With help from a couple of friends over at /r/scotchswap, I recently picked up a bottle of the new and highly anticipated Balvenie 12 Single Barrel First Fill. A worthy follow-on to the Single Barrel 15?
The legend of the Cuban cigar seems to grow stronger every year and it only helps to feed the bootleggers. The infograph below, WHILE NOT 100% ACCURATE, provides a great starting point in determining if you’re looking at a fake Cuban or a real Cuban.
Cuban Cigars – Fake Or Not Infographic
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Springbank 12 Claret Wood, 54.4% ABV
Aged 9 years in refill bourbon casks, then another 3 years in claret casks
Sweet and juicy. Ripe berries and vanilla cream. Burnt brown sugar and chocolate milkshake. Candle wax/smoke. Peppery, flinty and metallic.
Rich, smooth and oily. Cranberry juice, dark chocolate, liquorice and sultanas. Coffee bitterness and oaky spiciness. The faintest hint of earthy peat and brine.
This is my first review. Not because it’s my favorite scotch (it’s not) nor because it’s my first scotch (it’s not) but because I’ve recently decided to review everything I have, and this bottle is almost gone.
So without further ado:
Johnny Walker – Green Label 15 year aged blend
Including: Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore, Caol Ila. ABV: 43% $80, Purchased Christmas 2011.