The nose is sweet with honey and caramel. The palate is spicy, very rich, light pepper, loads of fruit. Did I already mention how rich it was? This really coats your entire mouth. At this point you will realize that there is no way to drink only one dram of this. The finish lingers with more of the above mentioned spice. All the way down the throat it’s like a spicy rich massage. This expression is a single barrel and so there may indeed be some variation from bottle to bottle. I have sampled several and have been very pleased each and every time. Enjoy!
Here is a nice blend of corn, rye, wheat, and malted barley. The corn is the dominating ingredient. The nose is mostly rye with some roasted corn. The palate has some nice maple/brown sugar and honey to it. The finish is light and sweet, smooth and tasty. This is actually a decent craft bourbon here. I stress this because I have sampled many “craft” bourbons that are just terrible. I do think this expression is worth trying.
This expression is a blend of pot still whiskey and grain. The nose is quite nice, lots of fruit, apricot and nectarines. The palate is creamy and is rich compared to the 12 and standard Jameson expressions, figs and cinnamon with some walnuts. The finish is more of the same with fruit and cinnamon. I liked this expression for an easy drinking smooth blend. This is a simple expression that may be a great buy if you are a blend drinker but would like to pay less than you have been paying for Chivas 18 or JW 18. C+/B-
The nose is almost nonexistent, has some sweet malt. The palate is grainy, floral and orange. The finish is fast and has a touch of sour fruit to it. Overall it’s and easy drinking expression. There just isn’t much going on here….outside of boredom.
Here we have a blend of bourbon/rye/scotch. The nose is BBQ smoke, roasted beef, LDI rye spice. On the palate there is a really nice balance of sweet corn bourbon VS rye spice. there is some nice pepper here and it starts to get hot, nice earth and wood. The finish is smokey, the type of smoke that really sticks to the roof of your mouth/ long finish. This is a unique expression but nicely balanced in all that you get. This may be one of the best expressions that High West has to offer.
The nose has a liqueur feel to it, sweet red wine. The palate is dry and fruity, and a little spicy. Tha balance seems a bit off here. The finish has some lingering fruit and a syrupy sweetness. Overall this expression is decent and worth trying a dram or two. I really like the eclectic lineup of Arran. There is certainly something in their complete lineup for everyone.
The nose has a much lighter peatiness to it than that of a standard Laphroaig expression. There is a lot of dark fruit on the nose. The palate has some orange, sweet tawny port, smokey malt, The finish is dry and fruity like a white wine, medium peat. This is a unique Laphroaig expression that is certainly worthy of owning/trying. I tasted it with two other standard Laphroaig expressions and while I didn’t prefer this to the QC or 10 cask, I did think it was unique and quite good.