Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or ... Scotland-like weather moved in today, so this seemed an appropriate choice. Nice floral & citrus nose, sweet/spice entry, honey, and pretty full on the palate (46% abv), and a malty, dry finish with a bit of milk chocolate.
Really hit the spot ...
From earlier in the evening, Laphroaig 18... It's always nice rounding 3rd base to come home to Islay!
This Glenfarclas 1974 vintage is killing me. It's cask strength at 114.8pf, I have never tasted a whisky like it. I am very much a scotch novice, and this is basically my re-introduction to the influence of sherry barrels on scotch, and at 31yo, I do believe it is the oldest spirit I've ever had the pleasure of. It's a deep, dark brown, rich and russet. The nose makes me think of a fine cigar dipped in sherry. It has a malty sweet funk to it that is supremely satisfying to me, and the finish is very much the juice of a salted, nutty fruit I have missed out on.
This tastes like old man scotch. I'm not an old man, but drinking this stuff makes me feel like I deserve to boss people around in my pajamas and robe as I recline in my polished wood chair by my large fireplace and reminisce about the days when the British Empire was still the final authority in the world.
I also grabbed the 10yo, which I also enjoyed. It's definitely more assertive than other malts I've had in that age range, and is a very nice representative of scotch at $45. I find much more drama in bourbon and rye at that price point, so I usually stay away from scotch for everyday drinking.
This whole extra-aged scotch thing. Yeah. I could get used to it. Yeah. Ugh...
Plenty of salt and iodine that marry beautifully with an earthy, peaty undertone. Balanced is the best word to describe this dram. Wonderful creamy and silky smooth mouth feel, something you just can't get from corn. A very satisfying SMS.
Froaig 18 is dangerously drinkable....