Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength
Single Malt — TaiwanTastedBeautiful nose with aged oak, vanilla, and stonefruit coming through. The body is full, warm and fruity. Green apples, honey, and lightly citric on the palate. The finish is long, fruity with a gently spiced aftertaste. Overall, this whisky is fragrant, balanced and maybe one of the best whiskys I have had. Cask # B111209009A. Bottle # 131/195.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ghost and Rare Brora
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedPineapple, apples, and ginger stand out on the nose. The mouthful is light and velvety, followed by a delicious medley of nutmeg, gentle notes of sherry and hint of smoke on the palate. The finish is light and of medium-short length. Overall, this premium blend is balanced, complex, elegant and easy drinking. Very well worth a try.
Bombay Original London Dry Gin (40%)
London Dry Gin — EnglandTastedUninspiring on the nose and a little bit harsh to drink. Incomparable to clean and quality taste of Bombay Sapphire.
London Dry Gin — Western Cape, South AfricaTastedLemon forward on the nose, with cardamon also taking a leading role on the nose and palate. Otherwise, the juniper is hardly noticeable and is overall not very complex. Finish is clean, with slightly minty aftertaste. Worth a try, but will not feature as a regular in my gin collection.50.0 CAD per Bottle
Glenfiddich 21 Year Reserva Rum Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedVanilla, brown sugar, milk chocolate and stone fruit on the nose. Medium bodied, featuring caramel, sweet bread, and some notes of rum on the palate. The finish is fruity and of medium length with light cooling aftertaste of licorice. Not overwhelmingly complex, but really tasty whisky.
The Macallan Reflexion
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedBeautifully fragrant on the nose, with stonefruit, dried figs, cooked pears and aged oak coming through. Full-bodied, fruity and creamy mouthful, with a delicious combination of vanilla-yogurt covered raisins and baking spices on the palate. The finish is long, with a spicy and slightly citric aftertaste. Overall, this whisky is delicious, elegant and near perfect. Arguably one of the best whiskys I have had.
Linkwood 21 Year Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted(This review is for the Cadenhead Small Batch 23 Year Old Linkwood-Glenlivet) Honey, leather, and lightly citric nose. Robust mouthful, with a delicious combination of strawberries, grapenuts and toasted cereal on the palate. The finish is long and lightly spiced. Overall a delicious and gem of a dram.
Hibiki 12 Year
Blended — JapanTastedApples, biscuits, and chamomille on the nose. Light bodied, with walnuts and honey on the palate. Relatively dry and short finish. Overall, a light, balanced and elegant blend. Very much worth a try in my books.
Springbank 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTastedLight earthy peat smoke, vanilla and hints of aged oak and sherry on the nose. Medium-bodied and oily mouthful, with oranges, berries and sea salt on the palate. The finish is lightly spiced and relatively short. It is not the most fragrant or full-bodied of Springbank expressions, but still quite pleasant and easy-drinking. Certainly worth trying.93.0 CAD per Bottle
Springbank 21 Year
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTastedStonefruit, mixed peels, light peat and aged oak on the nose. Warm, robust and slightly sweet mouthful, with raisins, candied orange, brown sugar, dark chocolate on the palate. The finish is fruity, slightly dry and of medium length. Balanced, elegant, delicious and fruitiest Springbank I have had so far.