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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Larceny

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Grade: C+

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $23

Availability: Wide

The nose is about as light as a bourbon can get. The palate is much of the same, light sweetness on both, buttery. This almost reminds me of canadian whiskey. The finish is the best part of this expression, there is some nice rye spice here. Overall, this is an ultra smooth bourbon with no real character.

Arran The Amarone Cask Finish

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $75

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Finished in Amarone barrels, Amarone is a dry Italion red wine. The nose is like a fruit basket that was smothered in chocolate. The palate has some darker chocolates, dried fruits and spice. The finish is more oak and fruit, lovely balance. This expression is quite good and very unique.

Sheep Dip

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Blended

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $43

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is made from 16 different malt whiskies that are aged in a range of 8-16 years. The nose is malt and honey with ripe fruit. The palate has some nice spice to it, rich and tangy and very young tasting. The finish has a slight bite to it but not offensive. Jim Murray has called this expression “young and sprightly” I would say that’s a good description…. decent blend for the price

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?

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.