Speyburn Bradan Orach
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted February 14, 2021The nose presents ripe nectarines and white peach flesh. Light vanilla and a floral note waft in as well. On the pallette peaches and cream are the big notes right off the bat. A bit of a cinnamon spice is there along with an oaky bitterness. Fairly tannic. The finish is a single long and lingering thread of dry cinnamon spice. It does give way late to a general earthiness that is quite pleasant. Like the after taste of wild mushrooms eaten some time ago. Not overly complex but just the right amount of intrigue to be interesting without demanding too much attention. As my first Speyburn it has definitely piqued my interest to explore more offerings.21.99 USD per Bottle
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted January 13, 2021On the nose I was hit with a honeysuckle sweetness up front that was followed by marzipan and golden raisins. A dried mango and lemon citrus note cut through to bring an elegant balance. The flavor profile immediately reminded me of almond cake with a light vanilla frosting. Followed by fresh cut citrus which developed into a spicy nutmeg and dried wood chip. The finish is long for me despite a thinner mouth feel. There was a nice lingering oakiness and spice. Whisps of charred wood right at the end left a dryness on the tongue. As if you were tasting a camp fire drifting over from a distant ridge.37.0 USD per Bottle
Grangestone Sherry Finish
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted January 5, 2021Tasted 4 bottles blind. The bourbon cask, sherry cask, rum cask, and 12yr single malts from grangestone. Nosing and tasting notes are from the blind tasting. On the nose you get fresh pear with a light citrus like fresh lemon rind or a just cut lemon. Honey Graham crackers follow that and after it breaths a bit the cinnamon really comes to the front. The taste brings toasted Graham crackers with marmalade and a light oakiness. Then the cinnamon builds into a fireball candy flavor that can't be ignored. Short finish but not to short. A light oakiness lingers on a spicey fireball candy. Overall this was my third favorite of the group though it was very close to taking second. I loved the way the cinnamon developed. Once that note came out however it was hard to ignore and became overpowering. If it had been a tad bit subdued this may have taken second over the 12yr.
Grangestone Rum Finish
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted January 5, 2021Tasted 4 bottles blind. The bourbon cask, sherry cask, rum cask, and 12yr single malts from grangestone. Nosing and tasting notes are from the blind tasting. On the nose there is a light oak up front followed by a pleasant maple syrup. Orange peel and spiced apples round out the nose. The taste is rich like toffee apples, and toasted orange peel. An odd sour grape note comes in at the end that doesn't seem to meld. The finish was the longest of the group but a solid medium length. Cinnamon, an oaky barrel spice, and a pleasant earthiness linger. Overall this was my least favorite. The nose was quite nice and almost reminded me of a bourbon but the sour grape on the taste really threw this out of whack for me.
Grangestone 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted January 5, 2021Tasted 4 bottles blind. The bourbon cask, sherry cask, rum cask, and 12yr single malts from grangestone. Nosing and tasting notes are from the blind tasting. On the nose there is an anise spice over a malty mustiness reminiscent of wine barrels. A light vanilla and burnt sugar lay in the back ground. The taste surprisingly has a light smokiness to it up front which was a surprise. Following that is a maltiness like toasted biscuits with clove and anise. The finish was spicy, short to medium in length, with a vanilla thread running through it. More of that faint light smokiness as well. Overall this was my second favorite of the four though closer to third place than first.
Grangestone Bourbon Cask Single Malt
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted January 5, 2021Tasted 4 bottles blind. The bourbon cask, sherry cask, rum cask, and 12yr single malts from grangestone. Nosing and tasting notes are from the blind tasting. On the nose you get cherries and apricot covered in honey with a nice bergamot and lilac thread running through as well. The taste is immediately sweet and the apricot is up front. Following that is a honeyed earl grey tea. The finish is short with the honey getting a bit darker and a light oak note moving in. Overall this was my favorite of the blind tasting. It was my top pick in both rounds of tasting and I considered it the winner by a substantial margin.
Glen Moray Elgin Classic Port Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted December 13, 2020The nose presents white grape and vanilla pods over a nice oak. A light toffee and apple follow reminiscent of a caramel apple crisp. The taste delivers that sweet toffee note that deepens into a molasses. There is a strong citrus note but its more dried orange peel than fresh citrus, layered over a light oak and maltiness. On the finish the molasses and oak build into a sweet spice. A semi-sweet chocolate note comes in toward the end of the medium finish.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 5, 2020The nose presents a honey sweetness stacked on top of almonds and a bit of walnut skin. There's also a thread of fresh orange hiding underneath. The palate has that honey and almond sweetness as well and presents a few more dark fruits on the mid palate. The finish is medium with a nice barrel spice.
Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 15, 2020The nose presents layers of musty grapes, followed by vanilla frosting on shortbread that closes into an orange marmalade. The orange marmalade caries over to the palate where warm bananas foster joins the mix. The finish presents a light oak sweetness mixed with dark chocolate biscotti.30.99 USD per Bottle
Old Forester 100 Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 5, 2020Nose is full of dark honey with classic cherry notes layered over a spicy oak. Mouth feel is medium with cherry, oak, and pepper spice coming through. A burnt sugar note seems to linger through the finish.23.99 USD per Bottle