J.P. Wiser's Alumni Whisky Series Larry Robinson
Canadian — Ontario, CanadaTastedI am very surprised at how much I am enjoying this. Lots of plum, or date or dark fruit. Wrap that up in caramel and corn sweetness. This is truly unique and work trying. An exceptional Canadian dram.
Cyrus Noble Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI found this Bourbon easy to drink, but the herbal or grass note was fairly strong. I tried it without knowing the history at all and thought it might be sourced form MGP with it's Rye notes. Hearing it's from Heaven Hill is surprising for me.
Canadian — CanadaTastedThis is not sipping whisky. But then, it's not supposed to be. It is all lemon, grapefruit, maybe a little pepper in the mouth and some herbs. If you sip this, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for those flavour notes in a cocktail, it will do very well. (Sipping 2 stars, Cocktail 4 stars)
Glendower 8 Year Old Blended Malt
Blended Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedYouthful, but good malt notes throughout. Nose is soft, and lightly fruity. Palate digs deep into malt sugar, a bit of lemon, and vanilla. The finish is far to quick and really needs more oak. Still, the flavours are good, and it is a great value .
Dillon's Three Oaks Rye
Canadian — Ontario, CanadaTastedThis is a young dram which puts the alcohol and water up front. When I spend a little more time, I get and I teresting chocolate in the nose. Otherwise, it is light caramel on the nose, cerel sweet with a herbal note and mild spice in the palate, wax, and some light oak on the finish. Sadly it moved to bitterness fairly quickly too. The nose has promise. Maybe with more time.
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThe nose is a little sharp, but full of sweet fruit, honey and cereal sugar. Maybe a little lemon and then a wisp of smoke and a fair amount of salty peat. The palate is youthful, spicy with vanilla, honey, and light apple or sweet apple. The palate has more peat for me than the nose but also carries a little salt and some bitterness. It coats very nicely and has me trying smaller tastes to just enjoy that feeling. The finish is smoke, peat, char, and then some sweet sugar. This is a solid scotch, but it did not live up to my expectations. With age to take off the sharpness in the nose and the bitterness in the finish, this would be exceptional.
Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedThis dram continues to delight and surprises me. I would suggest it is one of the best, available blended malts out there. The nose has the best of Speyside with light sweet fruits and maybe a hint of smoke. The palate celebrates a deep malt, with spice and now a little island peat or earthiness. The finish can be a little bitter but brings out char, oak, and smoke. This is one of the best releases from Johnnie Walker and I think everyone should try it at least once on their journey.
Glenfiddich 15 Year Solera Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedDeepen or cook the fruits from Glenfiddich 12 in butter with a little cinnamon. I find this bottle excellent on the nose, but just very good on the palate. Still, I enjoy it and can often find it for a price that lets me just sip and not worry.
The Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedGoing through another bottle of this two years later. This time around I pick up significantly more spice, oak, and butter or caramel in the palate. Combine this with the orchard fruit on the nose, and I enjoy the expression. Certainly more than a few years ago, which speaks more to my palate change, then the liquid here!
Ninety 20 Year Whisky
Canadian — Alberta, CanadaTastedTook me a long time to warm up to this. First time I tried it I thought it was sweet and light. However, take a few months with a bottle and it starts to come alive. Upfront, lots of butter, toffee, and a light fruit. With time some spice and oak. What stands out with time is how incredibly balanced this bottle is. An amazing deal if you can still find it!