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  1. Ardbeg An Oa

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Guess I’m part of the cult now. This is my 5th ardbeg taste, my third full bottle. Oogy is probably still my favorite, and it’s hard to beat the classic 10 for its workmanlike performance. But there’s something interesting in the An Oa that intrigues me. There’s the signature smoke, this time from a fireplace that’s been dormant for a few days but doesn’t take much to stir up the ash and rekindle the scent of campfire. But what’s that in the background? A chocolate mint? Did someone throw one of those in the fire, so it melted into the wood and flavored the ash? Sure it’s a bit young, and thin. And the finish is brief if interesting. But I’d have another.
  2. Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon

    Bourbon — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
  3. Balcones Texas Single Malt

    American Single Malt — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  4. Glenfarclas 18 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Where to start? Lots of thoughts. I enjoy the young GFs especially at the price point. And I had tastes of the 17 and 21 and enjoyed both. So when I saw the opportunity to snag 1L of this for $70 it was an obvious buy. I really wanted to like this. So much so that taste after mildly disappointing taste I’d hold off on reviewing this, hoping it was the pour, or my mood, or just something about the state of my taste buds that was off and the next time I’d get what I’d come to expect from glenfarclas. Well I just poured my last dram, and 1L later I’m still at that point of “meh”. Time to move on i guess. But not before reviewing it. The nose Is subtle. The honey is there. Light floral notes. Sweet and light fruits. A little sulfur but overall not unpleasant. It’s very thin. I wasn’t expecting a meaty mouthfeel but for 18 years you’d think you’d get a little more texture. The sherry is also muted. Considering the age this surprised me...Wonder how many refills this cask has seen. It’s got a little heat to it, the spice shows up but not in a really welcome way. I enjoy spice from time to time but this was like a drive-by intrusion, and not even a violent one. An egging? It comes on in a quick burst then disappears. The finish isn’t long or short. Which shouldn’t take away any points but what does linger unfortunately is the sulfur. Leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. Overall I am probably being too harsh. Of the approximately 10-12 drams I’ve had of this liter perhaps this is the worst. But then again I may have said that several times. I wouldn’t buy this again. I’d rather have the 10 or 12 even though this doesn’t cost much more than those.
  5. Knappogue Castle 12 Year Bourbon Cask Matured

    Single Malt — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    An Irish done well. Bourbon notes add a bit of intrigue to the traditional shortbread taste.
  6. Mars Iwai Tradition

    Blended — Japan

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Enjoyed this one thanks to a blind tasting provided by a friend. Hadn’t had much Japanese whisky before and this was an interesting introduction. Definitely tasted the sherry. It’s a very meaty malt, full bodied and sweet. Dark fruits/dates come out as well. It’s an interesting malt.
  7. The Balvenie Madeira Cask 21 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Well of course this is delicious. And smooth. And velvety. It’s a Balvenie after all, aged 21 years. But I have to say, I was underwhelmed particularly at this price point. I just expect more from a $200 plus bottle. And the abv is low. Between this and the portwood I’d absolutely take the portwood. As for the taste, it has a pleasant honey, light fruit and some underlying Madeira spice that gives this a somewhat unique taste. It’s just a little muted. I wonder what this would be like at 46%.
  8. The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is an interesting scotch. I can’t say it is my favorite Balvenie, and far from being a typical offering from the speyside mainstay (as it’s peated). I love the abv, the Balvenie peat (which they should consider doing more than a week a year), and the complexity imparted by the different casks. What holds this rating back a little is that I don’t get the characteristic Balvenie thick and savory mouthfeel. It’s a little thin. And the finish a bit short, although the sherry kicks in a little at the end. Overall a solid expression but I probably wouldn’t buy another bottle at that price point.
  9. Ledaig 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    This is truly unique, and I’ve found nothing else that tastes like it. It’s like a cross between an Islay and a campbeltown. It has a bit of that earthy funk, but with more of a saline edge with plenty of heat around it. It’s an excellent bottle and a must try for any that like unique smells and flavors.
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Not bad at all. Wouldn’t go as far as to call it ‘fiery’ but it has some interesting notes I presume are from caol ila that give it a little something. Easy to sip, good for beginners who want to branch out. Also good for the more intermediate scotch fan that enjoys a decent dram for a good price Now that these GoT bottles are being pushed to the clearance rack.
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