The Glenrothes 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 1, 2020Nose: Sweet fruity salt water taffy floods the nose. Some vanilla wafer crackers too. Palate: A nice baking spice builds as does that salt water taffy from the nose. Some vanilla cream develops as it moves into the finish. Finish: Is more of that sweetness and that baking spice that gradually fades away.
The Glenrothes Peated Cask Reserve
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 1, 2020Nose: A nice fruitiness and toffee come to mind as soon as you smell it. Some honey develops as you let it open more. Palate: Sweet wood smoke is balanced by notes of gingerbread and Mexican dark chocolate. Finish: a lot of toasted nuts and the bitterness of the dark chocolate combined with orange peel.
Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2012
Single Malt — South Japan, JapanTasted June 29, 2020Nose: Strong sherry and raisins dominate the nose, some molasses, and toffee as well. Sweet pipe tobacco and oak evolve as the whisky opens up. Palate: More toffee/caramel mix with aged tobacco and riped fruits like figs. More syrupy molasses, but more so in the mouthfeel and some of the sweetness. A sweet toasted nuttiness also develops as it opens up more. It has a lovely minty freshness to it all though Finish: More of that super-ripe fruit like sweet figs and raisins linger with hints of burnt sugar and honey.
Glenfarclas 40 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted June 29, 2020Nose: Sweet, strong sherry, and chocolate orange peel floods the senses. Some notes of cinnamon and clove are also apparent. Palate: The sherry, cinnamon, and clove are very apparent initially. It fades and the sherry sweetness comes into the mix. Some oaky smoke mixes with the citrus as you move into the finish. Finish: A lot more sherry sweetness and dark chocolate and orange peel bitterness.
Glengoyne 25 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted June 29, 2020Nose: strong notes of sherry and oak. Some baking spice with a candied fruit sweetness. Palate: Strong sherry and toffee dominate the initial tasting. That sweet candied fruit continues but with a crispness of ripe apples. Finish: More toffee and that apple character expands with some orange peel as well! Wonderful expression from Glengoyne!
Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATasted June 24, 2020Nose: That typical sweet TN whiskey smell. Lots of vanilla, oak, and caramel. Hints of banana can also be found as it opens up a bit Initial: A bit of cinnamon spice slap your taste buds awake. That vanilla comes in to calm things down a bit though going into the mid-palate. Mid-Palate: The vanilla strengthens a bit with a more salted caramel creeping in. I also get hints of a mixed fruit pie of sorts with a graham cracker crust. Finish: The vanilla turns more into a burnt sugar mixed with the caramel.