The other night I got a call from The Dan that our friend Alex had purloined a bottle of single malt scotch from his dad’s closet. It proved to be the very tasty Founder’s Reserve 10y expression, discontinued some time ago and not currently available. Awesome. Its always a treat to stumble upon rarer bottles, … Continue reading Balvenie Founder’s Reserve 10y with The Dan
This is the first single malt scotch I tasted when I started this new hobby of scotch… uh, drinking. It was the second bottle I emptied (I love Bowmore), triggering the purchase of this collection. I am going to have to replace this dinky 200ml bottle soon. Neat: light, clear, balanced, smooth & sweet. With … Continue reading Talisker 10y
Taste-wise, the Distiller’s Edition sits in the same place in comes in the box – right in the middle. Its difficult to describe it without comparing it to the 57° or the 10y: its fuller than the 10y, but not as intense as the 57°, warmer and spicier, while less peaty. Each lot is numbered, … Continue reading Talisker Distiller’s Edition
I’m not usually a huge fan of the super-high proofed whiskies – while it has its uses, the burn is a distraction from the flavour. I was pleasantly surprised by the 57° – it manages to remain a Talisker while bringing significant heat. Neat: Alcohol & peat – hot on the tongue, lots of burn. … Continue reading Talisker 57°
I recently finished my bottle of Talisker 10y, the first bottle of scotch I ever bought. For about the same price to replace the 750ml size, I got the Talisker Scotch Whisky Collection boxed thing. It comes with 200ml bottles of the 10y, Distiller’s Edition and 57° expressions. Talisker 10y, Distiller’s Edition, 57° – 45.8% … Continue reading Talisker Scotch Whisky Collection
I don’t think you need a specialized vocabulary in order to be able to enjoy and distinguish different subtleties in whatever you’re drinking. It does help a bit for talking about them with other people, though. So I rustled up some resource for terminology and flavour ranges in scotch. This flavour map to the left … Continue reading Scotch terms, flavour maps and other resources
Just got back from a pile of drinks with NG at the Fox & Feather on Elgin. I had a Talisker 10y, a Cragganmore 12y and a Balvenie 12y… followed by an Irish Carbomb (because tomorrow’s SPD) and a rye sour. My stomach feels pretty North Channel at the moment – choppy and mostly liquor.
Been holding back on the Oban because, frankly, it’ll be expensive to replace. Which is a shame, because I could drink this every damn day. Neat: smells of maple lumber. Sweet caramel and mild warmth. With ice: smokey, very sweet and smooth. Oban 14y – 43% 750ml – $105.00 – Highlands Try? Absolutely. Buy? Definitely.
We’re down to the last 5 bottles of scotch I already own. So far the only scotch I’ve bought since starting the blog is The Glenrothes, so I’ll need to step up the buy/go out to bars with scotch cycle. Coming up from the home stash: Jura Superstition, Oban 14y, Glen Breton 18y, Bowmore 12y … Continue reading Final Five
This bottle of Dalwhinnie 15y was in the first batch of scotches I received when I decided to take it up as a hobby. If drinking is a hobby. I guess the pausing to take notes validates the whole experience. Anyway, when I first tried Dalwhinnie, it was a bit of a horsekick to my … Continue reading Dalwhinnie 15y