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  1. Jura Superstition

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Jura : Superstition, a no age statement but unofficially 13 year year old single malt scotch whisky from the Island region. Price : $45.00. Sampled with 1/2 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Porridge, stew, honey, wood, young and rough, buttered toast, shave cream, unsweetened caramel and light cabernet. Taste - Toast, grainy, buttery, savory, faint sweetness and beef vegetable soup. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and burn. Final score : 3 / 5, very unique in how savory it is. Might consider purchasing again but would have to be at a significantly lower price.
  2. Compass Box Peat Monster Cask Strength

    Peated Blended Malt — Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Peat Monster, a no age statement blended scotch whisky from Compass Box. Price $60.00, Sampled 12/9/15 with one teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Distant hazelnut, soy bacon bits, a bit of char and ash, shoe polish, butter, medicinal smoke, lime, herbal, cereal and vegetal. Taste - Sweet to start, gentle smoke, some lightly sweet almond paste, Apple and ginger. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score : 5 / 5, would definitely buy again.
  3. Arran 10 Year

    Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The Arran 10, a 10 year old single malt scotch whisky hailing from the Island region. Price $60.00 Sampled 12/9/15 with 3/4 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Slight salt brine, currants, heavy bourbon influences, vanilla, prune, toffee, malty and light blueberry. Taste - Cherry, heavy bourbon flavors, oranges and almond. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and burn. Final score : 5 / 5, will definitely be buying again.
  4. Hibiki Japanese Harmony

    Blended — Japan

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Hibiki : Japanese Harmony, a blended, no age statement, Japanese whiskey from Suntory distillery. Sampled 11/29/15 with 1.5 teaspoons of water. Aroma - Wood sap, marzipan, light cherry, very bright sweetness, vanilla sugars. Taste - Butter, cookies, cherry cough syrup, castor sugar, too sweet. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and virtually no burn. Final score 2 / 5, as I mentioned before, this whisky is just too sweet and comes off as a cough suppressant. There's potential here, but I will not be purchasing this particular offering from Suntory again.
  5. Balblair 2002 1st Release

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Balblair : 2002 1st release, a no age statement single malt scotch whisky hailing from the Highland region. Price $60.00 Sampled 12/3/15 with 1.25 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Grapefruit, green apple, lemon, orange, raspberry jam, light wood sap, lime leaf and mint. Taste - Lemon, sherbet, woody, lightly sour, malty and bittered honey. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and long lasting burn. Final score : 3 / 5, wouldn't buy this one again, not because it's bad, it's definitely interesting and engaging, just personally don't care for it too terribly much.
  6. Old Pulteney 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Old Pulteney 12, a 12 year old single malt scotch whisky hailing from the Highland region. Price $60.00 Sampled 12/2/15 with 3/5 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Barley sugar, lemon, currants, plum, almond paste, cereal, yellow cake, icing, cocoa butter and creme brulee. Taste - Distinct cilantro, sea salt, herbal, vegetal with a vanilla and almond finish. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and burn. Final score : 5 / 5, wow, what an insanely complex, two-faced scotch. The nose and palate are two different worlds but both are gorgeous and work together flawlessly. Would definitely buy again.
  7. Pig's Nose

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pig's Nose, a 5 year old blended scotch whisky by Whyte & Mackey. Price $30.00 Sampled 11/30/15 with 1.5 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Very young and sour, glue, soap, sawdust, corn, light vanilla and sherry influences. Taste - Light cherrywood, inherently sweet, vegetal and with a earthiness found in that of black eyed peas. Finishes with a quick flavor and burn. Final score : 3 / 5, why a higher mark? The texture. The mouth feel on this whisky is one of the best I have ever felt in my life, I'm not sure how they manage it, but it is incredibly, smooth, oily, slick and soft. It drinks so easily that it scores decently well. You won't find anything complex here, but the flavor is fine and the mouthful makes it an absolute pleasure of a session sipper. Would definitely buy again and keep on hand.
  8. Benromach 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Benromach 10, a 10 year old single malt scotch whiskey hailing from the speyside region. Price $60.00 Sampled 12/2/15 with 3/4 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Light grapefruit, plantain banana, lime leaves, slight brine, brown sugar, lemon zest, rye bread and some green apple. Taste - Gentle smoke, light cookie dough, Buttery, some green apple. Reminds me a bit of a light version of Highland Park 12 year. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and long lasting burn. Final score : 3 / 5, this was just okay, I might consider buying again at the right price.
  9. Dimple Pinch 15 Year

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Dimple Pinch, a 5 year old blended scotch whiskey from Haig distillery. Price $41.99 sampled 10/27/15 with 2 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Banana, vanilla cake, soft gentle fruits, light allspice, lightly herbal, pear and notes of tea and fudge. Taste - Measured arrival, light vanilla, light fruit and raisin. A working man's scotch, but smooth, tasty and easy drinking. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score : 4 / 5, this receives high marks becsuse for what it is, it's high quality. A session sipping blend with an engaging and somewhat complex nose, simple and unchallenging yet tasty flavor and the price is right. Will buy again.
  10. Glenfiddich 18 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Glenfiddich 15, a 15 year old single malt scotch whisky hailing from the speyside region. Had this one from a sampler package. Sampled 10/18/15 with 2 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Cold sherbet, bittered honey, wood sap, resin, lightly herbal, cookie and almond. Taste - Light butter, some peat, tea, marzipan, cherry syrup, very balanced but underwhelming. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score : 2.5 / 5, the taste is okay.. but when taking into account this is from a quite expensive 18 year old bottling it is incredibly underwhelming. Worth maybe trying in a bar, but do yourself a favor and save a little cash and purchase the vastly superior 15 year old variant. Would not purchase a full bottle.
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