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Customer Reviews - CHARLES HUNT
Faculty member at UC Davis for 27 years and Charter Member of the Arochem Society (a team of wine and spirits devotees.) Native of California (Amador County); but lived in several countries, notably Germany and Catalonia. A great fan of the seven official Denominations in Catalonia. In the same vein, a protagonist for the Shenandoah Valley and Fairplay wine regions here. Also fond of traveling to Scotland and Japan, where malt whiskies over a broad spectrum never cease to amaze.
1993 Laphroaig 20 Year Old K&L Exclusive Sovereign Single Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml (out of stock)
Review Date: 3-21-2014
This differs from the benchmark Laphroig official-bottling 18-yr, and I find it even better (hard to imagine.) Very gentle, non-medicinal peat nose with dried fruit, malt, complex spice, and wisps of tropical fruit. Such balance! The taste is a seamless transition with everything from the aroma, adding a gentle non-sherry oak and vanilla with a light sweetness. Mouth-filling! The endless finish goes through stages of evolution, settling out with a light brine and reminders of the peat. Hard to imagine that the 10-yr Laphroig which slaps you around the room morphs into this. A very special dram!
1997 Glenlivet 16 Year Old K&L Exclusive Signatory Single Sherry Barrel Single Malt Whisky 750ml (out of stock)
Review Date: 11-25-2013
This is a complex, enormous gem which steps outside the Glenlivet box. Deep (natural) color, with an explosive sherry aroma. Beautifully understated on sweetness, and very light on the classic hazelnut flavor from this distillery. Multiple nut and toffee flavors, with a light vanilla and wood note competing with the sherry background. No island smoke or peat elements here. There are several Speyside and Highland brands with this style in mind, and a few achieve it; but none at this price. I bought this one stepping out on a limb; but I am overwhelmed with the overall excellence. Bravo.