Lost Distillery Towiemore
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedSurprisingly nice for the price point, pretty flavorful. Very pretty amber color. Pleasant aroma, with a hefty dose of caramel and a bit of vanilla. Nice flavor too, with some almonds, peach, and vanilla.
Oban 14 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedReally well-balanced, easy-drinking scotch that never disappoints. Has a little bit of everything to go with anything, and a nice golden color to match. A variety of different flavors. A bit of sweetness up front with some hints of honey and a bit of pear. A good amount of sea salt, some lemon sourness, and some quality pear and earthiness fill out the flavor. Very easy finish that makes it feel fairly smooth.
Bunnahabhain 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedFairly solid whiskey, no major weaknesses. Good balance between sherry and bourbon casks for an overall sweet and fruity profile. Good amount of alcohol as well. Very very light on the peat and smoke, unusual for Islay, and I had hoped for a little bit more to at least be noticeable. Good amount of nutty flavor alongside the dried fruits. Lingers a long time in your mouth.
Herradura Ultra Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — MexicoTastedVery smooth sipping tequila, rather pleasant to drink. The only major downside is that it loses some of the richness and complexity of other unfiltered añejo tequilas. That said, it’s a good quality drink at a reasonable price. Not a strong aroma, but a scent of honeydew melon is present. On the palate there’s some honey, and a hint of melon and herbal flavors, along with notable agave. A bit sweet overall.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Blended — JapanTastedA well-balanced, easy-drinking whiskey. On the nose you get floral notes, a bit of sherry (enhanced with a couple drops of water) and hints of maple syrup and honey. On the palate it is very pure, without overly strong flavors. The honey is again present, and there’s a bit of white chocolate. A bit more bite on the finish than you expect from the smoothness and purity on the tongue. Nice to drink.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Port Cask Finish 14 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedMy favorite port cask scotch thus far in my exploration. Nicely balanced scotch, rich in flavor. Pretty amber color, with hints of rose from the port casks. Rather aromatic, rich in scents of caramel and honey, with hints of cherry, strawberry, chocolate, and candied apricot. It’s quite full but not harsh on the palate. Fairly rich (but not overpowering) flavor full of candied dark fruits, a bit of chocolate, hints of mint, toffee, and fig. Really well-balanced finish with very distinct Port flavor, which is exactly what I hope to get from a port-finished scotch.
Hine Rare VSOP Cognac
Cognac — Cognac, FranceTastedQuite good flavor and fairly smooth. Full-bodied aromas including vanilla. Rich but smooth on the palate – flavors include fig, grape juice (naturally), a bit of prune, syrup, and some hints of holiday spice.
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2016
Peated Single Malt — ScotlandTastedNice, more lightly peated scotch. Incredibly pale straw color, really light. Fairly light and smooth for a (presumably) quite young scotch. Light smoke and light peat, which adds a bit of character but keeps it from being as strong as most other Islays. Has just a hint of brine as well. A little bit of citrus tang, some grass and herbs, and some butterscotch flavors as well.
Glenfarclas 25 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedVery nice, and good value scotch considering the age. Fairly (but not very) smooth, with a lot going on in the full-bodied taste. Some marmalade and honey on the nose. The taste has a lot of flavors – some Christmas spices, a fair amount of wood, a bit of sweetness, some tobacco, mint, dark chocolate, and a bit of smoke. The woodiness does leave the finish a bit dry.
The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedQuite good for a 12-year scotch, it’s a fairly nice regular drinker (albeit a bit expensive for the value). Nice rich caramel color, clearly derived from the sherry casks. A bit of ginger and vanilla on the nose. Quite smooth, rich, and balanced for only 12 years. A healthy amount of dried cherries and cranberries, with some spice and hints of ginger and orange.