjoy them...

Those birds were really impressing... spread your wings and fly like an eagle...

























Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Por Larranaga Petit Corona 2006


Colorado colored, matt wrapper... seems to be slightly damaged from the packing in the cab... there's a little deformation of the cigar... but in the end it had no influence at all...

The first third started with intensive flavors of caramell and honey... for me that's typical of PL, you have to love it... or hate it... it's a decent and very pleasant sweetness... mixed with some spices...

The second third brings up some leathery aromas, black pepper. The caramell is still present while the honey fainted away...

The last third is coming along with a surprising earthiness, the spices are back again, and always caramell, even though it's more in the background now... it seems to be everlasting....

It ended up with a smoking time of 70 minutes which is really not to bad for a Petit Corona... good and solid smoke for a good price...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

07/10 - The Four Smoker


The 2nd Feltedhat tasting evening was filled with the smoke of four Partagas Palmas Grandes from the late 70s / early 80s... The size is know as "Ninfas" or "Slim Panetellas". It's not a size for an everyday smoke and it definitely needs some experience to smoke it to bring it to full pleasure...

Unfortunately the cigars have seen their best days a while ago... still good but not as good as I have them in mind. So it's definitely time to smoke the rest of the box soon before the taste is gone even more...

I don't want to go into more details because my friend from www.feltedhat.com provided the impressions of all the 4 participants on his blog: http://www.feltedhat.com/?p=1251

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Friday, July 12, 2013

Preparing the anniversary tasting


The anniversary tasting in October is coming closer and it's about time to pre-taste the whiskys that we'll have...

Due to the fact that it's the 10th event that we'll have, I decided for some really special whiskys, I'm sure that it'll be one of our highlights.

First one in the glass... an ordinary 10 yo. Bruichladdich... distilled in the late 60s, bottled in the late 70s. A Bruichladdich of the old days, bottled at 43 %.

Nose: Fresh and maritime, cereals, hints of honey, ripe peaches

Taste: Sweet, malt, cereals, caramel in the end

Aftertaste: Cereals and salt... quite long in the mouth

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Bruichladdich 10 yo., distilled in the 60s


The next one, another bottling from the 70s which's been distilled in the 60s: Bowmore 12 yo. No comparison to the 12 yo. from nowadays... something completely different.

Nose: Sea air, tropical fruits, lots of peat

Taste: Sweet, caramel, exotical fruits, peat

Aftertaste: Fresh with a good portion of peat

Bowmore 12 yo., distilled in the 60s


A 20 yo. Laphroaig is the next on the schedule, distilled in 1979, bottled Berry Bro's & Rudd...

Nose: An awesome mix of tropical fruits and peat, lemons, bitter oranges, a great old school Laphroaig

Taste:  Starting slowly with some sweetness but then there's the peat! salt, lemon, pepper, herbs

Aftertaste: Very long with peat, salt and some grapefruit

Laphroaig 1979 - 1999, Berrys' Own Selection


The next one's from the distillery with the highest output of alcohol on Islay... Caol Ila. In this case we have a 22 yo., bottled by The Whiskyfair.

Nose: Green apples, peat and smoke, lemon

Taste:  Peat, smoke, ashes, lemon, grapefruit

Aftertaste: Long in the mouth with peat and lemon

Caol Ila 22 yo., bottled by The Whisky Fair


A closed distillery with some amazing whiskys in the warehouses - Port Ellen... the next one on the schedule. 23 yo. and bottled by Douglas Laing (Douglas of Drumlanrig).

Nose: Peat smoke, sea water, lemon, cut grass, grean tea

Taste:  Like an explosion of peat, green apple and salt, some white pepper, citrus, decent sweetness

Aftertaste: Long finish with a hint of sweetness and citrus notes

Port Ellen 23 yo., 1983, Douglas of Drumlanrig


The last one of the range... Octomore Orpheus. The revival of a whisky which has been gone long ago... Bruichladdich distillery brought it back to life... and finished this extremely peaty stuff in a Chateau Petrus cask which created an awesome combination....

Nose: Peat, sweetness.... sweetness, peat... charcoal, wine vinegar

Taste: CHARCOAL AND PEAT!! A massive attack on the taste buds... then the sweetness of the wine is risin up, coating the mouth; orange and almond, peat and tar are present all the time.

Aftertaste: Very, very long and warming... a real monster!!

Octomore Orpheus

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Scottish graveyards, tombstones and castles


A selection of pictures of graveyards, tombstones and castles which I made during our trip to Scotland earlier this year... no color, just old school. I hope you like it.

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