Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedOnly got this because they ran out of Redbreast at Gold Class. Strong dried fruits and sherry on the nose. Proceeded to a rich chocolatey palate with ripe cherries. Spiced finish. Not my dram.
Caol Ila Moch
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedGifted as a K.K present - thanks again! Nose: Strong briney salt and smoke with subtle hints of hard-boiled lemon candy and vanilla. A little peppery at the end. Palate: The smoke and peat intensifies. The sweetness of the vanilla progresses to more of a buttery Wether's Original lolly. Finish: Long but subtle - not a peat punch in the face but a sweet toffee-esque heartwarming after taste. An easy drinker.
The Glenlivet 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: Black Forest Cake - Dark Chocolates with Cherries. Palate: Intense dried fruits (currants) with Apple Pie. Slight smokey spice - only a hint. Finish: Abrupt spiced oakey finish. Surprisingly lingers in the chest.
Hellyers Road Single Malt Pinot Noir Finish
Single Malt — Tasmania, AustraliaTastedZesty lemon and orange on the nose. Progresses rapidly to a crescendo of intense fruity sweetness with supporting spices. A more dark berry end to the palate with that strong red wine finish. Might just eclipse the Starward Nova re: wine cask finish.
Hellyers Road Original 12 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — Tasmania, AustraliaTastedVery vanillary on the nose. Slight hint of lemon-orange at the end. On the palate a subdued honey mellowness progressing to a spiced lavender finish. Pass.
Lagavulin Offerman Edition 11 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedRon Swanson's signature dram. A winner even before opening the bottle. The most pleasant nose - strong aromas of green apple, toffee-apple-esque, with a hint of cinnamon/spice. The subtlety of the quintessential Islay smoke starts here also. On the palate, oak-wood peat intensifies but is bridled and harnessed by the rather sweet strawberry-blueberry notes. A rather short finish more fruity than your usual Lagavulin, but leaves that trademark dry leathery feel in the mouth. The best part (bar the nose) is despite the seemingly fleeting finish, a rather drawn out peaty sensation that lingers and accumulates. A brilliant dram all round.
GlenDronach Forgue 10 Year
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedA step up from The Glendronach 12 y.o. Both finished in Pedro Ximenez. Very mellow cocoa/hot chocolate on the nose with hints of spice. Toffee and dried fruits on the palate. Good rich nutty heartwarming finish.
Laphroaig PX Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedRich dark golden amber coloration. The nose definitely the highlight - true to its name (Pedro Ximenez), the sweet sherry stands out progressing to dried fruit (currants and sultanas) and a hint of vanilla. The traditional Laphroaig peat/smoke shines through on the palate although the sweetness of the PX finish bridles and modulate the peatiness to a gradual crescendo of oaky, peppery spiced finished. The dram warms the chest and lingers. Much like Ardbeg An Oa with the PX finish but much more intense. Prefer this to the An Oa.
Kurayoshi Pure Malt 18 Year
Blended Malt — Multiple CountriesTastedVery floral and vanillary on the nose. Citrus-orange with the ever so slight smokiness of black tea on the palate. More vanilla and smoke in the finish.
Octomore 07.4/167 Virgin Oak
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedPeaty yet floral on the nose. Nutty almond and toffee on the palate. There she is - that punch in the guts Octomore mega peat - the heart burning power packed punch to finish. I imagine this is how Thanos felt when he clicked his index finger and thumb with the Infinity Gauntlet.