Talisker 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed May 16, 2018Nose 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”.
Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed January 5, 2018
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed December 26, 2017Vanilla/woodsy notes dominate, with subdued toffee and spice. Marked burn at the finish, somewhat ameliorated by adding water. Excellent mixer, makes a great whiskey sour. Decent neat pour.
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