Tomatin 12

Tomatin 12 ~ COLOR: Golden wheat NOSE: Tomatin brought grains and bread to mind on first sniff. Heavy in the malt and wheat bread smells. Then figs and juicy pear sweetness. With the addition of spring water toffee and vanilla caramels and a stronger pear fragrance arrived. For being 12 years old, it has developed a very…

A whisky by any other name… might not be whiskey!

As we’ve discussed before, “Whiskey” with an ‘e’ is not the same as “Whisky” without the ‘e’. Yes, the spirit may be distilled in the same fashion, but the ingredients (barley vs corn/rye/wheat) and the location of distillation (Scotland vs US/Japan/Ireland) are very different. That said… last night Scotch and Sniff headed out to Harry…

Aberlour A’Bunadh

Aberlour A’Bunadh ~ COLOR: Dark caramel NOSE: I immediately get dark dried fruits like dark raisins, dried figs and dried apple skins. Then baking spices like nutmeg, hints of cinnamon and orange rind. It smells very sweet of brown sugar and un-refined low grade honey. PALATE: Spicy and smooth oak finish. Breathe in gently because the 60.4% alcohol…

The Glenlivet 18

Glenlivet 18 COLOR: orange gold NOSE: sweet oak, cinnamon sugar, hints of common fruits, the cinnamon sugar owns the front of this nose PALATE: initially very smooth, smells like it will be twice as spicy as it actually is, just a twinge of oakiness, FINISH: light apples, more fruits, fantastic finish, something…. Spices, I can’t…