Deviated from bourbon tonight with friends. Started with Cardhu 12, moved on to Talisker 10, McCarthy's Single Malt, Yamazaki 12 and finished with Aberlour a'bunadh batch 29. A good time had by all.
Really enjoying the Springbank 10 year old. Love that bit of saltiness on the finish.
A lot of those "tame" speysiders (especially ones like Cardhu where most of the output is blend fill) can benefit greatly from careful vatting. I had a Tomintoul 16 (the so-called "gentle dram") which was not bad at all, just boring. About five drops of Laphroaig 10 cask strength turned it into a spicy firecracker along the lines of a Lagavulin or a sherry finished Talisker. I would almost buy it again just to do this vatting. I had a Old Pulteney 12 that was pretty good about 2:1 with the Lappy....
Back on topic, earlier tonight it was a touch of Talisker 10 as a digestive.