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  1. Ardbeg 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
  2. Ardbeg Grooves (2018 Committee Release)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
  3. Ardbeg Grooves (2018 Committee Release)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
  4. Ardbeg Grooves (2018 Committee Release)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
  5. Ardbeg An Oa

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
  6. Caol Ila Moch

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    “Moch” Meaning “Dawn” in Gaelic fits this dram perfectly. Super light and fresh compared to the standard range. Salty bacon, fresh stone fruits with a black pepper back note on the nose. On the palate the fresh notes continue with the stone fruits coming forward with milk chocolate and the classic Caol Ila Peat smile. #BreakfeastWhisky 🥃 •
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  7. Glenmorangie Bacalta

    Single Malt — Highland, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  8. BenRiach Temporis 21 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    110.0 GBP per Bottle
  9. Dalmore 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    There are many things that come to mind when I think of Dalmore for example, its rich backstory of how Colin of Kintail of the Mackenzie clan was awarded the right to bear the Royal Crest, the 12-pointed stag, which would later become the iconic logo of Dalmore. Or the myth, the legend (the Nose) Richard Paterson, an icon in the whisky industry (google – “how to drink whisky with Richard Paterson”). Not forgetting Dalmore's forward-thinking ageing, finishing and blending technics. Overall Dalmore is pretty god damn interesting, any way to the whisky! This particular Dalmore has been aged for 9 years in ex-bourbon then split in half, leaving half in the bourbon cask and moving the rest of the liquid into Oloroso sherry casks, where the whisky remains for the last 3 years of ageing before being married back together. Nose Distinctive Oloroso notes at the forefront followed by sweet honey, malted barley and fresh lemon oils with cinnamon and sawdust spice lingering in the background. Palate Creamy caramel and dark chocolate coat the mouth, with a hint of bitter orange marmalade followed by the spice notes and light vanilla Finish Dry cinnamon and clove spice really take the lead here with sweet plumb jammy notes that are distinctively Dalmore, leaving you with lingering raisin notes and an almost mint-like freshness. Overall, a pretty decent dram and for the price fantastic value for money. From what I can see this dram has a bit of a marmite following. Personally, I found the palate was a bit one dimensional, but the nose and the long lingering finish help make up for that. It just makes me want to see what the liquid would be like at cask strength before the chill filtration (nudge nudge wink wink if anyone from Dalmore is reading) it makes a fantastic whisky for beginners and always has a place on my shelf.
  10. Ardbeg An Oa

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Ardbeg An Oa (Pronounced An-oh the advert is hilarious look it up) is the newest addition to the Core range from the distillery, alongside the 10yr, Corryvreckan and the Uigeadail, this range is also known as the Ultimate Range (oooh fancy). An Oa is a marriage of several different types of casks, PX Sherry (a personal favourite of mine), Virgin oak and first fill Bourbon, the whisky is then put into Ardbeg’s new “French oak gathering vat where they familiarise themselves with each other” (also fancy) to the Tasting! Nose: It’s the familiar Ardbeg coastal, salty peat on the nose, less medicinal than the standard 10yr with more of a meaty bbq smoke, then peppery dark chocolate and a hint of fresh spearmint (the tiniest bit). Palate Very chocolate forward with sticky dried fruit coming through from the PX casks, then followed by a boom of salty peat, burnt coffee grounds (in a good way) and a chocolate mintiness (it’s a word) reminiscent of After Eights. Finish Spicy black pepper, dry salted meat, and more pepper then fresh mint with more pepper (it’s pretty spicy on the finish) Overview This is an awesome addition to the “Ultimate Range” from Ardbeg, well rounded with plenty going on, less on the medicinal side of peat than the rest of the range but still distinctively Ardbeg. The “several casks” rather than telling us the actual casks is a bit annoying as it would be nice to know the actual ratios, my guess is heavy on the ex-bourbon then just filling in the gaps with the rest. Overall great dram!
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