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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Duncan Taylor Cragganmore 15 yr

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 15 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $110

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores/ Limited Run

Lots of vanilla and honey on the nose of this one. The palate is soft and fruity with some vanilla pound cake and cinnamon/light spice. The finish is medium bodied with some white chocolote. This expression is soft/ reminds me of a good summer expression, but not overly complex.

Glendronach 15 Revival

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 15 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $90

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has big sherry, chocolate and fruit. The palate is complicated and does have some coffee and a wood taste to it. The sherry is not as dominating as I had thought it would be. It does have a nice ballance with a full body. The finish is spicy and with a lingering wood. This reminds me a lot of a mid-range Macallan but with a slightly better price tag.