Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Matured
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedThis is a sweet and fruity scotch that I really liked on my first couple of tries. Having tasted so many good scotches over the holidays, I went back to this and didn't like it as well. It is almost on the syrupy side. In fact, kind of reminded me of cough syrup. Still, not a bad scotch for the money. I agree with the distiller.com flavor profile.
The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedAs the name, doublewood, might imply, this one tastes very oaky to me. The other predominant characteristic is vanilla. Otherwise, it is a rather light, but smooth drinking scotch. I agree 100% with the taste profile on this website. This would appeal to a wide audience of scotch drinkers.
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedThis has become a favorite of mine. Anyone who really loves Lagavulin 16, but doesn't want to pay $79 - $100 will appreciate this at half the price. I agree with the profile by Distiller.com. It has lots of peat and smoke, and is very full bodied. Some impressions of salt and the beach. Gets better the more you sip. Thought this was an Islay scotch, but I was corrected by Generously_Paul. It's from the Isle of Skye.
Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThis is one you either like or you don't. I learned to appreciate it for its very high, leathery, smoke, and medicinal peat flavors, but it's not something I feel like drinking every day. Unlike the Lagavulin 16, this doesn't have the overall balance and depth. I'm surprised that the critics have given this a higher score. There is no comparison. If you like the smell of a sharpie pen, you will absolutely love this. Every time I open it up, my wife asks who is using a sharpie? Despite the strong characteristics, it goes down very smoothly and has some nice vanilla on the end.
Glenfiddich IPA Experiment
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedI instantly got a hint of IPA aroma when I first opened the bottle. I agree with Distiller's taste profile on this one. It is on the floral side. Maybe a bit too light and thin for me, but very smooth and enjoyable none-the-less.
The Glenlivet 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedVery enjoyable, balanced, all-around scotch. Much vanilla and some bubble gun, butterscotch. Smooth. I think this one appeals to a wide range of scotch drinkers because there is nothing too remarkable about it. It's a great place to get started with scotch.
Compass Box Spice Tree
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedMy generous, bourbon-drinking brother sent me this as a gift just before Christmas. It didn't last me very long. Extremely easy to drink. Think roasted as in walnuts. An excellent blended malt. Kind of like a pecan pie. Maybe some egg nog. The closest thing to bourbon, but still tastes very much like scotch. In fact, this would be a great one to get bourbon drinkers introduced to scotch. Don't worry if you don't like Bourbon. You will still like this. I agree with the flavor profile. Also, don't worry if you don't like the idea of "spice".. I never considered buying this for myself because I was worried about the name spice. Thought it meant clove, cinnamon, etc.. It's nothing like that. It is Very balanced and enjoyable and I think the fact my brother bought it for me, who happens to like Bourbon, is just a coincidence.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThis one is addictive. I recommend working your way up to this with a couple of small drams of less peaty scotches then make this your 3rd drink. The other night I started with Highland Park 12, then Springbank 10, then the Lagavulin. Truly remarkable. Very full, oily, leather, ripely fruity, salty, smoky, peaty, and complex. The peat and smoke are very high, but the scotch is so well balanced that it is not overly noticeable like with some of the other peat favorites. I get some beach seaweed and some other mystical impressions of the sea. Hard to stop drinking. I found on sale for $79.00. If you see it at that price buy!
Highland Park 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedAn excellent scotch. I agree on the full and rich rating in the profile. Very balanced. Nice amount of peat but not so overwhelming like Laphroaig or Ardbeg. A great way to introduce a newbie to a peatier scotch. Not so sure I agree with the high sweet rating on the profile. A slight impression of salt. I paid $36.00 on sale. A great value even at $40-$50
anCnoc 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedVery fruity. Pineapple like. Some spice I can’t identify. Not sure I agree with the fullness, peat, and oil description by distiller.com. Overall, a good single malt, but wears a little thin on me after a while.