Loch Lomond Original
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted February 23, 2021After being aged in American oak, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the nose is all bourbon: spice and that sweet corn smell. The palate is light to medium bodied. Smooth. It’s sweet-ish and I think I can taste a bit of spice from the oak. But I can’t quite sus out a flavor. It’s like there’s the shadows of the players but I just can’t see them. The finish is a surprise, there’s a bit of smoke that comes through to linger on the first sip and there’s a bit of spicy pepper. The finish is long and pleasant. You know what? I didn’t have high expectations for this dram and I find myself pleasantly surprised. Not bad!
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 22, 2021I wanted to revisit this bourbon as it’s often the Distiller’s community top pick. It was also one of my favorite whiskies when I started exploring the spirit 20 years ago, and I was curious how it and my palate have changed. On the nose is the smell of caramel apples and spice. The palate is sweet and a bit tart. The finish is smooth and lingering with the spice of the oak coming through as cinnamon, apples, and a bit of bitterness.
Blended — IrelandTasted January 9, 2021👃 Pineapple and... watermelon with a hint of red licorice on the nose. 👅 Sweet toffee and almost candy on the palate. A smooth mouthfeel. 🏁 A longer finish than I was expecting. Flavors of oak and then pepper.
West Cork Black Cask
Blended — West Cork, IrelandTasted December 12, 2020Apples on the nose. Smooth vanilla sweetness on the palate. And a short a smooth.
Naked Grouse Blended Malt
Blended Malt — ScotlandTasted November 30, 2020A very Speyside nose, with apples, pears, and cinnamon... The palate is sweet and full of spice. The finish is pleasant, with vanilla and toffee. A yummy easy drinking Scotch for the winter.
Glenfiddich 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted November 26, 2020It’s been 20 years since I tasted this last and I think I’ve gained a better appreciation for it now. Fresh green apples on the nose. Cinnamon on the palate, with a vanilla finish. It’s yummy.
Blended — ScotlandTasted November 24, 2020My uncle used to being this scotch over when he visited. It was his drink. And it was the first scotch I think I’ve ever tried. I have fond memories of it. I didn’t remember liking it much when I was 18, and now it’s been 20 years, so I thought: “why not give it a try again? Maybe my palette has changed enough that it’ll be a different experience?” When I first opened the bottle, I got a whiff of smoke on the nose. And on the palette was a little of everything: some sherry, some smoke, some salt, some fruit... and then the finish was peppery. It’s like an all dressed chip: all the flavors in one package. The result is that none shine through. And after a week, some flavors have gone, like the smoke, and others leave behind an ethanol taste. Sometimes, it reminds me of vodka. There are blends which I like more.
Ballantine's Glenburgie 15 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted November 6, 2020I’m definitely getting the green apples and sherry on the nose, the palate is almost like apple juice... sweet, a little tart and after rolling it around a bit it becomes spicy. The finish is short with sweet red apples. It’s pretty easy to drink neat, and I’m enjoying the dram so far.
J.P. Wiser’s 10 Year Triple Barrel
Canadian — Ontario, CanadaTasted October 23, 2020Apples and cinnamon on the nose with vanilla. The palate is sweet with more apple pie and vanilla ice cream... a bit of nougat. The finish is smooth, slightly peppery and hints of candied oranges. This definitely hits above it’s price range. I will be buying it again. I recently had a bottle of Aberlour 12, a d I can’t help but feel like the two whiskies are cousins — the two share so many similarities that if you wanted a budget version, the Wiser’s would be it!
Blended — ScotlandTasted October 14, 2020A little bit of smoke, fresh fruit and caramel on the nose. Sweet pears and vanilla on the palate. Finish is quick and peppery with a touch of lingering smoke. It’s fairly easy drinking for the price. It’s got some burn but is missing depth of other whiskies. I feel like I got what I paid for. [Update] — I’ve had the whiskey for a week now, and each time I have it it seems to lose some flavors. It’s something you’d probably only want to drink in one night. -1 star.