Linkwood 15 Gordon & MacPhail

Linkwood 15 Years Old Speyside bottled by Gordon & MacPhail, 43% ABV, $125 CAD. Nose: Honey, peach, pear, apricot, Sweetish Berries candy, citrus, chocolate, and a delicious malt note. Taste: Honeycomb, chocolate, floral, melon, a candy sweetness, and again that really nice malt. Finish: Long, spicy, light cinnamon and chocolate. Thoughts: Very impressive! The malt note that runs throughout the whisky is perfect. Really good … Continue reading Linkwood 15 Gordon & MacPhail

Glendronach Peated Port Wood

Glendronach Peated Port Wood, 46% ABV, $125 USD. Limited release, finished with Douro Valley port pipes, non chilled filtered, natural colour. Nose: Strong raspberry and strawberry hit off the top, then damp wood, bitter oak, mild peat, and peaches. Taste: Tart raspberry and strawberries continue on the palate, bitter oak and charcoal. Finish: Medium to long. Tangy sharpness, with heavy ash and charcoal, then some … Continue reading Glendronach Peated Port Wood

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

Redbreast 12 Cask Strength, Batch No. B1/16, 57.2% ABV, $110 CAD. Malted and unmalted barley. Triple distilled in copper pot stills. Matured in sherry casks. Non chilled filtered. Nose: Very fresh nose with apples, apricots, creme brulee, fudge, figs, raisins, and chocolate. Taste: Chocolate fudge, malt, barley grain, toasted wood, cantaloupe. Finish: Long. Chocolate, burnt wood, malt and grain notes linger. Thoughts: Everything works well … Continue reading Redbreast 12 Cask Strength

Nikka Taketsuru 21

Nikka Taketsuru 21 Pure Malt, 43% ABV, acquired in trade. Nose: Apples, green grapes, floral, morning dew, soft oak, a really nice caramel coffee espresso, and a general nuttiness. Taste: Bitter chocolate, coffee, pipe tobacco, a faint lemon, and orange marmalade. Finish: Long. Chocolate espresso, slight wood smoke, malt, and orange notes linger. Thoughts: Really nice on the nose; a lot going on. The coffee-espresso … Continue reading Nikka Taketsuru 21

Crown Royal XR Red

Crown Royal XR Red, 40% ABV, $175 CAD. This expression contains “the last remaining batch of rare whiskies saved from the legendary Waterloo Distillery before it was destroyed by fire”. Nose: Really nice apple, peach, and pear combo. Thick caramel, and a slight rye spiciness. Taste: Apple and under-ripe pear, more caramel but it’s thinner here. Finish: Medium length. Big vanilla hit, caramel and rye … Continue reading Crown Royal XR Red

Hakushu 12

Hakushu 12, 43% ABV, £65. Nose: Apple, pear, floral, malt, cereal, filo pastry. Taste: Pear, honey, grape, malt, floral, grass and earth. Finish: Medium and drying. Floral, malt, and light heathered peat notes linger. Thoughts: Light and refreshing on the nose, really nice fruit notes, and decent viscosity on the palate. The balance leans heavy on cereal and malt notes, but unlike Yamazaki 12 I’m … Continue reading Hakushu 12

Yamazaki 12

Yamazaki 12, 43% ABV, acquired in trade. Nose: Honey, musty oak, sherry, honey dew, pears, nutmeg, vanilla, and a very slight heathered peat. Taste: Fresh citrus, chocolate fudge, vanilla, figs, and this really nice vicious malty note. Finish: Medium, very slight peat, fruit, chocolate, and malt notes linger. Thoughts: I really like this! I assume its ex-bourbon and sherry cask matured. The balance is right … Continue reading Yamazaki 12