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  1. Caol Ila 12 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    I’ll take my peat with a side of peat please. On the nose this Caol Ila expression sings maritime hymns that would make any Atlantic pirate feel right at home. However, on the palate this dram sings one note only and does nothing to express itself beyond the salty sea. Not enough sweetness to cut the peat, only a touch of smoke to let you know it’s remotely there. The finish is much hotter and shorter than that of a well-manicured 12-year old whisky. Worth a try but nothing to get all giddy about, unless you love gargling sea-water.
    The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
  2. Laphroaig Quarter Cask

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    On the nose picture waves crashing against the rocky coast as you sit there eating eating a caramel apple on the shore. The nose is classic Laphroiag, though there is a subtle hint of sweetness that draws you in ever so close. On the palate, this dram wraps its smoked fish arms right around you as it tucks you away with dreams of sweet salt water taffy on the finish. Excellent.
    The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
  3. Bowmore Darkest 15 Year

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Upon first nose this seductive dram pulls you in with a soft tease of maritime peat and caramel, only to arrive at a deep, rich date note with a kiss of smoke on the finish. This is not a hard-puncher of a dram, rather a good old friend you can spend the day with. Cozy up.
    The Portland Hunt & Alpine Club
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