Review: Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition

Price: $100 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

42.8% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-sherry and bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Raisins, sherry, citrus, malt, vanilla, nuts, apple, and pine resin

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Chocolate, oloroso sherry, nuts, dried fruit, leather, oak, caramel, and sultanas

Finish: Medium to light warmth and has a pretty good length. Malt, cocoa powder, sherry, pepper, ginger, and coffee

Thoughts: Not bad for an NAS travel malt, but not worth the price they were charging back in the day.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: Lemorton Reserve

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Lemorton

Region: Domfront, Normandy France

40% ABV

Aged For: 6 Years

Cask Type: French oak

Distillate: Up to 70% pear, usually between 30-40% apple

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pears, floral, cinnamon, apple, pie crust, vanilla, smells like fall

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Apple cider, citrus, cinnamon, baking spices, oak, caramel

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, apple and pear, floral, oak, white pepper, and citrus

Thoughts: If you were to bottle the season of fall, this would be what I would expect it to taste like. After sampling a few entry level Calvados this is the first one that gets above a meh for me.

Score: 81 out of 100

Review: Plantation Jamaica 2002

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Long Pond & Clarendon

Region: Jamaica

42% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 13 years, (10 Jamaica, 3 France)

Cask Type: 10 Years in ex-bourbon, finished 3 years in Pierre Ferrand Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Funky esters, pepper, oak, vanilla, earth, herbs, copper, pineapple, basmati rice with raisins

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Banana, pineapple, cinnamon, oak, orange, mint, coconut, plum

Finish: Light warmth, short to medium length, molasses, pineapple, esters, oak, nutmeg

Thoughts: Not the funk bomb a lot of Jamaican rums are, and it is sweet for Jamaican as well, but overall not a bad rum.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel #3936

Paid: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% barley, 10% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak

Details: Cask # 3936, barreled 10/10/2007

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Fruity with a hint of lime zest and caramel sauce. Oak, corn mash, vanilla, green chilies, caraway seeds, and green coffee beans

Feel: Medium body

Taste: More traditional oak tannin character with leather, pepper, tobacco, citrus, baked apple cinnamon, and cherry

Finish: Medium warmth and length, toffee, oak, pepper, bitter chocolate, rye, and burnt leather

Thoughts: The nose was very interesting, with a lot of fruit and chili, and then became more standard a profile, finishing with a slightly bitter toasted oak sort of finish.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Clynelish 2005 12-Year G&M

Paid: $95 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Clynelish / Gordon & Macphail

Region: Highland

55.1% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years, Distilled 2005

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Refill Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruits, caramel, raisins, citrus, brown sugar, fig, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, walnut

Feel: Full, slight waxiness

Taste: Pepper, oak, chocolate, almond, citrus, sherry, coffee, caramel, cherry, nutmeg

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, Oak, stone fruit, pepper, chocolate, sherry, orange, ginger, and vanilla

Thoughts: Only a touch of wax in this one, but a solid sherried dram for fans of that style.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Old Ezra 7 Barrel Strength

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Luxco

Region: Kentucky

58.5% ABV

Aged For: 7 Years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

Color: Chesnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, oak, brown sugar, cherry, a touch of corn mash

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: A bit more pepper and baking spice, vanilla, fruit, honey, cocoa powder, leather

Finish: Just over a medium length finish, and above a medium level of warmth, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cherry, honey , and nuts

Thoughts: This is basic bourbon, and that’s not bad, sometimes that’s what you want. Hits all the normal profile notes with a good body and finish.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Dalmore Port Wood Reserve

Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

46.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Tawny Port barrels from W&J Graham

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Port, oak, blackberry, orange peel, jam, vanilla, clove, pepper

Feel: Light to medium body

Taste: Leather, dark chocolate, port, blackberry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pepper, dried fruit

Finish: Medium warmth and length, chocolate, port, oak, tobacco, cinnamon, citrus, apple, and coffee

Thoughts: Lots of oak and fruit, and not a bad offering from the usually weak and flat OB dalmore offerings.

Score: 83 out of 100