Jura Superstition

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Grade: C

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: N/A

ABV: 43.00%

Price $80

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose on this is oiled leather and fungus. The palate has the mildest of smoke and tastes extremely young which is strange considering that it’s blended with whiskies that are 13 and 21 years of age. Very sour which lingers into the finish, thin and bland. Not as offensive as the 16 but not far off either. There are cheap blends that are much better than this.

Jura 10

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Grade: C+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island,

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 43.00

Price: $45

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose reminds me of honey nut cheerios with some melon. The palate is quite sweet with more honey and vanilla, slightly spicy. The finish is a little bitter but not bad, light smoke, caramel. This is an easy drinking expression. Not a bad single malt to start with. C+/B-

Pig’s Nose

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Blended

Age: 5 yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $32

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is from the same creators of “Sheep Dip”. The nose has some intense ripe fruit and malt. The palate is creamy, silky, gentle but with a fantastic ballance of honey, salt and butterscotch. The finish is light and fast but with a nice lingering sweetness. This isn’t an overly complex whisky. It does remind me of some of the much more expensive but quality blends. At $30 this is a steal for anyone that is a fan of the “smooth” blended style.

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.

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.

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.

Tamdhu 10

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $55-60

Available: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose of this has a lot of syrup and brown sugar, leather and hints of vanilla. The palate has a lot of spice and vanilla nutmeg, fruit and rich sherry. The finish is long and is a bit of a sherry bomb with a slight bit of peat. This expression is very good and tastes nothing like the old Tamdhu 10 that was being imported before. You might be scared of the price here for a 10 year expression. However, keep in mind that this is a 100% pure sherry soak. The richness here reminds me a bit of the Balvenie 15 single cask but at a fraction of the price. Enjoy!