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So, it came as a total surprise when in February a "thank you package" mysteriously arrived. I opened it and found nothing more but an unmarked little bottle that said: Drink me. Now some people might say: "Are you nuts? Throw that out!" I opened it and realized it was whisky. Totally perplexed I eventually tracked down that it was Jarred who was sending me a thank you dram, but it was to remain a mystery dram with me reporting back to him once I nosed/tasted.
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Here are that evening's notes:
Color: Golden yellow to amber'ish. Legs are thick, viscous and there's a small amount of beading (higher ABV?)
Nose: This is bourbon! Lots of sweet vanilla and caramel. My first thought was a spiced rum sort of smell? Very full bodied dram, buttery.
Palate: Very rich, sweet and beautiful mouthfeel. So creamy, like a vanilla pound cake. A bit of spice on the swallow...
Finish: Sweet, still very mouthwatering, no hints of drying effect at all. Fairly long finish as well, stayed with me for quite some time.
I wrote down - I'd guess this is at 46% ABV, but I'm not that great at bourbons so I have no idea what it is.
I contacted Jarred on twitter a little while later and after playing 20 questions I was dumbfounded to find out the dram was Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, 45% ABV.
I wrote: WHOA!? when he told me because I had tried and reviewed the 10 year old in 2012. I did NOT like it and was actually sorry I had paid $50 for it. Now chances are had I been at a party and Jarred or anyone else offered me the Eagle Rare 17, I would have probably said: No thanks AND I know for a fact I would have never considered buying it for my collection. I stared in disbelief? Could two whiskies really be so different? I went downstairs and poured myself a bit of 10 to compare.
The resounding answer: yes they can! I still don't like the 10 year old at all. It is still horrid, hot and bitter to me. I doubt I'd even be able to identify it's a bourbon in a blind taste test? So, I learned a really big lesson that night. One that will probably stay with me for life: Don't automatically assume that because you don't like a whisky, you won't like any of the other bottlings available. As a result of that lesson I have discovered many new whiskies I really enjoy.
Unfortunately I have yet to buy a bottle of Eagle Rare 17, it's no longer available in Canada. So it's on the list of whiskies that impressed me in 2013 and also a reminder that sometimes the good ones get away...
A huge thank you to Jarred for the fine lesson in the importance in blind samples. :)
Join me tomorrow for dram #10...