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Mad Men Cocktails & Mixed Drinks: The Don Draper Canadian Club Concoction

mad men logo pic 300x165 Mad Men Cocktails & Mixed Drinks: The Don Draper Canadian Club ConcoctionDon Draper and Canadian Club Whiskey Blended Whiskey

On the AMC hit TV series Mad Men, advertising exec Don Draper cannot get enough Canadian Club Whiskey, sometimes even casually pouring a glass at 9 am in his office.  Although you might not work at Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Price and you might not be allowed to drink whiskey at the office, you can still enjoy a few Mad Men era Don Draper style cocktails.  Check it out…     

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Old Fashioned 233x300 Mad Men Cocktails & Mixed Drinks: The Don Draper Canadian Club ConcoctionOld Fashioned Cocktail

1½ parts Canadian Club 10 Year Reserve

1/2 part sweet Vermouth

Dash Angostura bitters

Sugar

Water

Orange slice

Maraschino Cherry

Mix sugar, water and bitters in a rocks glass. Drop in a cherry and an orange slice. Muddle ingredients (using a muddler or the back end of a spoon). Add Canadian Club 10 Year Reserve and Vermouth.  Fill with ice cubes and stir.

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Manhattan cocktail pic 260x300 Mad Men Cocktails & Mixed Drinks: The Don Draper Canadian Club ConcoctionCC Reserve Manhattan

In a tumbler add:

1 part Canadian Club Classic 12

1/3 part Sweet Vermouth

Dash Angostura bitters

Garnish with a maraschino Cherry

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Buffalo Trace, Barton & Sazerac Bourbons and Ryes

Buffalo Trace LOGO pic 300x150 Buffalo Trace, Barton & Sazerac Bourbons and RyesHistory of Buffalo Trace Whiskeys

Hundreds of years ago, the mighty buffalo thundered across the land and carved paths known as traces. One such trace, the Great Buffalo Trace, led to the rugged banks of what is now known as the Kentucky River. Early adventurers followed the buffalo, and discovered some of Kentucky’s treasures, rich fertile land excellent for growing grain and abundant limestone waters. Distillation soon followed and in 1787 a working distillery started on the grounds, located in Frankfort, Ky. The first modern distillery was built on the site in 1857 and incorporated the use of steam power, a major advance in producing high quality bourbon. The distillery was later purchased by E.H. Taylor, Jr. one of Kentucky’s original Bourbon aristocrats. Astute and innovative, Taylor brought advancements to the facility as well as to the entire whiskey industry. By 1886, the distillery had introduced the nation’s first climate-controlled warehousing for aging whiskey and had earned a worldwide reputation for producing America’s finest bourbons. During Prohibition, the distillery existence was spared by the allowance of a permit – one of only a few issued in the country to continue distillation for medicinal purposes, therefore making it the oldest continuously operating bourbon distillery in the United States.

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The Distillery Today

In 1992 the Sazerac company purchased the distillery and renamed it Buffalo Trace Distillery, paying homage to the mighty buffalo that once roamed the area. The Distillery has won numerous awards both for the fine bourbons it produces as well as the distillery itself. In 2010, Whisky Magazine named Buffalo Trace Distillery “Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year.” Distillery tours are given six days a week. For tour information and times call 1-800-654-8471.

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History of Barton 1792 Distillery, Barton Brands of Kentucky, Sazerac

Barton Brands Prior to Prohibition, there was no distilled spirits industry – just the whiskey business. Two Chicago gentlemen, Oscar Getz and Lester Abelson had been engaged in the whiskey business at this time. This was true after Prohibition as well, when these two men joined forces to re-enter the business shortly after the repeal in 1933 and founded Barton Brands.

By 1944, to ensure a reliable source of whiskey, Barton purchased the Tom Moore distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Tom Moore had been producing neutral spirits for the military during World War II but had recently returned to the art of bourbon.

A colorful personality, Oscar Getz loved the heritage of the American Whiskey business. Over the years, he collected whiskey memorabilia and eventually opened a museum in their offices in Bardstown. The Oscar Getz Museum remains open in Bardstown to this day.

Barton Brands Today
The Sazerac Company purchased Barton Brands in March of 2009. Facilities today include Barton Brands of Maryland, Lansdowne, MD, Barton Brands of California, Carson, CA and Barton 1792 Distillery, Barton Brands of Kentucky.

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Crown Royal Reserve Blended Canadian Whisky

crown royal reserve blended canadian whiskey pic 160x300 Crown Royal Reserve Blended Canadian WhiskyHandpicked Barrels by Master Blender Andrew MacKay

By Matt Goldstein

The Crown Royal Reserve Blended Canadian Whisky is selected from less than 1% of the Crown Royal Whiskey stash.  Considered a five star whiskey from the Spirit Journal, the blend is more focused on a bourbon and spicy rye style than the traditional Crown Royal blend.  Created by the Master Blender Andrew Mackay, Crown Royal Reserve barrels are off limits to anyone else at the distillery.  The barrels are literally marked “to be opened by the Master Blender only!”  The new bottles of Crown Royal Reserve come with a beautiful golden velvet bag and a personal letter from Andrew Mackay.   

The cap has a spicy scent, and the nose of the glass is slightly sweet, a little sour and a hint of bourbon.  The Crown Royal Reserve has a complex mouth feel with a beautiful bite.  The Reserve blend is very bourbon esque with sweet corn and with spicy rye notes.  This Canadian Whiskey has longing warmth with notes of oak, wood, grain, cinnamon and vanilla.  Remarkably smooth, but with a distinct character, the Crown Royal Reserve is an exceptional and classic whiskey.  We love this whiskey!

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Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Four Roses Yellow Label, Jefferson’s Very Small Batch, & Mitcher’s Small Batch US*1 Bourbon

Four Roses kentucky straight bourbon logo 300x251 Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Four Roses Yellow Label, Jefferson’s Very Small Batch, & Mitchers Small Batch US*1 BourbonBy Matt Goldstein

Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Kentucky Straight Bourbon 

In the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, Four Roses was the best selling Bourbon brand in America and has now coming roaring back all over the United States.  A major international success story, Four Roses now has many bourbon whiskeys available in the U.S. once again.  A double Gold Medalist and winning numerous awards over the last few years, Four Roses Single Barrel 100 Kentucky Straight Bourbon employs a 60% corn mash bill.  The nose is a spicy syrup and corn, robust, full bodied and sweet.  With flavors of oak, wood, and tastes of corn with aged complexity, there are many characters of quality in this single barrel bourbon.  Aged in one of a kind single story rack warehouses, Four Roses is an American treasure and whiskey legend that has finally come back to the United States where it belongs.  Bottled at 100 proof, we highly recommend Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon for sipping. 

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Winner of the Best Bourbon 7 years and under award at the 2010 World Whiskey Competition, the Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon is very Jack Daniels esque, but for shots or sipping, we give Four Roses the edge.  Not only is the Four Roses Yellow Label a couple dollars cheaper than Jack Daniels, the Yellow Label has an overall more complex and enticing flavor.  The Yellow Label is sweet and smooth with a great finish.  Although a bit tart and dry, this bourbon is also crisp with hints of fruit and honey.  The flavor is exceptional for a middle shelf bourbon and is perfect for a mixer.  Next time you reach for that bottle of Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey, reconsider the Four Roses Yellow Label Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  You won’t be disappointed.    

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Mitcher’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey

mitchers small batch bourbon us 1 Four Roses Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon, Four Roses Yellow Label, Jefferson’s Very Small Batch, & Mitchers Small Batch US*1 BourbonThe Mitcher’s legacy dates back to 1753 and is considered America’s first whiskey distillery.  Mitcher’s is the whiskey that George Washington’s Troops drank at Valley Forge.  Mitcher’s US*1 Bourbon is a bourbon blend aged 4-6 years in fire charred American white oak barrels.  This small batch blend is limited in release and bottled at 91.4 proof.  Mitcher’s US*1 Small Batch Bourbon is one of the smoothest over proof whiskeys on the market, maybe the smoothest.  With spicy scents of wheat, rye and corn, the Mitcher’s small batch has a thick mouth feel and complex finish.  Sweet, full flavored, and very smooth, the subtle dry finish offers a unique complexity.  This is an excellent bourbon for the experienced whiskey drinker. 

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Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

The makers and distillers of Jefferson’s have roots in Bourbon country that date back to the 1700’s and the “very” small batch Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a double gold medalist.  This small batch bourbon is hand crafted and bottle at 82.3 proof.  Aged in iron clad warehouses and blended from 8-12 different barrels, Jefferson’s bourbon is made with lime stone water of Kentucky; and corn, malted barley and rye grains.  The nose is a sweet caramel and vanilla.  The taste is a sweet corn and vanilla with a very smooth, easy drinking style.  The Jefferson’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon is a solid bourbon for those looking for a not so complex, smooth and light bourbon.      

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Knob Creek 9 Years Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

knob creek kentucky straight bourbon whiskey1 Knob Creek 9 Years Aged Kentucky Straight Bourbon WhiskeyThe Small Batch Collection from Jim Beam: Baker’s, Booker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek

By Matt Goldstein

The Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon is an old school style of bourbon, made in the traditions of pre-prohibition whiskeys; strong, rich in flavor and prepared in small batches.  The entire small Jim Beam batch collection is made in this style; Booker’s, Baker’s, Basil Hayden’s and Knob Creek.  The Knob Creek small batch bourbon is aged for more than 9 years in charred American white oak barrels.  Knob Creek got its name from a creek close to the distillery and very close to the childhood home of Abe Lincoln.  As a boy, Abe Lincoln almost drowned in Knob Creek.  When the Lincoln family sold their home before moving to Indiana, some of the purchase was paid to the Lincoln’s in Bourbon.  While still living in Kentucky, Abe Lincoln’s father worked in a Bourbon distillery.           

The Knob Creek Flavor!

When the bottle is opened, the Knob Creek’s scent is of a sweet corn and oak.  In the glass the scent opens up to a wheat, rye wood and oak.  The flavor is a sweet corn, complex with a long warming.  On ice, the oak flavors and subtle notes of corn are exceptional.  The oak aftertaste is also exceptionally complex.  This is a classic bourbon and the small batch shines through in the taste.  We highly recommend Knob Creek.  Enjoy Knob Creek neat or on the rocks.  Since the Bourbon is bottled at 100 proof, a little ice can’t hurt.        

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The Dalmore 12 Years Aged & Jura 16 Years Aged Single Malt Scotch Whiskies

dalmore 12 single malt scotch whisky 200x300 The Dalmore 12 Years Aged & Jura 16 Years Aged Single Malt Scotch WhiskiesBy Matt Goldstein

The Dalmore 12 Years Old Single Highland Malt Scotch Whisky:

The Dalmore 12 was a gold medalist at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  The 12 Years Old Single Malt is aged in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and then oak bourbon barrels.  In all aged whiskeys, cognacs, and related liquors etc., the age of the liquor inside the bottle must be older then the age labeled or advertised on the outside of the bottle.  The Dalmore distillery boasts that its 12 year single malt scotch is much older than any average aging stock in Highland.  The Dalmore 12 year has a sweet scent with hints of vanilla, peat and faint citrus; it’s a complex and solid nose feel.  The Dalmore 12 is a thin and light single malt that is very smooth with a nice warmth.  At first it’s dry and light in flavor, but after we open up the Dalmore with a couple drops of water, a sweet flavor emerges.  The opened Dalmore becomes thicker and the vanilla stands out with a dry thin mouth feel, but thick sweet syrupy finish.  This is an excellent single malt that grows on you with every sip.     

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jura 16 year single malt scotch whisky 122x300 The Dalmore 12 Years Aged & Jura 16 Years Aged Single Malt Scotch WhiskiesThe Jura 16 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky:

The scent of the Jura 16 is spicy, with hints of fruit and honey.  The 16 year flavor is a strong oak and wood with a thick sweet mouth feel.  After we open the Jura 16 with a few drops of water.  The mouth feel is thick and syrupy and the wood flavors a powdery flour, with a perfume strength.  The water made it a bit stronger.  The smaller the sip one takes, the better the flavor of the 16 year, with a smooth aftertaste.  Distilling scotch on the remote island of Jura dates back to the 1600’s.  The Jura 16 Year Single Malt is aged just off the beach on the Isle of Jura and gets much of its complex characteristics from the ocean air.  This is a single malt for the experienced scotch drinker.                 

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The 1792 Ridgemont Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

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By Matt Goldstein

The 1792 Ridgemont Reserve 8 Years Aged Barrel Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey:

 This bourbon commemorates the year that Kentucky was founded as the 15th state.  With a good scent of corn, the taste has notes of cream, rye and corn.  Having a good and dry and rye mouth feel, the 1792 Ridgemont Reserve has a strong complex finish and lengthy warmth.  This is a bourbon that is not too sweet, and the notes of rye make the biggest statement.  With hand crafted malted barley, rye and corn, The 1792 is a small batch bourbon that is actually a cross between a bourbon an d a rye.  This is a remarkable sipping whiskey.  Normally, we like to drink our whiskey and scotches neat, but since the 1792 Ridgemont Reserve is bottled at 93.7 proof, a little ice doesn’t hurt.

The difference between a Bourbon and a Rye is that the mash and batch for a bourbon should be more of a corn base while a Rye focuses on more of a wheat or rye base.  The 1792 Ridgemont Reserve has one of the lowest corn bases for any bourbon.  That’s why it’s basically a fusion of rye and bourbon.  It’s an excellent recipe to say the least.  Established in 1879, The 1792 Ridgemont Reserve is crafted at the Thomas Moore Distillery where they use iron free limestone water from the Thomas Moore Spring.      .

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Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year, Singleton 12 & Aberlour 12: A Speyside Single Malt Review

Balvenie Doublewood 237x300 Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year, Singleton 12 & Aberlour 12: A Speyside Single Malt ReviewBy Matt Goldstein

Tom Bishop: I thought spies drank martinis.

Nathan Muir: Scotch, never less than twelve years old. 

The Balvenie Doublewood 12:

The Doublewood 12 Year Single Malt Scotch is much like the 15 actually but a bit less expensive.  The Doublewood gets its name from being aged in two distinct oak casks.  The Balvenie Doublewood is aged in traditional oak whisky cask, then a European oak sherry cask.  The Doublewood is a very smooth single malt scotch with a touch of peat.  There is an excellent malt flavor with nutty and honey notes.  The finish has a bit of fruit and vanilla with a peat aftertaste.  The light smoky taste makes this a very complex scotch for a 12 year.  Established in 1892, the Balvenie distillery is in Dufftown, Banffshire Scotland in the Speyside region. 

The Singleton’s 12 Year Single Malt Scotch:

The Singleton’s 12 is very smooth, slightly warming with a good and light flavor.  With a fruity nose, and light honey and caramel flavor, a complex finish and light sweet aftertaste.  Singleton is a Speyside scotch from Dufftown Banffshire.  For about $30-35, this is an excellent single malt scotch and stands up to many single malts for twice price.       

The Aberlour 12 Year Single Malt Speyside Scotch:

The Aberlour 12 is also smooth and light with a nice warmth.  The Aberlour is sweet with a hint of honey but also thin and a touch dry in the finish.  This 12 Year Old single malt has been matured in two types of cask.  Many times the double barrel aging adds much complexity.  The color is gold and a bit red, and the flavor has a definitive sherry character with pepper and peat smoke.  According to their web site, the Aberlour distillery produces 3.2 million liters of alcohol each year. Casked at 63.5%, the main age statements of Aberlour single malt Scotch whiskies are the 10, 12 and 16 Year Olds and A’bunadh.  The crystal-clear spring water cascades down the slopes of Ben Rinnes, and makes its way from there along the Lour Valley to the distillery.

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The Glenfiddich 12 Year Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Glenfiddich 12 year white The Glenfiddich 12 Year Single Malt Scotch WhiskyThe Largest Selling & Most Award Winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky in the World!

By Matt Goldstein

The Glenfiddich 12 Year is a Highland Single Malt Scotch is distilled and matured in the Valley of the Deer.  As the bottle is opened, the nose is solid single malt, but in the glass the single malt is much more subtle.   The flavor is thick and sweet with a touch of syrup and the finish a soothing warmth.  Exceptionally light in color, the sweet flavor remains for a while with notes of honey, syrup, supple fruit, nectar, nuts and oak.  After a few drops of water, the Glenfiddich 12 year is exceptionally smooth.  After being opened up, the Glenfiddich 12 year is a very smooth, soft spoken scotch.  The aftertaste is especially flavorful.  The bottle boasts of pear and oak but this scotch is much more complex. 

The Glenfiddich 12 Year is the largest selling single malt Scotch whisky in the world and also has received the most awards.  Glenfiddich single malt is also available in the 15 year, 18 year, 21 year and the very rare 30 year.  If you’re not looking for a smoky or peaty style of Scotch, Glenfiddich is the perfect single malt for the holidays. 

History of Glenfiddich Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch: Glenfiddich is the most awarded single malt Scotch whisky in the world – having won more awards at the International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) and International Spirits Challenge (ISC) than any other single malt since 2000.  The pioneer of the prestigious single malt Scotch whisky category, our Glenfiddich 12 Year Old is today enjoyed by more people around the world than any other single malt whisky.

Our original, signature single malt Scotch whisky has matured for at least 12 years in American and Spanish oak casks. The quality of these casks is exceptional as all are individually tended by our experienced team of on-site coopers, ensuring our whisky develops complex, elegantly rounded flavors with notes of fresh pear and subtle oak.

No other single malt has collected as many of the industry’s most prestigious accolades since 2000 as Glenfiddich

  • 2010 Beverage Tasting Institute Gold
  • 2009 International Spirits Challenge (ISC) Bronze
  • 2008 Scotch Whisky Masters Gold
  • 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Gold
  • 2007 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) Gold
  • 2005 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) Gold

 

In the summer of 1886 our founder, William Grant, set out to fulfill a lifelong ambition of creating the ‘best dram in the valley’.

With the help of his seven sons and two daughters, William built his distillery in a single year. Their hard work was rewarded on Christmas Day 1887 when the first drop of spirit flowed from the small copper pot stills. William named his distillery Glenfiddich, Gaelic for ‘Valley of the Deer’.

Over 120 years later, Glenfiddich is one of the few single malt distilleries to remain entirely family owned and our whisky has become the world’s most awarded single malt, a true reflection of the passion, integrity and innovative spirit that have been passed down through the generations.

At The Glenfiddich Distillery, time and experience are the heart of the operation. Accumulated and passed down through five generations, the rich whisky making experience of our craftsmen ensures each variant in the Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky range matures exquisitely well – balancing rich complexity with Glenfiddich’s unmistakable character.

Remaining independent and family-owned gives the maker’s of Glenfiddich Scotch whisky the privilege of a long term perspective. As such we have retained many expensive and time-consuming techniques to ensure the consistent and exceptional quality of our whiskies.

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The Six Classic Malts of Scotland: Lagavulin, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Talisker, Glenkinchie & Cragganmore

ClassicMalts The Six Classic Malts of Scotland: Lagavulin, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Talisker, Glenkinchie & CragganmoreBy Matt Goldstein

  • Dalwhinnie  – Highland

  • Talisker – Isle of Skye

  • Cragganmore – Speyside

  • Oban – West Highland

  • Lagavulin – Islay

  • Glenkinchie – Lowland

Lagavulin is the official classic malt from the Islay region. The recipe for Lagavulin possibly dates back to 1742.  The malted barley used to distil Lagavulin has a strong peat scent and twenty times as much exposure to peat smoke as a typical Speyside Scotch.  Fermentation of the barley is a slow process, too. Between 55 and 75 hours are taken for the full peat-rich flavour of the locally-malted barley to come through. Lagavulin has the slowest distillation process of any Islay malt.  The standard availability of Lagavulin is their 16 years aged single malt available for around $60.    

 

classic malts logo The Six Classic Malts of Scotland: Lagavulin, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Talisker, Glenkinchie & CragganmoreOban 14 Year West Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in small stills and is a full, rich, malty, medium body single malt with a touch of peat.  Light and smooth with a nice burn, the Oban 14 Year is a classic malt.  Sweet with a touch of sea salt, the finish is sweet and smooth.  Named after the caves used by the first settlers of Scotland in 5,000 B.C., called “An Ob,” Oban is distilled in the Oban, capital city of the West Highlands. 

Glenkinchie, also known as the Edinburgh malt, is the classic malt of the Lowland region.  The malt is also used in blends such as Haig, Johnny Walker Red Label, Johnny Walker Black Label, Buchanan and Dimple.  Glenkinchie is available in the 10 year, 12 year and 14 year sherry cask edition.   

Cragganmore Single Malt is the most complex Speyside Malt but is limited in supply because of the small distillery.  According to Discovering Distillery’s, the Cragganmore’s unique flat topped spirit stills and slowly condensed in traditional wooden worm-tubs, promotes Cragganmore’s complexity, available in the 12 year and 15 year. 

dalwhinnie 15 year old malt whisky 30 p 271x300 The Six Classic Malts of Scotland: Lagavulin, Oban, Dalwhinnie, Talisker, Glenkinchie & CragganmoreDalwhinnie 15 year single malt scotch is a subtle, yet distinct scotch from the Highland region.  Founded in 1897, Dalwhinnie also has a 20 year old, 29 year old and 36 year old single malt, but the 15 year is much more widely available.  The Dalwhinnie 15 year has a light nose and tastes of floral, caramel, honey, with a touch of smoke.  There is a little biscuit, light bite, and the finish is very smooth.  Dalwhinnie had a beautiful yet subtle warmth.  What a classic scotch!  The Dalwhinnie 15 year is a perfect scotch and can be sipped straight, with water or with 1-2 cubes.  We would not recommend using more that 2 cubes as this would destroy the complexity of the single malt.  The Dalwhinnie 15 year might be our favorite single malt scotch.        

Talisker was founded in 1830 and is made Loch Harport near Cullin range on the Isle of Skye.  There is a strong scent of peat as soon the bottle is opened.  The whiskey glass nose is a solid peat; less than the Laphroaig 18 but much more than the Macallan 10 and Highland Park 12.  The color is a gold, maybe a light red-ish yellow.  The taste is a light medium peat, thin malt with a thin dry finish and slow, long burn.  The flavor is also delicately sweet, and after being opened up with a few drops of water gets very smooth.  Still dry, the finish is easy, complex and warming.  The Talisker has a slight peaty flavor but it’s not overdone.  It also has some nice undertones including pepper.  This is one of Eric’s top 3 single malts along with Lagavulin and Oban, but for the price $50 you can’t go wrong when it feels sooo right.  It’s got a lot of flavor but the smokiness is subtle; the scotch whisky makes the statement.  The Talisker 10 is an Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.  Talisker has an above average Peat content and is used in part of Jonnie Walker’s blended Scotch whisky.  The Talisker 10 is an excellent single malt, definitely in our top 10 single malts, possibly top 5.      

Source: Discovering Distilleries.

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