Octomore 07.2/208 Cask Evolution
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted August 13, 2018This 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, ScotlandTasted August 7, 2018This 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 , USATasted July 11, 2018This 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.
The Winter Queen (Adelphi)
Blended Malt — Multiple CountriesTasted July 10, 2018This reminds me of a good batch of Aberlour A’bunadh right away even from the nose. Thanks so much for the chance to try this @PBMichiganWolverine. Nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, and ruby fruits jump out at you. The palate is a great Christmas fruitcake. Really, the only thing I think I would “ding” it for would be some slight bitterness from the walnut finish in the end, but that’s such a “first world problem” lol. You get some other nutty notes and cloves too that balance it, so I think it deserves a 4.5. I really nice ABV, and I wish it wasn’t so damn rare.
Tamnavulin Double Cask
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 10, 2018A nice intense nose that brings dried banana chips, vanilla custard, subtle lemon, more cream, and floral properties, like jasmine. The palate is hot for 40%, but it's on the nice sweet end, reminiscent to a Monkey Shoulder blend. I am not sure if that's good though since we are comparing that to this single malt. The finish is sadly non-existent on this one with a thin and dry mouthfeel. 2.5 for me. The theme is "The Sound of Settling" by Death Cab for Cutie. Thanks for the sip @LeeEvolved!
Beinn Dubh- Black Mountain (The Speyside Distillery)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 10, 2018@LeeEvolved, where in the world did you find this... black gold... texas tea? This is the darkest whisky I think I have ever seen. Black jellybeans, dark fruit, floral properties, and honeycomb. The palate isn't like anything I've ever had. Mocha, espresso, cola, vanilla/caramel cream, concord grapes and sassafras notes follow, but a thinner mouth coat than expected. A real surprise though that it's overall better than I thought it was going to be. The short finish brings on milk chocolate and black pepper, but no fruit or herbal notes to speak of. Far from being a typical scotch, and is close to my experience of the Auchentoshan Three Wood. I think a 3.25 is fair. The theme of this dram is "Mirage Rock" by Band of Horses.
Glen Grant 10 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 10, 2018You can tell it's going to be young from the first sniff. Faint pears, vanilla, straw, hay, cinnamon and sugarcane. Thin mouthfeel, but 40% ABV, so not surprising. The palate is a little better, with white grapes, pears, and your other typical vanilla, woody notes flavors etc. Decent 10 year, but a short and dry white pepper finish to me. It needs some smoke, peat, or sherry... something else. 2.75 for me. Thanks for the taste though @Generously_Paul. The theme of this dram needs to be a bit of a boring song. I am thinking "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio. LOL.
Glen Elgin 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 10, 2018The nose on this guy brings pears, apples, vanilla, cream, and some blended spices. The palate is hot for 40% ABV. I can taste the elements of the bourbon cask, royal icing, grassy notes come through, savory pastry, sour dough, peaches and finally herbal notes. Complex to me for a 12 year old, and seems to be well-rounded. The finish brings in more shortbread cookies, almonds, but was a little short. I actually liked this one guys, so I will give it a 3.5. Thanks so much for @Scott_E for the chance to experience this one. The theme to this one is going to be "Amorphous Surprise" by Guided by Voices.
Dailuaine 1995 12 Year Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 10, 2018You really have to dig deep on this one. The nose is very subtle with white grapes, pears, ginger, vanilla, and gumdrops. The palate brings caramel, mocha, powdered sugar, corn syrup, and salted pretzels. The finish is a little too short and dry for my taste though. Might not be a jaw dropper, but the solid palate brings it to a 3.25. The theme of this dram is "Dig for Fire" by The Pixies. Thanks so much for the sample Mr. @LeeEvolved.
Linkwood-Glenlivet 23 Year Small Batch (Cadenhead's)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 6, 2018Strawberries, light oranges, roses, heather, powdered sugar and white grapes are on the nose. Pretty subtle, but hopefully just from the age. The neat palate is hot and burns without a little water. Adding a couple drops brought out raspberries, lime zest, vegetal properties, caramel, and brown sugar. It’s a medium to long finish for me containing cream, white chocolates, butter, and then dries. It is complex, but almost all over the place. I am trying to decide if it meshes well, maybe just not in my wheelhouse. It starts out like a Japanese whisky on the nose. The palate is unlike anything I’ve experienced, and is a bit chaotic. The finish ends with a heavy mouth coat and the opposite of delicate. Quite a journey that’s hard to put into words, but I’m trying. Man, the theme to this is a masterpiece. “Happiness is a Warm Gun” by The Beatles. It covers all the bases, that’s for sure. Thanks sooooo much for getting this one for us @Generously_Paul. I’m going to say 3.75.