Morayshire, Speyside

The Balvenie Distillery

Triple Cask Aged 16 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Unreal herbaceous depth here where rosemary and allspice hide their monstrous love child. Black, white and green peppercorns blast from a hollowed core sample of graphite, and igneous matter just above the roof of hell. But fear not mystic traveller, this is simply the expanse that shields the event horizon through which our universe has fallen. Yes, we are scorched and terrified, our very bone marrow boiling, our teeth dressed in ash cloth and dusty black earth, here is the golden hand of life pulling us back slowly, with tangerine lavas, smoldering lemon oils, to cardamom, hazelnut oil, the oxidative brawn of sherry, toffee, mocha and finally the cool kiss of mint, as we leave the burning sands and cross into the unexpected joy of the dangerous jungle. Better here in the tangle of living cruelty, where there is shade and dark water. — 2 months ago

The Singleton

Aged 12 Years Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

Creamy, fruity smooth... amazing value for money — 4 months ago

Benromach

Peat Smoke Single Malt Scotch

I don't particularly care for peated whisky, but this bottle was nothing short of brilliant. The finesse was absolutely mind-boggling - not something I had expected out of a dram made with high levels of peat smoke, at 67 ppm.

Again, I'm not very good with whiskies and it's not often I write notes on it, but this just demanded the attention. Perhaps the best peated whisky I've had.

Tasted neat. Very elegant smoke, if that even makes sense. Neither harsh, nor overpowering. There's a citrusy, spice box, and sea-spray element to the nose too. Palate feels quite rich, kinda like smoking a cigar and eating creme caramel with candied pineapples. The finish is smooth, long, spicy, and smoky. With ice/water, I got more of the oak, but the more delicate citrusy elements started appearing on the palate. The smoke also feels more savoury than cigar-like, kinda like that smokiness in smoked foods. A real joy to sip on.

NB: Distilled 2006, bottled 2016. Another user's tasting note sums this up very well - strong peat, light scotch 🤣
— 5 months ago

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Nice to see you stretching yourself Aaron. Thanks for sharing even if you weren’t certain you trusted your experience base. It made for a really involving review.
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@David Shaw Thanks, David. Appreciate the comment.

Glen Grant

18 Years Rare Edition Rothes Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Like a gentle summer breeze — 2 months ago

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Ichiro Kawachi

Ichiro Kawachi

Too bad Hiro & Koichiro aren’t here to sip this with a cigar!
Koichiro Shiba

Koichiro Shiba

Yes, looks familiar haha😁 I wish I could make it this summer!
Hiroyuki Hikichi

Hiroyuki Hikichi

Yes, it’s disappointing. But, enjoy your time!

Aberlour

A'Bunadh Oloroso Cask Single Malt Scotch

Greg Ballington
9.2

Happy #WorldWhiskeyDay. Medium amber in appearance. Warm and inviting nose. Sweet and rich layered nose and palate with some sherry influence, tropical fruits and full bodied. A bit sharp but well rounded and rich. — 4 months ago

India Okoh
with India
P, Joshua and 17 others liked this

Aultmore

Foggie Moss 18 Years Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Kings of Leon. 👶 🍼 congratulations. — 5 months ago

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Ian Macleod

Sheildaig Single Malt Scotch Whisky

$30 for a 12 year its relatively smooth, not a lot of depth/flavor. But decent for a cheap every day scotch. — 3 months ago

Cragganmore Distillery

Faultline 23 Years Old Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

30’year sherry cask from Cragganmore — 3 months ago

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Cardhu

12 year Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1824

NV Night cap. This is the malt that professor Mortimer drinks in my favorite strip series Blake & Mortimer, the last album “La Vallée des Immortels” (de vallei der onsterfelijken). Soft and full of character. — 5 months ago

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Càrn Mòr

Bottled 2018 Glentauchers Aged 8 Years Sherry Puncheon Cask Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky 2010

Utterly fantastic. Got turned on to this from a guy at a scotch place on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Wasn’t at all familiar with “single cask” bottlings...but clearly with the right person making the selection, the result can be off the charts. Easily among the top 10 scotches I’ve ever had, this is brilliant. Great nose that provides layers of sweet malt, some molasses, and a hint of peat, this has a beautiful mouthfeel with an expansive palate that just blossoms with hints of sherry, vanilla, and spice, ending with a seamless, lingering finish. Awesome. — 5 months ago

Vanessa McCaffrey
with Vanessa
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