Compass Box Hedonism
Blended Grain — ScotlandReviewed June 30, 2023 (edited September 24, 2023)Really underwhelming, given the distiller rating. It's very one note, with vanilla and sweetness on the nose and then not much else. It tastes more like a bourbon to me than a scotch. Can't believe I reviewed this so highly 3 years ago... must be becoming a snob(!)
Benromach 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed May 12, 2023 (edited September 24, 2023)Great bottle for the price. Nose: campfire by the ocean, lemon zest, pancakes with maple syrup. Medium body, with notes of chlorophenols.
Glen Ord 8 Years Old, Hart Brothers, 2013
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandReviewed May 4, 2023Really nice bottle, especially for the price. Drinks like port--syrupy and sweet, with a little salinity from the abv.
Old Pulteney 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed January 13, 2023 (edited January 14, 2023)This is an excellent, easy drinking scotch. Nose is subtle, but enough salt, apple strudel with icing, vanilla and cinnamon to make it interesting. Would buy again
WhistlePig 10 Year Single Barrel Rye
Rye — CanadaReviewed January 13, 2023 (edited January 14, 2023)One of the more balanced ryes I've tried. Maybe it's the aging, but there's a sweetness to balance out the red hots and woodiness. I'd buy a bottle of this.
291 Barrel Proof Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon — Colorado , USAReviewed January 6, 2023Nose: heavily woody like a cedar box, elmer's glue, cabbage. Much more glue with a little water. some red hots. Body: medium Finish: long, with building spicy cinnamon
Teeling Wonders of Wood Amburana Cask
Single Malt — IrelandReviewed January 6, 2023 (edited September 24, 2023)The bottle I tried was the Teeling Explorers Series: Brazil Edition (12 year, 46%), which is also finished in Amburana wood. Nose: floral perfume, cinnamon apple strudel with icing. confectionary sugar, gram cracker Body: medium Finish: cinnamon apple sauce on the finish I really enjoyed this one--a highlight from our 2022 Advent calendar. Definitely want to find the 14 year version.
Macduff 2008 11 Year Old (Adelphi Selection Cask)
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandReviewed November 23, 2022The bottle I have is also a 2008 macduff 11, but the "high spirits and the masters of magic" branding from K&L, 46%. Sweet floral nose, with lemon. Medium body. Finish is carbonated, prickly ash, with a return of extra sweetness followed by an astringent aftertaste.
Kornog Roc'h Hir
Peated Single Malt — Brittany , FranceReviewed November 22, 2022 (edited November 23, 2022)This is my second bottle, and I liked the first better. Wish I had reviewed that one for comparison. This reminds me of Ledaig. Pepper, lemon, ozone, coriander, subtle campfire on the nose. Finish is medium long, with a carbonated taste and a bit of harshness. Would buy again for a tiebreaker.
Caol Ila 13 Year Discovery (Gordon & Macphail)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed October 30, 2022 (edited October 31, 2022)Nose: Typical Caol Ila ashtray peat, ginger, bananas, salinity. Body: Melon sweetness Finish: long. Sweetness transitions to peaty ash. I'm not a huge Caol Ila fan, because I find the ashtray peat dominates so much that it's one dimensional. This version is similar. Ok but wouldn't buy again.