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  1. Alberta Premium Cask Strength

    Canadian — Alberta, Canada

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Whoa! This one comes loud and fast. I get a ton of tropical fruits on the nose. Papayas, pineapples, coconut. Then there is a nice vanilla and even some bubble gum. There’s a little bit of rye spice, but I find I have to really dig for it. This nose is fruity and fresh. On the palate, vanilla, dark caramel, that rye liquorice, and a building heat. The finish is warm. Cinnamon hearts, then some of that bubble gum and fruit comes back. Nice stuff and a great price. Will definitely pick up another bottle
    55.0 CAD per Bottle
  2. Alberta Premium 20 Year

    Canadian — Alberta, Canada

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    On the nose, I get a lot of pine scent. Like, a lot. Some musty, dusty wood and then sweet orange and vanillas underneath. Palate is sweet vanillas at first then there is a building spiciness. Anise, clove, pepper. The finish is medium and drying. Oak tannins, little bit of that star anise and clove, then it turns to sweet orange. This is definitely a unique juice and unlike anything that I’ve ever tried.
    90.0 CAD per Bottle
  3. Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength

    Single Malt — Taiwan

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Had a pour of this at a liquor store. Amazing. The nose was very rich with raisins, cream, and nuttiness. It smelled like a fruit ‘n nut bar. On the palate; wow! I’ve read many reviews of whiskies that talk about an explosion of flavour on the palate and I get it now. It felt like a water ballon popped in my mouth. So, juicy and refreshing at first. Sweet berries, leather, creamy, and then this beautiful oak at the very end. Absolutely stunning.
    11.0 CAD per Pour
  4. Lagavulin 12 Year (2017 Special Release)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    This is beautiful. An absolute stunner. The nose is one of the best I’ve ever smelled. If you can believe it, coming from a big Islay malt, it is is so incredibly creamy and rich. Once you acclimatize to the campfire peat, you are left with the most delicious smelling vanilla custard and some light citrus, like a lemon custard pie. I was blown away; nothing like the 16 or 8. The creamy nature follows through in the palate. It is not delicate because of the abv, but it is creamy, oily, and mouth coating. The citrus is more pronounced and most definitely lemon now. The peat comes back on the finish, which is long, rich, luxurious. Absolutely one of my favourite drams ever.
    140.0 CAD per Bottle
  5. The Glenrothes 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    This is a nice, juicy dram that you really don’t have to think too much about to enjoy. The nose is full of juicy raisins and stone fruit. There’s a huge vanilla and custard backbone. Little toasted almond. Some faint nutmeg. Palate like reading a funny children’s book. Simple, easy to understand, but still enjoyable time and again. It was really creamy vanilla and juicy sherry notes. I always get a nice mouthfeel from Glenrothes. Finish was short and to the point. Dried red berries, vanilla, and some oak. This dram was practically refreshing. If you’re looking for a sherry-bomb, or something to spend time dissecting, look elsewhere. This was simple and straightforward, but an enjoyable dram all the same.
  6. Royal Lochnagar 12 Year

    Single Malt — Eastern Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    I didn’t have high expectations for this bottle, but was pleasantly surprised. It has the backbone of a nice highland malt. I think it is really let down by its presentations. Everything was too quiet, too muted. On the nose was honey, heather, and orchard fruit. Palate was about the same. And the finish, well what finish? Royal Lochnagar would be a thoroughly ideal conversation whisky if it was $50 CAD. Unfortunately, it goes for more than double that where I live. If this was a higher ABV, maybe un-chill filtered it would be enjoyable. A competent whisky, but extremely overpriced for its presentation.
    105.0 CAD per Bottle
  7. Bruichladdich Bere Barley 2008 Islay Grown: Dunlossit Estate

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a weird one for me. I have a 200ml taster bottle from a sample pack that came with an Islay Barley and an Organic. As soon as I poured this one, the initial smell I was picking up in the nose was a big, dusty bag of grains. It honestly smelled like if you’ve ever opened up a burlap sack of barley or lentils. It took me right back to the farm. Dusty and earthy. Initially, on the palate that earthiness came through strong. It reminded me, dare I say, of dry manure in a field; but not in a gross way...but also not in an enjoyable way. More of a, “Huh...never tasted that before.” I scoured the internet for a review that had the same tasting notes, but couldn’t find one, so it may be just me. After 10 minutes in the glass, those dusty, farmyard notes fade dramatically to the background and a sweeter dram emerges. Barley sugar and orange in the nose. Little bit of dust remains. On the palate, sweet citrus, some cereals, and custard. Like others have mentioned; it’s a bit rough around the edges. It does do a pretty good job of changing with time in the glass, but, I’d take the Classic Laddie over this. I’m a big Bruichladdich fanboy, but I’m glad that I have a 200ml sample bottle of this and didn’t sink $100 CAD into a full bottle. I’m glad I tried it; to me, it was engaging because of those weird farmyard notes, but it’s not a Bruichladdich limited release that I will miss when it’s gone like the Laddie 10 or the Organic 2003. I’d still say to grab a dram if you can. 3.5 stars - 84/100 Edit: after a few weeks in the bottle it really came into its own. Nice complexity now. Rough edges gone. Changes character so much with time in the glass. 4 stars 88/100
  8. The Glenrothes 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  9. Springbank 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  10. Compass Box The Lost Blend

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    First dram: it’s good. Nose was pretty quiet as it’s a new bottle. Taste was full and creamy, then peat, then fruity, floral. Good finish with a full body and decent peat. It’s gurd. This could be my favourite. It has a beautifully balanced nose. A gentle peat, floral, fruit, creamy toffee. It quite reminds me of a sweet moscato. The palate is just as good. Quiet peat on the entry, which gets quickly replaced by a juicy character. Pears, white grapes, juicy green apple. It’s like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Waxy, green apple finish. Unbelievably good. I rarely enjoy this because it saddens me to see the fill level retreating. Last dram ???? First, a slight smoke, like the remnants of last night’s fire. Then you start to get waxy lemon on the nose. Little bit of melon. Some sweet, fruity jolly rancher. On the palate, smoke, then some jolly rancher fruit. Like melon. Waxy still. Black licorice. Smoke. Finish it nice. Minty. Smoke. Still that sweet melon. And still yet, that waxy character from the Clynelish. Still my favourite dram. Crushed to see it go. An aptly named whisky. 94/100
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