Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandTasted May 27, 2021My first venture into blended scotch; enamoured by the recommendations and high praise of drinkers. In my limited palette, this is very similar to highland park 12 Viking honour. The biggest difference is how smooth this is all the way through. Nose isn’t very pronounced; pretty mellow and uninteresting. A little smoke and peat is detectable. Palette is the usual sweetness with all the expected flavours. Finish is where the smoke arrives- just the right amount. Lingering finish and in no way unpleasant. Absolutely no burn and goes down easy. Very nice scotch for the price point; you could save $12 and get the HP12 but I think it is worth it for the extra smoothness. Also, you’re getting a 15 year age statement. Not terribly complex, but it’s a great dram when you don’t want to think about it
Highland Park 12 Year Viking Honour
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted May 14, 2021Nose is medium intensity; not a lot going on at first Palette is a nice balanced sweetness with all the usual flavours Finish is where the smoke announces it’s arrival; not detectable in the palette. No water needed; no burn either. A nice affordable dram and a little different than the usual . I’m enjoying this dram more than I should
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted May 11, 2021Nose is a little weaker than I’d like. A really nice dram for the money. Needs a bit of water to smooth it out. All the flavours are there. Edit: After finishing the bottle, I realize my previous comments don’t do it justice; I really like this whiskey. Everything I’m looking for is in this spirit. Has a good amount of complexity and cereal note
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Single Grain — JapanTasted May 7, 2021On the lighter side- nice balance and sweetness to this whiskey. Well rounded and fairly smooth.
Bunnahabhain 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted May 6, 2021A favourite early on in my scotch journey. Aroma is gorgeous- a bit of seaside up front. A nice chewy barley taste. Very smooth and balanced throughout. One of the best bang for the buck whiskey’ out there This is the one I want to keep going back to.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted May 5, 2021A gateway scotch whiskey. Very smooth and sweet. I get a strong nutty flavour. Wish it was a higher ABV
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban Port Cask Finish 14 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 5, 2021Rich and sweet with a bit of heat. Vanilla and caramel are prominent. Seems to change a little after being opened a few weeks; a bit of water helps smooth it out. Has a great nose to it- can just smell it all night long.