Category Archives: Scotch

Glenrothes 1995 (Bottled 2013)


Glenrothes 1995 (Bottled 2013) Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol, mix of 70% refill cask and 30% sherry treated cask aging
Price – $115
Color – Light straw
Nose – Malt, apples, and pear
Palate – From the well recognized Speyside distillery, Glenrothes, which makes the backbone of the Cutty Sark blend. This mild-mannered single malt is honey sweet and light. Warm rye bread and pepper open up at the half-way point. Dry oak and a cashew nuttiness. But it is fruity as well with white peaches and lime zest. Whole cinnamon sticks and deep barrel char warm it up while a fresh heather note tone it down. Subtle and pleasant, a real charming drink sip after sip.

Glenrothes 1995 (Bottled in 2013) Tastes Like:

  1. Cardhu 12 Year Old (90%)
  2. Edradour 10 Year Old – 1999 Sauternes Cask (88%)
  3. Breckenridge Bourbon (86%)

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Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner


Bowmore 15 Year Mariner Taste ProfileStats – 43% alcohol
Price – $100 for 1 Liter
Color – Mid amber
Nose – Peat and apples
Palate – Balancing tastes that typically seem to be in opposition with each other is no easy task. But contradiction plays in the favor of this polite Islay sipper. Light and sweet, but still has the full backbone of rich ashy peat smoke. Some dry oak and must at the finish. Apple peels brighten up the mid-palate and counteract the briny sea-side quality. As this one opens, it brings in more raw honey sweetness and a touch more woody oak.

Bowmore 15 Year Old Mariner Tastes Like:

  1. Ardbeg 10 Year Old (89%)
  2. Old Ballantruan – The Peated Malt (89%)
  3. Yoichi 12 Year Old (88%)

 


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Kilchoman – Loch Gorm


Kilchoman - Loch Gorm Visual Taste Profile

Stats – 46% alcohol, aged 5 years in Oloroso sherry casks, Islay
Price – $85
Color – Straw
Nose – Smoky peat and biscuits
Palate – As expected from “Islay’s farm distillery” it is rich and smoky with a good dose of diesel peat and coastal seaweed iodine character. But this is no one-trick-pony, it is also sweet, smooth, and has a slight baked apple quality as well. While it is undeniably an island scotch, it is tame and drinkable at 92 proof. While this may diminish some of the deeper and richer flavors you would find in a cask strength Kilchoman, the sherry cask maturation fills in a lot of this whisky’s well rounded sweet and fruity flavors. This one is just more evidence that when it come to whisky, heavy peating and sherry cask aging go together like chocolate and peanut butter.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm tastes like:

  1. Port Charlotte – An Turas Mor (90%)
  2. Bruichladdich – Octomore Comus (87%)
  3. Port Charlotte – The Peat Project (86%)

 


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Hazelburn 8 Year – Wood Expressions Series


Hazelburn 8 Year Taste Profile

Stats – 55.9% alcohol, aged 5 years in refill Bourbon casks and an additional 3 in Sauternes casks, Campbeltown
Price – $70
Color – Very deep chestnut
Nose – Rum raisin ice cream, figs, and dates
Palate – One of the three pillars of Campbeltown stalwart distillery Springbank. Undilluted, this beauty has tons of mouthfeel and blooms while resting on the tongue. Slick and oily with some prickle from the near 56% alcohol content, it still manages to be very sweet and nutty. You certainly get the presence of both the bourbon cask as well as the Sauternes. The finish is rich with maple sugar and sweet wine. A hint of dry tannins deep in the finish ready the palate for another sip. Those familiar with Springbank will recognize the diesel quality that shows up here as well. Adding water really opens up the nuttiness, brings in some citrus zest, and lightens the impact and richness. This is a fantastic whisky, yet somehow my taste buds were yearning for more fruit and peat. Don’t miss this fantastic addition to the Wood Expressions Series!

Hazelburn 8 Year Tastes Like:

  1. Talisker 57° North (90%)
  2. Glenmorangie Lasanta (87%)
  3. Bruichladdich 16 Year – Chateau Margaux (83%)

 


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Dalmore 15 Year


Dalmore 15 Year Taste ProfileStats – 40% alcohol, aged for the last three years in three types of sherry casks, Highland
Price – $90
Color – Copper
Nose – Wine, chocolate and maraschino cherries
Palate – Not content with just finishing this whisky in sherry casks, Dalmore decided to age the 15 year old in three different types of sherry casks (Matusalem, Amoroso, and Apostoles) to try to turn the fortified wine quality up to 11. Dry, a little salty and yeasty bread rise to the front. Some dried fruit lingers as well. Like a buttered scone with jam, or bitter orange marmalade on toast. That bitterness picks up just before the finish. It’s also bright like key-lime zest. Dry oak and tobacco round out the tail-end with a touch of star anise and clove. Less spicy and slightly less sweet than the 12 year, but the 15 has more wine character, which remains clean and fresh more than dusty or heady.

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The Dalmore 15 Year Tastes Like:

  1. Knob Creek 9 Year (90%)
  2. 1792 Ridgemont Reserve (89%)
  3. Russel’s Reserve – Single Barrel (89%)

 


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