Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedExcellent coat and color, sweet smoked oak, and the peat. Ahhh the peat. Orange notes and cinnamon spice meet a heavy, sherry-infused smoke. Not bad overall, and better than most “Sweet Pete”’s but still a marriage I’m not in love with.
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedLightly smoked melon in a rich golden dram. Is that a thing? Is now.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedSweet Pete. Write that down. Brine-soaked bacon, a brisket campfire, and maritime smoke... on the nose. But the palate tells a different story and, for me, sweet and peat don’t mix. Not well at least. I wanted to like this whiskey, but the 57.1% ABV ends up being medicinal and too bitter on the back end to be enjoyable. Just me? Probably. But I’ve made my peace with it.
Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedLightly spiced but creamy and smooth with rich caramel, vanilla, toffee and cocoa notes on the finish. Glenlivet nose, beautiful coat and color. Good showing from Aberfeldy.52.0 USD per Bottle
Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or Sauternes Cask Finish
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedHoneysuckle in a bottle. Oily and rich with minimal spice, a very light honey-led dram with vanilla notes and a pear infused finish. Excellent change of pace from GM. (AT)
Glen Scotia Victoriana
Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTastedRich and malty with a caramel-spiced nose. Fruity and floral where orange notes stand out, milk chocolate, raisins, pepper-spice and a light hint of smoke. A surprisingly mellow dram, especially with the higher ABV. (AT)
Glenfarclas 17 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedThe ‘Werther’s Original’ of Highland whiskey. A mild spice and fruity nose, with a butterscotch palate. A little thin at times but overall a good, buttery dram of caramel covered scotch.
Macallan Triple Cask Matured 15
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedAs The Macallan’s age they really start to round out the rough edges. The 15 Triple Cask takes the ABV down and smooths out with a lightly-spiced, buttery vanilla influx. Straw-gold in color, rich texture, an excellent nose, and a velvet palate finish make this one a great place to start. Show me everything 15+. (AT)
The Balvenie The Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedEgg nog, in whiskey form. The nose and palate are thick with sweet vanilla, butterscotch, nutmeg, a hint of coconut and a light spice that says “Hey, is it Christmas?”. Awesome. Club taste (HA) - 11/25/2069.95 USD per Bottle
Lagavulin 9 Year (Game of Thrones-House Lannister)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedOil, salt and brine. Fruity notes. Heavy peat and wood smoke. Band-aids anyone? With that being said I’m a big fan of Lagavulin, but this one misses the mark for me. Not bad, but not quite on par. (AT)