I'm trying to catch up from my blogless holidays! Or rather, I'm faced with a completely unplanned day in which I can get no work done because I'm not home! And so I use my time wisely. How? By trying all of my dad's scotches. The tiniest sip can tell you a lot!
I have now tried the following scotches and have this to say about them:
1. Isle of Jura, 10 year old. I found the aroma to be very earthy and light and the finish very fresh, earthy and actually with a second finish of nuttiness. This wasn't mentioned in my guide (the nuttiness) and so I wonder if it was something in the glass or my nose! Anyone drink this? Very light though overall, I'm not sure I really liked it as a highland.
2. Laphroaig 10 year old. UGH. I remember trying this as a kid. Horrible. There is a pretty interesting and very distinct seaweedy taste to it and it is very medicinal. The taste is also salty. Ick. My poor dad. He likes this!
3. Macallan 12 year old. I was surprised by this one! I really enjoyed it! The flavours were mostly in the nose, which I like and it was sweet and a little orangey I thought. The finish was fuzzy. I could easily polish off a bottle of this!
4. Strathisla 1987 vintage. Wow. Seriously? WOW. This had a very fresh and citrusy aroma, was very creamy in the body and had a spicy and strong finish. My tongue tingled! Whew. Mmmmmm.
For those of you who don't drink scotch, these recent blogs are probably not that interesting. However, luckily for you, I don't see myself having the opportunity to try many more in the near future. You know..... work, life, money...... all getting in the way of my nasty new scotch habit!
On my list to try as soon as possible: Glenlivet 18 year, Glenlivet Nadurra 16, Aberlour a'bunadh, and Bushmills Malt 16 (I hear the 21 is pretty good too!).