Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNice and smooth blend. Vanilla, butterscotch, a little bit of spice but not much. Not complex, but an easy drinker. Interesting enough to pour a double measure or go for seconds. Or both.
Glenfiddich 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedLiquid marzipan. Have not tasted a sweeter single malt as far as I remember. The finish is a bit short.
Bowmore 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedLight smoke and peat, sweet and salty notes and some horseradish? Vanilla, caramel, but also quite a lot of pepper and spice. Medium to short finish.
Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedChocolate covered raisins, mint chocolates, and chocolate candied orange peel. Certainly on the sweet side of the scotch spectrum, but the port maturation adds a nice complexity to it. Very thick mouthfeel. Warm and smooth, long finish. Perfect late night dram.
The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedNose: raisins, dates, candied fruits, marzipan. Palate: less sweet than the nose suggest, initially caramel, but then dry oak, orange zest, pepper, black tea. Smooth and very pleasant. Sadly rather short and uncomplex finish.
Glengoyne 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedThe tasting notes on the bottle are quite accurate by my palate. Toffee, some stewed apple notes and there is indeed coconut! Enjoyable dram. Not extremely complex and rather in the sweet side. But balanced and interesting enough to have a second glass.
Johnnie Walker Black Label Sherry Edition
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedVery smooth and quite different from the Black Label. I can't find much smoke, but it is much fruitier. Both fresh and dark fruits. Enjoyable neat.
Port Charlotte PC12 Oileanach Furachail
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedWhat a nose! Meaty, earthy, salty and then fruitiness and sweetness. Like a piece of smoked bacon that fell into the campfire ashes but the sweet honey glaze still discernible. If you keep nosing, oranges appear. On the palate: still oranges, but put on the grill and charred. Also some pepper. And a cheesy flavor. Then back to fresh fruits...cherry? Long finish with smoke emerging again. If you like complexity and layers of flavor don’t look further and try this excellent Bruichladdich.
Bowmore 15 Year Golden & Elegant
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedQuite a pleasant nose, fresh but with a whiff of smoke. Sweet bourbon profile but with more complexity. Some fruity, citrusy notes also. Vanilla on the palate and then smoke kicks in together with a spicy character. But overall still smooth. I enjoy the typical Bowmore characteristics but without the sherry cask influence. Medium finish.
Canadian Club Classic 12 Year
Canadian — CanadaTastedVanilla and some lightly burned caramel. Don’t get much else. Quite sharp. If poured neat, it must be on ice in my opinion. Even then, it is just average.