Laphroaig Cairdeas Port Wood

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 51.30%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores/Limited Run

The nose has a much lighter peatiness to it than that of a standard Laphroaig expression. There is a lot of dark fruit on the nose. The palate has some orange, sweet tawny port, smokey malt, The finish is dry and fruity like a white wine, medium peat. This is a unique Laphroaig expression that is certainly worthy of owning/trying. I tasted it with two other standard Laphroaig expressions and while I didn’t prefer this to the QC or 10 cask, I did think it was unique and quite good.

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Laphroaig 18

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 18 Yrs

ABV: 48.00%

Price: $145

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some peatiness, oranges, cereal and a bit of honey. The palate is salty, wood, leather, malted vanilla. The finish is much lighter than most Laphroaig expressions, it’s long but not overly complex, peat and some orange, toffee. Overall I prefer the younger Laphroaig expressions to this one. If you decide to give this a try, I encourage you to try it next to either the 10 yr expression or the QC.

Ardbeg Corryvreckan

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 57.10%

Price: $80

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has a lot of peat, tar, dark chocolate, and pepper. On the palate there is seaweed, currant, cake bread, and a serious amount of peat. The finish is very long, lots of iodine/smoke and more dark chocolate. I like this expression a lot. However, I do like the Uigeadail slightly better as I feel like it is slightly more ballanced.

Longrow

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Campletown

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $60

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose on this reminds me of vanilla bean ice cream, with a hint of smoke. The palate is rich and spicy like a typical Springbank expression, there are hints of sherry and peat. There is a bit of smoke/peat on the finish, medium finish but nicely ballanced. If you like Springbank, then this is a must try. It tastes a lot like the original Springbank 10/15 but with a campfire style taste to it. I enjoyed this expression.

Arran Machrie Moor

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This Arran expression is peated to 20 PPM but retains the consistant honey and vanilla that I know Arran to have. Arran is always non chill filitered. The nose is peat/smoke and some honey. On the palate there is a bit of peatiness that is stronger than you might anticipate, again honey vanilla and very creamy. The finish is a bit hot, maybe to hot considering it’s mild complexity.

Highland Park 12

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islands

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Wide

The nose has spice, smoke and wood. The palate has some really nice oats and sherry. The finish is a bit hot and not as complex as some of the older expressions by Highland Park. There is a bit of smoke in the finish. Overall this is a really nice starter bottle in the single malt world. I usually have a bottle of this laying around somewhere.

Bowmore Legend

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $30

Availability: Wide/Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some slight peat to it with a bit of citrus, lemon and brine. On the palate you get some sweet spice flavors. The finish is dry with some sugar. While this is not a big peaty Islay expression, it’s still pretty good Esp. at this price. It almost reminds me of a decent but mellow rye whiskey. I have a soft spot for this bottle and it’s┬ádefinitely a must own for any level of whiskey drinker.