Glenmorangie Lasanta

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression spends ten years in American oak and then another two years in oloroso sherry casks. The nose is honey, dry sherry, and coffee. Considering that it’s a late maturation sherry soak, the sherry is quite rich and very spicy, extremely sweet. The complexity of the palate is long gone leaving you with a heated and uninspiring finish. This is an over the top sweet whisky with little else going on. C+/B-

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Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This is a port finished expression. The nose has some citrus and malt with some light wood. The palate has some spice and there is a nice taste of port here, though not very rich. In the middle of the tasting experience it is quite sweet. This is actually a decent dram until you reach the finish. The finish is bitter, sour, slightly offensive. There are much better port casks out there, Arran comes to mind.

Clynelish 23 Year Old 1988 The Octave Duncan Taylor

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 23 yrs

ABV: 48.80%

Price: $185-200

Availability: Limited Run

The nose is sweet with candied fruits, lemon pound cake. The palate is malty, unbelievably spicy and complex, the spices are sweet, salted caramel. The finish was long and sweet, nice balance. I can hardly get through the finish before I want to pour more. Duncan Taylor hits a homerun on this one. The Octave collection goes through a late maturation in 1/8 size casks. This expression is fantastic. B+/A-

Dalmore 12

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $63

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is chocolate and caramel. The palate is syrup/sweet brown sugar and more caramel, chocolate. As this dram goes into the finish, it starts to fade into a slight bitterness, though not really offensive it does make it less appealing. Overall this is a pretty good expression, nice dessert dram. The price on Dalmore seems to keep rising at a rapid pace. They are very high on their own whisky for sure.

Stronachie 12

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some earth to it, reminds me of some wine from Burgundy, big terroir on this one and a bit floral. The palate is like a mixture of spiced fruitcake and candies. The finish really lingers for a while with more candied notes, quite sweet with some molasses and ginger. I really liked this expression B-/B

Old Pulteney 12

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Grade: C

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 40.00

Price: $35

Availability: Wide

The nose on this is caramel and simple syrup. The palate is dry and bitter for me. I really can’t pick up on to many notes here because it’s just so bitter. The finish comes and goes extremely fast. I started out thinking this tasted like a cheap blend and was just uninspiring but not offensive. However, the more I got into the bottle the more I became offended with that bitterness. I will pass on this next time.

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.