Bruichladdich Black Art 1990 06.1 Edition 26 Year
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted June 9, 2021Nose - Fresh red berries, honeycomb, lactic funk, saline, ripe plums (w/ water) Pretty much the same, but more vibrant Taste - Burst of ripe plum, saline, honey, orange zest, ginger heat, apples (w/ water) Ripe plums, candied orange zest, candied ginger, orange zest, much more vibrant and brighter Finish - Gentle heat, plums, orange bitters, gentle fruit stem bitter (w/ water) Fresh but tart plums, more red berry tannic skin sweet, oranges Score - 86/100 Final Thoughts - This one is much better than Adam's first Black Art attempt, but it's still lacking a bit of something. It's still quite good, but I guess doesn't quite live up to the Black Art hype. This one is very unique in that I get a lot of fresh/ripe plum notes in this one that's quite nice. Not sure what kind of casks impart that flavor, but I quite enjoyed it. This almost feels like Adam was trying to compensate for what he did with the first Black Art and made this one much more vibrant and have more sweet notes than his 5.1. Much better nose in that it's brighter and feels more vibrant and lively. Better balance of flavors throughout and just generally more enjoyable from start to finish. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Probably not NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Bruichladdich Black Art 1992 05.1 Edition 24 Year
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted June 9, 2021Nose - Dark tannic red wine, dark red berries, dark caramel, plums, dried currants, dried cherries (w/ water) Less tannic, dried apples, dark cherry juice, plums, dusty white peppercorns Taste - Gentle white pepper heat, fruity tart & tannic cherry juice, candied ginger, saline, cocoa powder, chili powder, raisins but w/o the sweetness (w/ water) Dry peppercorn heat, unsweetened cherry juice, unsweetened cocoa powder, dried apples, poached pears Finish - Lingering gentle tingle, sweet but tart cherry juice, dark chocolate covered candied ginger, chili powder/sweet paprika (w/ water) Lingering gentle tingle, lightly tart/bitter cherries, cherry pit bitter, unsweetened cocoa powder, light saline Score - 81/100 Final Thoughts - I have mixed feelings about this one because I feel as if I should enjoy it more than I did, but I really can't. There's nothing really bad about it, but it's just kind of boring and I think if I tasted this blind, I'm not sure I'd be able to pick it out as being Bruichladdich. I know Adam had some pretty big shoes to fill, but I have a feeling this one was either rushed or a cat ran through the blending room & just knocked a bunch of stuff into a vat & they just decided to go with it. It feels like they tried to incorporate some very tannic red wine finished/matured whisky with some dry sherry finished whisky and ended up with a blend that pulled only mediocre notes from both. There's none of that rich sherry goodness nor that bright tannic, but sweet lactic funk from a wine finished Bruichladdich. What you end up with is like a dark chocolate covered tart cherry, but they forgot to add any sugar, so you have this sort of bitter, tannic, tart "dessert" that is almost there, but not quite. Water brightens up the nose a bit, but doesn't help it much. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight
Peated Blend — ScotlandTasted June 8, 2021Nose - Ripe orchard fruits, crisp apples, pears, peaches/nectarines, ripe apricots, floral honey, ripe juicy plums, dried sweet apricots, light honeycomb Taste - Rich orchard fruits, dried apples, ripe juicy plums, peaches/nectarines, floral watery honey, light hint of ash at the end, fairly thin mouthfeel Finish - Lingering fruity ash/charcoal, very clean, gentle white pepper tingle, light stone fruit pith bitterness, hint of sea spray Score - 80/100 Final Thoughts - This had a very pleasant nose, delicious burst of orchard fruits on the nose and on the palate. Very faint wisp of ash/smoke from the Lagavulin I presume which is a very very tiny component of this blend. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, so I think there's a fairly high percentage of grain in this one, but I suspect at least it's older grain as I don't get any off putting younger grain notes in this one. Overall it's a very pleasant, easy drinking summer dram I'd say. Best neat as I think any ice or additional water would really hide the subtle flavors. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.244.0 USD per Bottle
Bruichladdich Laddie Valinch No53 Fiona Glover
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted June 7, 2021COE Cask 1344 Nose - (w/o water) Pressed apple juice, light caramel, baked apple crisp (w/ water) Pressed fresh apple juice, more baked apple, barrel aged dark apple cider Taste - (w/o water) Quite hot, baked apples, apple juice, fresh pressed ginger juice heat, baked apple crisp spice (w/ water) Muted heat, same flavors as without water but more balanced Finish - (w/o water) Lingering heat, baked apples, light metallic vibe, heat/tingle is like you took a bite of fresh out of the oven baked apple crisp & you just did the hoowahhoof thing (w/ water) Less heat, more drying, baked apples Score - 91/100 Final Thoughts - This was quite an interesting dram in that it was much much better than the Bourbon/Calvados Micro-Provenance bottle I personally have. This one was much more balanced with a much better, cleaner, more refreshing apple vibe to it. It was a bit on the desserty side, but not crazy sweet. I'm not sure if this was a finish or a full maturation, but this was quite good. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Kirkland 23 Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted June 2, 2021Nose - Rich dark berries, orange zest, candied ginger, dried cherries/cranberries/blueberries Taste - Dark cherries/blueberries, candied ginger "spice", dark apple juice backbone, dark chocolate, dark cherry juice Finish - Lingering light tingle, lightly tart but still sweet cherry juice, light dark chocolate cherry cordial Score - 86/100 Final Thoughts - So the tasting notes would lead you to believe that this is an absolutely amazing dram and although it's quite good, the flavors come in waves versus being a cohesive whole. This is very tasty overall, great nose, good on the palate, mediocre & kind of short finish. This is good, but for some reason it seems to be lacking something that binds it together. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Maybe NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Macallan Triple Cask 15 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted June 2, 2021Nose - nice balance of raisins and ripe apples, dark honey, apple/grape leather, light cinnamon "spice" Taste - Gentle ginger spice/heat/tingle, apples, light raisin, dark honey, light bitter fruit stems Finish - Lingering apple, ginger heat remains, lingering bitter fruit stems that seem to build in intensity Score - 77/100 Final Thoughts - I wanted to like this a bit more than I did, especially after saying their stuff is usually decent, but overhyped but sadly it all sort of fell apart after the nose. Nose was decent, good balance of oak and sherry notes of raisins and seemed overall very pleasant. The palate started out nicely but had a bit more of a ginger spice/heat/tingle than expected for a 43% and this sort of masked up the apple & raisin vibe a bit. Adding to this was the fact that there was this odd bitterness that took over halfway through and just lingered through to the finish where it kind of got a bit distracting. It lingered long through the finish and it felt like your palate was fighting the fruit stem bitterness to find the sweet apples and raisins you originally tasted. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Bruichladdich HB 90/27
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted June 1, 2021Nose - (w/o water) Juicy red berries, hint of tannic fruity dryness, charcoal filtered apple juice (w/ water) Removes tannic dryness, light saline, red berries Taste - (w/o water) Rich dark apple juice backbone, light clean charcoal/coal smoke, salt smoked cherries, saline, dry tannic red berries, hint of dried apple rings (w/ water) Any trace of smoke is gone, more cherries, saline, red berries, dark apple juice, less tannic Finish - (w/o water) Lingering light smoke/charcoal, red berries, dried apple rings, light goji berry medicinal berry sweetness (w/ water) Any hint of smoke/charcoal/medicinal vibe is gone, goji berries, cherries, apple Score - 90/100 Final Thoughts - This one is quite good and I'm a bit mixed as to whether or not this is better with or without water. Without water there's this odd smoky component like they took a few grains of smoked salt & dropped them into the bottle, which makes it quite interesting, but also adds this mineral aspect that's a bit distracting at the same time. I'm a huge fan of the nose but for some reason the palate just doesn't live up to the intensity of the nose. Finish is more interesting without water, but at the same time it has this weirdly medicinal/metallic vibe that goes away with some water. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Not at current prices NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Fettercairn 16 Year 1st Release 2020
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 29, 2021Nose - Sweet/savory "funk" similar to taking rich sweet syrupy raisins/dates/prunes and slashing them with a bit of soy sauce, chocolate, wet chewing tobacco Taste - Sweet intense raisins/prunes layered over a dark apple juice, gentle ginger ale heat, hints of dark chocolate, maraschino cocktail cherry liquid, sweet syrupy amaretto Finish - Lingering sweet w/ hints of cinnamon spice, syrupy dark dried stone fruits, light bitter cherry pits, almond shell sweet bitterness Score - 80/100 Final Thoughts - I think I wanted to like this one a bit more than I actually did. Although there isn't really anything extremely off putting about this, it's a bit on the syrupy sweet side. Like they used really wet sherry & port casks to finish this and inside the barrels was remnants of thick syrupy sweet sludge that just sweetened this entire thing. Flavors are good and I definitely see this as more of a dessert whisky than anything else due to how sweet this comes across from start to finish. Maybe treat it as an apertif or digestif with some bitter dark chocolate to finish a meal? Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Maybe NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Glenfiddich 21 Year Reserva Rum Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted May 29, 2021Batch #45 Nose - Tropical fruits, grilled pineapple, ripe cut apples, brown sugar syrup, fresh ginger Taste - Fairly thin, tropical sweet, pineapple juice, apple juice, coconut water, fresh pressed sugarcane juice, caramelized sugar, light fruity bitter on tail end Finish - Lingering sweet, tropical fruit juice, char grilled pineapple, light fruity bitterness at end returns Score - 84/100 Final Thoughts - This was an interesting one as this nosed and drank above its proof. This tasted like it was more 43-46% than the 40% it was bottled at. It's been a while since I've had the standard 18 offering, but this feels like that, but with the sweetness dialed up a bit with a bit more cooked/caramelized tropical fruit vibe. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the flavor is nice. This feels like something I wouldn't mind sipping on when I'm in a shaded cabana by the beach or something. I have a feeling this would be great mixed with some coconut water & made into a highball that way. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Probably Not NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.
Other Whiskey — Kyushu, JapanTasted May 26, 2021Nose - Very clean soft grainy sweetness, light floral, light grass, hints of sake, 7up or a flat lemon/lime/citrus soda Taste - Sweet grainy sweetness, like a sweet filtered sake, gentle sugarcane "funk", hints of flat lemon/lime soda, gentle heat, light citrusy bitter, ginger beer fizz Finish - Lingering filtered sake vibe, gentle ginger beer/7up/Sprite vibe, lemon/pomelo zest pops right at the end Score - 79/100 Final Thoughts - The initial color on this one was quite light, but I've learned that lack of color does not necessarily mean lack of flavor. The nose on this one immediately screamed grain whisky to me and upon further nosing, it started to lean more towards a sake vibe, so I assumed it was a rice whisky. I did get hints of this rum/sugarcane "funk" so maybe a rum cask finish? On the palate the sugarcane "funk" continues along with this fizzy feeling from the heat, but a flat ginger beer/7up flavor. The finish on this one is surprisingly long, like a very filtered sake served warm with some flat 7up, which sounds pretty bad, but isn't that bad. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Probably not NOTE - All reviews are done without factoring in price.