Bladnoch 10 Year Old

Advent day 16

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose Sidenote: I’m a little bit stuffy tonight but I’ll push through.
A little smoke lingering in my nose.. it’s not dominant tho. There’s buttery toffee. Almost like a overly buttered fresh toast right from the toaster. It’s mouth watering!
Score: 23

Palate
The nose already told most of it. Toast with butter, some toffee or butterscotch. A bit of vanilla. Quickly chased by a peated smokyness. The mouth feel is a little bit dry and acidic.
Score: 22

Finish
I’d say a medium long bordering on short finish. A bit of an herbal finish with maybe some honey splash.
Score: 21

Body
If you like this sort of whisky this is an easy one to enjoy. From start to finish it’s easy to drink but also a bit one dimensional. The colour reminds me of lemons sitting in a glass of coca cola.
Score: 22

Total: 88

Guesses
I think this is a NAS whisky, single malt. Could be a Lowland whisky but more likely it’s from a younger distillery not located in Scotland. Guessing is pointless since Jim has so many whiskies from younger distilleries around the globe. But hey, let’s say it’s from Denmark!
45% ABV matured in virgin oak.

Reveal
Bladnoch 10 Year Old
Single malt
46.7%
https://www.bladnoch.com/shop/10-year-old/

Personal note: Well well well.. It was actually a lowland after all! Not much right after that tho hah!

Skånska Spritfabriken G-whisky

Advent day 15

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose Sidenote: I’m a little bit stuffy tonight but I’ll push through.
Salted toffee and seaweed. A bit of honey and powdered vanilla sugar (not sure that’s the correct english name) with just a hint of fresh cut grass.
Score: 22

Palate
Spices, lots of spices. A bit of cinnamon and raisins. Gives off a dry mouth-feel.
Score: 21

Finish
A very short finish which kind of just feels like the palate quickly fading away. Not getting a lot of different flavour profiles here. If I had to say I’d say there’s some dates and plums.
Score: 20

Body
Deep yellow in colour, much like a fine olive oil. Good tasting whisky but it didn’t make a splash.
Score: 21

Total: 84

Guesses
Speyside single malt, 42%. Sherry cask or maybe American virgin oak.

Reveal
Skånska Spritfabriken G-whisky.
Stout barrels. Single malt.
50.1%
https://spritfabriken.com/g-whisky-stout-cask/

Personal note: Well shit.. how the fuck was I supposed to guess that one… 😀 I have to hand it to them tho, now that I’ve done the reveal I really understand the stout casks! I’m also impressed by how little alcohol it tastes at ABV 50%!

Stauning Rye Whisky

Advent day 14

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose Sidenote: I’m a little bit stuffy tonight but I’ll push through.
Arrak with hints of honey and spices. I’m also getting fruit, maybe pear. A pleasant nose while not particularly enticing or powerful.
Score: 21

Palate
Sweet fruity pears coated with honey. Not overly complex but rather clean to the taste. A little bit of an oily velvety mouth-feel.
Score: 21

Finish
Quite a lot of burn, I expect the ABV is high on this one. Burned toast with fruity jam. Not very long finish except for the burn.
Score: 20

Body
Surprisingly light and fruity while having quite a bit of bite from the alcohol. the colour is slightly darker than freshly squeezed apple juice.
Score: 21

Total: 83

Guesses
Sherry cask single malt or if I’m feeling wild I could guess Rum cask but that’s betting against the odds.. 49%. Speyside.

Reveal
Stauning Rye (Danish whisky)
50%
https://stauningwhisky.com/products/rye-whisky

Personal note: I’ve a hard time with whisky that has this level of alcohol burn in the finish. I tend to “anticipate” it with every sip spoiling the palate part of it.

Big Peat small batch

Advent day 13

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Oaky lightly smoky nose. Almost a bit of ashes. Some leather and cummin. I find this nose pleasant with a promise of some smoke without overpowering the senses. On second taste with a few drops of water I’m also getting hints of matured apple cider.
Score: 22

Palate
Salty and sweet caramel with some vanilla. Oak with a hint of salty seaweed. Slightly oily mouth-feel. Not as much peat as I anticipated.
Score: 23

Finish
Long lingering finish with notes of dark bitter chocolate and more peat than in the palate. The smoke protrudes on the tongue much more in the finish and is almost dominant with every breath.
Score: 23

Body
Really well balanced smoky and smooth whisky where the different notes gets to shine first being chased by an almost BBQ smoke in the finish.
Score: 23

Total: 91

Guesses
Wood finished single malt. Campbeltown or Islay. 42%.

Reveal
Big Peat small batch
46%
Islay whisky blended malt. Contains Caol Ila, Bowmore, Port Ellen & Ardbeg.
https://www.douglaslaing.com/our-whisky/remarkable-regional-malts/big-peat/

Personal note: This is the kind of whisky I’d happily pour myself a dram of any day of the week and just sit back and enjoy. Funny enough I DO have a little bit left in a bottle on my shelf!

Mosgaard PX Cask

Advent day 12

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Complex with a lot of scents. Butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Almost like a cinnamon roll. Some nutmeg too and just spices in general. Very pleasant.
Score: 23

Palate
Sugary sweet and a lot of spices. A little bit of honey as well as coffee. Quite oily mouth-feel leaving a little bit of a membrane at the roof of the mouth.
Score: 22

Finish
Initial finish is like burnt toffee and then it evolves into a lot of coffee. Almost like the aftershock of a great espresso! I also get a sense of dark chocolate.
Score: 23

Body
Spicy with a lot of warmth and almost no peat.
Score: 22

Total: 90

Guesses
Sherry casks finished in rum casks or possibly oloroso. 46%. Could be a lowland single malt or maybe one from netherlands.

Reveal
Mosgaard PX Cask
ABV 46.3%
Link: https://mosgaardwhisky.dk/collections/single-malts/products/whisky-batch-6-pedro-ximenez-cask

Personal note: Wowsa! My first ever Danish whisky and it was great! Going to have to get myself a bottle some time.

Yamazakura Blended

Advent day 11

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Pretty weak nose. There’s definitely some smoke and hints of ocean. having let it breathe a while I’m getting green apples and acetone.
Score: 19

Palate
Following the nose the palate is also fairly weak but at the same time smooth. I’m getting a bit of white pepper towards the end. Not sure what else I’m tasting, there’s nothing really sticking out for me. The mouth-feel is a little bit oily.
Score: 19

Finish
Some leather and the salt comes back. Green spruce or possibly juniper berries.
Score: 19

Body
Pretty weak whisky (unless my tastebuds and nose are having an off day). Feels incomplete and immature.
Score: 19

Total: 76

Guesses
Virgin oak cask maybe? I have to guess that this is a young Swedish whisky or maybe Japanese. 44%. Blended malt.

Reveal
Yamazakura Blended
ABV 40%
Link: https://www.tokinosakagura.com/product/yamazakura-fine-blended-whisky/

Personal note: Japanese whisky really has highs and lows in my book. Nikka Coffey Malt is one of my personal favorites. This however clearly was not.

Cú Bócan Signature

Advent day 10

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Coffee and toffee was my first thought..with a bit of liquorice. But after a minute or so the nose changes. It gets a bit fresher with elderflower. I also think the zesty-ness is enhanced with a few drops of water. The nose doesn’t have as much punch as I’d like.
Score: 20

Palate
It’s light in flavour but with quite a bit of alcohol hit. I’m actually getting fresh lemons but also a bit of bitter zesty taste. There’s a little bit of smoke in the background but not much. The mouth-feel is pretty viscous without being oily.
Score: 20

Finish
The finish is short leaving only the burn of the alcohol behind. I’m getting some black pepper here and almost green olives.
Score: 19

Body
Not really a whisky to my taste. It reminds me of gin (which I like, when it’s gin).
Score: 20

Total: 79

Guesses
Virgin oak, could be japanese or maybe a young swedish one. Blended. 48%.

Reveal
Cú Bócan Signature
ABV 46%
Link: https://www.cu-bocan.com/our-creations

Personal note: I would’ve thought I’d like this more. I’ve had a Cú Bócan (no longer sold) before and thought it was quite nice.

Gulliver’s 47

Advent day 9

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Peated smoke, I can tell this will be a pretty peated whisky. Some tar and oak. But also some sweetness I can’t quite specify.
Score: 22

Palate
Not as heavily peated as the nose suggested. I get some moss and grass with the smokiness. And it turns towards salt and seaweed after a few seconds. The mouth-feel is quite light and leaning towards the dry side.
Score: 23

Finish
Well-balanced peat with salted caramel. Became even better with a few drops of water. Strongly like this finish!
Score: 24

Body
Rounded with peat and a salty caramel which makes this a great whisky in my book.
Score:23

Total: 92

Guesses
Charred Oak cask (wood), Highland, 44% Single malt.

Reveal
Gulliver’s 47
ABV 47%
Link: https://www.samuelgulliver.com/brands

Personal note: This whisky was a dream! Sad it’s not sold in Sweden.

Elijah CraigSmall Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Advent day 8

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
There’s some subtle oak in the background. I get Vanilla and a bit of cinnamon as well as oranges or perhaps tangerines.
Score: 22

Palate
Definitely oranges and a bit of dark chocolate. Cardamum.. Quite a bit of alcohol burn. The mouth-feel is thin and a little drying but not at all unpleasant.
Score: 22

Finish
I like the finish! It has just the right amount of “after-burn” to it. I find it hard to pin specific flavours other than spice. Possibly some leather.
Score: 23

Body
Score: 22

Total: 89

Guesses
Sherry cask, Lowland, 46%, Single Malt.. Or possibly one from the Netherlands because it reminds me of mine.

Reveal
Elijah Craig
Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
ABV 47%
Link: https://elijahcraig.com/small-batch

Personal note: Damn I like the bourbon coming out of Kentucky.. I’ve got a few myself and I like those quite a bit too!

Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey

Advent day 7

These reviews are the first ones I attempt and are part of the advent calendar me and my good friend Jim made for each other. These 24 whiskies I’m trying will serve as a “bootcamp” for getting me started on reviewing my whisky. As such I hope the reviews will improve over time. To clarify the process; this is a blind tasting and the post title and category is set after the reveal.


Nose
Not sure if it’s my nose being stuffy but the scent is a bit weak. I’m smelling wood and dark fruits.. almost going towards liquorice. A bit of honey in there as well. Even with the weak nose it’s pleasant!
Score: 21

Palate
Smooth! it immediately coats the tongue in smooth honey. As with the nose it is a bit weaker than I expected. Not sure what else I’m getting. Spices? It sort of reminds me of prescription-free cough medicine..
Score: 20

Finish
The finish is fairly quick leaving just the sting of the alcohol after a little while. Again, its not bad, just not great either.
Score: 20

Body
Generally a bit weak but very smooth whisky. Would probably share it with someone that doesn’t enjoy peaty whiskies.
Score: 20

Total: 81

Guesses:
Speyside, Single malt, 41%. Bourbon cask.

Reveal:
Stork Club Straight Rye Whiskey
ABV 45%
Link: https://stork-club-whisky.com/#whisky

Personal note: I can’t seem to guess these rye whiskies. They trip me up.