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  1. BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I'm prepared to swap you a half-full bottle of Highland Black, a naggin of Jameson, and my Celtic Whiskey Club badge, all for your paltry little discontinued bottle of BenRiach Curiositas 10yo. Do we have a deal? _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Scotch Deathmatch Final: BenRiach Curiositas 10yo versus Old Pulteney 12yo It’s a close run thing but we have a winner. The Benster beats the Old-timer. I’m a sucker for peat and ash and this is smokin’ Thus endeth the lengthy contest, and verily Curiositas doth smite them all! _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The unbearable angst of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through and making a decision on what to drink next is hard. Like choosing the right footwear in the morning I flip flop. So, I selected sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  2. Old Pulteney 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    You know what’s a good whisky? Old Pulteney 12 is a good whisky. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Scotch Deathmatch Final: Old Pulteney 12yo versus BenRiach Curiositas 10yo It’s a close run thing but we have a winner. Both are battle-weary but the Curiositas emerges triumphant and the Pult is pulp. When it came down to it in the final the OP’s salty fruitiness was not on a par with the BR’s smoky sweetness. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Rather than being liberated by the banquet of choice available to me I become tyrannised and paralysed by it. But before you cry me a river, I have found a solution. I selected sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  3. Glenfarclas 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose: winter berries, heather, school science lab, milk chocolate, honey, oak, raisin and sherry wine gum (yummy) Palate: warm spicy sherry, walnut, blackberry, cinnamon, strong black tea Finish: spice, tannin, orange, chewed matchstick _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Semi-Final 2: Glenfarclas 12yo versus BenRiach Curiositas 10yo Curiositas killed this cat. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Selecting a dram can be confusing – like Lloyd and Harry’s budgie I can barely keep my head together. So, I have picked sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  4. BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: smoke, coal, peat ash, heating oil or light diesel, wet pup, brine, apples and green bananas Palate: light salt and peat, grape skin, citrus burst, orange, pineapple, clove, sweet and smoky Finish: mint, red fruit, pipe smoke _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Semi-Final 2: BenRiach Curiositas 10yo versus Glenfarclas 12yo This is a quality scotch in my opinion. It is quite like the Kilchoman Machir Bay in that it charges your nostrils with a boom of fireplace ash. The ‘farclas rivals it with a very different but equally complex and more characteristically attractive fragrance. But the palate and finish of the Curiositas pull well clear. The taste holds that peatiness but it beautifully develops into a surge of fruity flavours, and the finish again holds the smoke but it is not overpowering or dry. I have already ordered a bottle of this and the other finalist Old Pulteney 12. As the youngsters say, this is totes amaze and I’m so not joking like. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Like selecting what to watch next on Netflix, often selecting a dram can take twice as long as drinking it. So I developed a plan so clever you could put a tail on it and call it a fox. I have picked sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  5. Compass Box Great King St Artist's Blend

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose: apple, clover, frosties, sap, tile grout, orange barley Palate: malty, pineapple, a bit grainy, pepper Finish: wood, slightly bitter _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Semi-Final 1: Compass Box King St. Artists Blend versus Old Pulteney 12yo It lives up to the tagline of rich, round and fruity. It holds up well against stiff opposition and only marginally loses out tonight against OP12 based on a less complex nose. Nevertheless, I think this is a great blend and, based on some of the prices I see, great value for money. I might look to pick one up. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Like selecting what to watch next on Netflix, often selecting a dram can take twice as long as drinking it. So I have picked sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  6. Old Pulteney 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: orange, rock pool, shortbread biscuit, lemsip, charity shop fusty musty clothes, custard cream, earl grey tea Palate: grapefruit, a little salt, wood, Russian caravan tea (but with less lapsang souchong) Finish: vinous dry and lightly tannic, salty and sweet _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Semi-Final 1: Old Pulteney 12yo versus Compass Box King St. Artists Blend From the notes above I think if this were a cartoon character it would be Captain Haddock. Though very different, the malty, fruity taste of the Artists Blend holds its own against the seafaring souse, as it likewise does on the finish. But the nose of OP12 has more about it and so with an expletive-heavy outburst the short-tempered sailor scares off the sensitive artist. Blistering barnacles! _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. Faced with a large array of samples and miniatures I can suffer from analysis paralysis - deciding on a dram can often take twice as long as drinking it. So I have selected sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  7. The Irishman Single Malt

    Single Malt — Ireland

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Sampling from a miniature while watching the Galway hurling match. Nice but it’s nothing special and not as good as other Irishman I’ve had like the Founders Reserve or the 12yo Single Malt. Best of the lot was the Marsala cask finish Single Malt I had a year ago.
  8. Speyburn 10 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: clove, grape, orange cream, malt, grass, pear, Frosties cereal Palate: honey, white wine, ginger, malt, green apple, pear, white pepper Finish: Caramel, pepper, grape, malt, medium short drying finish _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Last 16, Match 8: Speyburn 10yo versus Bunnahabhain 12yo I think @Scott_E nails it in his review here: https://distiller.com/tastes/31362 It has a clean nose that is lighter than the Bunna12’s sherry darkness, and similarly it is bright and summery on the palate, which I enjoyed more this evening. This dram never really registers on people’s “best of” lists and what I was surprised to learn is that, according to Charles Maclean’s Whiskypedia, this was once in the top six bestselling malts in the USA and number one in Finland. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Qtr Final, Match 4: Speyburn 10yo versus Glenfarclas 12yo I’m starting to wonder whether I was duped by Speyburn last time, and whether it really was the deserving victor against the Bunna12, given the reputation Bunna has. The Speyburn is again bright and summery and lovely with it, but why is it that I favour the regal richness of the sherried dram on this occasion? The ‘farclas forges on. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Selecting a dram can make my head spin like Linda Blair. So, I developed a plan so clever you could put a tail on it and call it a fox. I have picked sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  9. Bunnahabhain 12 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose: nut, sherry trifle, raisin, blackberry, new leather, light brine and oak Palate: sherry, vanilla, dark berry Finish: long, sweet, lightly salty and a bit too tannic _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Last 16, Match 8: Bunnahabhain 12yo versus Speyburn 10yo I thought it had a shy nose, but was richer than the Speyburn. They are very different and I preferred the Speyburn’s cleaner, lighter perfume this evening. The same applies for the palate and finish. The Bunna is one to savour with a velvet mouthfeel and a warming rich sherried palate. It’s a very good whiskey but the Speyburn is airier and more pleasing on this occasion. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Selecting a dram can make my head spin like Linda Blair. So, I developed a plan so clever you could put a tail on it and call it a fox. I have picked sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
  10. Glenfarclas 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose: light, fruity smoke, lemon, raisins, raspberry Palate: sherry, dry, raspberry, old wood, honey Finish: light tannic finish and not very dry _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Last 16, Match 7: Glenfarclas 12yo versus Glengoyne 12yo Last year I tasted the 15yo expression and I was not bowled over. Indeed, even though I know this is a Glenfarclas signature I was somewhat put off by the “over-sherried” nature of it. Sacrilege! I may now become a target for factions of fervent sherry bombers and so will have to check under my car each morning for unexploded bottles of Aberlour A’Bunadh. But I recognise my own (current) preferences at this stage to know that I generally lean away from strong, sherried whiskies. Maybe due to its lower age this worked well enough for me. Enough to beat out the competition of a sherry-finished malt in Glengoyne 12. _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- Qtr Final, Match 4: Glenfarclas 12yo versus Speyburn 10yo Got a nice whiff of old furniture and marmalade this time round in a battle with Speyburn 10. The taste is rich, sweet sherry with some interesting heat and salty sharpness and a yummy oak and sweet tea finish. The Speyburn is a fine, light scotch and in the last round it bested a sherried dram. Not this time. This struck a chord tonight, despite what I said above about sherried whiskies. I never said I wasn’t fickle and capricious. Stop judging me! _-_-_-_-_-_-_-_- The intolerable torment of a whiskyphile. I have too large a backlog of samples and miniatures to go through. Selecting a dram can be confusing – like Lloyd and Harry’s budgie I can barely keep my head together. So, I have picked sixteen scotch whiskies that are 12yrs or younger or NAS to battle it out in a Scotch Deathmatch. It’s my incentive to lighten the logjam. Follow along if you care (and really why should you?). Oh the drama! https://challonge.com/ScotchMadness
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