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  1. The Macallan 25 Year Sherry Oak Cask

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Raisiny nose, the sherry influence is obvious. Sherry, lots and lots of sherry. Raisins and spice. Oily texture, rich spicy flavor. Nuts - almost chewy. There is some tannic influence from the wood and aging - a bit herbal. I found a bit of vanilla as I worked my way through the glass. Dry wood in the finish, some smoke. I bought this for $250 back in 2002. It goes for well over $1,000 these days. It's good. Maybe it's worth $250, but definitely not $1,000+ good ;). I could buy 15-20 solid, delightful bottles for what I'd pay for just this one. It is delicious, but there are things that I'd rather drink, and things I'd feel less guilty drinking.
  2. The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Very pleasant. A little bit of smoke. The rum influences are much more mellow and sophisticated than I expected or have experienced in Rum seasoned or Rum finished whiskeys. This has a banana flavor with cream and tropical fruit- maybe a hint of papaya? Not at all what I expected in a whiskey. The malt is definitely there in the forefront, the tropical flavors are more scenery to the scotch, which is as it should be. There is a hint of brown sugar, but it's not strong. This is a rich, oily, creamy dram with a lot of unusual stuff going on, but it really works - the balance between the whiskey and the finish is near perfect!
  3. Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    This is an interesting experience- there is smoke right from the start, but it isn't intense. The rum character is present, but not overwhelming. It does, somewhat overpower the gentler malty notes, but you can find them if you look. There is a bit of molasses with a slight alcohol burn at the end. Definitely drinkable and it's different. Good, but not great - 3.6, current distiller score is pretty reasonable. I'll need to drink more to determine if I want to keep this on hand or not once this bottle is empty.
  4. Old Pulteney 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    I'd drink this over water 9 times put of 10 if I could. Salty, salty, salty! One of the saltiest malts out there. Nice malty flavors. Would be fantastic with pretzels. It's fantastic on it's own, so maybe I should say that it would be fantasticer with pretzels. I can hear seagulls and fog horns, waves, and creaking boats when I drink this - it takes me to the see and makes me wish that I were on a boat!
  5. Old Pulteney 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    A bit of caramel on the nose. Nice and malty, creamy on the palate. A whiff of smoke, but not particularly smokey. Sweet, nutty malt that evolves into caramel. Very salty, in the best possible way, the maritime character is readily apparent. I don't know how I missed this gem for all these years, this has quickly become one of my all time favorites, and it's a bargain too!! This will always have a place on my shelf. You will struggle to find a better scotch in this price range. You might even struggle to find a better scotch for under $75.
  6. Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Wonderful nose, smells like a blend of sherry and port, port in the front, sherry in the background. I can taste the port, but it is balanced by smoke. Quite spicy with a fairly long finish - smoke, black pepper, port, with a bit of dry wood hiding in the back. Lemon zest pops up along the way. A little bit of tannin, but it's surrounded and smoothed over with so many other flavors. Just a faint hint of green apple at the end.
  7. The Macallan Double Cask 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highland, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Drinking along side the 12 year. This is sweeter and creamier - some vanilla and cream, doesn't seem quite as oily, but has a better overall flavor. A bit of honey. Finish doesn't seem as woody or tannic. Doesn't have quite the same alcohol burn. For my money, I think that this is better than the 12 year. The nose here has noticeable sherry - raisins, wine, sweet.
  8. The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Some sherry on the nose, but not as pronounced as the double cask. Moderately woody. Definitely richly flavored and with sherry notes. Modest smoke, could stand more. Long woody finish, some tannins here, a bit too much, green wood and bitter herbs. Not overly sweet. Unexpected alcohol burn in the finish. Pleasant, but could have a bit more going on. Drinking along the double cask, and I think that I prefer the double cask. Worth drinking, but I've had better at the same price point.
  9. Blanton's Original Single Barrel

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Strong vanilla on the nose, reminds me of ice cream or creme brulee. Moderate sweetness with a hint of brown sugar, cream, one of the more robust vanilla flavors I've tasted in bourbon - like vanilla ice cream, but not as sweet. Oily and creamy. A bit of rye spiciness folded into the rich dessert flavors. Really coats the palate. Excellent! Hope to always have a bottle on hand!
  10. Knob Creek Small Batch Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Rye spiciness, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, a little word and some alcohol burn. Pleasant, but nicely priced.
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