logo

My Handcrafted Opinions on Whiskies, Distilleries and Other Related Stuff

Most Recent Whisky

Most Recent Whisky Review

Mortlach 12 year old

The nose on 43.4% expression is very floral with some wheaty breakfast biscuits and spicy notes.  The taste is very smooth with baked spiced apples (maybe even slightly burnt) caramel and honey.  The finish has some slow building heat along with some Bovril (salty / meaty) notes.  Reminded me of good Texas barbeque brisket with strong spice bark.  Overall a ittle too much burnt, salty and bitter notes with not enough sweetness to balance it for me. 

Read More
  • Tuesday, 31 March 2020 14:22

    Distillery Tours from My Couch

    Written by

     

    It has been a while since I visited a distillery. In fact the last blog entry on a distillery visit was back in 2017 when I visited the site of the not yet open Dartmoor Distillery. The last time I was actually in one, excluding The London Distillery, was the Anchorage Distillery in February 2017. So I thought I would take advantage of the COVID quarantine to conduct some virtual distillery tours after I saw an article online about virtual tours in Imbibe (link below). As I have been to three of them before (Four Roses, Buffalo Trace and Glenturret) I will start with the ones I have not yet visited physically which include a Tequila Distillery, a Japanese distillery and three in the UK; Sipsmith, Laphroaig and Talisker.

    I am sure some of you will point out that as I didn’t actually visit the site I can’t count these visits in my official list. To those people I say, in the words of The Pub Landlord … My Blog, My Rules.

    So yes, they count. 

    https://imbibe.com/news/8-virtual-distillery-tours-to-entertain-you-during-coronavirus-lockdown/

    Leave a comment

    Make sure you enter all the required information, indicated by an asterisk (*). HTML code is not allowed.

    Whiskies Tried...

    Total to Date: 692

    Distilleries

    Visited to Date: 66

    Follow Me on Twitter!

    Random Whisky

    Laphroaig 10 year old

    Powerful and pungent nose.   Alcohol and peat in the nose, some salt, phenolic and fruity notes.  The taste is smooth and medium bodied, sweet at first, a flash of caramel and even vanilla notes but those quickly fade and spices, pepper and cinnanom, and peat smoke grow. The finish is dominated by the peat smoke and the classic medicinal and phenolic notes of Lahproaig.  At the right time and place this is great dram, but it not by any means an every day drink for me.  Not overly complex and I find a few rough edges in this one.  I think there are better more complex and rounded expressions of Laphroaig.