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)

Glenburgie SMWS 71.42 “Sinbad preparing for a journey”

Thanks to /u/devoz for sharing a dram of this one. I’ve been told I need to check out this distillery, Glenburgie more. So since I’ve caught up on some other drams, why not it? Stopped by devoz’s place to have a couple drams and hang out, and he ended up saying I needed to try this dram. Like, I NEEDED to. So I agreed to it. Twist… Continue reading Glenburgie SMWS 71.42 “Sinbad preparing for a journey”

Arran-mageddon: 12 reviews of Arran single casks, LEs and crazy finishes

So I’m at the precipice of hitting both 300 scotch reviews and 500 total whisky reviews on reddit and plotted out my path to those milestones. Inspired by /u/tomodera‘s recent Arran-pocalypse posts (Part 1, Part 2), I decided to do a smaller multi of the Arran drams I haven’t posted here in the past. It’s kind of like the B-movie version of his post… it’s Piranha … Continue reading Arran-mageddon: 12 reviews of Arran single casks, LEs and crazy finishes

Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique & Sherry Cask Reviews

Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique, 57% ABV, Bottled 4/25 2013, £35 (196ml) Nose: Sweet bourbon-like caramel and rum-like sweetness, raspberry, strawberry, oranges, stale fruit candy (like expired wine gums), coco powder, oak spice, and buttered popcorn. Taste: Heavy plums and raisins, fruit cake, ripe banana, mild leather and cinnamon. Finish: Long, well balanced, high viscosity. Thoughts: A heavy hitting whisky with lots going on. Extremely … Continue reading Kavalan Solist – Vinho Barrique & Sherry Cask Reviews

Review for International Scotch Day: Arran 21st Anniversary LE

Arran 21st Anniversary Limited Edition (52.6%, matured in ex-Oloroso sherry hogsheads, 5,988 bottles, 2016 Limited Edition, ~$210 CAD) A limited edition released in late 2016 to celebrate Arran’s 21st anniversary, this bottling is made using whisky distilled during the first 3 years of production (from 1995 to 1997). Nose: Red apple, honey, mango, hazelnut, citrus, nutmeg, hint of cocoa Taste: Stewed apples, cinnamon, honey, walnuts, … Continue reading Review for International Scotch Day: Arran 21st Anniversary LE