Edradour Caledonia 12yr 46% Speyside

Nose: Sweet, creamy and honeyed, with notes of Manuka honey, hints of dried fig and date, soft sherry and a hint of oak.

Palate: Full and rich with notes of berry fruits, and honey and butter on granary toast. More sherry, caramel and toasted almond.

Finish: Spicy, dry and sprinkled with a dusting of cocoa.

Springbank Port Finish 21yr 46% Campbeltown




Glenmorangie Spios nas 46% Speyside

Nose: Bright and herbaceous. Allspice comes to the fore, with peppermint and hay notes rounded off by stone fruit and soft toffee.

Palate: Mouth-coating and chewy. Herbal notes preside, with clove, nutmeg, bitter-sweet plums and a hint of creamy vanilla.

Finish: Rich and oaky, with pepper and tart cherries.

Deanston Bordeaux Cask 9yr 58.7% Highlands

Nose: Stewed plums and fresh strawberries, with chocolatey malt hiding underneath. Some Turkish delight, too.

Palate: Milka chocolate, sherried peels, brandied cherries and some sturdy oak warmth.

Finish: Buttered rye bread, raspberries and ginger snaps.

Kilchoman STR Wine Cask 7yr 50% Islay

Nose: Summer fruit compote, rich, buttery toffee and maritime aromas with swirls of peat smoke, baking spices and salted caramel.

Palate: Waves of runny caramel building into sweet summer berries, a dusting of cinnamon, thick lemon curd, buttery shortbread and maritime peat smoke.

Finish: Lingering sweet notes of floral honey and caramel biscuits with fragrant baking spices.

Lagavulin Distillery Exclusive nas 54.1% Islay

Nose: Lovely, very typical Lagavulin with loads of citrus, ship’s rope, toasted oak, peat smoke and vanilla. Very clean. Gummy bears at the campfire! Dried apricots, wet wood and almonds kick in. Candied orange peel. Lovely!

Palate: It is creamy and mouth coating, fairly picquant on a lot of woodspice. Tar and soot kick in with a vengeance, but it does remain fruity and sweet. The oak is a little louder than expected, just like the peat. The smoke becomes quite grand. Salted caramel, oranges again… ah, this is truly wonderful.

Finish: Very long, dark and sweet and smoky on an extra load of ashes.

Brew List

a few sweet brews...

Allagash/Dupont “Brewers Bridge” Saison Ale 6.1%  ME/Belgium

Nose: Belgian spices, funky earth, lots of yeast, some lemon citrus, pepper. 

Palate: Bright carb, light-medium body. 

Finish: Zesty yeast and spice.

Comment: Excellent!

Rodenbach “Flanders Red Ale” 7% Belgium

Nose: Acidic, apple-like fruitiness combined with caramel, wild honey and oak, with a touch of vanilla, cherry and licorice.

Palate:Touches of caramel and oak, as well as green apples mixed with honey and chocolate.

Finish: The slightly sour, fruity aftertaste is long and nicely balanced, just like a Grand Cru wine.

Ommegang “Vanilla Smoked Porter” Barrel Aged 8.9% NY

Nose: Buttery and rich, very hoppy

Palate: Bittersweet, crisp and almost tart, well balanced. Sophisticated roast flavors, coffee, hot chocolate, woody.

Finish: Intensely and densely flavorful, lingering aftertaste, delightful finish.

Free Will “Special Cookie” Rum Barrel aged Imperial Spiced Brown Ale 12.8% PA

Nose: Bready malt and gingerbread spices, with ginger and cinnamon standing out the most, as well as a hint of cardamon.

Palate: Dominated by bready, slightly grainy malt and gingerbread spices, with the ginger, cinnamon and cardamon equally dominating and lighter notes of vanilla and brown sugar, as well as a hint of cocoa and herbal hops.

Finish: Light bitterness and some spicy notes lingering in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

Comment: This tastes just like gingerbread cookies in a glass, which is a good thing, in my opinion. There’s a decent complexity with a rather nice balance to this, although the ginger and cardamon are perhaps standing out a little too much.

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