Highland Park Cask Strength Edition No. 1
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted September 14, 2022Opened this bottle and the aroma was very intriguing. Fruity and vanilla with a hint of peat, but the heat was on. It took several drops of water to calm the beast. The finish was long, but pleasant. I will have to comeback to this in a few months.
Laphroaig 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted September 4, 2022When I first opened the bottle, I got that great peat notes on the nose, with what I thought was bacon. I let it rest for about 20 minutes and the notes of meat/bacon disappear, and instead, I got some citrus and ash, but the ash note was not offensive. The palate gave me notes of smoked meat, iodine, ash, and a little saltiness. The finish is nice and long with the peat staying with you for the ride. A few drops of water toned down the peat notes on the nose and gave me a little pepper on the palate. I will have to come back to this in a few months to see how it develops.
Highland Park 15 Year Viking Heart
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted September 4, 2022I wanted one of the previous HP-15, but could not find one, so when this was released, I didn't twice about it. On the nose, there's peat, a little more present than I expected, but not too bad. I also got notes of citrus zest (lemon type), and maybe a little brine. The palate was nice, with more lemon zest notes, and choco notes (after a few swirls), is that right? a little bit towards the end, and the finish is long, with the peat lingering a little. I need to compare this with other HPs..
Aberfeldy 18 Year French Red Wine Cask Finish (2020 Pauillac Edition)
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTasted September 4, 2022This is the first Aberfeldy Scotch I have tried and it didn't disappoint. The nose is fruity, with honey, berry, apples, and maybe a little cinnamon sugar (like in a cinnamon roll) and a little mint. The palate brings more honey, pepper, and a little oak. The finish is a little dry and medium lasting, with more pepper/spice at the end. Overall a very nice drink. I think I got this on sale for just over $100. At that price, anytime/any day.
Kilkerran 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTasted September 3, 2022Well, I got the "funk" note from Campbeltown on the nose with a little vanilla and honey, maybe a little ash. The palate was pleasant with a little sweetness, some peat, and spicy/pepper. The finish was medium-long, with the pepper notes lasting a little longer than expected. Overall I think this is ok, if you like that Campbeltown funk. After trying a few whiskies from that area, I have to honestly say that is not my type of whisky. It's not bad, but I tend to prefer Highland, Islands better.
Glen Moray Elgin Heritage 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted September 3, 2022This whiskey had an ok nose, honey, vanilla, and a little citrus. The palate was flat... like the few notes that I encountered on the nose just disappeared, and the finish is light and short. The 40% ABV is clearly evident, as my bottle tasted like it had a few extra ounces of water... diluted.
Glenmorangie 13 Year Old Cognac Cask Finish
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTasted September 3, 2022The nose has fruity notes, especially pineapple jumped at me, and a little honey. The palate has some artificial flavors. The finish is medium, with a little spicy/peppery. Overall, this is ok but is not one of my favs from Glenmorangie.
Redbreast Px Iberian Edition
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted August 28, 2022Neck pour tasting and it's amazing. The nose is full with fruity aromas that are not overpowering and have a great balance. The palate evolves over time, as in my first drink it was mostly fruits, but by my fourth, I started to pick up traces of chocolate/coffee?. The finish is medium with a little peppery/spicy. At 46 ABV, this is very enjoyable. The only negative is the price.... Many distilleries are creating these special releases, but then, Whamo! The price are so high.
Tomintoul 16 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 27, 2022This is one that it would have been sooo much better at 43/46 ABV. The nose is on target for a Speyside whisky, with the aroma of zest citrus, honey, and bread/biscuit. The palate is sweet, and smooth, but not much there... like everything is down to volume 2, and the finish is light and short. This could be a good introduction to Scotch, but you can select other introduction Scothes for a much lower price. For a 16 years, I was expecting a little wow... I only got the w...
Glen Scotia Double Cask Single Malt
Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTasted August 27, 2022I found this whisky rather nice and pleasant. On the nose, the characteristics of the ex-bourbon casks come through with notes of vanilla, but there are also floral and honey notes with a mix of dark fruits. The palate shows a little funkiness (which I sometimes get from Campbeltown whiskies), but there's a little sweetness that carries on. The finish seems long for a 46% ABV, a little peppery/spicy, dry, but not too harsh.