Johnnie Walker 18 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed January 18, 2023Aroma is soft with hints of raisin. First taste starts with a touch of plum and smoke. Some pepper and nuttiness in the background. Finish is pleasantly smoky with a touch of peat. Overall very mellow, but well balanced and pleasant. Nicely drinkable neat.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed January 17, 2023Aroma is sweet and almost fruity, but there is a slight almost menthol notes in the background. Taste has hints of vanilla and almost a crème brûlée. Again surprisingly hints of mint in the background. May have to taste it again to be sure it’s not something ate, but apart from toothpaste several hours ago there has been no mint. Some pepper and peat come through on the finish. Pleasant and decent, but I prefer the double black for cheaper.
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandReviewed January 16, 2023 (edited January 17, 2023)Light golden color. Aroma is sweet with notes of Apple, honey and some soft floral. First taste has hints of caramel with some pepper notes in the background. Some oak and light smoke come in. The finish brings out the subtle peat. Pleasant and and balanced.
Jameson Black Barrel
Blended — IrelandReviewed January 5, 2023 (edited January 16, 2023)Color is a golden oak. Aroma is soft but pleasant with main fruit and some warm spices in the background. First taste is vanilla with some almost burnt caramel. Gives way to some peppery nuttiness. Some light oak in the finish. Pleasant, smooth, drinkable. Not overly complex, but hits all the right notes and at less than $50 a bottle I gotta call it a winner.
Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed January 4, 2023Color is very mild. Aroma is sweet with fruit and honey. The first taste is surprisingly mild, just a hint of sweetness. Some hints of nuttiness come in followed by hints of smoke. Overall one of the mildest Scotches I’ve tasted. Perhaps a bit to mild as it leans towards bland. Nothing offensive, but not that interesting either.
Talisker 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed December 29, 2022Aroma is pretty pronounced, has some sweet honey notes with undistinguishable floral with the peat hanging out in the background. The initial taste is a nice caramel, but the higher alcohol makes itself known. This gives way a a modest, but pleasant peaty taste. Kind of hits most of the notes, but not a ton of complexity. A touch of water brings a bit of pear and maybe some nutty notes. Good, but not amazing, but does make me curious to try some of the more aged Scotch’s from Talisker.
Grangestone Bourbon Cask Single Malt
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed December 26, 2021Color is a light amber, maybe a touch more red than usual. Aroma is a bit like oatmeal cookies, but the alcohol prevents to deep a breath. Taste is caramel notes with a touch of cinnamon and vanilla. A touch of smoke comes through in the middle. The finish is warm and pleasant, but not long lasting.
Dewar's 15 Year The Monarch
Blended — ScotlandReviewed December 24, 2021Fairly light in color. Nose has some Apple and floral notes, but the alcohol overpowers it. Tasting starts with some vanilla and brown sugar. This gives way to some smoky oak. Finish adds some pepper to the party. A touch of water reveals some fruity notes, mostly apple.
Bernheim 7 Year Original Wheat Whiskey
Wheat Whiskey — Kentucky, USAReviewed December 23, 2021 (edited April 24, 2022)Color is a rich amber. Aroma is fruity, apple and pear with subtle notes of vanilla. The first taste is sweet, brown sugar and caramel. Gives way to cinnamon with a touch of pepper. Maybe it’s just that it’s almost Christmas, but the finish reminds me of eggnog. Warm, pleasant and inviting. Not edgy, but I don’t mind that.
Lagavulin Offerman Edition Guinness Cask Finish
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed December 21, 2021Very light amber color, almost more yellow. The aroma is heavy with the smoky peat. Some lighter grass and vanilla notes in the background. The first taste is brown sugar with pepper notes. As you let it work in the mouth the malty notes of the Guinness come through subtly along with some smoke. The finish is warm and toasty. It’s a bit less peaty than other Lagavulin’s I’ve had, but for me that is a good thing. Very pleasant, just enough complexity to be interesting, but not some of the more off putting notes of some of its cousins.