Review: Scapa 10 Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Label

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Scapa / Gordon and Macphail

Region: Island (Orkney)

43% ABV

Aged For: 10-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First-Fill Bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light fruit, apples, vanilla, salt, oak, lime, and toast

Feel: Medium, on the oily side

Taste: Lots of creamy vanilla, oak, honey, kiwi, beeswax, and custard

Finish: Shorter to medium, medium warmth. Light pepper, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, butter, maybe even a touch of smoke.

Thoughts: I have been wanting to try a Scapa for awhile, but I missed the boat on the 16, and I have yet to hear anything good about Skiren so I jumped to try this at a decent price. It’s a solid bourbon aged scotch and a great warm weather sipper.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: Midleton Very Rare 2015

Happy St. Patricks day whiskybois!

Paid: $170 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Midleton / Pernond Ricard

Region: Ireland

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, stated to be a blend of between 12 to 25 years

Mashbill: Undisclosed, blend of single pot still and grain whisky

Cask Type: Undisclosed but often bourbon or sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey and apples, cream, caramel, oak, cinnamon, pear, vanilla

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, cream, butterscotch, corn, earth, floral, wheat, and baking spices

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, milk chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, apples, honey, malt, grains, and floral.

Thoughts: There are no unpleasant off notes, and this is what your average whisky drinker would call “smooth”, because of this though the body and finish are a touch weak on an otherwise tastey dram.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Canadian Club Chronicles 41

Paid: $299 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Canadian Club / Beam Suntory

Region: Canada

45% ABV

Aged For: 41 Years, but additives may be younger, batched and barreled in 1977

Mashbill: Blend of whiskies using rye, malted rye, malted barley, and corn

Cask Type: Undisclosed, but likely refill casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Addatives: Blended with amounts of Cognac, rye, and sherry

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: White chocolate, oak, white pepper, butter, sweet corn, cloves, pipe tobacco, and muscat grapes

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, cream, butter, caramel sauce, coffee, apples, milk chocolate, oak

Finish: Gentle warmth, medium length, a touch more pepper and oak with vanilla, custard, almond paste, and more white chocolate with just a touch of sherry

Thoughts: If you like vanilla or white chocolate with a touch of fruit this will be the drink for you. Blended more for the average persons idea of a fancy whisky rather than a whisky snob, but still a good showing. Cut the price tag in half and it would be a great buy.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: L’Encantada “Lous Pibous” 14-Year 2003 #183 Lincoln Road

Paid: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Lous Pibous” / L’Encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

56.5% ABV

Aged For: 14-Years

Cask Type: New Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Additives: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, herbal spices, oak, incense, jasmine, dates, floral coffee, rye whiskey

Mouthfeel: Hot, medium body

Palate/Taste: A lot of pronounced spice and oak, tannins, caramel, cinnamon, raisins, herbal tea, pepper, wasabi, and spearmint.

Finish: Very warm and long, slightly bitter with lasting oak, pepper, citrus, dry grapes, and leather.

Thoughts: I can see why Pibous gets so much love from bourbon fans, it reminds me more of a rye or bourbon than brandy. However when I want brandy, generally I want something… well more brandy like! I find it hard to put a score on this as it’s a good drink, but if I personally were to rank and stack it as a brandy it would be middle of the road.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year 2018

Paid: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by:Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

53.5% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Wheated mashbill

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, honey, oak, caramel, cherries, pecan, brown sugar

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Creamy vanilla with pepper, oak, and spices. baked wheat bread, honey, cherry, and pipe tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, cinnamon, pepper, toffee, chocolate, and butterscotch

Thoughts: It’s good a good bourbon, with a simple sweet profile. Honestly it’s what I excepted of Weller Antique after all the hype that surrounds that bottle now.

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: Royal Brackla 11-Year 2006 Virgin French Oak Exclusive Malts

Price: $100 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Royal Brackla / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Highland

58.2% ABV

Aged For: 11-Years, distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Virgin French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak, honey, malt, vanilla, Peach/apricot, French pastries, sweet and sticky syrup

Feel: full bodied, thick

Taste: Vanilla, oak, honey, backlava, spices, subtle, sweet, baked goods

Finish: medium warmth, long, oak, vanilla, honey, malt, ect

Thoughts: awesome oak/vanilla malt bomb

Score: 85/100

Review: Deanston 9 Year 2008 Brandy Cask Finish

Price: $60

Distilled/Owned by: Deantson / Distell

Region: Highland

56.4% ABV

Aged For: 9 Years, distilled 2008

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in brandy casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Calvados, apples, honey, pipe tobacco, tropical rum notes?/molasses

Feel: Full, creamy, spicy

Taste: Pepper, spices, oak, honey, malt, citrus, calvados, sour apple, slightly bitter

Finish: Long, warm, spices, oak, molasses, vanilla, bitter citrus

Thoughts: Very calvados like, but with thicker mouthfeel and more spice

Score: 80 out of 100