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.

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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.

Laphroaig 10 Cask Strength Batch 04

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Grade: A-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 58.30%

Price: $80

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is peat and medicine. The medicine quality on the nose and palate is much lighter than that of the QC ( not better, just lighter) The palate has a nice sweet maltyness to it, very rich, salty, iodine, lots of sea qualities. The finish is long and has all the signature aspects of most Laphroaigs. Massive peat, I don’t really get that bit of orange that you get in the standard 10, but I’m ok without it. Fantastic stuff!

Kilchoman 100% Islay 3rd Edition

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $85

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

This expression is called 100% Islay because unlike most distilleries the process from barley to bottling is done completely on Islay at the Kilchoman distillery. On the nose there is peat, iodine and some dried fruits. The palate is malty with some decent peat, not a lot of peat but the ballance is superb, dry but lightly sweet with the taste of fruit. The finish is light with a bit of a lemon zip to it and smoke. This bottle is slightly lighter than some of the other expressions I have had by Kilchoman. However, the ballance really does make this is an excellent whisky that is a must try.

Ardbeg 10

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Grade: B+

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 46.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores/Wide

This is another agressive and raw peaty expression by Ardbeg. For my money this is the best distillery in the world. The nose on this is slightly tart/lemon with big peat. The palate is semi sweet and quite simple but very good even without the complexity of other Ardbeg expressions. The finish… peat peat peat and spice. Another Ardbeg that is oh so good

Lagavulin 16

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Grade: A-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 16 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $85

Availability: Wide

This is the quintessential go to Islay style scotch that is widely available. The smoke dominates the nose with some light honey and sugar. The palate is amazing! The perfect ballance of sweet nectar and spice, like a well marinated BBQ. The finish is filled with a big peaty iodine and salt. This is truly and amazing single malt.

Laphroaig 10

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Grade: A-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 10 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Wide

The nose is medicine, peat and a slight wood. On the palate it’s quite smooth and even a bit light until the finish hits you and then it’s big smoke. This is a peat monster. Delicious!! There is no better single malt for me at $50 or less.