Category Archives: Tasting Notes

Jura 10yo Origin Tasting Notes

Jura! Apparently there is a Swiss company named Jura and they make coffee machines. Today, we’re not talking about that Jura, we’re talking about Jura Whisky on the isle of Jura. Specifically, the 10 Year Old Origin. (we’ve looked at … Continue reading

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Knappogue Castle & Clontarf Irish Whiskey Tasting Notes

It’s only a couple weeks until St. Patrick’s Day and Castle Brands send me a sampling of their lineup. Castle Brands makes a line of single malt irish whiskey, which is essentially “Scotch whisky” made in Ireland. They use malted … Continue reading

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Glenmorangie 12YO Quinta Ruban Tasting Notes

I’m a sucker for a good finish and lately I’ve been poking around all the port finishes of my favorite whiskies. My last tasting note was for the 2013 Laphroaig Cairdeas, which I really enjoyed, and today I’ll be looking … Continue reading

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Laphroaig 10 Tasting Notes

Laphroaig 10 is one of the cornerstones of any Scotch whisky library and a name that most aficionados are familiar with. Hailing from Islay, it has all the characteristics you expect – peat, smoke, even medicinal (smells like band-aids though … Continue reading

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Laphroaig Cairdeas: Port Wood Edition (2013)

A short while ago I was wandering through the whisky section of Total Wine when I saw something new (to me) – Laphroaig tube boxes in colors other than their classic white. If you’re a fan of Laphroaig, then you’ll … Continue reading

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Dalmore Mackenzie Tasting Notes

When I first started enjoying scotch, Dalmore wasn’t a name I was familiar with. When you go into your local liquor store, which isn’t going to have a huge selection of scotch, you see a lot of the same names. … Continue reading

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Are Whisky Nosing Aroma Kits Worth It?

When you read tasting notes, do you know the difference between fresh fruit and dried fruit? I know I didn’t, until I went on The Macallan distillery tour and went into the nosing/aroma area of the museum. Of the entire … Continue reading

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Shieldaig Speyside 18 Year Review & Tasting Notes

My local big liquor store was recently acquired by Total Wine and Spirits, it was formerly known as Corridor Wine and Spirits, and I saw in a recent circular that they were selling an 750ml 18-year old Speyside scotch for … Continue reading

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Auchentoshan Three Wood Tasting Notes

At a recent Scotch Night, one of the attendees brought a bottle of Auchentoshan Three Wood. The Three Wood is a whisky that has been matured in three different casks – American Bourbon, Spanish Oloroso Sherry, and then finished off … Continue reading

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The Glenlivet Alpha Tasting Notes

What if I told you that a whisky distillery was going to market a bottle of scotch without showing you what it looked like, without offering up any tasting notes, and going so far as to “black out” the bottle … Continue reading

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