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

Dalmore 18

Dalmore 18

Price: $240 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Deep amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruit, grapefruit, dry grass, malt, and nuts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Sour caramel, chocolate, sherry, pepper, oak , almond, orange peel

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, ginger, citrus, dry sherry, bitter chocolate, with a touch of musty oak

Thoughts: It’s not an awful dram, until you look at the price tag and realize you can buy 3 bottles of superior (In my opinion) Glengoyne for the same price. Not a fan of the sour sort of bitter notes that came and went putting this into the 70’s for me.

Score: 78 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

Aultmore 14 2002 SMWS 73.81 “Dark chocolate destiny”

Aultmore SMWS 73.81

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Aultmore / SMWS

Region: Speyside

59.8% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 14 years (distilled 2002)

Cask Type: Refill ex-Sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Dark gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Malt, honey, alcohol, cocoa, spice, vanilla, and subtle fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, malt, vanilla, oak, bitter sweets, clove oil, caramel and honey

Finish: Medium warmth and length, true to the namesake I pick up more chocolate, Turkish delight, malt, and brown sugar with baking spice

Thoughts: I didn’t detect any fruit from the sherry influence, but it imparts a chocolatey caramel flavor that’s very enjoyable.

Score: 83 out of 100