Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThe king of the smoky Islay malts. Like drinking an ashtray. Cigar smoke on the nose, cigar smoke and caramelized toffee flavors, and an immensely warming finish. You are either in the mood for this, or you aren't. No two ways about it.
Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice
Blended — ScotlandTastedPretty middle of the road as scotch blends go. Light and a bit sweet, kind of buttery, sugary cereal and birch wood. The scent is light and mostly blonde wood and grass, and the finish is a bit sharp with tingly warmth and corn syrup. Ice helps - it simplifies things, and makes it more quaffable.
Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedWelk, there is some smoke and warmth as advertised. However, it's sort of an ashy, burnt wood sort of smoke, along with cooked brown sugar, a bit of chili flake, and unfortunately some sort of chemical thing like paint thinner. A drying and warming sensation takes over on the finish, with more of that chemical treated wood flavor. Overall, sort of muddled and basically meh-minus
Glenkinchie Distillers Edition
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTastedLight, sweet, and some warming spice here. Cinnamon toast, butterscotch, nicely evident sherry flavors, and a creamy finish almost like a boozy root beer float. If there was ever such a thing as a brunch whisky, this would be it. Tasty, if not especially complex. (1991 distillation edition)
Compass Box Great King St Glasgow Blend
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedFairly intense but very smooth smokiness, combined with nice dark cherry and red wine flavors. The sherry cask agong is obvious in the finish, with creamy fruit flavors at the end - a very nice smooth finish.
Compass Box Great King St Artist's Blend
Blended — ScotlandTastedDefinite hit of buttered toast, candied fruits like apple and maybe apricot, and a noticeable oakiness reminding me a little bit of a bourbon. Creamy finish, some baking spice like nutmeg and something like Earl Grey tea. Pretty good for moderately priced blend.
Lagavulin 9 Year (Game of Thrones-House Lannister)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedA great Lagavulin - smooth and smoky, some Laphroaig-like medicinal flavors like iodine, plenty of graininess, some wood flavors, and an underlying sweetness.
Penderyn Aur Cymru
Single Malt — Wales, WalesTastedDefinitely a bit sweet with a sharp spirit edge - gingerbread flavor, maybe some orange peel, and definitely a nice smooth burn at the end. Pretty simple and straightforward, not especially complex, but this would be nice with Christmas dinner.
Germain-Robin Craft Method Lot 55 Alambic Brandy
American Brandy — California, USATastedThis is fairly light for a brandy. Vanilla and caramel apple scents. Plenty of warmth, a tingly burn up front but more of a pleasant warmth at the end. Not a whole lot of deep flavors, maybe some caramelized fruit flavors and some white pepper at the end. Perhaps a bit thinner than I would like. Tastes somewhat young. Grapes used came from the 2017 harvest, and I tasted it in 2019, so not much barrel-aging and it shows. It did make a nice Sidecar with Grand Marnier. Certainly quaffable if a bit forgettable.
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Canadian — CanadaTastedSmooth, baking spice like allspice and nutmeg, and dried fruit. Easy to drink straight. Mild finish, quite a nice Canadian whisky for sipping.