Ben Bracken Speyside Single Malt
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed March 13, 2021Swill...I just poured it out.
Single Malt — Highlands , ScotlandReviewed March 13, 2021This isn't bad at all but it does nothing to get me excited. It feels young, but it's not terrible. There are some sour notes that make me wonder about the quality of the oak. I would have expected more bourbon notes with it being american oak/ex-bourbon Nose: Light, floral, dried fruits, sugar, almond Palate: Vanilla, almond, citrus, juicy oak, ethanol, bitters Finish: Long, slightly bitter with a spicy prickle Mouthfeel: Warming, slightly oily
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed March 13, 2021After the first two that I tried, this is dissapointing. It feels like it needs more time in sherry and they shouldn't have released it. It's like a dissapointing Bunnahabhain 12. Nose: Coastal notes, figs, raisins, chocolate, spice, malt Palate: Dark fruits, youth notes, ethanol, coastal notes, chocolate Finish: Medium, slightly bitter dark chocolate Mouthfeel: Thin, slightly dissapointing
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed March 12, 2021I really like this a lot. It is young, but the youth adds to the quality of the whisky versus detracting from it. It has all the flavors that I love from Kilchoman turned down and brings in some nice sweetness to balance it. It's like they made Highland Park Magnus the way it was intended. I will definitely look for more of their stuff in the future. Nose:Sweet, citrus,mild ethanol, youth notes, coastal notes (like Bunnahabhain 12), cereal grain, apple, burning leaves Palate:Peat (Kilchoman style), very light brine, honey nut cheerios, dried apricots, funky earthiness Finish: Medium, but there is a slight return of the ash Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, but lingers, slightly astringent
Compass Box Juveniles
Blended Malt — ScotlandReviewed March 12, 2021I like the fruit a lot, but the herbal character is what holds it back for me. It’s a good amount of wax, but not overdone. I don't mind a dry whisky, but this just leaves me wanting. Nose: Waxy nut, apple, citrus fruit, vanilla, honey, slight malt Palate: Vanilla, herbal, pepper, cereal grain, citrus fruit, wax Finish: Medium long, dry, clingy, pepper spice Mouthfeel: Dry, almost effervescent
Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain — ScotlandReviewed February 7, 2021This is like a blend of Bourbon and Irish. I didn't like it on the neck pour, but it is getting better and better. I can't wait to see how this changes. Nose: Vanilla, Caramel, Baking Spice, Oak Palate: Vanilla, Bread, Caramel, Oak, Pepper, Coconut, Graham Crackers, Shortbread Cookie Finish: Medium, Slightly Bitter Mouthfeel: Average, nothing special.
Glen Scotia 15 Year
Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandReviewed January 15, 2021This is a decent dram, but It's just not my cup of tea. It's definitely well made and I could see how people love it, but it is really too dry and oaky for me. The fruit shows up more with water. Not disappointed that I bought it, but I don't anticipate buying it again. It has gotten better as the bottle opened up. Nose: Vanilla, Lemon, Wood, Mustiness, Apricot Palate: Lemon, cinnamon, vanilla, malt, honey Finish: Citrus, slight smoke, musty funk, dustiness Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy, slightly astringent, and some tannin from the oak. It reminds me of drinking a very dry white wine.
Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed December 27, 2020This is a very good pour and I would never turn it down, but I'm just not feeling super peaty whisky as much as I used to. I do prefer the flavor profile of Laphroaig to Ardbeg. Nose: Ash, orange, lemon, iodine, coastline, seaweed, and a Scottish pub in winter. Palate: Ash, orange, iodine, sour notes, and salinity. Finish: Long and it feels like I'm regurgitating an orange cigar. Mouthfeel: I just wish it was a little more viscous.
Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed December 27, 2020I am a total fanboy of this bourbon. It's the whiskey that made want to explore more bourbon. It's complex and easy to drink and I don't think that it gets a fair shake in the whiskey world most of the time because of low abv, but it is a perfect session whiskey and is a great way to introduce people to a whiskey with complexity. Nose: Almonds and corn dust followed by vanilla, caramel, and baked bread. Palate: Caramel, vanilla, almond, butter, and a sugary sweetness. It kind of reminds me of creme brûlée Finish: Medium with a very very slight bitter and nuttiness Mouthfeel: Slightly thin and slightly astringent, but it is extremely easy to drink.
Caol Ila 12 Years
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed December 17, 2020This is a nice whisky, but doesn't do anything that blows me away. I like that it is not your typical peat bomb from Islay, but it still has plenty of smoke. Nose: Sweeter than expected, still has some brine and a applewood smoke. Maybe melon???? Palate: Sweet smoke, slight ash, citrus, I'm still getting melon, but I've never got that note in a whisky. Finish: Medium. It's not as long and strong as Ardbeg and Laphroaig, but this is much easier to drink. Slightly bitter. Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, but nothing to complain about.