June 5, 2013
Nightcap 36 Ledaig 10yo
A nice bright straw colour in the glass. The nose is a complex blend of peat, honey, nuts, the ocean, and plenty of malt. What a huge blast! Pungent flavours together in harmony make a fabulous drink. Brine from the sea, peat, black pepper and earthy! Rich flavour, but no burn. Very warming and the finish glows with peat, integrated with spices; a ginger zing with a hint of liquorice. A pungent, engaging and complex scotch that I had not heard of. A veritable monster! It is distilled at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. The water is heavily peated, and the barley is peat dried. Yet the peat does not dominate. A well balanced big scotch!
June 5, 2013
Nightcap 35 Dimple 15yo
A bright straw colour in the glass. There is a lot happening on the nose; some spice and leather, some cut grass and even floral hints. The bourbon barrel is noticable as well as vanilla. Really nice mouthfeel with lots of malt and raisins as well as honey and a complex range of other enjoyable flavours. It has a long pleasant finish showing both dry spice and sweetness. A very balanced scotch. It is a blended scotch mainly from Glenkinchie and Linkwood. i bought it on special and it is a very handily placed on the second shelf!
June 1, 2013
Nightcap 34 Chivas Regal 12yo
This whisky is a bright straw colour. The nose is light and grassy with a bit of smokiness in the distance. There is also a hint of pepper and spice. Smooth and flavoursome on the way down, and then a wonderful warming resurgence from the pit of the stomach, very dry wood on the palate, but has a definite Speyside sparkle (Very little peat). The finish is long and pleasant with a hint of honey. This is a blended scotch but usually at the more expensive end. This was bought on special for $40 and at that price is excellent value. I look forward to comparing it with the 18yo of which I have a small 300ml bottle.At a function I went to some years back it was suggested that every minute, somewhere on the planet, a fresh bottle of Chivas is being opened. It has a good name and after this tasting I can understand why!
Chivas Regal 12yo
June 1, 2013
Nightcap 33 The Famous Grouse 12yo
This is a bright deep golden colour in the glass. The nose was a little restricted due to my long lasting head cold, but I detected honeycomb and malt with good oak. The first sip is smooth and mouth filling, but it warms the oesophagus nicely. Honey and spice are evident on the palate and it leaves pleasant flavours in the mouth. A little bit of peat maybe? The finish has vanilla and also liquorice. This is a very handy drop given the fact that it is a blend of malts. It lives on the second shelf but could easily replace a poor performer on the top shelf. I visited Glenturret, the home of Famous Grouse and even made an etching entitled “Self Portrait with Big Breasted Bird”.
The Famous Grouse 12yo
May 26, 2013
Nightcap 32 Jura 16yo
The whisky is a bright deep amber colour. I struggled to find a nose but that is mainly because of my head cold; perhaps a hint of malt, and the sea. It is a beautiful smooth and elegant scotch; creamy and buttery with tinges of oranges and spices. Caramel and toffee are certainly there on the palate and the finish. A very pleasant and elegant drink. Nothing is particularly lifted, but beautifully together in balance. A good scotch to mull over as one reflects on the day that could have been!
May 23, 2013
Nightcap 31 The Lark Distiller’s Selection N.A.S.
A Tasmanian whisky! I had been inclined to overlook these as I thought they did not have much character, and they are quite expensive. Through a very kind gift I have received a bottle of this whisky (not scotch because it is not made in Scotland) and have given it the taste test. It is a beautifully bright deep amber colour with mahogany tinges. On the nose I detected caramel and spice with a gentle syrup theme. A little added water opened up a number of floral characters. It has a lovely flavour in the mouth. It is rich and full of oak and lots of fruits. It also has sweet port characters from the barrels used. Even a hint of chocolate. A huge spicy explosion warms the cockles of the heart on swallowing, as well as the oesophagus. The finish continues for a long time with toffee and plum pudding notes. It also finishes very dry. This has been an eye opener and is now a very welcome addition to my stash. The only problem is I have run out of shelf space. I might have to move the bourbons.
The Lark Distiller’s Selection
May 8, 2013
Nightcap 30 Johnnie Walker Double Black (No Age Statement)
A beautiful deep amber colour in the glass. I had a head cold when tasting this so it was hard to get a nose. I did find salt and seaweed, a smoky haze and mildly medicinal (I hope it helps), maybe BBQ smoke and tar. Lots of creamy buttery malt on the palate with pepper and peat. Very smooth with no burn at all. Maybe an aniseed finish (Black jelly beans?). A long satisfying finish of boiled sweets and black pepper. This is an elegant blend, beautifully balanced and blended and could push a couple off the top shelf. I could drink a lot of this. Yum Yum! Much better than the green label. It was purchased by my son in law and myself last year when he was imbibing. I miss my drinking partner, but he helps me out in many other ways, especially IT.
Johnnie Walker Double Black