Black Bottle Island Smoke
Blended — ScotlandTasted October 20, 2021The whiskey is the color of amber. Smoked salted taffy on the nose, the whiskey is peppery like candied chilies on the palate… slowly warming to reveal tart lemons. The finish is a warming black pepper that’s medium in length. Adding some water brings out more vanilla and caramel on the nose and lemon and apples on the palate while mellowing the chillies. The finish remains a warm black pepper. It’s not a bad dram… I wasn’t expecting so many hot spice flavors. I think I still prefer an Ardbeg 10 or Bowmore 12.
Flavored Whiskey — IrelandTasted October 3, 2021Strong orange 🍊 on a canvas of vanilla on the nose. The whiskey is one note, sweet candied oranges through and through. The finish is short and sugary. Definitely an easy sipping whiskey that’s more like a liquor than a whiskey.
The Glenlivet Caribbean Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted October 3, 2021Spice and toffee on the nose. Fried plantains on the palate with a hint of caramelized sugar and cinnamon. Smooth short finish. Not as robust as I would have liked but a good combination and it isn’t funky.
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted September 25, 2021It’s like smoked salted caramel on the nose drizzled over apricots. The whiskey is slightly sweet on the palate, with brown sugar and cinnamon. The finish is short and fruity.
Glenfarclas 15 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted August 29, 2021I’m revisiting this one after tasting it over a year ago. Strong sherry on the nose. Lots of dried fruits. Sweet spiced cake on the palate. Quickly warming to a thick caramel. The finish is peppery and spicy and lingers fading to vanilla and baked apples.
Bushmills 10 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — Northern IrelandTasted August 21, 2021Fruit, honey and hay on the nose. The palate is sweet and has a hint of cinnamon and cloves. The finish is smooth and brief with lingering milk chocolate.
Maker's Mark 46
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 4, 2021Tart candied apples on the nose. Smooth and tart with a warming and creamy mouthfeel. The finish is long and peppery with lingering spices. On second glass, the nose has opened up and there’s strong caramel and vanilla coming along with the candied apples.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted June 27, 2021Tart apples and spice on the palate. This is one heavy burn 🔥 to hold on the tongue, but the reward is cascade of bright apples, ginger, and allspice! The finish is long and full of more orchard fruits. A complex and rewarding dram which will take a few more tastings to get to know. … it’s been about a week since I tasted this for the first time and I’ve now taken some time to explore it some more. Adding water to it helps to mellow out the burn and bring out more spice and apples. I usually drink my whiskey neat, but this is a delight with an ice cube! The nose is full of vanilla, the palate is thick and sweet like caramel, but letting it warm up in your mouth you’re treated to a burst of warming ginger sticky toffee pudding. The finish is loooong with lingering red apples.
Tullibardine 225 Sauternes Finish
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted June 24, 2021Pear cider and sauternes on the nose. The palate is instantly sweet and spicy with allspice and vanilla custard. The finish is peppery with some chili heat and lingers for a little bit of time. The palate hit me as a surprise because it was not as gentle as the nose would have suggested.
The Sassenach Blended Scotch
Blended — ScotlandTasted June 11, 2021The nose is orchard fruit stewed in honey, cinnamon, and cloves. The palate is sweet and spicy. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy and expands to be a warm syrup of baking spices and ginger. The finish is… frankly, delicious. Vanilla custard smooth with a lingering heat that begs for another sip.