Macallan Classic Cut

Macallan Classic Cut 2017, 58.4% ABV, $75 USD Nose: Sherry and oak off the top, grape soda, grape Kool Aid powder, oranges, and chocolate orange. Taste: Oak, spice, oranges, fudge, milk chocolate, hazel nuts, grape popsicle. Finish:  Medium/long, slightly hot, milk chocolate, oak and grape notes linger. Thoughts: You get a little of what Macallan Cask Strength gives you. The Macallan character is in there, … Continue reading Macallan Classic Cut

Macallan Edition 3

Macallan Edition No.3, 48.3% ABV, $110 USD Collaboration with master perfumer Roja Dove, this edition uses the following casks to make up the vatting: First Fill American Hudosa Butts, Second fill Euro and American Refill Butts, First Fill Euro Tevasa Butts and Puncheons, First Fill American Bourbon  Hogsheads, First Fill Euro Tevasa Hogsheads, and First Fill American Bourbon Barrels. Nose: Floral dominates, chocolate orange, malt, … Continue reading Macallan Edition 3

Bowmore – Devil’s Casks 3

Bowmore – The Devil’s Casks Limited Release 3, 56.7% ABV, Acquired in Trade Marriage of first fill Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks. Nose: Signature Bowmore peat, dank/musty/woody, rich sherry, raisins, black cherries, candied strawberries. Taste: Subtle peat, oak spice, chocolate orange, Licorice Allsorts, red plums, cinnamon and molasses. Finish:  Long and drying. Peat, chocolate, and oak spice linger. Thoughts: Its bold for sure, but … Continue reading Bowmore – Devil’s Casks 3

Jeremy’s Whisky of the Year 2017

It’s been an amazing year for me in whisky. I’ve tried more spirit in 2017 than any year previous. I started reviewing for Toronto Whisky Society, and made lots of friends and contacts in the Toronto whisky scene. As I reflect on 2017, I wanted to share some highlights. Ill start with my biggest disappointment of 2017. Without a doubt it’s Macallan 12 Year Double Cask. … Continue reading Jeremy’s Whisky of the Year 2017

Kavalan Solist Port Cask (KavaFan Bottling)

This single barrel Port Solist was exclusively bottled for members of KavaFan. (204 total bottles). It was barreled on July 6, 2009, and bottled on December 8, 2017. 8 years, 5 months, 2 days old. Kavalan Solist Port Cask (KavaFan Bottling) O090706042A, bottle 33/204, 58.6% ABV Nose: Amazing sweetness on the nose, vanilla, caramel, and cotton candy. Dark raspberries, and strawberries. Dates, figs, and red … Continue reading Kavalan Solist Port Cask (KavaFan Bottling)

Compass Box – Enlightenment

Compass Box – Enlightenment, 46% ABV, $85 USD Blended malt composed of 48.2% Clynelish (first fill American standard barrel), 36.7% Glentauchers (first fill American standard barrel), 10.8% Balblair (first fill American standard barrel), and 4.3% Mortlach (rejuvenated American standard barrel) as per compassboxwhiksy.com Nose: Explosion of super fresh apples, pears, and kiwi. Very crisp and clean. Malt, vanilla, and peaches. Smells just like the syrup … Continue reading Compass Box – Enlightenment

Amrut Spectrum 004

Amrut Spectrum 004, 50% ABV, acquired in trade. Nose: Bold sherry and oak dominate. Sherry notes accompanied with stewed plums, raisins, and marzipan. Oak notes accompanied with sawdust, must, and moth balls. Taste: Lots of boiled fruit, plums, dates, raspberries and strawberries. Then you get the oak and wood notes, then some almonds and walnuts. Finish:  Long, very viscous. Jam-like fruit and oak linger. Thoughts: Very … Continue reading Amrut Spectrum 004

Macallan Cask Strength (My 50th Review)

Macallan Cask Strength, 58.2% ABV, $300 USD Nose: Walnuts, almonds, marzipan, figs, grape jelly, very slight oak, little bit of chocolate-orange, fruit punch flavored Kool Aid powder, Flintstones Vitamins, strawberry and grape bubble gum. Taste: Grape bubble gum, marzipan (big time), cherry syrup, slight oak, strawberry jam, orange marmalade. Finish: Very long, very viscous. Grape bubble gun, slight oak, and chocolate-orange linger. Thoughts: The best … Continue reading Macallan Cask Strength (My 50th Review)

Glenfarclas 17

Glenfarclas 17, 43% ABV, $130 CAD Nose: Red plums, oak, fresh floral, citrus, lemon peel, Smuckers strawberry jam. Taste: Plums, bitter chocolate, chocolate orange, raisins, malt, coffee, and a slight spicyness. Finish: Medium, good viscosity, coffee and chocolate notes linger. Thoughts: It’s bold and fresh at the same time, juicy, with good complexity. Other than the 25 year, this is my favorite expression from the … Continue reading Glenfarclas 17

Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan bottling)

This single barrel Ex-Bourbon Solist was exclusively bottled for members of KavaFan. (142 total bottles). It was barreled on August 28, 2008, and bottled on October 5, 2017. 9 years, 1 month, 8 days old. Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan Bottling) B080828075, bottle 26/142, 55.6% ABV Nose: Creamy vanilla off the top, pineapple, piña colada, melon, bourbon-like caramel, short-bread, and a nice spicy oakiness. Taste: Vanilla … Continue reading Kavalan Solist Ex-Bourbon (KavaFan bottling)

Canadian Club 40 Year Old

Thanks to ‘Whisky in the 6’ for the sample. Canadian Club 40 Year Old, 45% ABV, $250 CAD Nose: Big hit of caramel and vanilla, honey, lemon grass, slight rye spice. Taste: Again, caramel and vanilla, rye, pepper, and apple pie filling. Finish: Medium/long, very good viscosity, caramel and spice notes linger. Thoughts: 7,000 total bottles, 100% Corn whisky aged in ex-rye barrels, oldest expression … Continue reading Canadian Club 40 Year Old

Laphroaig Caideas – Madeira Cask

Laphroaig Caideas – Madeira Cask 2016, 51.6% ABV, $100 CAD Nose: Peat right up front but not as strong as the 10 or 1/4 Cask, damp wood, brine, dry strawberries, and apricot. Taste: Earthy and musty peat smoke, old oak, strawberries, tobacco, with a faint floral note. Finish: Medium/long, highlighted by strawberries, peat and wood. Thoughts: I love the fruity/strawberry element to this. I think … Continue reading Laphroaig Caideas – Madeira Cask