Duncan Taylor Dimensions Mortlach 17 Yr

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 17 yrs

ABV: 54.70%

Price: $150ish

Availability: Rare/Less Than 300 Bottles

The nose is heavy perfume, floral, and oak. The palate is really nice with sweet fruit, peach cobbler. The finish is long and dry, a little sour and tart. The finish is a bit to be desired. However, the palate is so good by the third sip I was swilling it around in my mouth before I swallowed it. Decent expression

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Arran The Devil’s Punchbowl Chapter II

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 53.10%

Price: $130

Availability: Rare/Limited Release

The nose on this is pure malt. The palate has a really nice cake bread taste to it with some frosting. The finish is hot with a medium length to it and makes you gasp just a bit. The palate is where this stuff is magic, very good in the middle and one of the more malty single malts that I have had. Hand selected casks, bottled without chill filter at cask strength. Nice expression by Arran here.

Old Grand Dad (80 proof)

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Grade: C

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $15

Availability: Wide

The nose on this is rye, spice, but with a slight chemical compound. The palate is dry again with moderate spice and lingering rye into the finish. The finish is tart and semi offensive. There is a lot of youth here. This is certainly a below average bourbon and was better when it was at 43.00% ABV.

Longrow

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Campletown

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $60

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose on this reminds me of vanilla bean ice cream, with a hint of smoke. The palate is rich and spicy like a typical Springbank expression, there are hints of sherry and peat. There is a bit of smoke/peat on the finish, medium finish but nicely ballanced. If you like Springbank, then this is a must try. It tastes a lot like the original Springbank 10/15 but with a campfire style taste to it. I enjoyed this expression.

Amrut

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Grade: D

Type: India, Single Malt

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

(Batch 14 Jan 2010) I almost didn’t want to write this review because Amrut does make some fatastic single malts with the Fusion, Sherry, and Peated expressions. But this stuff here was horrific. The first sip wasn’t so bad. However, by the third sip I had Dumped out my sample. I will revisit this stuff in a newer batch as I refuse to believe that it really is this bad. The nose smells like perfume and floor cleaner mixed together. On the palate it is very bitter and floral, tastes like whisky mixed with cheap gin. The finish (if you have not spit it out) is long and hot…..just when you wish it had gone away. Atrocious

Sazerac 18

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Grade: B+

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: 18 yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $90

Availability: Rare

Bottled in the fall of 2012. The nose on this has some seriously complex spice, peppers, and rye. The palate has some spicy pepper, wood, and is quite sweet. The finish is smooth but does have a little of the┬ápleasant type of heat, slightly dry and mildly bitter. Very good stuff…

Arran Machrie Moor

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This Arran expression is peated to 20 PPM but retains the consistant honey and vanilla that I know Arran to have. Arran is always non chill filitered. The nose is peat/smoke and some honey. On the palate there is a bit of peatiness that is stronger than you might anticipate, again honey vanilla and very creamy. The finish is a bit hot, maybe to hot considering it’s mild complexity.