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  1. GlenDronach Original 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Let me say this first--I drink sherry cask finish Scotch less than 50% of the time, and, when I do usually prefer a nice strong accent as you would find in Aberlour 12 or Glenfarclas 10. However, when you are in the mood for a sherry-bomb, this is your ticket. It has a super-strong sherry influence. I would guess that all of it is finished or aged in sherry casks, not just a certain portion. This is not a one-trick pony, besides the heavy sherry notes there is malt, fudge, vanilla, nuttiness and a bit of spiciness. This is a great Scotch. The downside is that it usually costs as much as a good 15 year old.
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Glenfarclas 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I have had this in the past and was very impressed with it, though I preferred the 10 year old's flavor profile. This new bottle is a little disappointing. It has the honey malt and figgy fruit from the sherry that you expect in a Glenfarclas. This is too oaky, at least that is what I think is the problem. There is an astringency to this that lasts for minutes on the finish. It reminds me of the effect a partially ripe persimmon had on me as a foolish young boy. A few minutes breathing helps lessen this effect, as well does a couple drops of water.
    55.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Powers Gold Label

    Blended — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Powers Gold is a robust, flavorful example of the Irish whiskey style. There is honey, vanilla, wood spice, a hint of malt from the pot still portion and a heavier mouthfeel than the typical standard Irish. Overall, I would say this rates at the next step over the other standard Irish offerings. Jameson is sweeter and Bushmills has less spice if that is what you want (and sometimes I do), but Powers offers much more flavor.
    27.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Speyburn Bradan Orach

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Nice affordable NAS single malt that displays notes of honeyed malt, biscuit, a little floral spice and a smooth delivery. Not complex, but very good for the price point.
    20.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Tomintoul Tlàth

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    A NAS from Tomintoul, it is pleasant enough displaying notes of malt, honey, biscuit or pie crust and a bit of spice and a waxy mouthfeel. There is no peat or sherry or cognac, just the basic malt. I find no fault in that. What I do fault is this tends to be over priced, running $40-45 per bottle. I found mine on sale for $20, similar to Speyburn Bradan Orach. If you can get it for a price near that, it is a good deal. However, in the $40-45 price range there are several 10-12 year old single malts out there that give a superior value.
    40.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Tomintoul Speyside Glenlivet 14 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Pours a lovely light straw color, no carmel in this non chill-filtered dram. Noses a sweet honeyed malt with some floral and fruit (apple?) overtones. These come through on the initial tasting and are followed with a lively peppery note on the follow through, I think from the oak. Experimenting, I have found the peppery aspect decreases with either allowing the dram to breath for a few minutes, or adding a few DROPS of water to the dram. (A splash of water simply turns this dram in to a nondescript mess.) We all have different preferences. There is no smoke, peat, or sherry in this dram. It is one of those gentle malt and slightly floral drams. If you enjoy that style (and I do) this would be a good one for you to try. (I personally would list Glen Grant 12, Glenmorangie 10, Ancnoc 12, and Compass Box Artist Blend in that group.)
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Arran 10 Year

    Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is really a wonderful Scotch. A powerful malt flavor with fruity overtones and a peppery finish. No smoke or sherry notes to obscure the great flavor of an unchilled filtered malt. I prefer a few drops of water to open up the flavors. Well worth trying this gem.
    45.0 USD per Bottle
  8. The Glenlivet 14 Year Cognac Cask Selection

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    On paper this sounded like a wonderful dram. It is good, but, only good to my taste, not GREAT. The problem for me is that for me, Glenlivet is an only so-so single malt, easy drinking and non-pretentious. A dram I would not insult or refuse if offered by a friend, but, a dram I would not seek out. Finishing this dram in a cognac cask gives another, slightly fruity dimension to the dram, but only elevates it a little. (I think the cognac finish would add much more to a more hefty dram.) Where I live this sells for about $25-30 more than the standard Glenlivet 12. It simply is not worth that. If you can get it for $10 more, give it a try and see what you think.
    65.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Glendalough Double Barrel Single Grain

    Single Grain — Ireland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I would like to rate this as a 4.1, but this site does not allow that. this is a tasty Irish whiskey. for an Irish, it has a creamy, soft mouth feel, it tastes as though it has a little single malt-though, I don't think it does, and is well rounded with a nice sherry accent. If you can get this for around $30 I would say it is a good deal.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Lambay Small Batch Blend Finished in Cognac Casks

    Blended — Ireland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I like this, but, I hoped to love it. Pouring a decent Irish with a cognac finish sounded fantastic. This IS good, but not as special as I had hoped. It noses of ethanol and fruity nuts. On the pallet it is silky, but thin. There seems to be very little pot still in this, and the impact of the cognac casks, while there is a nice accent, is marginal. I was able to find this on sale for a little under $30---to have paid more I would have felt ripped off. While it is a little more sophisticated than standard Bushmills or Jameson, it is not worth too many $$ more. For a similar price I would greatly prefer a serving of the Quiet Man or The Irishman.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
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