Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted September 16, 2017"I love the islands. Who wouldn't want a cottage on Jura to spend winter nights? Sadly to my regret I am unable to be a fan for Superstition. Starting backwards it finishes far too quickly (ok, not as quickly as a Jack Daniels No7 which frankly is nanoseconds) but quick. Very sharp, pepper abounds, the hint of peat has disappeared altogether; PALATE: Cool, smooth and oily, becoming a little creamy, very nutty, barrel-wood, but where is the fruit? Perhaps I've been spoilt by my other bottles? Warms the mouth but not the chest; NOSE: slight hint of smoke, leather, oak, tending to sweet and then medicinal. OVERALL: it is good value for money and perhaps 1-star is harsh, but I think it needs something extra to be a contender. However it won't stop me from other Jura which I am eager to try next. Hud."
Auchentoshan 18 Year
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTasted September 16, 2017"Simply under-rated by most. Not surprising as this is for me a spring and summer whiskey. There is no point comparing it to the peat or sherry ilk. NOSE - mmmmm, grass, lemon, this is a meadow after a slight shower, breeze on your skin reminding you why its so good to be alive; PALATE - light, very light, perhaps why it can be under-rated, subtle, lemons, limes, is this what a flower might taste like? FINISH:- very smooth, no burn at all, medium duration, dry as the meadow fades away you are left with the realisation that tomorrow is back to work meeting people who have no clue what whiskey is and drink awful beers or house-wines. Simply enjoyable. Hud"
The Macallan Rare Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted September 10, 2017Thanks for the tip-off Amanda. Agree why you rated this 98, though mysteriously it doesn't make Serge at whiskey fun's 90 benchmark coming in at 87. I give it top whack. NOSE-dark cherry alright! Unlike most other noses, interesting that there is no floral which you might expect ; PALATE- yes, raisins a plenty, dark chocolate with high cocoa, creamy vanilla (as opposed to thin-wood-vanilla you get in some budget Highland malts) can't make out the dates and though i like dates they do have a bland taste so no problem; the body is velvet, rich, thick even more than a Dalmore 18 year! FINISH- Yup as Amanda says it goes on forever. I'm now too much in awe to touch the bottle again, and dare not show it to friends. The price is right, it's just too good to drink regularly PS no water/ice required, thats a sin! :)
Midleton Barry Crockett Legacy
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted September 10, 2017Liza is right! A master had to create this blend. Hugely expensive though! What a complex, shifting taste. NOSE- toffee, yum, then intense perfume, floral, and give it a minute chocolate wafts in; PALATE-Spicy, oily, thick, toffee again, then oranges and marmalade, the oak is there but faint; FINISH-strong, lingers delightfully, malty, chocolate makes a comeback, slightly bitter towards the end. Even though a blend (I prefer single malts) this is superb! Only let down by its price :)
Highland Park 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted September 10, 2017I'm new to Distiller.com, over time I've gotten to trust Stephanie Moreno's tasting notes so when I saw the rating of 99 I went straight out and got 2 bottles. Sadly this is not a favourite. I simply cannot taste the oyster or mushrooms sea salt bacon. OK, I fully admit I am a numpty compared to Stephanie, so I will keep on trying. As a comparison I tried a bottle of Lavagulin 16 year which to my tastes is far, far superior. I know they aren't apple to apples comparison, but there you go. The Lavagulin in comparison though has superb value for money at half the price, and twice the richness and depth. Nose - vanilla, then marmalade, rich sherry, hint of smoke Palate - spicy, peat comes through, thick, viscous, tremendous body warmth with no burn, fruit jam Finish - long, dry The reason I have gone for a 3 is that there are others in my list that rate a 4 or higher for me Hud
Balblair 1983 1st Release
Single Malt — Highlands , ScotlandTasted September 10, 2017I knew I loved this whiskey from the first sip. Unlike the distiller rating of highland park 18 year, Amanda Schuster's rating of 97 is right. Nice to see Serge at whiskey fun gives it 90 and he's hard to please! Nose- vanilla pears apple Palate - creamy rich just the right hint of sweets almonds hazelnuts Finish - toffee! Sublime body warmth no burn long long finish 46% abv is the perfect strength- NO WATER OR ICE or any other rubbish required :) Sumptuous and classy - I dont think you can buy this easily sadly Hud