Auchentoshan 12 Year
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTastedAuchentoshan 12 year Lowland scotch, price : $44.99 Had this with 3/4 teaspoon of water. Aroma - Orange marmalade, green apple, light cinnamon, heavy licorice - almost to an absinthe character, almond, pound cake and dates. Taste - Almond, cinnamon, marzipan and cake. Finishes with a quickly fading flavor and burn. Final score 2.5 / 5, found this to fall flat on the complexity, a one trick pony, would not buy again.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedGlenmorangie Quinta Rutan 12 year old Highland scotch Sampled : 4/20/15, price $58.99 Aroma - Cherry liqueur, slight bourbon, pears, cab and port wines and sour brandy. Taste - Cherry, almond, marzipan, cooked plum and cherry wood. Finishes with a quick lingering flavor and medium/long lingering burn. Final score, 3/5, might consider buying again at the right price.
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedBalvenie 14 Caribbean Cask 14yr. Speyside, Sampled 12/24/15 Had with 3/4 teaspoon of water Aroma - Coconut rum, light bourbon influences, sweet fresh banana, almond paste, distinctive rye character, oak and heavy whipping cream. One of the best smelling scotches I've encountered. Taste - Buttery, heavy cream, coconut milk, lighty-spiced rum, very smooth and oily texture, very balanced and measured arrival. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and burn. Final score 5 / 5, one of the tastiest scotches I've had the pleasure of trying, will definitely buy again.
Highland Park 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedHighland Park 12 by Highland Park distillery Highland scotch, price $52.99 Sampled on 4/20/14 with 3/4 teaspoons of water Aroma - Lots of bright green sour apple, the sourness takes on an almost tequila twang, distinctive rye character, ivory soap, light leather, bittered honey, wood sap, resin and brown sugar. Taste - Gentle smoke, green apple, a bit of rye and a slightly meaty quality. Truly does have "a little bit of everything" in its flavor. Finishes with a medium lingering flavor and a long lingering burn. Final score 5 / 5. This has become my favorite, regular daily dram and thus I would definitely buy again.
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedArdbeg 10 by Ardbeg distillery 10 year old Islay single malt, price : 38.99 Sampled on 4/19/14 with 2 teaspoons of water Aroma - Peat smoke, campfires, Ivory soap and marzipan with a hint of green apple. Taste - Peat, woodsmoke, slightly medicinal. Finishes with a quickly lingering flavor and medium lingering burn. 3 / 5 would not necessarily buy again.
Compass Box Spice Tree
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedThe Spice Tree : Compass Box Blend, no age statement Price : $60.00 Sampled : 12/2/15 Added 1.5 teaspoons of water Aroma - Orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coconut, banana, quite nippy on the nose, cherry bubble gum and ginger. Taste - Wow, heavy ginger, light allspice, vanilla, yellow cake and English breakfast tea. Finishes with long lingering flavor and burn. 4 / 5 Stars, would buy again