Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenfarclas

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Aged For: 21-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Dark Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oloroso sherry, ginger, oak, vanilla, leather, and dry nuts

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dried fruits, sherry, nutty, pepper, and toffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length, apple cider, vanilla, caramel, oranges, ginger

Thoughts: I continue to enjoy Glenfarclas’ profile, but it never seems to really knock my socks off.

Score: 82 out 100


Glen Scotia Ruby Port Finish 10-Year

Glen Scotia Ruby Port Finish 10-Year

Price: $55 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glen Scotia

Region: Campbeltown

57.8% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in ruby port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla cake, honey, smoke, alcohol, salt, and port wine

Feel: Full and sort of an oily playdough feel

Taste: Pepper, smoke, malt, charcoal, citrus, berry, honey, vanilla, and oak

Finish: Good warmth and length, peat, red fruit, salt, raspberry, and smoke

Thoughts: A nice blend of smoke and fruit, with a surprising amount of port influence for the only 6 months it finished in those casks.

Score: 83 out of 100

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Price: Sold Out

Distilled/Owned by: Mortlach / Douglas Laing

Region: Speyside

53.3% ABV

Aged For: 22 Years, Distilled 1995

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Malt, oak, cracked leather, chocolate, honey, dried citrus, and light sherry

Feel:Medium, oily

Taste: Sherry, raisins, ginger, citrus, leather, pepper, oak

Finish: Warm, drying, good length, sherry and oranges, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak.

Thoughts: A decent dram, but if I had this blind I would not have thought it was a first fill sherry. If you want a dryer more leather sherry this could be for you.

Score: 81 out of 100


Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Kilchoman

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: 5 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sauternes Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Rich Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Smoke, vanilla, pears, alcohol, malt, oak, and apricot

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, vanilla, peach, smoke, and peat

Finish: Medium warmth and length, butter, cream, citrus, vanilla, and sauternes

Thoughts: It’s a good malt, but the age is really fighting against it, as I feel the flavors would pop much more with additional age.

Score: 80 out of 100

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Benrinnes / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Speyside

49.1% ABV

Aged For: 11 Years, Distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Second Fill PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, pomegranate, fruit punch, tropical fruits, sherry, alcohol, and oak

Feel: Medium, dry, and supple

Taste: Malt, honey, table sugar, fruit punch, sherry, figs, plum , and raisins

Finish: Medium warmth, and lasting length, pepper, spices, oak, rich fruit, dry spice, sherry and citrus

Thoughts: A decent sherried malt, but nothing mind blowing, especially for the price

Score: 83 out of 100

Macallan Edition No. 4

Macallan Edition No. 4

Paid: $105 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

48.4% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: European and American oak refill butts and hogsheads, and butts, puncheons and hogsheads from Vasmya, Diego Martin, Jose y Miguel Martin and Tevasa.

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Chocolate, oak, lemon, honey, raisins, nutmeg, sherry, walnuts, vanilla

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, oranges, vanilla, sherry, oak ,cake

Finish: Caramel, coffee, brown sugar, malt, honey, walnuts, and dried fruit. Medium warmth and length

Thoughts: Similar to the edition two, but I enjoyed this one a lot more as it hit my preferred flavors. Another solid entry in the editions series, and is tied with the edition 1 for me.

Score: 90 out of 100

Edradour 14 Year 2002 Ibisco Cask #1413

Edradour 14 Year 2002 Ibisco Cask #1413

Price: $85 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Edradour / Signatory Vintage

Region: Highland

54.3% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years, Distilled 2002

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruits, citrus, ginger, vanilla, malt, cinnamon, sherry, and oak

Feel: Medium body, builds over time

Taste: Vanilla, white oak, pepper, sherry, cream, fruit, malt

Finish: Medium warmth and length, creamy vanilla and sherry, touch of berries and oak

Thoughts: A sherried malt with a heavy vanilla presence.

Score: 84 out of 100