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  1. Highland Park 15 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank
  2. Ardbeg 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    (FWF Share #76 [5/17/2018]) Opened: 5/14/18 Finished: 7/21/18
  3. Highland Park Valkyrie

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    (FWF Share #77 [5/17/2018])
  4. WhistlePig Vermont Estate Oak 15 Year

    Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, Canada

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  5. Compass Box Oak Cross

    Blended Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Urge Gastropub and Whiskey Bank
  6. Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Cask Strength Quarter Cask Edition

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    (FWF Share #75 [5/3/2018]) Opened: 5/3/18 Finished: 9/14/18
  7. Oban Distillers Edition

    Peated Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  8. Jim Beam Original

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
  9. Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2009

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sampling: Islay Barley 2010 Bruichladdich Islay Barley is unexpected to say the least and it draws on great complexity, given the time it needs to arrive at its “full potential.” This dram needs room to breathe. Failing to provide it space results in both you and the scotch never seeing the whole picture. Initially, I detected honey and not much else. The nose was a tad abrasive, acidic and carrying some notes of acetone. However, that eventually opened up into numerous other notes such as rich cream, vanilla, butterscotch, dried maple leaves, caramel soft candies, brown sugar, and molasses. First impressions are really important and while this one did eventually win me over, the nose didn’t get me all that excited until minutes after pouring. On the tongue, a medium mouthfeel displaying toasted cereal grains, oatmeal, and some incredibly sweet elements with playful candor. Islay Barley might be dessert in a glass for some, but does succeed in balancing the whole package with daring heat. The exit lingers for a bit, then gives up the ghost within 30 seconds or so. Residual heat stays in the chest a few seconds after the dram has left your mouth, leaving a more oily finish. Bruichladdich Islay Barley 2010 is worth the time and money if you can find it. Frankly, you can find better options by Bruichladdich if you’re looking for a crowd pleaser (Classic Laddie). But, if you prefer a nice slow dance with your dram, this one might be calling your number. (FWF Share #67 [3/23/2018])
  10. Lagavulin Distillers Edition

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Lagavulin Distillers Edition does something extraordinary: it takes their already stellar flagship Lagavulin 16 and somehow refines every facet of the experience. If you’re used to the standard 16, it’s possible you may not initially like the Distillers Edition, as all elements are slightly subdued and less lively. I’d compare it to someone confident in their 30s and someone confident in their 40s. Both know what and who they are. Both have experience, zeal and drive. Both know what they want, yet one stands out, sharper, a silver fox, sexier, existing within subtle nuances and grace within her or his step. Distillers Edition in my opinion, has depth, richness and longevity in a way that overshadows Lagavulin 16. You owe it to yourself to take your time, should you have the opportunity. This isn’t a scotch to be rushed. On the nose, you’ll find many of the same character qualities of the standard 16: brine, seaweed, smoke, light salt, bright fruity tones, vanilla, and caramel. The Distillers Edition goes further with a tad more leather, and what I’d label as old books. It’s quite stark and lovely. The mouthfeel is smoother, more full bodied and richer in oil. This one stays with you showcasing charred wood and traces of those PX casks. I found dark cherry and even a mild bite of tartness. The finish is nothing less than satisfying. The savory heat it does have stays toward the top of you throat rather than in your chest. It’s bold but not crushing, humble yet artistically boastful. I absolutely love Lagavulin 16, but for me, Lagavulin Distillers Edition is the definition of taking something from great to next level. Spending time with it reveals it as a “proper ladies and gentlemen’s dram,” worth far more than what it sells for. While I’m confident many will disagree, the caliber of craftsmanship, the experience, and the price lead me to this conclusion: this may very well belong within your top 5. (FWF $10 Dram [9th] Share #68 [3/29/2018])
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