Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye 4 Year
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedI can't compare to,other eyes, this is my first. But---incredibly clean, fresh, and beyond its 2 yrs.
Sullivans Cove Double Cask
Single Malt — Tasmania, AustraliaTastedIt's a clean, easy drinking whisky...but really very much unidimensional. Not much going on in there, no complexity or layers of flavors. Try the French oak, by far much better.
Hibiki 12 Year
Blended — JapanTastedAmazing for the price ($60 in NJ). It's floral, fruity, sweet, and smooth, with a nice finish. Drink neat, or just a drop or two of water. It's a sin to mix this with anything else. It's surprising how good a blend can be, and at an affordable price!! (Scotland--are you taking note?)
Compass Box Great King St Artist's Blend
Blended — ScotlandTastedFor the price, it's one of the best blends out there. Better than any single malt at the same price tag. It's squarely in same price range as the Johnnie Walker Black---but a much better quality than the Black. I think the Black uses some harsher grains or lower quality malts.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedVery unique---worthwhile splurge. Tastes of dark chocolate and coffee. Strong lasting finish. Definitely not one for an everyday dram, but instead something to enjoy with friends and family on a special occasion.
Balblair 2000 1st Release
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedNot bad for the price, just nothing too unique. Probably a good everyday dram
Kilchoman Machir Bay 2012
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNot too peaty, and doesn't taste as young as it is. Fairly priced, and acts much more mature compared to other islays of similar age. Kilchoman is a new distillery, and at first I was apprehensive of buying this---didn't really want to give charity to yet another startup that falls short of expectations. But---this is quite good. Worth a buy.
Yamazaki 18 Year
Single Malt — Honshu, JapanTastedOne of the best single malts I've had. The nose starts off strong and sweet, followed by an amazingly sweet and flavorsome palette. The finish is long and lasting, with just a tiny bit of smoke. Expensive though, a worthwhile splurge
Edradour Caledonia 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedMuch better than their standard 10 year old. They usually are all over the place making wood experimentation as the norm, without a real house flavor like you'd find in most distillers, but this one really stood out. UPDATE 2/26: Had a fresh sample from a newly opened bottle. Nice distinctly sherry profile, but not as deep or complex as a Glendronach or Macallan. Lighter, fresher. Still getting the typical profile though of yellow raisins, dry fruit...just not as deep. Worthwhile purchase for a gentler, milder sherry cask whisky.
Single Malt — WalesTastedIt's not bad, but really nothing special going on. Very straightforward and one dimensional. Light, tropical fruits on the nose, followed by a light citrusy honey aroma on the pallete. Finish is quick and smooth.