It’s 12 years of tastiness all rolled up and dumped into a 750ml glass bottle. It’s a really nice, accessible and tasty single malt that just about anyone could easily grab off the shelf and enjoy. There’s enough complexity for “seasoned pros” to enjoy while not so overly complex that less experienced drinkers would feel lost or overwhelmed. It’s a simple, straightforward and tasty whisky that I’m enjoying every single second of.
I like the Bushmills Black Bush. It’s joined the Jameson Black Barrel as one of my favorite Irish blends. It has an easy warmth to it that makes it enjoyable to sip while it’s overall flavor profile makes it great for cocktails and long drinks. It’s a versatile blend and it’s rare for me to not have it in the house.
I love the Laphroaig An Cuan Mor and wish I could actually get it outside of travel retail. The nose is captivating, I could sit and sniff it for hours, the flavor is inviting and rich and the finish fits perfectly. I already mentioned this above, but I’m serious when I say that An Cuan Mor is one of the main reasons I go to every official Laphroaig tasting I can. I know it will be there and I know if I give the rep the ol’ sad whisky blogger eyes I might score a second glass… emphasis on…
The Cadenhead’s 1991 Ardbeg 21 Year Old is awesome. I’m seriously loving everything about this whisky. At 21 years the highly peated quality of the Ardbeg peat has been tamed but the matured spirit has allowed more of it’s rich fruity and spicy nature to come out and shine while still retaining much of that character we’ve come to know and love about Ardbeg. It’s an awesome whisky.
Ardbeg Perpetuum is complex, tasty and like it more than last year’s limited release the 2014 Supernova. The one thing I’m a bit let down about though is that this doesn’t have any of the darker notes found in older Ardbeg. Based on it’s tagline ”Ardbeg’s past, present and future”, I was hoping it was going to have some of that darker earthier quality in it. Regardless it’s a great whisky and I fully plan on attempting to snag a bottle when it shows up in Los Angeles.
This is one hell of a dram and one hell of a mystery. Soft and full it has a strong malty presence that gives it a youthful quality that is fun and inviting. That maltiness blends well with the smoky, savory and sweet qualities of the whisky and creates a balanced and delightful dram that is perfect for casual sipping
Ardbeg Still Young isn’t too bad. It’s really interesting to see what 2 years does to the spirit; seeing how it changes and morphs during one revolution around the sun. Compared to the Very Young the nose is richer and deeper which is true for the palate as well with deeper notes appearing. It’s a good whiskey that’s getting better with each of these releases.
No real smoke or peat to liven it up, it’s a strangely cold feeling whisky that’s hot going down. The palate is more “Bowmore like” on the palate than the nose, but that slightly richer flavor is plagued by a cloying bitter chemical nature. It’s definitely better than the Bowmore Legend, but not by much. A great example of age not always meaning better quality.