Whisky Live’s Collector’s Room was such a terrific experience at the Singapore 2016 event. I couldn’t wait to see what treasures would be available to purchase a small dram…
However it was quite the scaled back version… no delightful fully separate “Collector’s Room“. Instead it was a simple bar area with a row of whiskies on offer. Those we considered started at SGD80 a glass… we decided to try two and share… it was not an easy decision.
My companion settled on:
Yamazaki 12 year (1996/2009) Cask No AX70012 Sherry Butt 60% (Whisky Live Japan 10 year anniversary edition)
- Nose – Sherry explosion… one even said headache inducing
- Palate – Almost overwhelming, woody, spice, all the dark fruits, black cherry, phenomenal
- Finish – What a fabulous finish!
- Water – Opens it up further, bringing balance
It was truly intense, dense, rich and almost on the edge of being too… everything! Remarkable, unforgettable and worth trying… once.
Whereas I leaned towards a certain sentimentality – a whisky from the same year I was born! It was a rare 1980s Caol Ila bottled by Gordon & MacPhail.
Caol Ila 16 year (1969) 40%
- Nose – Peat, sour, overripe fruit, a bit of varnish, old and musty, then these darker qualities dissipated to be replace instead by vanilla, bananas, an almost briney quality that then became quite sweet
- Palate – Spice, peat, sweet and much softer than anticipated from the nose
- Finish – Long peat, sweet and spicy finish
We remarked on how very different it was from the Caol Ila style of today.
It was last seen on auction for approx £510.00.
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