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

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.

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.

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.

Old Pulteney 12

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Grade: C

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 40.00

Price: $35

Availability: Wide

The nose on this is caramel and simple syrup. The palate is dry and bitter for me. I really can’t pick up on to many notes here because it’s just so bitter. The finish comes and goes extremely fast. I started out thinking this tasted like a cheap blend and was just uninspiring but not offensive. However, the more I got into the bottle the more I became offended with that bitterness. I will pass on this next time.

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.

Caol Ila 14 Year Chieftain’s Rum Cask

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 14 yrs

ABV: 55.00%

Price: $105

Availability: Rare

The nose on this is peat, tar, and dried fruits. On the palate, iodine, malt, lots of chocolate, dark rum taste. The finish is long and lingers with some brown sugar. This expression when you find it is a must try. Having trouble finding it? It was a limited run but I do believe it can still be ordered online as of 09/2013

Bruichladdich The Laddie 10

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $55

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is light peat and fruit. The palate is very lightly peated with some malted sherry and dried fruits. This expression is extremely well ballanced. The finish does have a little smoke to it but overall it’s smooth with a medium finish. This single malt is ballanced and lightly peated with some fruit forward notes, has some nice white wine qualities. I am a fan.

Glenmorangie Nectar D’or

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

Age: 12 yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $70

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression was soaked in french Sauterne casks. The nose has dried fruit, spice and dessert wine. The palate is quite sweet, syrup, big fruit, like drinking some fruit pie! The finish is long and sweet, vanilla and chocolate like a black and white cookie. This is a great single malt for a sweet tooth.

Yamazaki 18

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Grade: B+

Type: Japan, Single Malt

Age: 18 yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $155

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This stuff is a fruit bomb. There is so much interesting fruit on the nose with a nice spice and wood. The nose is so good that it begs the question…can you stop nosing it enough to actually take a sip? The palate is sweet with a lot of spice, exotic fruit which linger into the finish where you will get some really nice wood and a faint bit of smoke. This expression is fantastic, unfortunately it just keeps rising in price.