Kill Devil 2001 15-Year Diamond

Kill Devil 2001 15 Diamond

Price: $105 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Diamond / Hunter Laing

Region: Guyana

61% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 years, distilled 2001

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Leathery pepper, grilled banana, tropical fruit, brown sugar, grilling rub

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, chili, green pepper, molasses, toasted mango

Finish: Dry and warm, long finish. Earthy with a bit of tar. Oak, pepper, peach, and mango

Thoughts: This is one of the most unique rums I have tried and the flavors really go all over the place without feeling disjointed or random. A big contrast with how spicy it is compared to the sweet El Dorados that are more readily available.

Score: 81 out of 100

Glenmorangie 18

Glenmorangie 18

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenmorangie / LVHM

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, floral, malt, apples, custard, and fresh cut hay

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, malt, oak, cream, and white pepper

Finish: Light warmth and medium length vanilla with a punch of pepper, orchard fruits and honey

Thoughts: I’m not the biggest fan of Glenmorangie, but this is a huge leap in taste for me from their 10 and 12 year malts. It’s a simple highlander that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Score: 80 out of 100

Joseph Magnus Single Barrel PX Cask

Joseph Magnus PX Cask

Price: $140 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP / Joseph Magnus

Region: Indiana / DC

49.55% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in PX Sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Apples, peaches, corn mash, caramel, citrus, oak, and light toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and syrupy

Palate/Taste: Sherry, pepper, oak, leather, jamy fruit, chocolate, and coffee

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, PX sherry with leathery cinnamon

Thoughts: A nice change up of the usual bourbon notes, with fruit front and center, and the texture taking on some of the syrupy feel from the PX. That said I’d rate this about the same as the regular Magnus release.

Score: 83 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut Blade Runner 2049

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Paid: $100

Distilled/Owned by: Blended / Diageo

Region: Scotland

49% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Citrus, light smoke, honey, vanilla icing, sugar, pomegranate, malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, ash, light smoke, caramel, oak, pepper, leather

Finish: Good warmth and length, vanilla, citrus, smoke, tobacco and brown sugar with cream

Thoughts: Yeah I’m the chump that would have bought this even if it stunk because Blade Runner. I am happy to report it is an enjoyable blend that has much better feel and finish than the regular black label. It’s a shame that she won’t live (in this case long on my shelf), but then again, who does?

Score: 82 out of 100

The Exclusive Regions Single Grain 12 Year (Port Dundas)

 

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Price: $50

Distilled/Owned by: Port Dundas / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Lowland

50% ABV

Mashbill: Single Grain

Aged For: 12 Years

Cask Type: Refill Hogshead

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Toasted grains, baked bread, caramel, vanilla, table sugar, oak, sawdust

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla cream, honey, marzipan, oak, coffee, and sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length, oak and vanilla with toasted almonds, fresh bread, and maple syrup

Thoughts: A very “bready” dram with the typically vanilla oak profile you get from single grains.

Score: 83 out of 100

Sheep Dip 1990 Old Hebridean

Maker:0x4c,Date:2018-1-12,Ver:4,Lens:Kan03,Act:Lar01,E-Y

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of malts that include Ardbeg, Dalmore, Fettercairn / Ian Macleod Distillers

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS (All malts were distilled in 1990 or before)

Cask Type: First-fill oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Gentle peat, costal spray, vanilla, salty citrus, smoke upfront with fruit afterwards

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Sherry, vanilla, caramel, citrus, salt, gentle peat, and malt

Finish: Medium warmth and length, caramel, salt, peat, oak, and chocolate

Thoughts: An example of a good blended malt. I would have liked all the usual higher proof, NCF, and NC, but for what it is, it’s a tasty light costal blend.

Score: 82 out of 100

Highland Park Full Volume

Highland Park Full Volume

Price: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Highland Park / Edrington Group

Region: Island

47.2% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: First-fill bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, malt, white grapes, ash, light peat, citrus, salt, minerals

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Pepper, vanilla, cinnamon, smoke, leather, light salt and costal spray

Finish: Medium warmth and length, peat smoke and pepper, ash taste returns with vanilla

Thoughts: So to me this tastes like what I’d image Caol Ila with balls would taste like, still nothing mind blowing and I think the “Full Volume” is a marketing misstep for this bottle.

Score: 80 out of 100