Review: Glenlivet 10 Year 2007 SMWS 2.106 “Devilishly Opulent”

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenlivet / SMWS

Region: Speyside

61.3% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years, distilled 2007

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex oloroso butt then finished in first fill PX sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Russet

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, nutmeg, oak, ginger, oloroso sherry, coffee beans, clove, dried fruits, touch of sulphur

Feel: Medium to full body, dry

Taste: Sherry, oak, pepper, caramel, raisins, figs, becomes sweeter over time with the PX shining more, orange,

Finish: Long and warm, with dark chocolate, oak, pepper, tobacco, olive oil, ginger, citrus, and sherry

Thoughts: When I first cracked this bottle I wasn’t blown away, but its growing on me over time, A little water really helps as it’s a bit to boozy even for me with a lot of heat. At first the oloroso cask is dominate with the PX creeping more in over time.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Speyside Distilllery 21-Year 1993 Distiller’s Art

Paid: $96 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Speyside Distillery / Hunter Laing

Region: Speyside

48% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, Distilled 1993, Bottled 2015

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Earthy nutty sherry, leather, oak, blackberry, cherry, dirt

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Sherry, caramel, nuts, figs, malt, bitter pepper, malt, sour mustiness

Finish: Light to medium warmth and medium length, cream and honey, sour fruit, coffee, and oak

Thoughts: It smells and starts out like a good sherried dram, with heavy nut flavors, but then on the backside of the palate and finish it has a bitter and sour note that spoils the drink. Flawed.

Score: 76 out of 100

Review: Compass Box Asyla

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Cameronbridge, Glen Elgin, Teaninich, Linkwood / Compass Box

Region: Blend

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: First Fill American oak, refill hogsheads

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pears, vanilla, floral, citrus, “green fruits”

Feel: Light and delicate

Taste: Apple, melon, vanilla, citrus, oak, brine

Finish: Short, gentle, vanilla, apple, lemon, white chocolate, and a touch of salinity

Thoughts: The front of the bottle says delicate, fruity, and balanced and I’d mostly agree with that. A good aperitif scotch to pair with appetizers, or desert, but not too much to write home about on it’s own. As a blend it is superior to a lot of the big boys though.

Score: 73 out of 100

Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Quarter Cask CS

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

57.2% ABV

Aged For: NAS (Min 5 Years)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-bourbon quarter casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peat, mint, oak, vanilla, smoke, honey, coconut, malt, citrus

Feel: Medium to full

Taste: Smoke, oak, peat, vanilla, cream, honey, pepper, salt, tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth, long lasting, oak, citrus, very dry with a lot of tannins, smoke, and spices

Thoughts: Heavy oak, and a medium amount of smoke, a good offering that builds on the CQ but isn’t one for the ages.

Score: 82 out of 100

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: 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