Scotch Tasting

Lately, I’ve been trying more Bourbon & Rye Whisky but Scotch is so unknown to me I needed a push from a friend to try more options. He happens to have a lot of Scotch so we did a tasting last night of a few of his favorites. I took some notes and photos:

Scotch Tasting

Springbank 10 Year old – ropey

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

89

Golden honey color. Pretty sweet nose. Hand made rope and rusty nails. Hay as well. It actually starts like a cotton candy but it instantly changed to charred oak and oily. Finish really leave behind ham juice and the mouthfeel is big and sticks around for a long time

Scotch Tasting

Glenmorangie 10 Year old – Original – Boozy

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

77

Pale yellow. robittusin show polish and acidic leather. Taste is distinct. I get booze for the whole taste. Sweet bit chewy like a very fruit forward pie. The alcohols burn is a turn off

Scotch Tasting

Laphroaig Quarter Cask – Brown Sugar

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

86

Pale orange. Cough syrup and smoke stack and brown sugar on the nose. Taste is pretty intense. It jumps out with chalky dry enamel stripping booze with a lot of moss and earthy sweet finish. Tastes like the seashore

Scotch Tasting

Talisker 10 Year old – Cedar Chips

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

72

Golden orange Tons of sea salt and charcoal on the nose. Peat obviosly. Cedar chips. Tart finish. Very woody like tannic and a touch of celery. More charcoal.

Scotch Tasting

Cragganmore 12 Year old – Bacon

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

81

Pale orange. Grapes and herbal crunch granola. Nose. Starts with cranberry, prunes and birch. Then tobacco and bacon. Finish is a chimney and coal fires

Scotch Tasting

Ardbeg 10- Chimney Soot

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

73

Very pale urine color. The nose makes me want to sneeze. Chimney sooooot and charcoal. Caramel and overwhelming campfire. Lots more salt and finish is candy corns.

Scotch Tasting

Balvenie 12 Year old Double Wood – Honey and Roses

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

84

Very light orange. Lots of honey and crisp hibiscus and Roses. Sweet with little off nose. Not offensive taste. Lots of sweet and a tiny bit of sour old hay and the finish is dark fruits and honey for miles

Scotch Tasting

Laphroaig 10 Year old – Orange Zest

By AdamJackson on 26th Jan 2014

89

Nose is sharp and floral. Hits the back of the throat with orange zest. This is a very fruit forward scotch. The burn of the abv carries on for a while. Sweetness is hanging out and Mossiness and cedar are sharp but leave quickly

Scotch Tasting

Greg also shared with me a 2008 Sazerac 18 and it’s totally a different beast than the 2013 I’ve been sipping on. I prefer the 2013.