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After dinner last night, couple we were with wanted to have an after-dinner drink.  I was going to order a cognac when my friend said he was buying and wanted my permission to order something else, so why not?  He ordered Johnnie Walker Blue Label.  I rarely drink whisky any more, but this is going to change my drinking habits.

Lots of butterscotch, vanilla, prune, honey, hints of chocolate, rich and smoky, and extremely smooth. I get it.

For me, this is a more than acceptable alternative to cognac.  I'll buy a bottle later today. I have a couple bottles of good scotch that I keep for friends who are so inclined; both have been open for many months, probably well over a year. I don't think the Blue Label is going to last nearly that long.

I had a similar experience, Seaquam.  I pretty much stick to Scotch, preferring the Islay and Jura ones like Talisker and Lagavulin.  I am acquiring a taste for Kavalan, as I indicated above.  Anyway, a friend bought me a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, which I found to be revelatory.  I have tolerated some other JW bottlings, but this was fantastic.  I will be treating myself to a bottle next time I'm out shopping.

@mneeley490 posted:

Woodinville Whiskey Co.  Straight 100% Rye Whiskey Finished with Toasted Applewood Staves, 100 proof.

Bought this at the distillery a couple months ago, about 20 minutes from my house. This was a special limited release, and is good stuff. A lot of spice from the WA-grown rye, but a touch of sweet fruitiness from the apple wood gives it a nice counterbalance.

So it's been about 4 years since WWC made their toasted apple stave spirits. Had to go back and look for this one, and was a little surprised to find that it was their rye.

This morning they released a 100 proof straight bourbon version of it. Only 1 barrel was made (god knows why), so there were less than 200 bottles produced. It certainly isn't going to be commercially available any time soon. I got in line early and procured the 2-bottle limit. I'm sure there were more people in line than bottles available, but the early bird gets the worm.

So similar notes as the rye, with it being slanted toward the bourbon profile, of course. Straight bourbon being aged only 2 years or more, the toasted apple wood definitely influences the nose and taste. I would have liked to have seen what it could be like with an older bourbon, at least 4 years. But still a great sipper.  20230311_163012


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