Aberlour 16 Year Double Cask Matured
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedA very well made scotch. Not super overpowering like an Islay, but just solid in every way. Dark fruit flavors with very light burn. Fantastic Scotch.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedMy first love when it comes to Scotch. The smell is fantastic. However after trying more Scotches it seems to not be as complex as I first tried it. Smooth and full of peat with slight other flavors. Definitely my favorite Islay, but not my favorite Scotch anymore.
Talisker 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedAn overall pleasure as Talisker hits all of the tasting notes. Peat, fruit, salt, and wood all present. Not overly peaty, which makes for a very enjoyable sipper. Always a pleasure.
Pusser's Rum 15 Year (Guyana)
Navy Rum — GuyanaTastedPretty solid rum. Not as good as the old Pussers used to be. Feels a little bland after having scotch. Wouldn’t buy again.
Ballantine's 12 Year
Blended — ScotlandTastedIt’s not god awful, but there’s nothing special about it either.
Dalmore 18 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedVery smooth and drinkable 18. Minimal burn if any at all. Very fruity and sweet - maybe the sweetest I’ve had. Water opens it up very much. A good 18, but Highland Park is still the best I’ve had.
Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength Batch 005
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedGreat Islay profile. Loads of smoke before water, but not much more to it. Water opens it up as expected. Good balance of fruit and smoke. Much better with a touch of water. Not as great as Ardbeg or Lagavulin, but you can’t beat it for the price point. Great starter Islay.
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedWith water is a lot less smoke and way more fruity. Light hints of smoke, but way more fruitiness. Without water is way more robust and flavorful. Doesn’t have the fruit, but the peat/smoke is very good. On par with Lagavulin.
Glenfiddich 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNeeds some water to open up the flavors. Definitely fruity with a very mild burn at the end. Easy drinking, but I expected a little more from an 18. Very good overall.
Caol Ila 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedA little light for an Islay, but good flavor nonetheless