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  1. Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Bruichladdich : The Classic Laddie is a no age statement single malt scotch whisky hailing from the Islay region. Price : $60.00 Sampled 9/10/15 with 2.75 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Light brine, vanilla, lightly vegetal and herbal. Taste - Salt, almond, celery, cereal, wood sap, glue, fennel and herbal. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and burn. Final score : 4 / 5, not for inexperienced drinkers. Would buy again.
  2. Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Glenfiddich 15, a 15 year old single malt scotch whisky hailing from the speyside region. Sampled 8/24/15 from a sampler package with 1.3 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Spices, green apple, toffee, tea and marzipan. Taste - Heather, leather, brandy, dried cherries, light vanilla cake, lightly medicinal. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score : 4 / 5, will definitely be purchasing a full bottle, very tasty stuff.
  3. TX Blended Whiskey

    Blended American Whiskey — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    1.0
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    TX Blended whiskey from FR Distilling. A no age statement Texas bourbon, price $38.99 Sampled 8/4/15 with 3/4 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Vanilla cake, cookie dough, heavy caramel and yellow cake. Taste - Vanilla, insanely heavy caramel, cherry cookie, almond, marzipan, butter, cola, maple and short bread cookies. Finishes with a medium/quick fading flavor and no burn. Final score : 1.5 / 5, if ever such a thing existed as children's whiskey, this would be it. It's just so sweet with so many confectionary notes and no savory to round it out or balance them that I can't give it a high score. Might be a good starting whiskey for someone who doesn't like whiskey but wants to get into it or give it a try, but most seasoned drinkers I imagine will find this one unpalatably confectionary. Will not buy again.
  4. Blanton's Original Single Barrel

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Blanton's : Original Single Barrel, a Kentucky bourbon from Buffalo Trace distillery. Price : $63.00 Sampled 7/7/15 with 2 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Wood char, cherry, almond, marzipan, raisin cake, brown sugar, bubble gum, caramel and vanilla. Taste - Marzipan, sour cherry gum, cookie dough and raisin. Finishes with a medium/quick lingering flavor and burn. Final score : 4 / 5, within my top 3 bourbons, not the best, but damned good. Definitely will buy again.
  5. Glenfiddich 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Glenfiddich 12, a 12 year old single malt scotch whisky hailing from the speyside region. Had this one from a sampler package. Sampled on 5/27/15 with 1 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Baked apple, tea, vanilla icing, cake and raisin. Taste - Light, tart, vanilla, raisin, baked apple, distinct motor oil, light salt, floral, butter, herbaceous and tannic. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score : 3.2 / 5, a bit thin and falls a bit flat, probably wouldn't purchase a full bottle of this one myself, but worth trying a dram of.
  6. Aberlour A'bunadh

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Aberlour : A'bunadh, a no age statement, single malt scotch whisky hailing from the speyside region. Price : $91.99. Sampled on 3/9/15 with 3 teaspoons of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Rum cake, brown sugar, bittered honey and currants, lots of blackberry, almost to the point of blackberry jam. Taste - Honeyed arrival, marzipan, almond, sherry, rum cake, a distinct saltiness and plum. Finishes with a long lasting flavor and burn. Final score : 4 / 5, would buy again at the right price.
  7. Speyburn 10 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Speyburn 10, a 10 year old speyside single malt scotch whisky from Speyburn distillery. Price : $32.99, Sampled on 3/3/15 with 1/2 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Heavy prune and raisin, sharp alcohol nip, vanilla, light marzipan, perhaps some fleeting cilantro here, brown sugar and pineapple. Taste - Vanilla, fruit, fleeting cilantro again, woodsap, extremely light medicinal smoke. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and long lingering burn. Final score : 3.5 / 5, You aren't going to find a cheaper single malt, and what you're getting is a decently high quality spirit when you account for the price you've paid. Work equally as well as a mixer for those rare cocktails that call for single malt scotch. Wouldn't necessarily purchase again, but is worth adding under your belt.
  8. Johnnie Walker Swing

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Johnnie Walker : Swing, a no age statement blended scotch whiskey. Price : $62.99, Sampled on 5/8/14 with 3/4 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Fruit basket, bright flora, honey, vanilla, light brown sugar, spice, cacao, cherry pits and cherry wood, tea and raisin. Flavor - Sweet and sour, smokey, fudge, raisins and English breakfast tea. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and burn. Final score : 4.5 / 5, not sure what's up with the low scores here, in my opinion this is one of the finest blended scotches I've had and definitely is the best thing Johnnie Walker produces. Will definitely buy again.
  9. Johnnie Walker Double Black

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Johnnie Walker : Double Black, a blended scotch whisky. No age statement. Price : $43.99. Sampled on 4/29/14 with roughly 1/2 teaspoon of water in a Glencairn spirits nosing glass. Aroma - Immediate smoke, peat, light fruit, golden syrup, prunes, darker cooked fruits and brown sugar. Taste - Light smoke, slightly sour, light almond and cherry, all around light. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score : 2 / 5 would not buy this one again.
  10. The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The Macallan 12, 12 year speyside single malt from Macallan distillery. Price : $62.99 Sampled : 4/24/2014 with 2 teaspoons of water. Aroma - Raisin, plums, dates, marzipan, dark cooked fruits, light warm nutmeg and vanilla. Taste - Vanilla, raisin, currants, dark fruit and German stollen cake. Finishes with a medium lingering burn and flavor. Final score - 3.5 / 5. Would buy this one again for the right price.
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