Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted750ml poured neat in Glencairn at home. My expectations are for an instant and overwhelming wallop of campfire and brine. However, the nose is much more complex, with moderate peat, smoke, band-aid, along with stone fruit, mild baking spices, lite citrus. Interesting. Taste brings on the peat and smoke, but not too much, along with apples, pears, sea air, heather, and mild spice. Quite complex. The finish lingers with more smoke, brine and stone fruit. Really nice. I get why this is so highly rated. 9/18/19.49.99 USD per Bottle
Lagavulin 8 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted750ml poured neat in Glencairn at home. Nose has the smoke and brine, sea air and peat that I expected, plus some mild florals tagging along. Taste brings out more of the florals with some citrus, followed by a big campfire with lingering smoke and brine. Very tasty, and leaves a nice spicy finish that lingers for a good while. Yes. 9/18/19.49.99 USD per Bottle
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino Cask Finish
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedBottle pour in to Glencairn at home, courtesy of Breezy. Nose has bacon, brine, figs, rotted mango. Strong. Taste is quite salty, with moderate campfire, tobacco, dried kumquat, pencil shavings, star anise. Very complex and very good. 9/16/19
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted750ml poured neat into Glencairn at home. On sale for $47.99. Very light in color, like apple juice. Nose smoke and brine, bbq, wet leather. Taste is heavy peat, wet grass, sea air, some sweet notes coning on near end, then lingering smokiness. Nice. 9/16/1947.99 USD per Bottle
Talisker 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted750ml poured neat into Glencairn at home. On sale for $52.99. Nose is smoky bacon, salt, mild floral and citrus notes. Taste has that smoke and bacon, but adds a sweet and spicy chord through the mid-palate, with salty bbq wafting through the finish. Lingering smoky peat is nice. This is very good. 9/16/19.
Lagavulin 9 Year (Game of Thrones-House Lannister)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted2-3oz pour neat in a rocks glass at home courtesy of Breezy. Smoky peat dominates, like a campfire under the nose, with very mild grains and sea air. Taste has a more subdued smoke, some great bbq notes, peat, brine. Really nice. 9/15/19.
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedTaste neat from Matt the Lion's Glencairn at The MacMillan Whisky Room in Mosaic District. I remember having this a few times in the early 00's before it was discontinued. Glad it is back. Maybe - no, definitely - the only blend I would regularly seek out. Both the nose and taste are really well-balanced, with the right amount of smoke,honey, orange peel, grains, and brine. Just a great whisky. 9/15/19.
Sazerac Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted2oz neat in Glencairn at The MacMillan Whisky Room in Mosaic District. Nose is all baking spices with mild wood and herbs. Very pleasant. Taste is slightly subdued, adds in some apples and grains. Lite lingering finish with a touch of red hots. Nice. 9/15/19
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted1/2 oz pour neat in Glencairn as part of the "Peat Monster" flight at The MacMillan Whisky Room in Mosaic District. Followed up by a 2oz pour in rocks glass at home two hours later provided by Breezy. Nose has dark muted smoke, mild cinnamon, lite grains. Taste is much more bright, great sweet spices over smoky peat. Really quite nice overall. 9/15/19
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted1/2 oz pour neat in Glencairn as part of the "Peat Monster" flight at The MacMillan Whisky Room in Mosaic District. Nose has mild peat, smoke, salt. Taste is a bright explosion of peat, sea salt, smoke. Lingering smoky briny finish. Nice! 9/15/19