It feels like an October evening in Ohio, so I cracked open a bottle of Caol Ila 12.
I'm just here to looking out for your wallet...not so much your liver.
Tonight it's a quiet dram of Glenmorangie Finnealta-- it's like the "La Santa" with a touch of peat.
Nose: Stewed apples, honey, vanilla, figs, and a prominent touch of moss.
Palate: Very gentle smoke, dates, honey, floral Heather notes, and the faint taste of seaweed or wet earth that I tend to get from peated whiskies in general.
Impressions-- Once again, the packaging is the best in the industry, IMHO. The Sherry influence is less prominent in this expression than it is in La Santa, but I can still taste a touch of it. If you enjoy lightly-peated whiskies, I recommend this dram, although fans of Ardbeg or Laphroaig are unlikely to go crazy over this. There's a little something for everyone in here, and I find that refreshing.
"Suppose he's got a pointed stick!?!"
- Eric Idle, Monty Python's Flying Circus
More Scottish weather in N.E. put me in the mood for Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or followed by Glenfiddich 15yo Solera ...
"I distrust a man who says 'when.' He's got to be careful not to drink too much, because he's not to be trusted when he does." Sydney Greenstreet
I got the Solera for about $43 - that's pretty good for a 15yo Scotch whisky IMHO and it delivers some decent complexity. I'm new to Scotch and I thought the 12yo Glenfiddich was pretty tame, but I'd recommend this 15yo - a different animal and decent complexity even though only 80 pf, and a pretty good price as far as single malt Scotch goes. Even a little smoky note on the nose and finish that comes and goes.
However, the Sun's out now, so a little WT101 Rye to start the weekend feels about right!
Have you tried the Glenmorangie Quinta Ruban? It is at a similar price point and my friends and I thought it was absolutely delicious.