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

Park Cognac 28 Year Old “Lot 28” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #401

Park Cognac 28

Price: $109 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Park Cognac

Region: Grand Champagne Cognac, France

44.5% ABV

Aged For: 28 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Reddish amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honeysuckle, gentle grapes, melon, sugar, floral, and oak

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Gentle fruits, melon, honey flowers, Cantaloupe

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length, melon, oak, spice, citrus, and floral notes

Thoughts: I picked up tons of melon and flowers, and thought that with this much age it would have picked up heavier deeper flavors from the wood. Too light for my palate.

Score: 75 out of 100

 

Gosling’s Family Reserve

Gosling’s Family Reserve

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Goslings

Region: Bermuda

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: Treacle

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla, coconut

Mouthfeel: Syrupy

Palate/Taste: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, maple, and cream

Finish: Light warmth and length, molasses, chocolate, and oak

Thoughts: Drinking this is to me the equivalent of drinking a candy bar, so much sugary chocolate. Very liquor like.

Score: 77 out of 100

Willet Family Estate Rye 4-Year

Willet Family Estate Rye 4

Paid: $43 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by:Willet / KBD

Region: Kentucky

59.5% ABV

Aged For: 4 years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rye spices , mint, pepper, oak, caramel, and floral notes

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Caramel, leather, pepper, brown sugar, oak, slight sweetness, good spice

Finish: Good warmth and length, clove, tobacco, rye, oak tannins, drying finish

Thoughts: A more refined version than the 3 year smoothing some of those rough edges, and still a tasty rye.

Score: 87 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

 

L’Encantada XO

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Paid: $99 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Louis Pibous cask #61 1989 & Cask #87 1987, 1994 Domaine Del Cassou Cask #55, and 1997 Domaine Bellair Cask #181 / L’Encantada

Region: France

46.8% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 20 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plums, port wine, raisins, dried fruit, clove, pipe tobacco, oak

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, cinnamon, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee, citrus, and roses

Finish: Medium warmth and length, sherry, oak, caramel, ginger, prunes, toasted almonds, and dark fruit.

Thoughts: A delicious brandy for a good price, I love the flavors and depth.

Score: 87 out of 100

 

Pusser’s 15 Year

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Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Rums / Pusser’s

Region: Guyana & Trinidad

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: Undisclosed


Color: Red copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Papaya, pepper, molasses, coconut, funk, and copper

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Light tropical fruit, honey, floral, brown sugar, and sweet cane syrup

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, coconut, sugar, fruit, and a very artificial sweetness that leads me to believe this may be dosed.

Thoughts: I was expecting something a little darker in flavor given the appearance and age of this rum, but it’s quiet gentle and light

Score: 78 out of 100