Old Pulteney 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedGentle by highland standards Uncomplicated, no peat. Fairly nondescript bourbon cask finish.
The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedInitial toffee makes way for a punchy short finish. Definitely one I want to try again.Scotch & Rye
Writers' Tears Copper Pot
Blended — IrelandTastedSmooth Irish, nice and tidy with no surprises
The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedUncomplicated, smooth, hints of toffee. More for a session than for savouring. The cheapest Glenlivet and it shows. Not a patch on the 12 year old.
The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedLight and sweet Speyside, an easy drinker. Widely available and often reasonably priced, making it a good introduction to Speysides for the uninitiated.
Cardhu Gold Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedMiddle of the road NAS spey. Sweeter than most, plenty of toffee. Very slight hint of peatiness in the finish. Fair value when its on special offer in the supermarket, but for me more of a session whisky than one to savour.
Smokehead Sherry Bomb
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNot as smoky as Smokehead's reputation would suggest. More peat than phenol. A fair degree of sweetness from the sherry cask. Probably quite a young spirit. A good balance, not just pure peatiness. An interesting addition to the smokehead range.
Kilchoman Loch Gorm (2018 Edition)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedPeat obvious on the nose. It's a sherry cask, but you'd be hard pressed to tell from the flavour. A fairly ordinary moderately peaty Islay.
Glenglassaugh Pedro Ximenez Sherry Wood Finish
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedSweet nose. Initial sweetness from the Pedro Ximenez second cask makes way for notes from the original bourbon cask. A sherry finish done well.
The Glenlivet 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedWhen compared to the 12 y o this is almost Highland in character. Good nose. Not much variation between body and finish.