Singleton of Dufftown 12

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Grade: C

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $40

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some malt and cereal/grain aspects to it. The palate has some orange and sour rotten nuts to it. I barely noticed the finish as I almost spit it out but some sourness did linger. The nose and intial palate led me to believe that this could be used as a mixer, so not a total loss. But why buy a $40 mixer?

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Glenlivet 15

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 15 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $44

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is dried citrus and oak. The palate tastes a lot like a dry wine, meaning semi sweet. There is a lot of citrus here and some light malt. The finish is fast and very light and some sour notes come to mind here. Meh… there is no way I would spend the extra $20 on this over the 12 year. Neither expressions are very complex and like I stated above, this expression is a bit sour on the finish and almost offensive. Buy the 12 instead.

Highland Park 15

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islands

Age: 15 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $75

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is sweet with fruit and burnt caramel. The palate is rich and sweet with sherry and a light smokiness. The finish is a bit dry with some light smoke and sherry… Great balance here. This expression is just a tad better than the 12 and a bit short of the 18. I enjoy this a lot but if you can afford the extra cash… buy the 18.

Yoichi 15 Year Old (Nikka)

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Grade: B+

Type: Japan, Single Malt

Age: 15 yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price $125

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is creamy with some oak. The palate is sweet, light peat, extremely rich and spicy. The finish is more spice, fruity, apricots. With Japanese whisky I usually see them as being really smooth but without complexity. This expression is very different, the richness of it was a lovely shock to my taste buds. I love the sweet spicy oak on this. A must try!

Amrut Portonova

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Grade: B

Type: Indian, Single Malt

Age: N/A

ABV: 62.10%

Price: $115

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores/Limited

The nose is fuity with chocolate and spice. The palate has a lot of fruit, spice, cinnamon, hot and intense. It has a nice port taste on the finish with some more red berries. This stuff really packs a punch but it’s still a pleasant enough dram. B/B-

Buffalo Trace

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $24

Availability: Wide

The nose has a lot of oak and honey with some brown sugar. The palate has a typical American bourbon big caramel taste (I like this taste) more wood, really nice balance here, there is a touch of citrus thats lingers into the finish. The finish reminds me of pancakes and marmalade. For the cost this is a splendid purchase. Not overly complex but enjoyable.

Angel’s Envy

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $44

Availability: Wide

This is a bourbon that was finished in port pipes. The nose has a lot of wine on it and quite floral. The palate is woody with more wine berries and dried fruit, though very light on all of the above mentioned. Nothing really stands out as a significant quality or taste. The finish is faint with the slightest taste of port. This is a very drinkable expression but not complex at all and hardly worth the money when considering the other options in this price range.