The Glenrothes Robur Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed June 19, 2018Fail! Honey and walnut on the nose. Heather on the palate. Flat and weak. One-dimensional. Consider it a ripoff even if you're offered it for free.
Ragtime Rye American Straight Whiskey
Rye — New York, USAReviewed June 18, 2018I'm not a bourbon kind of guy, much less rye, but this is enjoyable. There's black tea on the nose, with vanilla cream and rye. The palate has notes of tobacco, cherries, dill and charred oak. Finish is full and fairly long.
Blended — JapanReviewed June 18, 2018Ignore the haters: this is pretty good stuff. Floral nose, like perfume, with perhaps the faintest of peat. Palate has some coconut, some oak, ever so slight seaweed, and a smoked fish quality to the finish. It's complex and good.
Smokehead Islay Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018That smell when you've been standing next to a bonfire for too long. It's alright.
Tomatin 9 Year 2007 Caribbean Rum Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018Only 6500 bottles were ever produced??? Sad... Really great whisky - it's fruity and aromatic, with pear and vanilla on the nose. Palate has notes of cereal and sugar, like Frosted Flakes (AKA my favorite breakfast cereal). The finish has hints of cacao nibs. The texture is oily with a finish that is fairly long. If you can get past its well-hydrated urine-like color and the fact that getting your hands on this thing requires the services of Dog The Bounty Hunter... we're taking about excellent stuff here.
Glenfarclas 8 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018Complex and mature for something so young. The sherry influence is definite, with cooked plums and walnut on the nose and palate. The low ABV is my main criticism here, because something higher would have created something truly magical. Excellent whisky.
Jura Origin 10 Year
Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018SOLID, solid stuff! The nose is fresh and aromatic, with hints of apples and wax. The palate has toasted barley, some oak and a touch of ginger. The finish is fairly long and well-balanced. I'm not saying you should hunt this one down, but if you come across it and the price is right... by all means buy it.
Tomintoul 12 Year Oloroso Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018What travesty to hand this thing an expert score of 75! It deserves better. Fruit cake and walnut on the nose with a touch of baking spice - balanced and evocative of a holiday dessert. The palate has touches of caramel candy and honey. A good dessert whisky.
Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018Better nose than palate. Almond, vanilla and banana on the nose. There's wood on the palate with a touch of spice. Finish is weak and short.
Muckle Flugga Single Malt
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2018I have no clue what the hell a Muckle Flugga is - can't be Gaelic / sounds like a name cooked by Jim Henson - but it was surprisingly delicious. There's oak and vanilla on the nose (bourbon), with honey and carnation on the palate. It's balanced but weak, and the low ABV hinders. Still not bad. Cheers!