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High West Double Rye Whiskey. Very spicy, sweet, very rich and deep. A powerful smell and taste, with some body that you feel bouncing around your mouth. Drink it slow and you’ll enjoy yourself, move too fast and it’ll burn you. United States whiskey. 8/10.

High West Double Rye Whiskey. Very spicy, sweet, very rich and deep. A powerful smell and taste, with some body that you feel bouncing around your mouth. Drink it slow and you’ll enjoy yourself, move too fast and it’ll burn you. United States whiskey. 8/10.

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Suntory Yamazaki 12 yr. Japan. Smell is cereal. Taste is slightly hot, especially on the lips, with a hint of briny peat. A bit sharp and floral, but complicated and savory on the finish. Leaves a wonderfully pleasant and slightly spicy aftertaste. Japanese whisky. 8/10.

Suntory Yamazaki 12 yr. Japan. Smell is cereal. Taste is slightly hot, especially on the lips, with a hint of briny peat. A bit sharp and floral, but complicated and savory on the finish. Leaves a wonderfully pleasant and slightly spicy aftertaste. Japanese whisky. 8/10.

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Springbank 20 year (special bottling). Ever wonder what it would be like to own your own cask, have it age in a renowned distillery for two decades, then get cases of the magic sent to you? Me too. Until a good friend handed me this bottle. Nose is slightly sweet, rich, a little spicy, and very deep. Taste is silky, slightly sweet (not saccharine, more like a light brown sugar), savory and stunningly delicious. This is the best Scotch I’ve ever tasted. And it’s entirely unpeated, making the feat even more remarkable. My scale is typically a 10 and I’m tempted to pull a Spinal Tap and give this an 11, but given the fact that this dram is quite literally impossible to find (less a handful of bottles), I’ll settle for a perfect score. Single malt Scotch whisky. 10/10

Springbank 20 year (special bottling). Ever wonder what it would be like to own your own cask, have it age in a renowned distillery for two decades, then get cases of the magic sent to you? Me too. Until a good friend handed me this bottle. Nose is slightly sweet, rich, a little spicy, and very deep. Taste is silky, slightly sweet (not saccharine, more like a light brown sugar), savory and stunningly delicious. This is the best Scotch I’ve ever tasted. And it’s entirely unpeated, making the feat even more remarkable. My scale is typically a 10 and I’m tempted to pull a Spinal Tap and give this an 11, but given the fact that this dram is quite literally impossible to find (less a handful of bottles), I’ll settle for a perfect score. Single malt Scotch whisky. 10/10

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Balblair 1991. Smell is sweet, a bit syrupy, and rich. One of those drams I’d leave my nose in the glass for a week or two if it we’re socially acceptable. Taste is syrupy, sweet, deep, and savory as a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak. If you’re not into smoke and want a great bottle that will make you grin ear-to-ear, buy this wonderful stuff. Single malt Scotch whisky. 10/10.

Balblair 1991. Smell is sweet, a bit syrupy, and rich. One of those drams I’d leave my nose in the glass for a week or two if it we’re socially acceptable. Taste is syrupy, sweet, deep, and savory as a perfectly cooked medium-rare steak. If you’re not into smoke and want a great bottle that will make you grin ear-to-ear, buy this wonderful stuff. Single malt Scotch whisky. 10/10.

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Peat Monster by Compass Box. I’m not sure it’s physically possible for me to pass up a Scotch with peat in its title. Regardless, will try to give this an honest take.

Smell is a bit young and slightly sour, but the smoke definitely shines through. Taste is very similar to modern Coal Isla. Smoke, a slight burn, and some descent, slightly acidic whisky. Very good for a blend, though I might stick with Coal Isla or younger Talisker, as this reminds me of both. And if you’re into the seriously peaty stuff (Laphroaig, Ardbeg, etc) you might be disappointed. Blended Scotch whisky. 7/10.

Peat Monster by Compass Box. I’m not sure it’s physically possible for me to pass up a Scotch with peat in its title. Regardless, will try to give this an honest take.

Smell is a bit young and slightly sour, but the smoke definitely shines through. Taste is very similar to modern Coal Isla. Smoke, a slight burn, and some descent, slightly acidic whisky. Very good for a blend, though I might stick with Coal Isla or younger Talisker, as this reminds me of both. And if you’re into the seriously peaty stuff (Laphroaig, Ardbeg, etc) you might be disappointed. Blended Scotch whisky. 7/10.

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Benromach Peat Smoke. A bit young, slightly sharp on the tongue. Finish is short. Smell is pure, unadulterated peat.  Right now it’s descent whisky with a serious shot of peat, like an afterthought. Worth a shot if you’re into the smokey stuff, just needs a bit more depth to compete with the kings of smoke like Ardbeg, Laphroaig, etc. Single Malt Scotch. 6/10.

Benromach Peat Smoke. A bit young, slightly sharp on the tongue. Finish is short. Smell is pure, unadulterated peat. Right now it’s descent whisky with a serious shot of peat, like an afterthought. Worth a shot if you’re into the smokey stuff, just needs a bit more depth to compete with the kings of smoke like Ardbeg, Laphroaig, etc. Single Malt Scotch. 6/10.

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Ben Riach 10 year. The peat hits you on the first glug from the bottle, with an intoxicating smell that makes me weak to the knees. Taste is light but smokey, easy to drink, and dry as it runs over your tongue (not creamy or rich). Also bought the 17 year and am looking forward to it. Single malt scotch. 8/10.

Ben Riach 10 year. The peat hits you on the first glug from the bottle, with an intoxicating smell that makes me weak to the knees. Taste is light but smokey, easy to drink, and dry as it runs over your tongue (not creamy or rich). Also bought the 17 year and am looking forward to it. Single malt scotch. 8/10.

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Oyo Whiskey. Clean, slightly sweet, easy to drink due to the soft red winter wheat and TLC put into this truly craft whiskey. No harshness. Excellent, Ohio-made whiskey.  Single malt craft American whiskey. 8/10

Oyo Whiskey. Clean, slightly sweet, easy to drink due to the soft red winter wheat and TLC put into this truly craft whiskey. No harshness. Excellent, Ohio-made whiskey. Single malt craft American whiskey. 8/10

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Port Charlotte 10 Year Heavily Peated. This bottle just screams “buy me” from the shelf, as all Bruichladdich’s seem to. And you should listen. Deep, rich whisky with a hint of sweet, a touch of mint, and a ton of peaty smoke. This is, in a word, delicious. I’d slap the stuff on like cologne but I don’t want to waste a drop. Definitely buying a few bottles next time I run across it. Single Malt Scotch whisky. 9/10.

Port Charlotte 10 Year Heavily Peated. This bottle just screams “buy me” from the shelf, as all Bruichladdich’s seem to. And you should listen. Deep, rich whisky with a hint of sweet, a touch of mint, and a ton of peaty smoke. This is, in a word, delicious. I’d slap the stuff on like cologne but I don’t want to waste a drop. Definitely buying a few bottles next time I run across it. Single Malt Scotch whisky. 9/10.

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The Big Smoke blended Scotch. Another mix of who-knows-what whiskies with the promise of serious smoke. This one, though, delivers. Tastes 8+ years old, even and easy to drink, with a measured peat flavor that is savory and delicious. Going to give the sherry version a go soon. Scotch blended whisky. 7/10.

The Big Smoke blended Scotch. Another mix of who-knows-what whiskies with the promise of serious smoke. This one, though, delivers. Tastes 8+ years old, even and easy to drink, with a measured peat flavor that is savory and delicious. Going to give the sherry version a go soon. Scotch blended whisky. 7/10.

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Smokehead blended Scotch. I and a drinking buddy of mine are suckers for peat, so I went a bit nuts on heavily peated whiskies. Here’s the first soldier, Smokehead. It’s a blend of peated Scotches, some very young by the sour smell and harsh aftertaste, that has a much cooler box than taste. Only saving grace was the donkey kick of peat when it first hits your tongue. Was worth a shot for under $50, but won’t be buying again. Blended Scotch whisky. 3/10.

Smokehead blended Scotch. I and a drinking buddy of mine are suckers for peat, so I went a bit nuts on heavily peated whiskies. Here’s the first soldier, Smokehead. It’s a blend of peated Scotches, some very young by the sour smell and harsh aftertaste, that has a much cooler box than taste. Only saving grace was the donkey kick of peat when it first hits your tongue. Was worth a shot for under $50, but won’t be buying again. Blended Scotch whisky. 3/10.

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Angels Envy. Light, slightly sweet bourbon that has an extremely interesting bottle. Even a set of angle wings on the bottom of the cork. Not amazing, but interesting enough for a $50 gamble. American bourbon whiskey. 5/10.

Angels Envy. Light, slightly sweet bourbon that has an extremely interesting bottle. Even a set of angle wings on the bottom of the cork. Not amazing, but interesting enough for a $50 gamble. American bourbon whiskey. 5/10.

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Connemara Peated Single Malt. I have a theory- peat makes everything better. Connemara is this theory in action. Smell is underwhelming— like just about any other Irish dram. Taste is light, a bit sweet, young, slightly smoky, and it leaves your mouth a bit dry. The youngness of the whiskey makes this refreshing and vibrant, the peat makes it delicious. I generally don’t like Irish whiskey, but I’d pick up another bottle if I had a buddy coming over that was into Irish whiskey (as I can’t stomach Jameson). And have my eye on the 12 year which I hope will take a bit of the edge off. Irish single malt whiskey. 6/10.

Connemara Peated Single Malt. I have a theory- peat makes everything better. Connemara is this theory in action. Smell is underwhelming— like just about any other Irish dram. Taste is light, a bit sweet, young, slightly smoky, and it leaves your mouth a bit dry. The youngness of the whiskey makes this refreshing and vibrant, the peat makes it delicious. I generally don’t like Irish whiskey, but I’d pick up another bottle if I had a buddy coming over that was into Irish whiskey (as I can’t stomach Jameson). And have my eye on the 12 year which I hope will take a bit of the edge off. Irish single malt whiskey. 6/10.

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Welcome to the peat party.

Welcome to the peat party.