Okay guys and gals, I’m going to call out something we all do. We all have those moments. You’re at a bar. Someone else is paying for the bar tab. Maybe you’re out with work. Maybe you’re out with your parents. Maybe you’re out with a specific friend. None the less, they have money and that little, evil imp shows up on your shoulder. The server gives you the Scotch lists, and the imp points out that one dram. You know the dram. It’s the one you normally don’t order as it’s a little more pricey. Not super pricey, but just pricey enough it stops you. And you order it.
Now some of you may not have this problem. Perhaps whiskey is affordable. Or you aren’t evil. You’re what I like to call “lucky”. In my province, this dram is Lagavulin 16. So many bars near me will charge you $12-16 a dram for this wonderful, wonderful dram, and that’s kinda painful for me, as I’m cheap. So each time my old work brought us out, I was ready to order it, knowing that no one was looking at the bill.
Well, I found myself at a restaurant this last weekend that had it for $9.75 a dram, and decided that it was time to do a proper review on this amazing whisky.
Price: $114.95 (CAD)
Nose: Leather, peat, smooth, orange, salty air, light mint
If you look up smooth in the dictionary, you’ll find it was written by someone drinking this Scotch, dressed in a velour suit sitting on an old comfy couch.
Taste: Honey, peat, light burn, lemon, steak, chipotle, nutmeg, floral salt, chocolate, kiwi
The peat starts growing into a wonderful molé sauce and then brings you to a field of flowers, drawing you in. The balance on the taste is amazing.
Finish: Brine, soft peach skin, peat, bacon, sand, cloves, peppercorns
There’s a medium length on this, and a mixture of flavours. At first the peach skin came in, though this gave way to the smoke and bacon. This is almost the part of the dram I’m confused about. It’s goes from smooth to a briney beast, and is a little out of control. Not bad out of control, but like when you are driving down an abandoned gravel road and fish tailing out; sure, you aren’t hurting anyone, and it’s fun, but you’re out of control and need to slow down some times or you’ll nearly hit that truck that’s coming in the other lane. Again.
Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.
Conclusion: This is a beautifully crafted whisky. It hits all the right notes, and holds onto your taste buds, especially for 43%. It’s smoother than Laphroaig or Caol Ila, and much more open for new whisky drinkers. You have to have this at least once, and especially if someone else is paying for it.
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