Decided to try all of the scotches I have in the house tonight and give a little description and then rank them. Sounded like fun.
First soon Johnny Walker Select Casks: Rye Cask Finish.
I like the nose. I like Johnny Walker. I like Rye Whiskey, but I don’t like this. Very disappointing whisky. Odd aftertaste. D
Second is a cheap 200ml of scotch I tried on sale, Marshall aged 12 year blended scotch whisky.
Not much on the nose. Whiskey includes some malt and grain whisky. Tastes a bit hot even at 80 proof. Meant to get you drunk cheap. Meh. C-
McIvor Finest Scotch Whiskey. Ok blended whisky. One I’ve had for a while and drank slow. It’s not bad for budget scotch. Nose is pretty mellow, taste is pretty mellow. C+
Dewar’s White Label, dollar nip in Connecticut. Nice nose, pretty smooth drink. Quite nice for a buck. Tempted to try more Dewar’s. B-
Chivas Regal 18 year Gold Signature. Good value for a $2 nip. I definitely wouldn’t pay $70 for it. There are so many other better whiskies for less. It’s nice but not amazing. B- It is much richer than the Dewar’s White Label though. I’m getting a vanilla note.
Loch Lomond 12 Single Malt Scotch Whisky. New bottle, honestly disappointed. Wishing I went for an Eagle Rare Store Pick for a couple bucks more. It’s okay but not going to be a repeat purchase. Feels nicely warming though. C
Ardbeg 10. Really been looking forward to this one. Much mellower nose than the Laphroaig 10. I am smelling a nice light smoke though. Really nice mouthfeel. Honestly more notes than the Laphroaig. This is definitely nice. A
I think after trying 8 scotches my nose is a bit altered. The Laphroaig 10 feels more muted than I am used to. Again a really nice finish. This one makes me happy. A+
This was fun. Pretty much as expected except for the Loch Lomond. Planning to include the Johnny Walker Rye in a disappointment blind flight with Old Granddad 114, Old Tub and Elijah Craig Small Batch and Old Overholt Rye.
I think I can officially call myself a Smoky Scotch Islay scotch whiskey fan.