Laphroaig PX Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted September 11, 2020Nose: The classic Laphroaig peaty smoke cones out right away, but in a different way. Complemented by heavy port cask influence from the PX maturation, vanilla notes come through with a lingering smoke and salt. Subtle dark chocolate turns into ground coffee with hints of plums. Taste: The port cask influences the initial flavour on the tongue, almost overpowering the peaty laphroaig smoke. Heavy sherry notes paired with a fragrant floral flavors transition into a creamy milk chocolate. Finish: Medium-length with a lighter smoke note, sherry remains with milk chocolate.
Bowmore Vault Edition Second Release Peat Smoke
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted September 11, 2020Nose: Introduced with a light, fragrant campfire smoke that has hints of herbal notes. Leathery scents and medium toasted bread follow through. Fruits notes then come through, predominantly cherries, almost reminiscent of rootbeer or Dr. Pepper. Taste: Medicinal smoke hits instantly with rubbery notes and tar. The initial sweetness from the cherry and light herbal notes leads to a bitter dark chocolate note, reminding of a Cherry Blossom candy. Finish: A very long finish with everlasting smoke and creamy chocolate.
Bruichladdich The Organic 2009 Mid Coul Farms
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted July 17, 2020Nose: Fresh green apple appears immediately with hints of lemon zest. Notes of strawberry and vanilla extract follow, almost masking a faint salty note, giving the impression of sea air. Melted butter, pastry notes and sandalwood can be found at the end. Palate: Whitw chocolate is almost the dominant sweet note followed by brown sugar and red berries, cherries almost. Very oily on the tongue with bitter notes appearing through the taste. The Tennessee barrel is very apparent in the vanilla notes. Finish: Faint iodine notes followed by the bitterness of oak and a very faint smoke.
Glen Scotia Victoriana
Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTasted February 29, 2020Nose: not aggressive whatsoever for a cask strength. Initially honey clusters and light cream appear. Light citrus rind, grapefruit perhaps, and floral notes follow with a rich pudding chomeur aroma of toffee and syrup. An inherent smoke lingers throughout with scents from the oak cask. Addition of water introduces subtle strawberry and raspberry notes. Palate: The cask strength appears more prominently on the taste, but it subsides with immediate sweetness. Strong notes of vanilla and banana pudding with an oily texture. Brininess sets in with the ever-lingering smoke from the charred oak cask. Caramel is found from beginning to end with brief, light floral notes. Finish: Salty and smoky finish, the sweetness almost completely subsides offering a medium and dry finish.
Octomore Ten Years Dialogos
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted February 7, 2020Nose: Campfire smoke immediately comes out with hints of butter and oil. Thre cognac brings about pineapple and plantain mix with black tea leaves and dark red apples. An industrial scent, similar to the smell of a permanent marker lingers. Palate: Peat goes without saying, but with an ashy complement. Cola syrup follows through with bitter dark chocolates and tobacco leaves. Much less oily than the nose let's on with leathery notes and the the typical bruicchladich blue cheese. Chili flakes and cinnamon become apparent. The fruits are admittedly more difficult to pick out, but sultanas and apricots linger slightly. Finish: Very long-lasting with the dark chocolate notes lasting along with cigar and smoke.
Talisker Port Ruighe
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted November 20, 2019Nose: Salt and smoke arrive initially with notes of charred wood and beach moss. The slight of peat with a hint of green pitted olives subside and citrus appears along with dark chocolate. The port cask influence lingers with blackberries and prune from start to finish. Palate: Very oily, coating the whole mouth with strong notes of smoke than the nose suggests. The salt is not as aggressive, but allows for chili to appear. The chocolate is lighter now, a milk chocolate with ever-present citrus and caramel. The port influence lacks on the palate, but still appears with lighter hints of raspberries and grapes. Finish: Medium in length with strong oak notes, caramel and lingering smoke.
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted November 8, 2019Nose: Tropical fruits hit immediately, mangoes, slight bananas and sweetness of passionfruit. Orange rind follows through with slightly charred oak. Hints of walnut, almond and slight hazelnut can be found. Palate: The fruit holds back and gives way to strong oak and wood notes, where partial smoke appears. The fruit reappears as mango and green apples along with honey and caramel. Finish: Short to medium finish with heavy oak and vanilla
Canadian — CanadaTasted October 19, 2019Nose: Classic characteristics of Canadian Whisky with notes of malt, vanilla and apple. Milk chocolate, toffee and hints of maple appear with a touch of nuttiness, macadamias. Palate: immediate taste of butterscotch and malt. Chocolate follows through with lighter notes of apple and vanilla. Very simple in character, but enjoyable nonetheless. Finish: Short finish with influence of oakand green apples ending with a touch of vanilla.
Oppidian Bourbon Smoke + Sea
Bourbon — USATasted October 15, 2019Nose: Not a typical bourbon on the nose; dark fruit jump out before any of the subtle vanilla and oak. Plums and other dark stone fruit along with nutmeg and cocoa powder remind of a black forest cake. Very gentle smoke is accompanied by earthier notes of dry twig and dirt. Sweeter maraschino cherries and chocolate, darker than milk chocolate, follow with blackberries and dried mangoes. Adding water brings about a strong almond notes. Letting it air out gives a strong toffee flavour. Taste: stronger oak cask influence and earthier tones of dry soil are followed by a much more apparent smoke from the islay cask influence. Stone fruit are ever present with ginger spice and malt. Light caramel and chocolate come through with cherries. Finish: medium length, dry with stronger oak and vanilla, subtle smoke and ever-present dark stone fruit flavours
Craigellachie Old Particular 10 years Single Cask
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted October 9, 2019Nose: White wine notes, bananas and unripened strawberries. Dark fruit jam, cherries perhaps, with lemongrass. Sour notes from green apple and unsweetened lemon juice. Cinnamon is very prominent accompanied by nutty flavours, lightly salted cashew and a fresh earthy tone, light moss perhaps. Water brings out the lemon zest. Palate: intense nuttiness, a combination of walnut and pecans with very subtle almond paste. Honey and toasted barley are accompanied with leathery notes and tobacco. Lemon zest and hints of pineapple appear from beginning to end. Brief hints of tomato and oregano. Finish: Tobacco lingers with lemon zest and pineapple, much more so than the palate.100.5 CAD per Bottle