Ardbeg Galileo 12 year old, 49% ABV
Aged in Burbon and Masala casks purchased Willow Park Wines, Calgary, AB $120
- Nose, with water:
Alcohol, fruit, dried apricot
Sea spray, leather, berries
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:
Including: Talisker, Linkwood, Cragganmore, Caol Ila. ABV: 43% $80, Purchased Christmas 2011.
I’ve been drinking a lot of independent and rare bottles of Scotch, and while that’s pretty awesome, it’s time to get back to some of the unsung, great everyday Scotches that we all enjoy.
To start off this habit (which I don’t know how long it will last, let’s guess… four reviews? Sounds good to me, fictional individual I made up to have a conversation with myself in the middle of a sentence), we’ll be going for my go-to Scotch when I’m at a non-Scotch bar, Glenfiddich 12. As I was at a spa/Thai restaurant with my wife and she offered me a drink, I went for this great go to.
Yellow Spot has recently been reintroduced as a 12 year old whisky. It’s garnered a lot of praise since its release, even winning Whisky Advocate’s Irish Whisky of the Year Award. I liked it NAS brother Green Spot, but Redbreast 12, another single pot still whisky from Midleton Distillery, was a real favorite. I think Yellow Spot has a good chance to follow in those footsteps, especially considering that is presented at 46% ABV and is non chill filtered. Good stuff!
Hey Scotchit, long-time lurker, first-time review (discounting the Bunnahabhain 12 community review a couple weeks ago). For my first review, I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at something procured through a swap over at ScotchSwap. This particular sample comes courtesy of TheDopeGodfather, who was kind enough to send his samples out in advance of me receiving my bottles. What a stand-up guy. Anyway, on to the review!
Since we veered a bit away from Scotland with the French Kornog, let’s keep with that theme. It’s high time I reviewed another Japanese whisky! This time, the whisky in question is Asama, produced at the now closed Karuizawa distillery and bottled by the Number One Drinks Company.
Asama is an 11 year old bottling and contains sherry matured whisky that was distilled during 1999 and 2000, the final years of Karuizawa’s operation. So sad that the distillery closed… For now, at least, the most I can do is savor a glass of their whisky! Oh, an interesting tidbit is that the whisky is called Asama after Mount Asama, the volcano by which Karuizawa was built.