Aultmore 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedSweet nose: vanilla, honey, sultanas. Also some fresh fruits, pear and green apple. On the palate develops more spice, pepper and a hint of ginger. Some chocolate notes as well. Quite a long finish with honey sweetness reemerging.
Tomatin 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedSweet, honey and brown sugar, but also some sour notes, like white grapes. More spicy on the palate, some bitter notes come through on the finish. Good value for money. An enjoyable but non-complex malt.
Dewar's 12 Year The Ancestor
Blended — ScotlandTastedSalty caramel, vanilla and honey sweetness, a bit of alcohol burn, some white pepper. Not very complex, but neither bad for an inexpensive blended scotch.
Craigellachie 13 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedSweetness of sultanas and canned pineapple. Vanilla. Wet wood notes. Spicy. Black pepper. Some smoke. Creamy. Some sulphury notes also, but not unpleasant. Dark chocolate candied orange peel. Oak barrel aged grappa. Some caramel on the finish. Not smooth but really interesting. So many layers of flavors and somehow easier to identify than in some other malts. Complex and characterful.
THE GLENLIVET DISTILLER’S RESERVE TRIPLE CASK MATURED
Single Malt — ScotlandTastedSmooth but not very complex flavors. Some caramel sweetness, a bit fruity, fresh fruits mainly, nutty, a medium to short finish.
The Balvenie Peated Triple Cask 14 Year
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedThe peat is evident immediately. Would never guess this is Balvenie in a blind tasting. But then the honeylike sweetness comes through. Dark raisins. Some hints of orange peel. Really nice layered whisky. Also spicy on the back of the palate. Peppery. More peat, warm and very long finish. Perfect late night sipping dram!
Lagavulin Jazz Festival 2019 21Y
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedFirst, I’m biased because I just love Lagavulin. A bit of mint and lemon peel on the nose. Licorice. Smoke and peat, but much softer than most other Lagavulin bottlings. Definitely worth a try if you find it. But that is true of every Lagavulin out there!
Bunnahabhain Moine 16Y Bourbon
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedSweet, smoky, not very complex. Oily mouthfeel. Pleasant finish and lingers, lingers, and lingers on!
Bunnahabhain 10Y Manzanilla
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedBuckwheat honey, dark raisins, dried apricots. Adding water brings out more sweetness. More complex than expected from a 10y old.
Bruichladdich Black Art 1992 05.1 Edition 24 Year
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedQuite fruity nose: cherry, dates, figs, faint tropical fruit, some honey sweetness. On the palate, the sweetness quickly turns to dry and woody, oaky flavors appear. Loved it!