This is an interesting dram. When I first tried it I was very put off by an inescapable sulphuric note in the finish. The second time my palate must have been calibrated differently and I could pick out some orchard fruit (pear, apple) in the nose, some sweet/sticky fortified wine richness on the mid-palate, and oak tannins in the finish. That said I still just don’t care for it. The aftertaste is waxy and I still get some sulphur on the way out.
Not on my top list of Scotch but not bad by any means.
I think if someone wants to try a dram from Scotland but they are afraid of the peat smoke this will gently introduce you in a boring but friendly kind of way.
Its like an old friend that doesnt want to go out or do anything and likes to play it safe.
To my taste, a softer and rounder Lagavulin 16. The peat was a little bit less than the 16, with very slightly more sweetness. Side by side with the 16, this was was smoother. Definitely my new favorite.
Walnuts and honey graham crackers, not a very long finish. I was hoping for more from this one. Still very drinkable, but I’ll stick with Monkey Shoulder for the price or the 21yr if I want something to savor.
Bourbon is my drink of choice, and while this is not my first experience with Scotch, this is my first time attempting to review a Scotch. I received a Scotch taster box with 3 samples, and the Lowland single malt Glenkinchie 12 Year is what I am starting with. I don't know what the typical notes are in a Scotch, or if there are even "typical" notes, so I'll do my best to give an honest and accurate review. If you're a Scotch virgin like me, this review may be just what you're looking for.
The nose is bright and light with honey sweetness, slight fruit, cereal, and some underlying smokiness. There is something about the nose that reminds me of white wine, but I'm not a wine guy so who knows what that means? The mouthfeel is smooth and oily with a palate that is sweet, light, and fruity. There are not a lot of standout flavors so describing this whisky in anything but general terms is difficult. The finish is moderate with an earthy smoke and apple followed by a bit of mint. I suspect that this is a good introductory Scotch and is easy to drink. There was nothing in here that scares me away from Scotch, but also nothing to bring me back. Scotch cocktails are not something I am familiar with, but I would imagine this would be a good one to use in a cocktail. It's fine.
I could just say "it's Ardbeg. You'll love it" and it wouldn't be far off. This is a tame scotch from Ardbeg (no Corryvreckan), but it is smooth, delicious, and still has that smokiness and peatiness that I look for in an Islay scotch. I got it super cheap in a sale in NH, so it was an easy decision all day long. I only knock two stars off because it's not as bold and exciting as some other Ardbegs and Islay scotches. If you're not into those though, you might like this tamer version.
This is one of my favorites. It is very smooth almost to a fault as it is easy to get a little carried away with. The Smokey caramel and subtle sweetness make it a nice finish to a long day. This is a very good Scotch for those not looking for the highly peated or heavy smoke flavors . I enjoy many of the Laphroaig spirits and this is one of my favorites.
If you are a bourbon drinker, in my opinion this is probably the best introductory scotch I can think of for you to try out. Good price, nice and peated, with subtle vanilla and caramel notes which are rather universally inoffensive.
Oily Bliss. My favourite Laphroaig on offer. I was walking to Kilchoman on Islay with a bottle of this in my bag. My feet hurt so my friend and I sat down on the side of a hill and poured ourselves a dram. The sheep were bleating, the sky was blue, not a single car passed by. Time slowed to a crawl. It was just us, the countryside, and the Lore.