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    I'm just starting on a limited edition bottling of a 2001 vintage Bowmore - aged for 13 years in sherry butt cask, with no chill filtration. It's the 639th bottle of a total of 787.

    First impressions are that it is magnificent - huge flavour, with strong peat (although nothing compared to the über smokey malts from the south of Islay), "oiliness", & iodine, but also a slightly "soapy" hint which is a little disconcerting at first. I am one of the people for whom coriander tastes like soap, so this impression might actually be a reaction to a herbal quality in the whisky, which has often been identified as lavender in tasting notes. At any rate, there is extraordinary complexity of taste, with the varying strands each having a very distinct quality, which I don't find to be typical of Islay malts - like the different tastes are almost separated out.

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    A few weeks ago I picked up a bottle of Phenomenology, by Compass Box. Anyone tried this one yet? It wasn't cheap, and I still haven't opened it. Saving it for the right time.

    Compass Box is kinda cool with how they try to buck the trend by being a bit of a "maverick" scotch distiller. They've put out some good stuff too. Interestingly, with the Phenomenology they don't put any flavor notes on the packaging or label. Supposedly they want for you to form your own ideas about what it smells and tastes like without being influenced by the label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    A few weeks ago I picked up a bottle of Phenomenology, by Compass Box. Anyone tried this one yet? It wasn't cheap, and I still haven't opened it. Saving it for the right time.

    Compass Box is kinda cool with how they try to buck the trend by being a bit of a "maverick" scotch distiller. They've put out some good stuff too. Interestingly, with the Phenomenology they don't put any flavor notes on the packaging or label. Supposedly they want for you to form your own ideas about what it smells and tastes like without being influenced by the label.
    Oh, for goodness sake. I'm going to have to try this... I wrote my PhD thesis on phenomenology!!

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    Ok maybe not... £150

    Plus, it's a blend

    If I learned one thing from my PhD, it's to think twice about spending £150 on a hyped up blend!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by per anporth View Post
    Ok maybe not... £150

    Plus, it's a blend

    If I learned one thing from my PhD, it's to think twice about spending £150 on a hyped up blend!!!
    But it's made from a blend of Glenlossie, Tamdhu, Highland Park, Talisker and Caol Ila.

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    Quote Originally Posted by per anporth View Post
    Ok maybe not... £150

    Plus, it's a blend

    If I learned one thing from my PhD, it's to think twice about spending £150 on a hyped up blend!!!
    Oh I dunno. Not all blends are created equal, and not all of them are bad.

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    My taste buds are not good enough to justify $150 for any booze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Oh I dunno. Not all blends are created equal, and not all of them are bad.
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    For £150, it better be better than not bad.

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    Bear in mind I haven't actually opened the Phenomenology yet. But I've had other whiskies from Compass Box and liked them, so I was willing to shell out for this one.

    When the Glenfiddich Winter Storm came out, I got one of those too. Cost me $250, which is probably the most I've paid for a single bottle of any booze so far. Still haven't opened it, though a friend let me try some of theirs. It's good -- better when slightly chilled (their recommendation is to use a frozen grape).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aith01 View Post
    Oh I dunno. Not all blends are created equal, and not all of them are bad.
    I've had some good Blended, like Monkey Shoulder, but there is no way I'd shell out that much for a blended.... or a single malt

    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    My taste buds are not good enough to justify $150 for any booze.
    Welllllll, I could make an exception with some of those rare Dalmore bottling... Maybe Morangie as well, but that would be it.
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    The sweet spot for whisky price/quality is between $50-$100 USD. You’ll find most non-entry core expressions in this range and a fair amount of independent bottlings. My experiences with buying bottles over $100 has been good, but at the same time increasingly difficult to justify relative to the price.

    One of my more recent is an unpeated cask strength Caol Ila 15 at about $110. It’s delicious and somewhat unique, but you can get somewhat similar tasting whiskies for less.
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    My primary issue with blends becomes understanding the sources and processes the blender is using for the whisky. Compass Box has a decent reputation in that regard, but most others do not. If I’m going to go with a company that sources its whisky from elsewhere, I’d rather go the independent bottling route where one can get taste single malts from distilleries that don’t typically release their own core expressions and/or variations and single barrel offerings from more common distilleries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisoned Youth View Post
    The sweet spot for whisky price/quality is between $50-$100 USD. You’ll find most non-entry core expressions in this range and a fair amount of independent bottlings. My experiences with buying bottles over $100 has been good, but at the same time increasingly difficult to justify relative to the price.
    This is 100% true for me.
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