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!

Ledaig 10yo

Ledaig 10yo

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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!

Dimple 15yo

Dimple 15yo

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

Chivas Regal 12yo

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

The Famous Grouse 12yo

 

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!

Jura 16yo

Jura 16yo

Nightcap 29 The Glenlivet 12yo

A bright golden straw colour. there are citrus overtones on the nose, particularly apples. A clean aroma with a wisp of smoke. Very smooth drop with the usual warming of the oesophagus. The apple taste is also in the mouth as well as lots of leather. Fruity and crispy all the way. It actually started the saliva going. This is a very elegant scotch. nothing is huge and in your face, but delicate and beautifully in balance. I bought this on special for $45! I am stunned with the quality. Where AM I going to hide that expensive Oban?

The Glenlivet 12yo

The Glenlivet 12yo

Nightcap 28 Dewar’s Special Reserve 12yo

I am now deep into my second shelf with some blended scotch bottles. This one is a deep amber colour with slight mahogany tinges. There are lots scrabbling for attention on the nose: honey, malt, smoke and even fruit (dried). It has a big flavour in the mouth and that usual 40% warming feeling of the oesophagus, but not in any way could you call it a burn. Saliva developing spices and oakiness. The flavour is perhaps a little overpowering and things slightly out of balance. It is not the best selection I have made, but it is far from a raw spirit. A little water knocks off the rough edges. Good finish. Will make very handy Rusty Nails.

Dewar's Special Reserve 12yo

Dewar’s Special Reserve 12yo