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Hats and Drinks - A Match Made in Heaven

The Shoe

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Been wearing a LEE Royal derby on this dark & dreary day as the holidays approach. Test driving a dram of The Shin 10 yr old Japanese Blended Malt whisky as an aperitif on a clean palate before dinner. First impression is this blend is very much like a Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky with tastes of dark stone fruits like figs, dates & raisins, maybe plumbs. Much preferred over citrus & tropical fruits. A bit of vanilla on the nose but not so much on the taste. Mouthfeel is clean but thin, watery. Few legs or curtains inside the glass. Aged in Mozunara Oak but I’m not getting any of the incense/sandalwood “smoke” or spice. Some black pepper & small bit of alcohol in the aftertaste. It may take a couple drops of water to open up these other tastes. Pretty smooth 96 proof, non chill filtered with no additives. Not harsh at all.

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PS: In time a little heat builds in the chest.

PSS: Nosing the empty glass brings a nice aroma of cinnamon & spice, vanilla, oak & sandalwood smoke.
I’ve been meaning to reply to this for a while. I looked into this whisky, wondering what it went for over here. It’s not one I’ve noticed on the shelves. The local shopping sites don’t have it either. I assume it’s one that’s made exclusively for the foreign market.

On a side note, a friend told me about a place that runs an online whisky lottery. You pay around $US50 and get what you’re given. About 25% of them are worth slightly less than the $50. The rest are worth about $65 and up. The lottery sells out in a minute or two. I tried to buy a ticket, but hadn’t logged in. By the time I’d logged in, I had missed out. The friend who told me about it did get a ticket. He sent me a video of him opening the parcel. You can imagine his delight when he discovered he had got one of the two top bottles - Hibiki 21. I did suggest he come around for dinner that night. Invitation was declined.
I’ll try again next time.
The Hibiki sells for about $US620 on Amazon over here.
 
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I’ve been meaning to reply to this for a while. I looked into this whisky, wondering what it went for over here. It’s not one I’ve noticed on the shelves. The local shopping sites don’t have it either. I assume it’s one that’s made exclusively for the foreign market.
What I have been able to come up with is that he is a Master Blender. Since buying & modernizing/reopening the distillery he has laid down some whisky but it’s still young. What he is blending & selling while he waits is Speyside single malts that he has blended in the Japanese style. Besides the 10 he has blended some 15 yr old Speysides that sells here for ~$115. Both are highly rated.
 

The Shoe

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What I have been able to come up with is that he is a Master Blender. Since buying & modernizing/reopening the distillery he has laid down some whisky but it’s still young. What he is blending & selling while he waits is Speyside single malts that he has blended in the Japanese style. Besides the 10 he has blended some 15 yr old Speysides that sells here for ~$115. Both are highly rated.
So has he taken Speysides and put them in mizunara for a length of time before blending?
 

Short Balding Guy

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Breakfast is grilling. My grilling beer is a Bent Paddle Venture pils.

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Breakfast buffalo sausages, potatoes, parsnips and atomic red carrots were delicious.

Eric-
 

Short Balding Guy

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Tuesday very early in the day, 3:00am, I woke up and enjoyed seeing the Northern Lights. I opened a Surley Before I Die lager and enjoyed the show.

I failed at getting pics of the green and pink hues in the sky. I need to read up on how to get better night time pics. I ordered a book from Amazon and will soon have bedtime reading.

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I took a very old pic and added it to the above collage.

Cheers, Eric. -
 
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Short Balding Guy

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The moon is in a waxing crescent phase night sky tonight. In everyday language this means that only a small part of the Moon is illuminated in the Waxing Crescent phase and you can still sometimes see the rest of moon as faintly visible. In my neighborhood it is obvious to my eye and poor photo skills.

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A Surly Supreme tonight and I added a pic of a Guinness Stout that I enjoyed yesterday.

Cheers to all, Eric. -
 
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The Shoe

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No hat, but wanted to share this Bunnahabhain that we opened tonight. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had from this distillery so far, especially the An Cladach, but this Cruach-Mhòna is the new champion of Bunnahabhains for me. The raisins that are so prominent in the others are less so here. This seems to me like a classic Islay, in the vein of (as far as I recall) a Lagavulin. Lovely smokiness (the name apparently means “peat stack”) without the harshness of, say a Wee Beastie, hides the fruitiness (which is still there if you go looking for it). I need to search for another bottle (And so do you!)
For what it’s worth, I wore my Fed IV today.
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Snowman

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Celebrating my 60th with some steaks, a Cold Mountain, and Kentucky Owl bourbon. Hat is a Resistol Plains in moss green.
 

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