Bushmills 10 Single Malt

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Grade: C+

Type: Ireland, Single Malt

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $40

Availability: Wide

The palate has that floral grassy nose that I frequently get with Irish whiskey, malty. The palate is fruity and dry, sweet, malted balls. The finish is medium with more floral notes. This is slightly better than the standard Bushmills expression

Knob Creek

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Grade: C-

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 9 Yrs

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $32

Availability: Wide

The nose has some licorice notes to it with some nuts. On the palate there is some bitterness that i can’t quite place, maybe a bit of wood. The finish is alcohol and more bitterness. I can only recommend this as a mixer or perhaps with ice. But why spend over $30 on an extremely bitter bourbon that can barely pass for a mixer?

Balvenie 12 Doublewood

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $45

Availability: Wide

This is one of the better inexpensive single malts, especially at this price. It’s very easy to drink with a nice mellow smooth taste. Eventually in your journey, you will want something that is much more complex than this expression. The nose is maple, light honey and sherry. On the palate there is some oak, sherry, warm honey. The finish is a little hot due to the lack of complexity. As previously stated, this is a great starter whiskey.

Eagle Rare 10

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Grade: C+

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 45.00%

Price: $30

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some leather, herb and spice. The palate has a nice syrup taste to it with a bit of oak. The finish is dry and mild. There is not much of a story to tell here as this expression is solid but nothing stands out. I would use this for blending, for sipping, it’s a bit dull.

Oban 14

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 14 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Wide

On the nose there is some spice and cheap wine. The palate is fruity and semi sweet with the smallest amount of peat/smoke. This gets a little musty but overall it has very little character to it, similar to most blends. The finish is unremarkable. This expression is pretty common in steak house type places as their top shelf. As for retail, bottles can run anywhere from $50 to $80. It’s not a bad bottle, but far from a great expression.

Glenlivet Nadurra

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 16 Yrs

ABV: 54.30%

Price: $65

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Batch that was sampled 0512T/bottled 05/12…. The nose on this is strong and fruity with some malt and nuts. The palate has some vanilla and sweet fruit, syrup. The finish is hot with some spice and black liquorice. Delicious is the best way to describe this expression. For the price this bottle is a steal. Fantastic stuff!

Bunnahabhain 18

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 18 Yrs

ABV: 46.00

Price: $120

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose on this is not bad, some sherry and very slight peat. The taste has some lemon sugar  mixed with a light sherry. The finish has fumes, heat, and a bit acidic. The finish almost makes this a below average single malt, considering the price, I would say that it’s far below other single malts of this price. There is virtually no peat in the finish like most Islay region single malts. I think more peat would  help make this expression a lot more rounded. Anyway, I couldn’t get into this bottle, B- is me being generous.