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.

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Jura 16

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Grade: D+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Island

Age: 16 yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose has some light peat and fresh berries. The palate makes you immediately feel like you have bitten into an old tire. There is a dominating rubber taste that is extremely offensive. Really I can’t get past that rubber taste. This is a terrible single malt, avoid this expression. The old 40%, “Diurachs’ Own” may have been better

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.

High West Campfire

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Grade: B

Type: American, Blend

Age: N/A

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $57

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

Here we have a blend of bourbon/rye/scotch. The nose is BBQ smoke, roasted beef, LDI rye spice. On the palate there is a really nice balance of sweet corn bourbon VS rye spice. there is some nice pepper here and it starts to get hot, nice earth and wood. The finish is smokey, the type of smoke that really sticks to the roof of your mouth/ long finish.  This is a unique expression but nicely balanced in all that you get. This may be one of the best expressions that High West has to offer.

Arran Port 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

The nose has a liqueur feel to it, sweet red wine. The palate is dry and fruity, and a little spicy. Tha balance seems a bit off here. The finish has some lingering fruit and a syrupy sweetness. Overall this expression is decent and worth trying a dram or two. I really like the eclectic lineup of Arran. There is certainly something in their complete lineup for everyone.

Arran Sauternes 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

Yet another interesting expression by the Arran distillery. I am becoming a fan. This expression was aged for eight years in oak before being transfered into sauterne casks. I would say that it’s not quite as good as the sauterne cask by Glenmorangie. However, with it’s high ABV it may be a bit more interesting…you decide. The nose has a lot of fruit, apricots and honey. The palate is rich with spice and that familiar sauterne taste of Bordeaux sweet white wine. The finish is more fruit, orange and spice.

Highland Park & Bowmore Double Barrel (Douglas Laing)

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Vatted Blend

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Rare/Limited Run

Another rare and interesting expression by Douglas Laing. Orkney meets Islay here. The nose has some soft peat and sweet honey, some floral aspects here. The palate is lightly peated with some spice that leads into what I consider to be a signature finish for Bowmore, medium with honey and heather with a very light but lingering smoke quality. if you are looking for something that is different and interesting, then you might like to give this a try…. if you can find it.