Mortlach 12 years old

43.4% alc./vol.

André 86.5%
Wood meat served with wild fruit sauce, oranges and honey, milk chocolate filled with cherries, plums, ginger more discreet than in the 16 years edition. Tasty on the palate, pie pie, oranges, caramel, honey, toffee and vanilla, wild fruits and plums, chocolate, touch of cinnamon, sherry fruity. Beautiful smooth texture with flavors not too intense. The whiskey is well defined in its presentation of flavors, nothing chaotic, everything is precise. Finale spicy, cinnamon and ginger mixture with a good return on sherry and coffee with milk.

Patrick 90%
I already said it, but I can not explain it. Mortlach, for me, is the best in Speyside and one of the world's great whiskeys. This 12 years is no exception. I am aware of not being unanimous, but it must be the engineer in me who closes on the technical complexity of the manufacture of this tape, complex, but so elegant. Nose: Oh wow. A superb aroma of ripe fruit, slightly grilled red meat, spices, dark chocolate. Oh that feels good. Mouth: Always the sublime mixture of lightly grilled red meat, ripe fruit, spices and dark chocolate, but also oak and a note of discreet smoke coming from the burned wood which gives an additional level of complexity. Final: Of a good length, and I would like it to stretch even more so it's good.

Elements of Islay LP8

53.5% alc./vol.
Distilled in 1998, this Laphroaig opus is composed of three Ex-Madeira Wine cask.

André 86.5%
Black cherries, figs and raisins, blood oranges, citrus fruits, honey cereals, diaphanous veil of iodized earthy smoke. The palate is medicinal and fruity; dried fruits, black cherries, oranges, plums, raisins. Medicinal elements and roundness in the mouth, roofing pitch, earthy peat, sea salt, camphor and vanilla-flavored vanilla and honey lozenges, antiseptic, but the texture is oily and feminine. Camphor, maritime and spicy cinnamon finish. A good Laphroaig, singular but 280 $ for a 500ml ... No way.

Patrick 94%
Oh that's good, a very intense Laphroaig, but so well balanced that it looks almost sweet. I love. Nose: Impressive, a Laphroaig where sherry almost takes over. In short, sweet sherry, chocolate, beautiful peat smoke and a hint of pepper. Palate: Finally, we find in the mouth the beautiful peat smoke typical of Laphroaig, pepper, burnt wood and sweet sherry to marry everything. Finish: A good length, salty and smoky, with a subtle touch of sweet fruit.

Berry Bros. & Rudd Cutty Sark 25 years old

45.7% alc./vol.

André 87%
Beautiful creaminess brought by vanilla, paired with a palpable tranquility brought by the quarter of a century spent in cask. Dates, fruitcake, heated caramel, old cherries, apples. The intensity of the mouth destabilizes a bit with the powerful arrival and its smoke notes of hearth ash, pepper and bitter dark chocolate. Once these flavors are assimilated, notes of dried fruit and burnt caramel, salt and anise, pout of coffee bodum, oranges to close on hints of oak a little dry and cinnamon, clove. Finale dry and bitter, dark chocolate and dry oak. Thanks to Eric for sharing this bottle.

Kirkland Signature Premium Small Bourbon Batch 7 years

51.5% alc./vol.
Batch T-1796. Distilled and bottled in Tennessee

Patrick 91%
Ok, in terms of surprise, it's hard to beat. An excellent whiskey, with everything you would expect from a bourbon, like "textbook-bourbon". Wow. You have to try it to believe it. Nose: A superb sweet and juicy bourbon perfume with vanilla, molasses and some spices. Very appetizing. Palate: Beautiful spices of rye, some burnt wood, brown sugar, molasses, a note of discreet smoke and a little citrus. Wow. Unbelievable. Finale: Of a beautiful length, spicy, smoke and woody.

Martin 86.5%
Nose: shy aromas, though typical of American whiskey. Dominance of vanilla, corn and wood. Some stewed fruits and a little honey. Light wood glue and earth cherry. Alcohol level lives up to expectations. Palate: Vanilla, honey, wood and spicy maple water. Corn firmly in the foreground. Very little subtlety, however. Finish: Hot and spicy, strongly marked by vanilla, earthy cherry and charred oak board. Balance: A bourbon more than honest. An extraordinary nose, some clumsiness in the mouth, but even if it is rather punches, I would live well with the fact of being able to get it at Costco.

Loch Lomond Original

40% alc./vol.

André 77%
Lemon notes, pineapple and almonds, fresh vanilla bean and caramel, honey cereals. Overall very generic. The palate is liquid, creamy with vanilla flavor, citrus, oranges, apricots, pears, dried cereals topped with a hint of honey, almonds, ginger. Short finish without passion, notes of citrus and pineapple, pears and apricots with a spicy touch.

Patrick 84%
A superb set of flavors, very well balanced, but almost ruined by a too short finish, probably because of the dilution. The whiskey could have scored very hard if we had been less cheap and had it bottled at 46%. Nose: The kind of aromas I like in a whiskey, with a nice subtle mix of malt, spices, oak, peat smoke, salt and sugar. Palate: Peat smoke, oak, subtle fruit, salt, generously sprinkled with spices. The texture is a little watery, but the set still offers a nice intensity. Final: Too short, subtly smoky, woody and spicy.

Pendery Gold Line Sherrywood Welsh Single Malt

46% alc./vol.

Patrick 79%
Almost good. Almost. Nose: Delicate scent of sherry, with hints of milk chocolate. Mouth: Ok, as always with Penderyn, it's on the palate that it takes the edge. It starts with beautiful notes of aged whiskey in a sherry barrel, then we have the typical metal notes of the distillery. Finale: A beautiful length, marked by fruits and metal.

Old Malt Cask Laphroaig 16 years 2001-2017

50% alc./vol.
742 bottles.

Patrick 90%
A big fat Laphroaig that will not disappoint, at least until the credit card account arrives. No but 400 $ for a 16 years, do not know the value of the money to buy that. Nose: The typical dirty peat smoke. In fact, perhaps more filthy than usual, kind of old engine grease and a hockey pocket after the playoffs. Mouth: Always the beautiful big dirty peat, with a good dose of coal and motor oil, with also beautiful spices. Finale: Of a beautiful length, very smoked and spicy.

Ben Birdsall - Whiskey Burn; The Distilleries of Ireland by Vespa

Wittenborg University Press - 2018

Patrick 90%
The author has constructed this book in much the same way as his previous work, Whiskey Burn; Distilleries of Scotland by Vespa, less humor, the waterproof tent and more (which is a must in Ireland). However, I learned a lot more, especially thanks to the fact that most of the distilleries visited did not exist during my previous trip! Built like a story of travel or adventure (the Vespa is still 3 years older than the previous book!), This is one of the few whiskey books for which you will spend sleepless night: Will the Vespa be able to cross Ireland up and down? You will have to read it to find out!

Like its predecessor on Scottish distilleries, this book is for beginners and those who think they know everything about whiskey.

Ben Birdsall - Whiskey Burn; Distilleries of Scotland by Vespa - Highlands and Islands

Wittenborg University Press - 2015

Patrick 94%
For fans of adventures and scotch, this book is a must: The author goes around the Scottish distilleries driving his Vespa 50CC ... 1979! Not only can it seem incredible to have survived such an epic Vespa, but in addition, he stopped to paint and camp in a tent more or less waterproof and despite the terrible Scottish climate. I particularly loved the many humorous dialogues of his interactions with locals. In fact, the whole work reminded me of a twenty-first century version of the most classic work on whiskey, The Whiskey Distilleries of the United Kingdom by Alfred BarnardSo, it's telling you!

Finally, this book is for novices as well as those who think they know everything about whiskey. Real candy to read!

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