The Singleton 12 year, 40%
nose: gentle sherry, oak, vanilla, malt, apple, grape.
palate: sweet, some spice developing.
finish: sweet gentle sherry, oak, vanilla, apple/grape, soft spice/cinnamon, malty, short/medium finish.
notes: well balanced, decent flavour, not very complex though for the price ($49 in BC), this is a good whisky.
Crown Royal Black 45%
colour: burnt amber/mahogany
nose: vanilla, oak, demurra sugar, molasses, caramel, red fruits – apple, plum, grape.
palate: sweet, oak and gentle spice.
finish: sweet caramel, molasses, demurra sugar, big oak, vanilla, ginger spice, charcoal smoke.
notes: quite smooth for 45%, flavours are good, decent balance, has bourbon-like qualities with the influences from the wood. Worth a try for sure, a good addition to the Crown line-up.
Highland Park 15 yr. 43%
colour: dark honey
nose: sweet honey, peat, gentle background smoke, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, soft fruit- apple, grape, plum, attractive.
palate: sweet with some spice building up.
finish: very sweet honey, peat, big oak, vanilla, cinnamon, soft fruits, gentle smoke. decent balance.
notes: a decent whisky and one to try though for my money I’d stay with the 12 yr., and if wanting a treat, move up to 18 or 25.
Edradour 12 years, 46%, Caledonia selection.
colour: dark amber.
nose: sherry, sweet fruit basket: apples, pear, red grapes, peach, fig, dates, soft peat, oak, vanilla, balanced and attractive.
finish: big sweet juicy fruit impact, dry peat/ash, oaky, nutty, vanilla, caramel/toffee, soft smoke background, long dry finish, a touch hot.
notes: nice whisky, good flavours, balanced though a touch hot. Worth trying.
Edradour 10 year, 40%
colour: light gold/honey.
nose: honey, heather, gentle apple, pear, grape. soft peat, vanilla, oak, well-balanced and attractive.
finish: sweet fruits and honey, gentle peat background, oak, vanilla, toffee, soft smoke, short/medium finish.
notes: a very nice whisky, well-balanced, soft and light flavours, I’d like to try an older Edradour. This whisky is very pleasant and although a bit pricey, give it a go.