Scotch Advent 2016

It's Scotch Advent time again! Oh my am I excited and this year Dana is joining me in some or all of the tastings (turns out she's discovered a taste for scotch, especially the peaty ones). Back to the box (mine is #606 for those who are curious), this year's edition comes with a NEAT glass which really lets you nose around. Over the next 25 days, I'm headed on a whisky tour courtesy of Secret Spirits' 3rd edition of their scotch advent calendar. Jonathan Bray's whisky tasting notes are over at Single Malting and, as you read mine, be sure to check out his discovery and insights. Onto the whisky!   #01 - Speyside 18yo Distillery: Bottled by Secret Spirits Cask Type: Refill Bourbon Cask #: 3299 Region: Speyside/Rothes…
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2015 Scotch Advent Calendar

Dana surprised me with the 2015 Scotch Advent Calendar this year and I'm pretty sure she's as excited as I am about it! Over 25 days I get to sample 25 (presumably) glorious whiskies. Each evening I'll update this post with a picture, my tasting notes, and thoughts on the whisky. #01 - 1999 Tomintoul 15 yo Distillery: Tomintoul Cask Type: Sherry Butt Cask #: 9289 Region: Speyside Age: 15 years ABV: 61% Nose: Creamy honey, light caramel. Palate: 61% is quite high and you can't taste much initially apart from the alcohol. With water you taste honey, pick up on the sweetness from the sherry, and get hints of oak. Finish: A medium length finish with a light spice, it becomes sharp and I got a burning alcohol sensation…
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Scotch Tasting on January 26, 2013

Southside Edmonton My place was the setting again for this scotch tasting where we decided to focus on whiskies from the Speyside region. Having leaned on Andrew's vast experience before this one, I tracked down the bottles, set up the venue, and - with my fellow eight scotchmen - began the tour. And, this time, I took much better notes. Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year Aberlour A'bunadh Glen Elgin 16 Year Glendronach Revival 15 Year Glenrothes 1998 Vintage (14 Year) Benriach Curiositas Peated (10 Year)   Three to open We opened with the Balvenie Doublewood, a 12 year-old whisky at 40% ABV. It gets its name from beginning in an oak cask and finishing in a sherry one. The nose is sweet and has a taste to match, providing honey flavours…
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