Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedInteresting, complex and dynamic. Changes in nose and palate as you drink it. Peated? Yes. Overpowering? No. Nose: salty, smoky and with hints of sugar and toffee from the Sherry casks. Palate: smoky and bonfire at first, with a touch of salt and maritime notes. This gives way to what I can describe as chili more than peppery. Long finish and in which the peat gives way to a warm and round mix of sweetness and salt.
Mortlach 16 Year "Distiller's Dram"
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedA much milder and less impressive nose compared to what it is to come. Hints of Sherry, spice and that signature meaty/sulphuric Mortlach character. In mouth comes in waves. Sweet and oak spiciness/bitterness first. Growing in mouth with a lovely oil character and expanding with layers of spice, depth of toffee and Sherry sweetness. Very long spicy warm and round finish. Solid whisky.
Caol Ila 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedDelicate nose with smoke and oak. In mouth the influence of the cask and oak shows, making the peat less aggressive. Sweet notes and nice roundness and warmth in mouth too. Not very maritime and well balanced.
Glen Scotia 18 Year
Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTastedNose: interesting, complex and provocative. Oak, grass notes, saline and maritime. Reminds me of Arran 14 in a way as the oloroso Sherry shows up. Water opens it up and makes it more spirit driven and honey to show up. Palate: more saline and peppery than the nose. Liquorice, grassy and citric with a nice round oily mouth feeling. Sherry notes come up front and then fade to give room to the more green notes. Finish: long, peppery and with oak presence. Stays in mouth for a long while and grows. Interesting dram for sure with a better nose than palate.
BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: sweet peat and light smoke. Delicate and vanilla. Touch of herb and mint. Mouth: delicate and not overpowering smoke. Sweetness and floral and vanilla again. Finish: medium long. Slightly peppery and with a soft peat.
Tamdhu 15 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: coffee, caramel, toffee. Rich and leatherish. Mouth: oily, rich and yet delicate. Strong Sherry influence with lots of caramel, toffee, sweet notes. Finish: slightly peppery and complex. Not too long.
The GlenAllachie 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: Strong influence of oak. Not particularly complex and clean, green spirit with floral and grassy notes. Light influence of Sherry. Mouth: delicate and fresh. Soft and well balanced. A bit plain, perhaps. Finish: very short and rather forgettable.
Talisker 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedPeppery, coffee and green notes and with Talisker's characteristics smoke and peat but not excessively overpowering
The Glenlivet 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: Brown sugar, malt notes, caramel, oak and Sherry. Palate: Red apples, oily, again some caramel and oak with some vanilla and delicate bitterness with some spice. Finish: Medium. Spicy and bitter. This will always be remembered as the whisky I had while pondering whether or not to buy a house. The Glenlivet 18 was a nice dram that night and helped buying the house!
Dalwhinnie 15 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedFresh, malty, slightly floral and delicate. Mild dram with not a whole lot of complexity and a fine example of what Bourbon casks do to whisky. Little to no spicy notes and not particularly sweet either. Classic dram if perhaps too flat?