Redbreast Lustau Edition
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted December 10, 2020Sweet and edgy, obvious sherry fruitcake flavor up front followed by a fairly sharp, spirity burn right through the finish. Sort of a bourbon like oak flavor at the end, as well. Not bad, but I prefer the standard Redbreast.
Maquavit Nord-Norges Aquavit
Aquavit — Oslo, NorwayTasted December 3, 2020Nice robust Aquavit brought over from Norway. Spirity scent with some anise and caraway. The taste has a definite hit of black licorice / anise, along with some oak and a bit of cherry-like fruitiness. Just a bit of a smoky burn at the end. Definitely flavorful.
Talisker Distiller's Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted December 3, 2020It's Talisker 10 with a dollop of sweetness, like maple syrup or dessert wine, and maybe a bit of coffee bitterness added as well. The usual toasty, peppery, warming Talisker flavors are there too, though just a touch muted compared to the 10 year old version. Lots of flavors, and they play well together. Great on a cool autumn evening. (2013 bottling)
Seedlip Garden 108
Zero Proof — EnglandTasted November 17, 2020This was my least favorite of the three non-alcoholic Seedlip "spirits" that I've tried. Smells like intense, slightly rotting herbs and sliced heirloom tomatoes - yikes! The taste is somewhat more tolerable, with some more citrus to go with herbs, but again with the raw unseasonned tomato flavor which did not sit well with me. Mixers like tonic diluted but did not improve the flavors. I would only recommend this for a virgin Bloody Mary - nothing else.
Bunnahabhain 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted September 2, 2020Mild and smooth, just a bit of smoke and a bit more of sea brine. Mostly, smooth flavors of dry aged sherry, dried cherries, baking spices, along with some finished oak scents. I always like this as a mellow but deeply flavored whisky.
Kilkerran 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTasted August 24, 2020Amazingly rich and complex for just 12 years old. Buttery and smokey, dried apricot and fire roasted garlic (first time I've used that to describe a whisky), graham crackers by the campfire, and very warming on the finish. Powerful and smooth, a total package.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted June 12, 2020The 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 — ScotlandTasted February 16, 2020Pretty 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 — ScotlandTasted February 16, 2020Well, 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, ScotlandTasted February 7, 2020Light, 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)