Glenlivet 12 Year Double Oak
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed January 8, 2023N: orchard fruits, pear, apple, some honey, lightly malted cereal, hint of vanilla, woody oak. T: honey, toasted cereal, vanilla, light oak barrel pepper note, light grassy herbal note on the finish. Finish is medium at best. Overall, simple but decent. Standard 12 year old Speyside contribution of scotches.
Powers Gold Label
Blended — IrelandReviewed December 24, 2022N: crisp fruits, honey, caramel toffee, butter cookie, cereal grains, simple and pleasant. T: cream, honey, toasted oats, buttery malt sweetness, a pleasant spice throughout and on the finish. Quite enjoyable for a blended and at the price point. I would get it again.
Blended — ScotlandReviewed December 4, 2022N: Alright, this is a cheap weird one that takes a strangely wild ride. It starts off with a perfume-like new carpet smell but breaks (after sitting a moment) into the fruit and wheat notes, light tropical tone of pineapple and coconut rum, honey, cereal notes. T: acetone punch at first but then takes a right turn and transition into a light sweetness of fruit and coconut rum with marshmallow? And then promptly zags a hard left turn into a weird finish of herbal and floral perhaps? It’s a mixer style scotch for sure. That’s it.
Ide & Stills Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandReviewed November 23, 2022N: slight ethanol/paint fume off the cuff and take a moment to gas off, has touches of honey, orchard fruits of pear and apple, cereal grain, baking spices, nutmeg, fairly simple and lacks depth. T: honey and fruit, barrel spices, peppery finish that has a little alcohol bite. Ok for scotch and soda but would be better as a mixer.
Glenfiddich 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed November 18, 2022N: orchard fruits of apple and pear, honeysuckle, butterscotch, maltiness, vanilla, light floral note, baking spices, barrel spices, light oak. T: fruitiness, sherry, lightly toasted malted cereal, sweet hay or straw, cinnamon, barrel spices, a very light peppery note on the finish but doesn’t last long. Overall, a decent 12 year old scotch. Worth rotating in to the lineup.
Lismore Single Malt
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed September 29, 2022N: light fruity, apple, pear, honey, sweet hay or straw, a neat little bubblegum note, lightest touch of a herbal note, light oak. T: light fruitiness, malted caramel syrup like what would be used in a cola, nice oak barrel spices, white peppery note, some grassy herbal notes, light smoke, medium finish. Not too bad for a budget blend with no age statement and for $30.
Loch Lomond 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands , ScotlandReviewed September 24, 2022N: pleasant ripe orchard fruits, honey, caramel, light touch of vanilla, cereal notes, light wisp of peaty smoke, unfortunately has a perfume characteristic as little to close to paint fumes for me that overlays the entire nose. Not a fan of that and a little disappointed. Distracts from what it’s supposed to offer for sure. Perhaps a bad batch? T: a nice fruity and smoky mix, hint of baking spices, a little earthiness, some grassy herbal notes, nice barrel spices, peppery on the finish, perfume note is present but not as bad as what the nose gives. Overall, disappointed. Just having trouble with that perfume or paint fume characteristic I’m getting. If that wasn’t there, it’s pretty solid otherwise.
Glenfiddich 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed September 23, 2022N: very much fruit forward, apple, pear, golden and dark raisins, apricot, dried candied fruits, touch of sherry, hint of an oily citrus, honey, buttery toffee, vanilla, baking spices, toasted malted cereal, a seriously large range of aromas to pick out. T: nice oily coating and mouthfeel, rich fruitiness, light nuttiness, mild oak barrel spices, baking spices, touch of a leather note on the finish along with what almost seems to be a pipe tobacco smokiness, finish evolves and changes nicely as it fades. A wonderful scotch that really is practically liquid fruitcake. Worth it in my book.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed September 18, 2022N: dark fruits, dried fruits, raisins, dates, brown sugar, a little honey, orange zest, baking spices, light gentle hint of peat smoke, rich with some depth overall. T: rounded fruitiness of those dark dried fruits, honey, candied orange, toasted malted cereals, easy going smokiness, gentle pepper barrel spices, light oak, quite smooth and well balanced overall. A great scotch by Johnnie Walker for sure. However, not exactly worth the price point for the product overall, imo. But don’t let that stop you from trying it.
Johnnie Walker 18 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed September 18, 2022N: classic orchard fruits, apple, pear, golden rains, citrus notes of orange and lemon zest, honey, vanilla, light cereal notes, lightest hint of smoke. T: light fruitiness, dried fruits, hint of citrusy zest, smoked honeyed toasted nuttiness, toasted cereal, chocolate, grassy herbal note, oaky barrel spices, peppery spice, maybe even a hint of leather, medium to long finish. Not too damn bad at all. Quite enjoyable.