Port Charlotte 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNose: wrothy brine on a windy shore, the smoke leans towards herbal bandaid with a bit of a salted meat finish. Fresh cut grass. Palate: deliciously oily and viscous. Here the smoke has more emphasis on bandaid and smoked ham before the iodine, grass and green apple notes kicks in on the mid palate. Alongside subtle cereal notes and charred oak. The palate is much more interesting than the nose. Finish: rounds off with an interesting balance of salted caramel and charred oak.
Elijah Craig Small Batch
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA solid embodiment of what bourbon is. Nothing too special, but overall well balanced Nose: vanilla frosting, charred oak, baking spices, a bit of anis. Palate: wood tannins, baking spices, creamy vanilla frosting. Finish: lingering baking spices and a bit of the tannins mixed with the charred oak vanilla.
Lost Distillery Lossit
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedNose: musky brine and salty meat smoke following it. Also tart baked apples and apricot from sherry. Palate: initially light in body, but the finish feels more thick and oily. Fruity notes and sweet tea at first. Then it gets more citrus and briny smoked meat, not unlike a mixture of Ardbeg and Lagavulin.
Redbreast 12 Year Cask Strength
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedNose: initially heavy on the earthy notes with the malt, fresh nuts and sharp wood/peper spice. Then it becomes more dried fruit and baking soda or salt (not brine) akin to dry sherry. Palate: far too complex for my Palate to pick out the distict notes at the moment. Feels like it moves a lot in the baking spice spectrum, initial salty candy, cinnamon and brown sugar, then some anis followed by the alcohol burn, then leaves behind more salty hard candy, and faint banana liquor. Finish: medium length with some wood tannis lingering in the throat. Sweet baking spice on the tongue. I think this one is far to complex for me to pick apart on the initial glass. Looking forward to coming back to this several times and finding more in it.
Elijah Craig 12 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: caramel, nugat, fresh oak/sawdust. Palate: vanilla, caramel, nugat, fresh oak, cinnamon, anise. Light body and only mild oily. Finish: dark chocolate, candy, caramel, cinnamon. Lingers on the side and front of the tongue.
Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: light caramel, oak, orange peel, hint of vanilla. Palate: orange peel, caramel, toffee, anise, hints of oak. Finish: dark toffee, hint of chocolate and vanilla. Lingers on the sides of the tongue.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: butterscotch, oak, cloves. Palate: oak, white pepper, orange, cloves, anise. Medium body with some oily texture. Finish: orange, dark toffee. Lingers on the back of the tongue.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNose: surprisingly fruity, with notes of green apple. The peate isn't too dominant and is mostly of the campfire notes. Also some hay. Palate: very aggressive on the palate with the campfire smoke notes. Then into brine and spice anis prickling the tongue. Finish: the heat from the smoke lingers on the back of the tongue and mouth, morphing the notes more in the direction of dry oak and sour notes a bit like un-ripe fruit.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
Blended — IrelandTastedNose: frosting, banana cake, and vanilla. A hint of dark roasted notes notes. Palate: the cake frosting and vanilla. Body is very nice and smooth/a bit oily, making it dessert-like. Some notes of caramel and chocolate. Finish: a slight bitterness leaves a few notes of chocolate and oak lingering in the finish. But they still feel well-balanced. All in all a very solid dram that I would love to try at cask strength to see if it can amplify the rich balance of the sweet and bitter notes.44.0 USD per Bottle
Stauning Port Smoke
Peated Single Malt — Denmark, DenmarkTastedNose: fresh oak, grass or similar fresh plants, a bit of campfire and ending with the tawny port sweetness. Palate: the oak notes shines first but the tawny port adds a smooth sweetness that mixes vanilla and caramel with some bitter earthy notes. This whiskey has a lot of interesting notes going for it that I have never experienced together in a dram, and I'm having a hard time pinning a discription to them. But I would definitely recommend this to others.