Yikes! I have GOT to get better at updating this damn thing! So much has happened in the last few months, so I’ll try to roll out a few updates in chronological order.
A few weeks ago, Jeff and I were invited to a scotch tasting party with a handful of his friends from college. The premise was simple: everyone brings a bottle and we have a blind tasting. It was a lot of fun, and we got to try so many great Single Malts! 14 of them to be exact! Tasting sheets were provided so we were able to keep track of what we tasted and which were our favorites. It was a lot of fun, and we all had such different opinions on everything.
Aberfeldy 12 Year Single Malt, Highland $40
Nose: Mild with lots of fruit
Palate: Flavors of sherry, baked citrus(lime), and a hint of honey, but no sweetness.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Single Malt, Speyside $40-60
Nose: Mild, fruity
Palate: Soft with lots of fruit. Some spice.
Finish: long and warm with a hint of spice
Conclusion: Unbalanced. Rollercoaster of flavors.
Note: This one surprised me, as it’s been Jeff and I’s go-to Scotch for a while now! But it looks like we’ll be reevaluating that now!
Glenmorange The Original, 10 Year, Single Malt, Highland
Nose: Lots of fruit. Marmalade. Soft, with no alcohol burn
Palate: Fragant but soft. Smooth notes of vanilla and hay
Finish: Soft but very long
Bowmore Legend, Single Malt, Islay $30
Nose: peat and wood with some floral notes.
Palate: very fragrant with hints of hay and a touch of peat.
Finish: A little bitter. Smooth but with a bite.
Conclusion: Soft peat all over. Very interesting. Could potentially benefit from some water.
Compass Box Asyla Blended Scotch Whisky $45
Color: Clear, hint of straw
Nose: Smokey with some light peat. Fruity and leafy.
Palate: Soft and balanced with a hint of peat and caramel. vanilla
Finish: Soft but long with a bitter and leafy note.
Conclusion: I like this one. Really easy drinking, smooth and elegant.
Ardbeg 10 Year, Single Malt, Islay $50-60
Color: Faint Straw
Nose: Peat. Smoke. Wood. Birchwood.
Palate: Peat Monster. Strong charcoal, wood and spiced flavors. Clove and cinnamon.
Finish: Smooth and soft. Warm alcohol spice.
Conclusion: Needs some water or an ice cube to soften the intense but interesting palate.
Glenfiddich 12 Year, Single Malt $30
Nose: Fruity and floral aromas
Palate: Soft and balanced with honeysuckle and white flowers.
Finish: Smooth and flowery. Perfumey and acidic.
Conclusion: I like this one. Soft and elegant with a bright floral note.
Dalmore 12 Year Single Malt, Highland $40-50
Nose: Soft nose with mild floral and honey notes.
Palate: Toasted caramel, vanilla. Sweet oak and wood. Baked apple and cinnamon
Finish: Short, but smooth and filled with sweet spice.
Arberlour 12 Year Single Malt, Speyside $40
Color: Gold – Amber
Nose: Cereal, sweet grains and fruit
Palate: Citrus and wood. Sweet sherry flavors.
Finish: Long but smooth with an alcohol heat in the throat.
Macallan Fine Oak, 15 Year Single Malt, Highland $60-70
Nose: Alcohol nose with baked citrus flavors. Hint of wood and lightly floral.
Palate: Vanilla, wood.
Finish: Long, warm finish. Lightly spicy.
Conclusion: Balanced, but high alcohol taste. Would be excellent with water
Note: Jeff and I had this with water a few weeks ago and it was beautiful! So much softer with an elegantly balanced spice note.
Caol Ila 12 Year Single Malt, Islay $50-60
Nose: Peaty, earthy
Palate: Peat peat peat. Creamy with caramel and sweet spices.
Finish: Short, smoky and smooth.
Glengarioch Single Malt, Highland $50-60
Nose: Floral nose with some orange marmalade and baked citrus.
Palate: Spicy alcohol with more orange marmalade. Hint of oak and lime.
Finish: Loooong finish with some warm spice.
Scapa 16 Year Single Malt $75
Nose: Apple with a hint of smoky peat.
Palate: Big flavor! Baked apples, spice, cereal grains. Toasted vanilla, oak.
Finish: Short in comparison to the palate. Spicy.
Glenlivet 12 Year Single Malt, Speyside $40-50
Nose: Floral and fruity. Orange peel
Palate: Spice, pepper, cinnamon, white pepper. Little nuttiness but no oak.
Finish: Warm spice, high alcohol. Long
Conclusion: Very spicy finish. Prickly. I like this one, but the strong alcohol flavor needs some water.
Tasting this many different scotch’s in this format was awesome. I don’t think I would’ve thought that Glenfiddich would have come out on top for me. Macallan Fine Oak was a clear winner for almost everyone at the party, but for me personally, Bowmore Legend and Glenfiddich 12 are going to be regulars in our liquor cabinet. Especially considering both are remarkably cheaper than our old favorite, Balvenie Doublewood.