Thursday, November 16, 2017

BUSNEL VSOP

After a short break, Arin hosted a tasting session and we had a full house!
Arin's father had bought a Busnel VSOP for him. This was an Apple Brandy and very very different from other brandy/cognacs we had tasted so the team decided not to rate because it would have literally been "Apples" and Oranges 😆

We discussed current affairs, and most importantly the trip we will take next year which as you can imagine brought up a lot of interesting ideas and jokes.


Bottle: BUSNEL VSOP
Location: Arin's House 
Price: $44







Tuesday, September 19, 2017

MacAllan 15 years

After a long time we had complete attendance from our all members today

Armik hosted today's event and gave us even option to choose from three different bottles, and we choose  MacAllan 15 years to taste.

The Macallan Fine Oak Series is a series of single malt Scotch whiskies, produced at The Macallan Distillery at Craigellachie in the Speyside region of Scotland which are matured in seasoned American oak casks, (sherry as well as bourbon), as well as sherry casks from Spain. This series is quite a departure for The Macallan who are renowned for their whiskies which have been aged solely in Sherry  Oak casks from Jerez, Spain,  The new Fine Oak Series has drawn rave reviews some quarters (Jim Murray for example awarded it “Best New Scotch Brand” when it was launched), and dramatic criticism from others who considered the American barrels inferior due to the lighter flavour profile of the American Bourbon Cask.
Colour
Rich straw
ABV
43%
Nose
Sublime and full with a hint of rose and cinnamon
Palate
Intense rich chocolate with a hint of orange and raisin
Finish
Lingering with a hint of chocolate, orange and dried fruits

Bottle: MacAllan 15 years
Location: Armik's House 
Price: $100
Sept 9,2017


PointsAromaTaste
Emil87
Armik8.57
Gagik77
Pat78
Arin88
Saro87
Greg8.57
Shavo87
Average7.887.25
VPP Index$12.70$13.79








Thursday, August 10, 2017

Jameson Black Barrel

Emil had this bottle in mind for a while and today we had the chance to taste it.

Jameson Black Barrel
Twice charred for a good measure. Black Barrel is a triple distilled blend of rich pot still and grain whiskey that is matured in a mixture of sherry casks and bourbon barrels. However, unlike the rest of our range, the bourbon barrels undergo an additional charring. It’s a painstaking process, but we hope you’ll agree that it’s worth the extra effort. Black Barrel delivers the signature smoothness of Jameson Original, with enhanced spice, nutty notes, vanilla sweetness and sherry fruit.

Bottle: Jameson Black Barrel
Location: Emil's House 
Price: $33
Aug 10,2017


PointsAromaTaste
Emil65
Armik67
Gagik44
Pat67
Arin76
Saro77
Shavo56
Average6.146
VPP Index$5.37$5.5




Thursday, July 27, 2017

Pasquinet XO

Back to tasting cognac after few sessions of Whisky around the world.

This Cognac XO (Extra Old) shows an authentic personality, after many years of ageing in oak barrels in the heart of our centenary family cellars which keep our oldest and most precious Cognac. Steeped in our traditions, PASQUINET XO was created specially for the passionate delight.

Bottle: Pasquinet XO
Location: Pat's House 
Price: $40
July 28, 2017

PointsAromaTaste
Emil76
Armik88
Gagik78
Pat87
Arin98
Greg7.57
Shavo88
Average7.787.43
VPP Index$5.14$5.38





Saturday, July 15, 2017

Nikka 12

Another year and another father's day celebration at Gagik's house. He brought a bottle of Nikka 12 years from Japan and it was in order to taste the12 years old whiskey.

Bottle: Nikka 12
Location: Gagik's House 
Price: $50
July 15th 2017

PointsAromaTaste
Emil76
Armik68
Gagik77
Pat66
Arin66
Greg6.57.5
Average6.47
VPP Index$7.81$7.14






Thursday, June 15, 2017

Dalwhinnie 15

Tasting Thursday is here and today's victim is Dalwhinnie 15 Single Malt Scotch Whisky.
This was a great whisky with very balanced and pleasant aroma and a bold taste.

As it was discussed in the past post, due to visitors from other countries, we did the recordings in English to accommodate larger audience.

Bottle: Dalwhinnie 15
Location: Greg's House 
Price: $50



PointsAromaTaste
Emil88
Armik7.58.5
Gagik--
Pat7.57
Arin--
Saro--
Shavo87.5
Greg7.58.5
Average7.77.9
VPP Index$6.49$6.33








Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Glenlivet 18

Another Thursday, another bottle in the books.

We convened at Shavarsh's house to put the The Glenlivet 18 to the test.
This bottle was given to Shavarsh as a gift for his superb contribution in completing a project at work.

Besides the conversation around the bottle and current affairs, we had a special report.
Patrick presented to the group some statistics from this very blog as far as number of visitors and countries where folks visited us from. Outside of United States we have had visitors from France, Russia, Ukraine and 6 other countries.
This led us to think that maybe going forward we should do our recordings in English to reach a broader audience.    

Bottle: The Glenlivet 18
Location: Shavarsh's House
Price: $75  


PointsAromaTaste
Emil87
Armik77
Gagik77
Pat6.57.5
Arin88
Saro78
Shavo88
Greg--
Average7.357.50
VPP Index$10.20$10.00











Thursday, April 20, 2017

Leopard Rafin XO

Another beautiful day in God's green earth, celebrating two birthdays for Emil and Greg. We wish you the best and most health and happiness in your life :)

Today we taste Leopard Rafin XO, interesting bottle with interesting color and aroma. We had mixed ideas about this and the results are bellow.

Bottle: Leopard Rafin XO
Location: Emil's House
Price: $80 (usually $160)


PointsAromaTaste
Emil86.5
Armik79
Gagik66
Pat86.5
Saro88
Shavo78
Greg8.58
Average7.57.43
VPP Index$10.6$10.7












Thursday, March 30, 2017

Macallan 18 Years Old whisky aged in fine sherry casks

Today Arin host tasting session with a surprise bottle of Macallan 18 years old.
We had to get together after a month and it's always nice to see friends and have talk. We spoke old school and how did we grew up back then, each memory brings another one to life and the story telling continue till mid night. It's fun to look back to those days, and at the same time it's hard to believe how far we came after these many years....

We want to launch a TV program, we talked about structure and how we can do it possibly, let's see how far we can go with it.

Bottle: Macallan 18
Location: Arin's House
Price: $350 


PointsAromaTaste
Emil87
Armik88
Gagik--
Pat99
Arin88
Saro
88
Shavo87
Greg88
Razmik88
Average8.127.87
VPP Index$43$44









Thursday, February 23, 2017

OBAN 14 Single Malt Whisky

And........ We are back!!!

As mentioned in previous posts the group has decided to branch out :)
Going forward there will be Whisky tasting session in this blog as well. This decision was voted in towards the end of last year. The host will be decide what the subject bottle for the day is.

Armik wanted to host the very first Whisky tasting session and he chose OBAN Single Malt Whisky aged 14 years.
As per usual it was a great night in the company of great friends.

Bottle: OBAN 14 Single Malt
Location: Armik's House
Price: $63

PointsAromaTaste
Emil86.5
Armik87.5
Gagik--
Pat--
Arin87
Saro87.5
Shavo--
Greg78
Vahik77
Average7.667.25
VPP Index$8.22$8.68









Monday, January 23, 2017

Difference between rye, bourbon, and scotch

A whiskey expert explains the difference between rye, bourbon, and scotch

Monday, January 16, 2017

Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink



Enjoy Yourself (Louis Prima)
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.

You work and work for years and years
You’re always on the go
Never take a minute off
To busy makin’ dough
Some day, you say, you’ll have your fun
When you’re a millionaire
Imagine all the fun you’ll have
In your old rockin’ chair

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
(Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think)

Your heart of hearts, your dream of dreams
Your ravishing brunettes
Has left you now and she’s become
Somebody else’s pet (pity isn’t it)
Lay down that gun, don’t try my friend
To reach the great beyond
You’ll have more fun by reaching
For a red-head or a blonde

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
(Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think)

There’s another thing I want to tell you too.

You love somebody very much
You’d like to set the date
But money doesn’t grow on trees
So you decide to wait (Foolish Fellow)
You’re so afraid that you will bite off
More than you can chew
Don’t be afraid, you won’t have teeth
When you reach ninety two.

Enjoy yourself it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself while you’re still in the pink
The years go by as quickly as a wink
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself
It’s later than you think.
Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy yourself it’s later than you think

Saint Grigor 18 Years

Happy New Year to all out friends.
We start 2017 with  Saint Grigor 15 Years tasting session at Emil's house. Even though we were missing few of our friends but it's always good to be together and enjoy.
 
Bottle: Saint Grigor 18 Years
Date: Jan 12, 2017
Location: Emil's House

Price: $60


PointsAromaTaste
Emil86.5
Armik7.55
Gagik88
Pat87
Arin85
Saro--
Shavo97
Greg--
Average


Aroma VPP Index Value: $8.08
Taste VPP Index Value: $6.42