As a Christmas gift for ourselves this year, we splurged for an advent calendar of whisky! I saw them last year from Master of Malt, but we were too late to order one. I made sure we got one this year and it’s been fun so far. Here is part 1 of 4 of our advent calendar adventure.
Day 1: Glenfarclas 25 Yr Old
Single Malt Scotch (Speyside) 43% ABV
Nose: Little menthol up front with some fruit and vanilla following.
Palate: Quite zingy! Not as fruity as expected, but pleasant.
Notes: Short finish with oak following.
Day 2: Nikka Yoichi
Single Malt (Japan) 43% ABV
Nose: Vanilla sweetness with a little citrusy sharpness.
Palate: Sweet without being fruity. Hint of menthol and citrus peels with a puff of smoke on the finish.
Notes: Very good! I haven’t always enjoyed Nikka, but this one I like.
Day 3: Compass Box Great King Street Artist’s Blend
Blended Scotch 43% ABV
Nose: Fresh up front. Apple, sweetness, splash of vanilla.
Palate: Bright, sweet and creamy. Some light fruitiness, with some oak on the finish.
Notes: Nothing offensive, easy drinking, but nothing exciting.
Day 4: Elijah Craig Small Batch 12 Yr Old
Bourbon (USA) 47% ABV
Nose: Sweet and oaky.
Palate: Sharp. One-dimensional. Not medicinal, but has a sharp flavor that I don’t enjoy. Water helps a little bit.
Note: Still not a fan of bourbons… <sigh>
Day 5: Dalmore 15 Yr Old
Single Malt Scotch (Highland) 40% ABV
Nose: Sweet and rich. Dark, juicy fruits. Brown sugar.
Palate: Fruity, winter spices, ginger.
Notes: Medium finish. Adam really liked it.
Day 6: Kilchoman Machair Bay 2014 Bottling
Single Malt Scotch (Islay) 46% ABV
Nose: Peaty. With a bit of freshness behind it. “Smells like summer,” but with some mustiness and band-aid.
Palate: Very peaty. Tough to discern much else as there is some other quality interfering. Little bit earthy, but a sharp woodland quality.
Notes: Water smoothed out the fire, but we did not enjoy it! I had tried a different Kilchoman just the day before and had really liked it, so this was a disappointment.
Excellent start to the holiday season. The Dalmore was our favorite in this batch of 6. Looking forward to the rest!