"Life is life and fun is fun, but it's all so quiet when the goldfish die."
Clynelish 14 followed by a Bowmore 15 Darkest - the Clynelish is a newly opened bottle, so won't comment too much on it yet but I'd say somewhat comparable to the Dalwhinnie 15, with the edge to the Dalwhinnie due to greater balance with a bit of a smokey/tobacco element that was not in the Clynelish, but both very good.
The Bowmore 15 is an excellent whisky - peaty smokiness without much of a medicinal/iodine element - this and the Highland Park's I've had (12 and 18) seem to bring some nice peaty complexity without that TCP note. But as I've spent more time with the smokier scotches, I feel myself drawn to again trying the Lagavulin/Laphroaig/Ardbeg style ...
Been sampling a few bottom shelf scotches looking for a good price/quality ratio product - without sacrificing too much quality - and there are still plenty I haven't gotten to yet. I've had Speyburn - not bad, but nothing that stands out - and currently working on a McClelland's Islay - also good but there's something about the finish....
A couple weeks ago I picked up a Black Bottle. And right out of the gate I got a funky burnt rubber on the nose. There was promise in the palate but I just set the bottle aside after a couple pours. Pulled it out again last night and it seems to have improved a lot with a bit of air exposure. The nose was much better and a few more of the pleasant sweeter notes were coming through in the taste. Also picked up a very faint hint of smoke which was nice. What really impressed me was how rich it felt in my mouth - only 40 pf but not thin at all. Finish was short but didn't leave any weirdness behind. Nice.
Maybe just differences in my palate between the two nights, but this one seems to have promise. It won't challenge my favorite SMSs, but I'm looking forward to seeing how this one develops. And my wallet won't mind either.
I know that bourbons can be affected by some air time after opening, but is that also true of scotchs?
Had a small pour of Laphoaig Quarter Cask and Lagavulin 16 before starting up the charcoal grill,just seemed fitting.I much enjoy both of these being a recently converted Islay lover.
Finishing the night off with a Redbreast C.S. Batch 1 lots of fruit just enough proof not anything I would change,damn close to being to perfect.
First pour from a G&M Mortlach 15 I've had for some time. I'm no expert with scotch, but I believe this is what you would call a sherry bomb.
It's been a very big bourbon and rye weekend, so decided to sit out back and change gears. Glenfiddich 18 in the glass. Very thick, and extremely chewy. A tad sweetish, but not cloyingly so. A bit of spice in there, about mid-palate. Very nice whiskey.
"Every bottle is its own learning experience." -- Sensei Ox-sama
Michael Collins Single Malt fruit,spice and just a wisp of smoke; trick your single malt boys into enjoying a nice Irish.I have been finding these locally for $25.99 at one of our better stocked Hy Vee's,makes it all the more enjoyable at this price point!