Port Charlotte 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted January 20, 2021Rustic peat Winter chimney smoke New leather Hint of cheese Sweet apple and pear Perfect craft presentation. From nose to finish, one the greatest peated drams I’ve ever thoroughly enjoyed. Dry glass: beloved old books
Ardbeg Wee Beastie
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted August 23, 2020Apricot Peat, but relatively little smoke Pelagic Sweet Pear Wild and intense Long finish Thoroughly satisfying Dry glass: smoked chicken wings (perfection)
Mortlach 12 Year "The Wee Witchie"
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted June 24, 2019100th note! Gentle sweet smoke Salted Caramel Medjool dates Beloved petrichor Old books Thick & syrupy Dark old oak Orange zest Winter spices Indefatigable, my soul is restored. Dry glass: grilled sweet peppers.
Compass Box Peat Monster (Classic Brown Label)
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandTasted January 17, 2019A homogenous experience, but not for the uninitiated. Applewood smoked bacon Dark honey Dry ginger ale Spindrift Beach sand Black pepper Potting soil Grilled Nectarine Lemon zest A satisfying pour for any old peat-head. Dry glass: fresh roasted grain.
Craigellachie 13 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted January 16, 2019Perfect example of how much character a simple whisky can have. Sweet autumn apples Fresh cut cedar Warm vanilla Winter spices Maple syrup (grade B) Honeyed almonds Faint waft of chimney smoke A straightforward experience from a simpler world now past. Dry glass: rustic beeswax.
Bruichladdich The Laddie 10 Year (2nd Edition)
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted October 29, 2018Perfect craft presentation! NOSE: Intense Fresh sea air Salted butter Orange oil Peat, but not in the form of smoke Beach sand PALATE: Syrupy Zesty Pickled ginger Sweeter with water FINISH: Full, rich and spicy Hint of clove and cardamom Fresh cut cedar Dark chocolate Eminently balanced and elucidating. Dry glass: Mesquite wood chips.
Oban 14 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted July 31, 2018Finally found an affordable bottle, under $60, normally $80-90 in my area (read: shamefully overpriced). NOSE: Dry malt Floral ginger Blueberry preserves Sandalwood Gentle wisps of sweet woody smoke PALATE: Warm & inviting Dry citrus Hints of sweet star anise FINISH: Sharp woody spices Dry breakfast cereal Just a waft of smoke passes again A detectably high quality dram, but a bit lacking in distinct character or individuality. Dry Glass: Triple-milled bar soap.
The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted June 18, 2018Conventional, traditional, foundational, classic, intemerate, illuminating, brilliant, satisfying, impressive, virtuous, approachable, complex, harmonious, centering, invigorating, elucidating, transcendental, quality.
Compass Box Spice Tree
Blended Malt — ScotlandTasted April 11, 2018Utterly irresistible. Dusty old books Warm buttery vanilla Little hints of marzipan Mild orange zest Gentle sweet caramelized pork skin Honey-roasted nuts Spicy cedar and cloves A full & intense experience from nose to finish. Reminders of all the romance that beguiled me into this damned Scotch rabbit-hole in the first place. A new favorite (I’ve already picked up an “Extravaganza” bottling to squirrel away). Dry glass: beloved petrichor.
Talisker Distiller's Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted March 29, 2018Bizarre & unique, almost unrecognizable to the 10 year bottling. Strong overripe fig Brown banana Rose Stale cigarettes Woody peat smoke Sea spray Combine to form the distinct impression of well-worn age, tragic maturity and abyssal depth. Dry glass: smoked pork rinds.