Pike Creek 10 Year Rum Barrel Finish
Canadian — Ontario, CanadaTastedIt's been a couple of years. I picked up a bottle and spent a few months with it. This time I find this whisky very sweet. Cane sugar or artificial vanilla sweet. Maybe it's just this bottle, but for me, it's just too influenced by rum.
Longrow Red 11 Year Cabernet Sauvignon Finish
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTastedI love this dram. The nose brings gentle smoke, a little earthy peat and strong berry or red jam notes. The palate takes a quick turn into peat, malt, and a bit of brine, only to relax into cooked brown sugar, older oak, and deeper fruit like fig or date. The finish continues into the evening with mostly smouldering peat. Not for the faint of heart, but if you enjoy peat and stronger Scotch, this should be on your list.
Barterhouse 20 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis is far more gentle and less oaky than I expected for a 20 year old bourbon. Classic notes of caramel, vanilla, honey and a bit of nuttiness to it. Like Walnut husks. This is an excellent dram and easy to sip on the deck
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA solid Bourbon. Lots of cinnamon, caramel, and light cherry fruit. The oak comes around, but not till a few sips in. Overall, enjoyable, but not as oaky as the older 12-year-old.
Kilchoman Sanaig 2016
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThis a great Islay Scotch. Balanced between smoke, peat, and dark cooked fruit. I truly enjoy nosing, sipping and relaxing with this Scotch. The bit of pepper on the palate was a welcome surprise too and really helped layer the experience. I definitely recommend this bottle.
Old Grand-Dad Bonded Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedIf this is your first whiskey of the night, it will come off hard to alcohol forward. However, if you stick with it, or have this later in your evening there is a lot of flavours to find here. Buttered sweet corn, sugared cooked fruit, maybe orange citrus too. The finish adds just enough oak and mouth spice to think about pouring another. Nothing fancy, but good, high proof Bourbon here.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThis is a big Scotch. If you don't enjoy peat, I would just move along. However, if you enjoy the classic Islay, ashy peat then this is a beauty. The nose has big sherry notes, with lots of raisin and sweetness. The smoke comes up quickly too and balances off the fruit. When I take a sip, this one explodes in the palate. Lots of smoke, ash, pepper, and finally settles back to allow the vanilla and sweet sugars to come back. A few more sips and it's balanced again with cooked fruits, BBQ, and smoke. The finish on this is long and moves through various stages. At first I'm getting lots of tobacco and leather, then a bitter medicinal stage, but ends off with that deep, cooked down fruit or dry red wine. There are edges of youth, with bitterness and sharpness in the nose, however, overall I just love this one. Thanks, Ardbeg!
Collingwood Town Collection Double Barrel
Canadian — Ontario, CanadaTastedThis whisky starts very sweet. In the nose and across the palate I'm certainly picking up lots of brown sugar, toasted caramel, and I guess Maple syrup. Thankfully there is at least a second or balancing note to this whisky. Rye. The spice is barely there in the nose but wakes up in the palate. A peppery, drying spice that helps cut the sweet or balance the sugar. The finish is a bit too wood, bitter, and dry for me, but it welcomes another sip!
Auchentoshan 12 Year
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTastedInitially, I found it a little thin and gentle in almost all areas. With a little more time I can find some cashew or nut flavours that are fun, the general fruit and vanilla seem balanced, and the finish is medium, with a lingering caramel or toffee note. Very good for a simple 12-year-old.
Glenfiddich 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedPear and apple come up quickly. A gentle dram, it eases into a little cinnamon, caramel and light citrus. It has that Scotch oak or older wood feel, but only lightly. Finish is short but pleasant with no lingering aftertaste.