Reviews by Scott Carlson & Robert Audette

Reviews by Scott Carlson & Robert Audette

“Isle of Skye 8 yr….soft and grassy, balanced peat and sea salt. A note of fruit, some soft smoke…sleek and elegant…whats that…a hint of butter running behind the nose?..very pleasant all by itself…but add a little cold spring water and…Nice!…finishes with a little spicey pepper….” “Arran 10 yo…smokey and slightly herbal on the nose. balanced oak tones…hints of vanilla or butterscotch…and I get all the same things when I swallow…but this is just so smoothe…light oak…sophisticated yet pretty…This is a scotch men and women can rub elbows over..” by Scott Carlson Isle of Skye 8 yr Scotch “While I love Scotch, I’m extremely picky with it.  I have never found one I liked that wasn’t a single malt, and I have zero tolerance for the smokey or peaty flavors.  I’m generally a Balvenie fan.  I however did not know ahead of time that I was trying a blended Scotch. I pulled the dried apricot and peach out immediately, and loved it.  Shortly after honey came through followed by the oak and finally a very light peat that held an incredibly long finish.  It was literally like tasting a Rainbow, one color at a time.  Again, I’m a fan of anything over 80 proof that still provides a smooth drink.  I was surprised to see that the fruits were not pointed to in the reading on the 8 year, only the 12 year.  They were present, though faded fast.  I then looked for it the following day in my store, and could not believe that I was recalling the correct item.  I had my wife take a picture of the...
Patrick Janes’ & Mandy Groshong’s Reviews

Patrick Janes’ & Mandy Groshong’s Reviews

Some more fantastic reviews from the Scotch Lovers! Kilchoman Machir Bay “Pure rapture from start to finish, the Kilchoman Machir Bay transports me to the thick, rusted over forests that house plenty of chimney smoke and glowing fires. With strong overtones of eucalyptus, granite, and “abandoned log cabin” in the nose, the initial scent is truly something to behold. The palate, however, presents an even more intriguing interplay between the overwhelming peaty notes and the subtle hints of honey and hazelnut. Where the peat in the nose initially presents a campfire-esque type of smokiness, the peat that exists on the palate is much more reminiscent of hot asphalt and dying charcoal. Tucked behind all of this peat are beautiful notes of sweet, rich malts and touches of toasted nut. Ultimately, should you ever lose yourself in the ancient woods that have given birth to such an incredible drink, try to make sure that you stay lost forever.” by Patrick Janes Isle of Skye 8 Year 86 Proof “Opens with a slightly sweet vanilla smoke, softens into a young strawberry on the mid-palate, and lingers with toasted almond in the finish. Excellent bottle for anyone entering the world of scotch.” Arran Machrie Moor Peated Non Chill Filtered 92 Proof “Aromas of raisins and damp hay. Immediately hits you with spicy flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg, then mellows into dried apricots and blueberries. Wonderfully complex for the experienced palate.” Tamdhu 10 Year Sherry Cask 86 Proof Speyside “Alluring aromas of sweet cream and vanilla. Sweet flavors of pecan praline, and slight smoke and core fruit. Eases into a buttery caramel in...

Mike King’s Review – Tamdhu 10 YO

We constantly receive amazing reviews on our Scotches from Whisky lovers, so we decided to share some wonderful reviews and tasting notes with you. The ones we start with are by Mike King, San Francisco. Enjoy! Tamdhu 10 YO Review from small glass vial tasting in standard glencairn glass background: Distillery previously owned by the Edrington Group, its single malts were sent mostly to blends such as Famous Grouse, J&B, and Cutty Sark. Distillery closed 2010-13. Now owned by Ian Macleod Distillers, underwent a revival and has a fresh new attitude and steadily putting out single malts. Aged in sherry casks, a large amount being first fill. color: deep gold, amber nose: complex and extremely pleasant. I could nose this without tasting and be content. Sweet silky caramel and maple, rustic brown sugar. Floral -> lavender, fresh and clean. Nutty oak and fresh earth backgrounds. taste: mellow tart -> citrus, grapefruit; sweet -> maple syrup, creamy. finish: smooth and mellow, sweet and lasting. after water nose: outstanding notes of sweetness and fresh/clean floral, mild hints of spice taste: sweet, sweet maple, smooth and sweet but contrasting mild spice. finish: less sweet but still smooth and lasting Review: The Tamdhu 10 year is a Speyside single malt scotch whisky. It has a deep gold color, like dark amber. The nose opens up to a complex and extremely pleasant aroma. Sweet, silky caramel and maple immediately come to mind, followed hints of rustic brown sugar. Floral notes of lavender are present, fresh and clean, with nutty oak and fresh earth aromas making their appearances in the background. The taste yields a...