Nikka Yoichi 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Hokkiado, JapanTasted November 30, 2015First impression on the nose - FRUITY. Summer fruit like peaches or nectarines come to the forefront, with some honey and vanilla. Spicy notes on the palate, along with floral notes and honey, with the peach coming in at the very end and lingering on the tongue. Initially I didn't get any of the smoke, but after a few sips, it made itself known, though its still fairly light.
Glenfarclas 25 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted November 29, 2015It's dessert time with a dram of this one. Some of the most beautiful, languid legs I've seen in a whisky. The nose is full of vanilla, rum-soaked dried fruit, and old hardwoods. On the palate, an initial burst of sweetness - very reminiscent of an Italian cream cake or tres leches cake. Milky, caramely notes with some honey and fruit. These pass by and close with lingering notes of mint, pipe tobacco, and old hardwood; having grown up in Texas, it reminds me of good, dry hickory for the smoker. Maybe not my everyday go-to (cheap this one isn't), but a really lovely treat.
Highland Park 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted November 28, 2015Really a lovely dram. Salty sea air, clover honey, and smoke on the nose. Honeyed and slightly floral on the front giving way to salty medicinal notes and smoke by the end. The real deal here - very well rounded.