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Old 06-02-2020, 08:40 AM   #21
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Pour #2:

Dark amber in color with a much stronger nose than the 1792. Strongest of the aromas for me was tobacco.

Heat precedes flavor on this one. Definitely a higher proof than the 1792. The flavors that come through the heat included oak and tart berries.

Finish was longer and lots of heat on the tongue. More heat than spice though.

My guess for this one is Larceny Barrel Proof. This is mostly based on the heat, as I’ve never sampled any Larceny product

And I am 0 for 2.



Thanks Ben, another interesting pour that I enjoyed more than the 1st.
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Love this concept, maybe rate them 1-10 blind as well!
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Old 06-02-2020, 10:12 PM   #23
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Old 06-03-2020, 09:35 AM   #24
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Pour #3

Light amber in color with a subtle nose, a touch of sweetness but very light.

The taste has the same subtle sweetness, a touch of caramel and candied apple. The finish is short with slight white pepper spice. Overall a bit light for my palate.

This one has me completely stumped. No guess because I don’t feel any confidence this round.

Ben told me this was the one he least expected me to get.

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Old 06-03-2020, 11:37 AM   #25
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Well, that was fun to watch!

Enjoyed it!
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I don't really expect you to get any of them, but if you were even close on that one I woulda sent you the bottle

This has been fun, there's too much out there in the world to be able to really guess any without making it multiple choice but I like hearing the blind thoughts. For anybody watching along, I'm not sending him the picture of what each are until after he said he's tried it
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Old 06-03-2020, 01:01 PM   #27
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Well, that was fun to watch!

Enjoyed it!
Taint over yet! #4 coming this evening.

Ben, I never would have got #3. I had always heard Japanese Whisky drank more like Scotch. I can see some small similarities there, but no peat (which is good for my palate, I hate peat).
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While sending something peated would have been fun, I figured I'd stick with an oddball that you'd at least enjoy enough to drink the whole pour
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While sending something peated would have been fun, I figured I'd stick with an oddball that you'd at least enjoy enough to drink the whole pour
And I did.

Yeah, if it was heavily peated, I may not have even made it past the nose to try a sip. I might have thought you snuck me in some Johnny Walker.
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Standing by for the final tasting....
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Pour #4



Copper colored juice with a sweeter nose, exhibiting scents of dates and citrus fruit. Stronger nose than the 1792 and Nikka.

The palate had sweetness too, molasses and fruit at the forefront. Not a lot of heat initially. The heat comes through on the finish, which is relatively long. Baking spices dominate that finish.

This was my favorite of the 4, and something I would seek out depending on price. I’m going to guess Larceny BP again, while repeating that it’s a guess as I’ve never had any Larceny product.

And I was incorrect again...in fact, this was the first of the 4 that I have previously had and even have an open bottle.



Ben, this was so interesting and so much fun! Thank you again. I'll be putting together your tasters this weekend, and look forward to being on this side of the fun next week.
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And I was incorrect again...in fact, this was the first of the 4 that I have previously had and even have an open bottle.

Ben, this was so interesting and so much fun! Thank you again. I'll be putting together your tasters this weekend, and look forward to being on this side of the fun next week.
Fun stuff. This last shows that evening knowing something, do we truly know it? I often say that sometimes flavors change according to what I am eating/smoking/experiencing/drinking besides the thing I am trying to "taste" that may effect and colour the flavors of that thing.

Sometimes, as I get older, it is just flat out - a failing memory.
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Fun stuff. This last shows that evening knowing something, do we truly know it? I often say that sometimes flavors change according to what I am eating/smoking/experiencing/drinking besides the thing I am trying to "taste" that may effect and colour the flavors of that thing.

Sometimes, as I get older, it is just flat out - a failing memory.
Lot of truth to the variables and how much of an effect they have, Todd. I have made sure to try and cleanse my palate after eating and always having Ben's samples be my initial pour, but I am smoking and who knows what else to affect the experience. I was truly pleased, being a relative bourbon rook, how I was in the ballpark for 3 of the 4.
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So I ordered a mini-funnel for filling the sample bottles, turns out my funnels are too wide and I am going to spill too much. It arrives Sunday from Amazon, so the samples will go out Sunday or Monday.

Sorry for the delay, Ben, but I didn't want to spill all that Pappy and Stagg....
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A lot of fun to follow. Thanks Tom and Ben!
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So I ordered a mini-funnel for filling the sample bottles, turns out my funnels are too wide and I am going to spill too much. It arrives Sunday from Amazon, so the samples will go out Sunday or Monday.

Sorry for the delay, Ben, but I didn't want to spill all that Pappy and Stagg....
New challenge idea. You send me Pappy 12, 15, 20 and 23 and I try to guess which is which
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New challenge idea. You send me Pappy 12, 15, 20 and 23 and I try to guess which is which
I can do this as soon as a get a Pappy 23.






And a 20.




And a 15.





And a 12.
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Mini-funnels have arrived, putting together Ben's sampler tonight.
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