December 2010 Archives

Well, here we are.  There are 4 days to go until Christmas and, if you're anything like me, you have barely started your shopping.  With that in mind, here is this year's short list of whiskies that fit the bill to be given as gifts based on any combination of price, uniqueness, rarity, and above all great flavour.  Three price categories with two whiskies per category.  So let's get to it.

The Lark - Tasmanian Single Malt

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Recently, a few of us had the opportunity to taste Lark Single Malt Small Cask, our first Tasmanian single malt whisky. It's not currently available at the LCBO, but AMV-Whiz Trading is doing its best to change that.

Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition_01

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The Bruichladdich Laddie Classic Edition_01 is a multi-vintage blend of the distillery's casks and is bottled at 46% ABV. Although it is an Islay malt, this expression differs from the typical flavour profile of the area.

Rosebank 1990, 15 year old

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This was my first encounter with the bottlers of the self-explaining name, The Dormant Distillery Company. As far as I can tell, they operate without a website or even so much as a logo available to google. Thus, no image for you on this one, so use your imagination.

BotB - Round 1, Part 3

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Middle-ranked Johnnie Walker Red and Dewar's skirmish while Grant's Family Reserve looks to have a cakewalk match versus Teacher's Highland Cream.

The Macallan 12 years old

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macallan 12.jpgSherry, spice and all things nice.

Nose:
At first, musty wood, dried apple, and sherry notes. After allowing the whisky to settle into the glass with a drop of water, ginger, spice and a faint whisp of smoke.

Palate: Smooth with prominent flavours of dried figs and red apple, touches of citrus and baking spice all bathed in thick sherry sweetness.

Finish: Heavy spice lingers throughout the long sweet finish. Notes of toffee, dried fruit, and cocoa shine through the pleasingly musty wood.

Overall: A wonderful dessert dram! There's enough complexity here to appeal to both novice and seasoned enthusiast. The Macallan has set the benchmark for sherried expressions and for good reason. They own a stand of Spanish oak in Jerez, Spain and they pay to produce the fino and oleroso sherries that season the casks (made from their own trees) for 3 years before shipping the empties back to Scotland.
Certainly there are cheaper 12yr old Sherried Speyside Single Malts on the market but, in my opinion, you'd be hard pressed to find an expression as well crafted as the Macallan 12 yr. Recommended.

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  • Ryan commented on Wemyss Malts - 8 Year Old "Spice King":

    Mortlach is a polarizing single malt scotch. I've found people either love it or hate it! Have you tried any other Mortlach expressions? If so, how do you think it compares?

  • Ryan commented on Ezra Brooks 7 Year Old:

    Thanks for the comment Dan, please come back when you've opened it. Interested to hear how you think it compares. I'm saving a dram or 2 to compare with the new version...when it eventually surfaces here in Ontario!

  • ruou macallan commented on Wemyss Malts - 8 Year Old "Spice King":

    Taste is different for me sometimes. I read one review about nail polish and got that and it was strange. But also sometimes I get a lot of bananas which I like but not really what im looking for. Other times I taste caramel and charcoal. Its a love or hate it whisky and it changes for me. The middle is the best part, start and finish is boring. Isn't complex. Its unique in a way that its not like most bourbons or ryes but in this case its not a + thing. I like it most times but theres a lot more others that I would choose over this when im at the store buying a cheap bottle

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