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  1. Glenfarclas 15 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted November 4, 2019
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sherry, nuts and toffee on the nose. Palate is the same with a mid-palate burn you might expect from a younger whisky (alcohol? wood?). Finish is, you guessed it, sherried and nutty, but also a bit off; maybe it’s the “bitterness” the staff review mentions, but I wouldn’t grade it as a positive. Not bad but a bit lacking in complexity and balance.
  2. Mekhong the Spirit of Thailand

    Other Sugarcane — Thailand

    Tasted September 11, 2019
    0.5 out of 5 stars
    Horribly sweet and gummy. So regret ordering a daiquiri made with this.
  3. Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted January 26, 2019
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose is dominated by toffee, vanilla and candy corn, with a whiff of fruit (peach?) and charred wood smokiness. Palate is the same, with medium body and a decent aftertaste. Water brings out the sweetness. Very good, abundantly typical bourbon. This was tricky to get a hold of here in Brazil, but if you can get it for the price of a Jack or a Jim, it’s no contest!
  4. Springbank 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, Scotland

    Tasted January 14, 2019
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    On both nose and palate, fruit is immediately evident, more so with a few drops of water — I got orange first, then apples or pears, with smoky peat and vanilla up next, then a whiff of heather, honey and a pinch of salt. No chill-filtering means a nice, full body, and a very satisfying fruity aftertaste. A bit more burn than expected, particularly on the mid-palate. Very good whisky overall!
  5. Ardbeg 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted November 29, 2018
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Smoke, brine and a herbal note (camphor?) greet one up front, and stick with you throughout the experience. Nice full body balances out the alcohol content. Lemon and honey timidly insinuate themselves mid-palate. Finish is peaty, smoky and briny as well, with a peppery note, and more burn than I expected. Interesting, complex, full-bodied scotch. Looking forward to trying more Islays.
  6. GlenDronach Original 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted October 31, 2018
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sherry, lots of it, plus toffee and rum on the nose. Maybe a little vanilla on the background. Full-bodied, sweet and spicy palate, with more toffee and a dash of ginger. Finish is long, smooth and tastes of raisins and dried apricot. A very fine sherry bomb by any standards.
  7. Highland Park 12 Year Viking Honour

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted September 30, 2018
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Citrus, vanilla and honey up front, with subtle smoke and brine up next, and a dash of white pepper with the fruity finish. Fantastic whisky. The definition of a crowd pleaser.
  8. Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac

    Cognac — Cognac, France

    Tasted August 8, 2018
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    A nice nose of toffee and dried fruit that doesn’t really come through on the palate.
  9. Talisker 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted May 16, 2018
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose dominated by smoky, briny peat, with a whiff of sweetness which sometimes I perceive as malt sugar, sometimes as orchard fruit, sometimes as honey. Palate is surprisingly sweet upfront, bringing toffee, malt and maybe fruit (apples? pears?) to mind, with a light-bodied mouthfeel. Finish is all peat, salt and pepper. Harsher in the first few sips, gets progressively smoother as your palate acclimates to it. A classic that punches well above its age (and price) bracket in terms of complexity, balance and “wow factor”.
  10. Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt

    Blended Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted January 5, 2018
    3.0 out of 5 stars
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