Glen Fohdry 12 Year Aiteal an Òir Single Malt
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed January 16, 2023👀: amber, resin. 👃: sweet pear and/or grape. 👅: sweet pear and/or grape. Overall: ain’t bad but I’m not digging the sweet profile. Tastes great for what it is. Lazy review.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed January 6, 2023👀: straw. Legs. Yeah. 👃: grainy sweetness. Hint of peat. Lots of oak. 👅: smooth. No heat. Hardly any peat. No finish but hot dang I want more. Overall: I could drink this all night.
Botanical Spirit — USAReviewed January 4, 2023👀: clearer than water. Lasting legs that I don’t think will ever make their way down the glass. 👃: rubbing alcohol and some smoke. 👅: smooth, albeit a bit smoky, even a hint of meatiness. Prickly pear sweetness comes through. Rubbing alcohol again. Overall: easy drinker but it’s a filler spirit. Might be fun to have with guests but would be hard pressed to break it out again by myself.
Glen Ness 12 Year Highland Single Malt
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed December 30, 2022👀: yellow-amber. Legs stick around for a bit. 👃: no alcohol burn. Lots of vanilla and charred oak. A little black pepper. Not too complex. 👅: a little grainy sweet with vanilla. Tastes more of a burn than the nose but still not much. Very one dimensional. Overall: what a dud.Total wine & spirits
Shieldaig Speyside Single Malt
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed December 26, 2022👀: light copper. Lasting legs that would be there all night. 👃: not a whole lot going on. Vanilla and oak. A little artificially sweetness. 👅: pretty similar to the nose tbh. No burn, easy drinking. A tad bitter. Overall: so meh. Pass.
Glenlivet 12 Year Double Oak
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed December 17, 2022👀: yellow copper. Lasting legs. 👃: slight alcohol tinge. A little fruity sweetness. Charred oak. 👅: heavy vanilla. Woody character. Tiny bit of burn. Finishes with some honey sweetness. Overall: easy bottle to crack open without waiting for a special occasion. Solid drinker.
Grangestone 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed December 9, 2022👀: light gold. Close to straw. 👃: alcoholy, oak character. Touch of vanilla. 👅: bright and sherry. Clove spice on the finish. A little grainy sweetness. Overall: easy drinking, little to no peat character. Enjoyable weeknighter.
Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength (Batch 1)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed December 8, 2022Courtesy of @gbember. Appearance: gold to amber with clear ridges. Nose: welcoming peatiness. A little black pepper and some sweetness… maybe honey? Taste: much stronger on the peat front than the nose. A but citrusy, orange? Definitely black pepper. Smoky ash. Overall: super warming. A scotch fit for celebrating.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
Tennessee — Tennessee, USAReviewed November 8, 2022Appearance: light amber, transparent. Some lasting legs. Nose: heavy vanilla and bubblegum. Light alcohol singe. Taste: caramelized sugar, vanilla, and clove spice. Some oak and char. Overall. Works in a pinch, but better as a shooter than a sipper.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed November 4, 2022Appearance: amber resin core with clear ridge. Lasting legs. Nose: strong vanilla sweetness with a hint of caramel. Oak. Taste: sweet brown sugar, cinnamon. A little tobacco. Overall: solid daily drinker. Enjoyable and easy drinking.