Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSweet and mild. Not overly complex but pretty pleasant, and affordable.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedSweet smokey, but balanced, nose with a surprising amount of sherry and fruit. Sweet fruity smoke, followed by a definite treacle wave - caramel and butterscotch notes that evolve into dry wood with smokey notes. The smoke and treacle are perfectly melded. This is perfect on it's own, but would make a phenomenal pairing with the right desert.
Bowmore 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedWoody, smokey nose. Mild, dry smoke to start which builds slightly over time. Earthy, vegetal peat with moderate brine/salt. Kind of like Laphroaig's kid brother, but in a mostly good way. Some citrus. A lot here, but a subtle and subdued, perhaps a little too subtle and subdued. Flavors evolve with time, but come and go like the tides. Perhaps it would be better if it were cask strength or 43-46 instead of 40.
Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSofter and more delicate than I expected. Rye spiciness mixed with sweet notes from the port - the port taste is definitely there, mixed in. Short dry finish with port moving to a long dry spicy/port finish.
Highland Park Valknut
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedA bit of smoke and peat on the nose. Moderate smoke burn, salt with a dry pepper finish mingled with smoke. More of the standard Highland Park signature flavor comes through than in Valkyrie, but it still isn't as robust as in the 12 year. Good, enjoyable entry, but I still prefer 12 over this. I prefer this over Valkyrie, but still a fine whiskey in its own right.
Angel's Envy Rye Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks
Rye — USATastedLuxurious, sweet, spicy nose with strong alcohol. Sweet rich taste, full mouth feel with spicy rye and sweet strong sugarcane/Rum notes. Whiskey candy. Smells absolutely amazing, and tastes pretty nice. I'd be perfectly content to just inhale this all night without actually drinking it.
Port Charlotte Islay Barley 2008
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedPeat smoke from start to finish. Right when you think that you've got all the smoke, you get hit with more smoke, and then more, and more. Dry, smokey, very salty finish. I was expecting this to be good, but it blew past my expectations. This is virtually perfect.
Highland Park Valkyrie
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedStrawberry nose- very surprising but accurate. Peat and brine nose. Bitter dark chocolate taste, with some peat and salt. Very long dark chocolate and salt finish, quite an unusual expression of Highland Park. I prefer the more typical character of honey and heather from Highland Park 12, but this is an interesting and curious whiskey. Quite tannic.
Highland Park Magnus
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedMore peat than I expected. watery mouth feel. Dry, chocolate notes, with long dry finish. Lacks the truly sublime Highland Park character. Drinkable, but unexceptional.
Lagavulin 8 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedForward, dry round full mouth smoke with some sweet sea and peat notes. Long, dry smokey, briny finish. Nearly perfect for a young smokey scotch.