Glen Grant Duncan Taylor NC2 22 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

This scotch was distilled in 1987 and aged for 22 years before being bottled and shipped out. This is a prime example of a natural Scotch. There is no chillfiltration or added coloring. This is a completely natural drink. The hand selected casks have added a very unique flavor native to this particular distillery. This Speyside scotch comes in at 46% alcohol. I personally quite enjoyed the drink. It’s very mature and has lots of interesting tastes you don’t get in your big box brand scotches. I found notes of fruit, strawberries, caramel, apple and some mild sweetness. The spice really offsets the fruit with lots of nutmeg and ginger nose and finish. At about $100 for a bottle it’s a good choice if you want something that’s hard to come by every day. I would buy again!

22 Year Single Malt Scotch

Glen Grant Duncan Taylor NC2

Laphroaig 18 Year Old Islay Single Malt Scotch

Everyone knows Laphroaig is famous for bold taste and high quality. This 18 year old Islay single malt scotch is no different. Unlike the quarter cask it’s much smoother, but still has that distinct Laphroaig taste. If you are looking for boldness and smoothness at the same time, look no further than this 96 proof bottle of deliciousness. The taste is sweet, spicy, oaky and very mature. This scotch is almost creamy yet somehow crisp. I really don’t know how they do it.

Excellent bottle for it's bold yet smooth taste.

Excellent bottle for it's bold yet smooth taste.

The Glenrothes 1994 Vintage

I purchased this speyside single malt scotch for $71 US dollars at my local liquor store in 2012. The unconventional bottle caught my attention and I wanted to be adventurous so I gave this 18 year old drink a shot. Surprisingly I found this scotch whiskey to be very average in it’s class, nothing particularly special about it. Don’t get me wrong, it was great in terms of being a smooth finish and crisp dry. The aftertaste is pleasant and it’s a very gentle drink.

Beyond being a little bit cheaper than most 18 year old scotches, it was really unremarkable when compared with the other common scotches around this price point. If you want a good scotch and this is available, grab it. It will be a great scotch. However if you want to be adventurous, there is no adventure to be found here. The bottle is different, but the scotch isn’t.

A solid speyside single malt scotch, but nothing special within it's class.

A solid speyside single malt scotch, but nothing special within it's class.

Lagavulin 16 Year Single Malt Islay Scotch Wiskey

I purchased this scotch locally for about $83 and I think it’s a great deal. This is a solid single malt islay scotch whiskey. It’s very smooth, yet rich, smokey, has a very pleasant color and aroma. It leaves no significant aftertaste and is easy to sip. I liked mine with a cube of ice. Will it replace my standard Glenlivet 18 year as an every day drink? Maybe! So far it’s a very good drink at a very good, similar price point, so who knows. I’ll be doing a blind taste test later for the site, check back later to see the results.

A tasty drink that may soon be an every day favorite.

A tasty drink that may soon be an every day favorite.

The Macallan Fine Oak 17 Year Old

I wanted to try out an alternative to my usual go-to daily drinking choice (Glenlivet 18 Year Old) and while it won’t replace my usual selection, I did find a good alternative. This scotch is very smooth, but the price of about $115 dollars is not quite justified. I feel that The Glenlivet 18 for around the $80 dollar price is actually a bit smoother and crisper. Don’t get me wrong though, this is still a seriously good Scotch. If I were at a store that did not carry the Glenlivet 18 I would buy this in a heart beat as an alternative!

This 17 year old Scotch is pretty tasty.

This 17 year old Scotch is pretty tasty.