Kilchoman 100% Islay 3rd Edition

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $85

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is called 100% Islay because unlike most distilleries the process from barley to bottling is done completely on Islay at the Kilchoman distillery. On the nose there is peat, iodine and some dried fruits. The palate is malty with some decent peat, not a lot of peat but the ballance is superb, dry but lightly sweet with the taste of fruit. The finish is light with a bit of a lemon zip to it and smoke. This bottle is slightly lighter than some of the other expressions I have had by Kilchoman. However, the ballance really does make this is an excellent whisky that is a must try.

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Caol Ila 14 Year Chieftain’s Rum Cask

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 14 yrs

ABV: 55.00%

Price: $105

Availability: Rare

The nose on this is peat, tar, and dried fruits. On the palate, iodine, malt, lots of chocolate, dark rum taste. The finish is long and lingers with some brown sugar. This expression when you find it is a must try. Having trouble finding it? It was a limited run but I do believe it can still be ordered online as of 09/2013

Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky

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Grade: C-

Type: South Africa, Grain Whisky

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $40-50

Availability: Hard To Find

Despite all of the awards, I just can’t get into this whisky. I actually find it borderline offensive on the taste buds. The nose is similar to a bathroom cleaner that had some artificial vanilla added to it. On the palate there is some oak, but the oak tastes rotten or moldy. The finish was without any distinct character. Admittedly, I was ready to start spitting it out at this point.

Bruichladdich The Laddie 10

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is light peat and fruit. The palate is very lightly peated with some malted sherry and dried fruits. This expression is extremely well ballanced. The finish does have a little smoke to it but overall it’s smooth with a medium finish. This single malt is ballanced and lightly peated with some fruit forward notes, has some nice white wine qualities. I am a fan.

Corner Creek

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Grade: C

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 8 yrs

ABV: 44.00%

Price: $24

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This is a blend of rye, wheat, and corn. The nose on this has some floral notes and maybe a bit vanilla. On the palate this expression is very dry and has a little bit of spice, but mostly it becomes an intense astringent taste that lingers into the finish. While it’s not a terrible bourbon…it’s not far off either. C/C-

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression was soaked in french Sauterne casks. The nose has dried fruit, spice and dessert wine. The palate is quite sweet, syrup, big fruit, like drinking some fruit pie! The finish is long and sweet, vanilla and chocolate like a black and white cookie. This is a great single malt for a sweet tooth.

Bushmill’s Black Bush

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Grade: B-

Type: Ireland, Blend

Age: 7 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $34

Availability: Wide

On the nose there is a lot of nice vanilla and wine. The palate is a lot more complicated than that of the Original Bushmill’s and has some nice cinnamon and malt. The finish is medium and a little hot. This expression was aged in sherry casks and is actually pretty good.