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Braeval 1994 22 Year Old (Samaroli)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedGreat nose from the get-go! Roses and medium level fruit are prominent. Subtle tropical notes are even there. Marshmallow and sawdust on the side, and a nice segue to the palate. White pepper, a little brine, caramel, vanilla, and a little mineral note on the tail end for the finish. It's not too off-putting though, and the finish is a medium one, and it has an overall nice medium mouth coat. With it being non-chill filtered, as well as not having any added color, I think @LeeEvolved got a nice deal on the price, even around 200ish. A nice 22 year old indeed. Solid 4.25 and the theme to this dram is "Disco 2000" by Pulp. Starts out happy enough, but sad when it's over.
Cameronbridge by Exclusive Grains
Single Grain — Lowland , ScotlandTastedI am going to preface this by saying that I am not a grain guy. The nose brought out sawdust first, which is not what I am looking for, along with some apples, pears, vanilla, hay, and other light floral properties. This was a gift from @PBMichiganWolverine as we venture through all what Scotland has to offer. Thanks again. After letting it set out for about 20 min, I thought it definitely could handle water, but let's go in neat first. The palate is much better than I anticipated. Citrus notes really explode with tangerines, oranges, lemons, and even a few cherries on the palate. The taste lingers a bit on the finish, but is a bit dry for me. This makes the Girvan look shameful. Not something I would necessarily buy at all, but if a friend poured it, I would flash a quick grin. One of the best grains I've tried, so it deserves a 3.25 from me. No song though since it's not a malt. =D
Corsair Triple Smoke
American Single Malt — Tennessee, USATastedBirthday review! It has a very awesome nose. Cherries, both black and regular. Sweet corn, smoke, peat, and vanilla. Medium mouth coat of a nice spice, hint of black pepper, smoky, vanilla, and toffee on the palate. It’s like a scotch, bourbon, and rye in one sitting, thankfully without the dill. Solid performance if you like a sweet buttery long finish too. 4.0. Age could make this more complex, but why bitch.
Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedThe nose brings red delicious apples, pears, and light floral properties. Very crisp and bright. Thin mouth coat and the palate brought vanilla, custard, more apples, butter, and the finish was short and dry. Thankfully, there aren’t any off putting notes, but there’s nothing much to set it apart from basic highland or speyside 10 year olds as well. The theme to this dram will be something equally simple, but pleasant. In honor of hoping the Red Sox win this year, let's make it "Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond. 3.0. Thanks for the sample @Scott_E !
Imperial by The Ultimate
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedHmmm...Apple pie with cinnamon on the nose along with sawdust, and pears. The palate wasn’t as sweet with more of a toffee, butterscotch, white grapes, and mineral water. The mouth coat is medium but a long buttery finish, but the mineral note still lingers and kills it for me. Such a shame. Thanks for the try @PBMichiganWolverine. The theme to this dram should be a simple pop song. Maybe that “I Gotta Feeling” song by the Black Eyed Peas. Blah... lol. 2.5. Can’t believe the age doesn’t show here.
Miltonduff 10 Year Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedVery thin all over from the mouth feel, to the nose. Grasses, hay, roses, strawberries, mint and white grapes were the notes. The palate had a nice, but too quick, sweetness from light fruits, sugarcane, vanilla, and butter. However, then it exploded into both a white and black pepper collision. The spicy, short, and dry finish might entice some, but this one to me is just so-so. 2.75. Thanks for the try on this one @Scott_E! The theme of this dram needs to also have an explosive ending. “Sheer Heart Attack” by Queen will do.
Abhainn Dearg Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedThe theme to this dram was the easiest to decide. “Punch Up at a Wedding”, also known as “No No No No No No No No” by Radiohead really says what I feel about the whole experience. The song is great, but the words fit. Sorry, @PBMichiganWolverine but at least you saved me money from trying this offering later down the road. The nose and palate had this ultra-funk. Not the good funk like from a Springbank, Ben Nevis, Pittyvaich, or Bowmore 15 Darkest even. I am talking like a three month old sweaty gym shorts kinda funk. Not cool. This might give Girvan competition with being my least favorite distillery. Well, I hope they scrap the inaugural, and completely start over. Go back to the drawing board. Not for me. For the finish, to make the taste stop, I took a HUGE swig of Laphroaig Cairdeas Fino 2018 from the bottle.
Octomore 07.2/208 Cask Evolution
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThis came courtesy of @Generously_Paul. I was hesitant on trying it because I really disliked the 7.3, but this is a completely different beast, all to its own. Brown sugar was the first note on the nose I got, along with maple syrup, and more spicy than sweet though. Cinnamon, nutmeg, candied bacon, and kielbasa come to mind also. Palate is also fantastic, with mouthwatering peat, deep ruby fruits, barbecue, and steak. Sounds like a damn good dinner to me! It has a really long finish married will with savory and sweet notes as well. Water adds some maritime characteristics as well. Extremely well done Bruichladdich! Only more age (this is about a 5 year) would maybe help this one, but it doesn't need it. 4.75! This one is lovely, complex, and deserves your time. The theme of this dram needs to scream summer... "She Bangs the Drums" by The Stone Roses will do.
Caol Ila Moch
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedThis is more of an earthy Caol Ila... The color is light, but the vegetative notes and peat are up front. Sweet and floral notes show up as well on the nose. Pears, apples, vanilla, peat...slight though. The palate is heavier on the smoke. This also reminds me a little bit like a Glen Scotia. It has some maritime, savory goodness. Almost like a mushroom gravy... A medium finish of seashells... Salty brine. I do like the standard 12 a little better, but to me it's a hell of a lot better than their unpeated offerings. On the thin and light side for Islay, but not shabby. Going to give it a straight up 3 stars. A little overpriced because you have to get if from overseas. The theme for this dram is "Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow" by the Strawberry Alarm Clock.75.0 USD per Bottle
Westland Hand Filled Distillery Only 5 year Old Moscato Finish
American Single Malt — Washington , USATastedThis one gets a holy hell yeah. Thanks @PBMichiganWolverine for making me open my eyes to an American distillery that actually does a single malt. Wow, the nose gets up right in your face with a sherry bomb explosion, and you can smell the spices, apples, and other ruby red fruits in there as well. A heavy mouth coat that also brings out both milk and dark chocolate, espresso, maple syrup, hot buttered popcorn, and cinnamon on the palate. I've never touched a muscat grape (from muscatel wine) but it's damn good. It's too bad on this being a rare bottle, but I would definitely have no issue with trying something else by them. A little more age might make it even more interesting. A fat 4.5 from me.