Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted October 13, 2021I'm not usually a Speyside guy, but I gave a bottle of the Shieldaig 30 to a Speyside-loving friend for his birthday and we opened it together. On the nose was citrus (he thought more orange, myself more lemon) and warm spices. Creamy mouthfeel with notes of citrus (the orange came through), baking spices, and sweet chocolate. Long finish of dark, dried fruits.
Balcones High Plains Texas Single Malt
American Single Malt — Texas, USATasted September 21, 2021I tried a bottle of High Plains single barrel, so the ABV was a little over 60 and I added a few drops of water. This was definitely a Balcones, but the sherry dominated. Within the Balcones line up, I prefer their Peated Single Malt, Brimstone, and Lineage as they all have more enticing complexities.
Ardbeg Wee Beastie
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted September 19, 2021Smoke and black pepper. Pretty good for the age and price.
FEW Cold Cut Bourbon
Flavored Whiskey — Illinois, USATasted September 17, 2021I've never had anything else by FEW, so I don't know how it compares to the rest of their lineup but I like this. It's a bit punchy and sweet before coffee flavors come in on the back end. I found adding just a bit of water or a single ice cube really opened it up.
The Busker Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted September 14, 2021Bold, sweet, and rich.
Label 5 12 Year
Blended — ScotlandTasted September 14, 2021This was Chivas-esque and had a French whisky mouth feel. Very easy and relaxed.
Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted August 21, 2021This was pretty damn good. There is more depth to the nose and palate than just about anything I've tried. What came through strongest was dried fruits, Cabernet, a hint of chocolate, and not so much smoke as an aroma of a freshly baked dessert. This whisky deserves to be savored with fine dining experience.
Isle Of Harris Gin
Modern Gin — Islands, ScotlandTasted August 20, 2021Best gin ever. Botanicals are all in balance and the salty profile of the kelp is amazing. If you see it, don't hesitate!
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted August 20, 2021Excellent dram. Very peaty but underneath was a sweet molasses and raisin toffee flavor.
Grangestone 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted July 8, 2021I had no idea what to expect going into this other than "it's a highland." It was a pleasant surprise. It was sweet and a little spicy. A friend and I agreed it was reminiscent of Chivas Extra 13. I think I enjoyed the Chivas a little more, but this was a nice option that's less complicated and would make a solid daily dram for those who prefer highlands.