2012 Scotch Tasting

Date Held: Friday, May 11th, 2012

Auchenttoshan Three Wood

Nose: Wood and leather at first, with floral sherry overtones; hazelnut and vanilla linger. Toffee comes out one the second breath.

Palate: Smooth and almost creamy entry, followed by a balanced wave of oak spices and sweetness. Velvety butterscotch/toffee and vanilla emerge, and then transition into floral hazelnut and orange zest.

Finish: A long sensation of buttery sweet nutmeg, with lingering floral notes.

It has the balance and complexity that I look for, and I find it hard to imagine asking for more from a lowland scotch. If I have to search for one complaint, there oak could be a tad strong, but then again this keeps it interesting.

Glenkinchie 1992 Distillers Edition

Appearance: Bright Gold

Nose: Very aromatic and flowery overall, like breathing in a country garden. Noticeable vanilla, cut flowers and beneath these, a clean, toasty note. Becomes increasingly sweet and creamy, with a lightly aromatic edge and fresh citrus, which all brings to mind lemon cheesecake. Water makes it still more creamy and scented.

Body: Light, smooth.

Palate: A sweet, soft start, like crème anglaise, soon becoming flowery again. A really smooth delivery, especially after adding a drop of water. The mid-palate is crisp and then the flavour settles into a tightly focused bundle of butter-icing, lemon cheesecake and freesias.

Finish: Herbal and drying slightly, as if it were pot-pourri.

Glenfiddich 12 Year

This classic Speyside from Glenfiddich was the Winner of a Gold Medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirit Competition, aged for 12 years in American and European Oak casks.

Nose: Grain. Slightly floral, mineralic. Spirity, orchard fruit, malty, honey. Citrus develops.

Palate: Light, floral, spices. Very smooth.

Finish: Sweet, touch of oak and general fruit, oily.

Overall: Stereotypical Speyside. Consistent - a good benchmark.

Balvenie 15 Year Single Barrel

Nose: Honey and peach, buttery baked goods, angel food cake, white port wine, honeysuckle and freshly-cut flowers. Butterscotch.

Palate: Rich with honey and marzipan, low-burn. Clear and unmuddied heather at the beginning, middle, and end. Like liquid candy, but not cloyingly so. Delicate and floral on the attack, growing more nutty and with darker cooked-fruit flavors… like peach pie.

Finish: is short, but with a lingering ghost of lilac and yet more honey. This dram makes me want to be a bee in the next life.

Macallan 18 year Single Malt

This new 18 year old expression is the result of a unique combination of both bourbon and sherry oak casks. The result is a soft and rich Macallan with hints of citrus, tropical fruits, spice and wood smoke, delivering a lingering finish with hints of orange zest.

Laphroaig 18 year

This 18 year old expression of Laphroaig is made in limited quantities each year and savoured by a fortunate few. A soft, sweet and spicy Islay peat smoke greets you when you first open the bottle. The immediate taste is an oak sweetness, from 18 years in the barrel. A faint hint of the sea can be detected, testimony to its time maturing on the remote island of Islay.

The Cigars:

Punch Corona (1998)

Origin : Unknown

Format : Long Corona

Size : 42x 155 mm (6.1)

Box code : 2007

Discontinued in : 2009


Price : $16 in Canada, $9 in Cuba

Average user rating 4/5

Origin: Unknown

Manufactured: Hand Made

Gauge: Medium

Length: 129

Format: Mareva

Ring: 42

Weight: 8,46 gr.

Score: 8.0

This cigar was introduced in November 1992 and introduced to the international market in 1994, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Columbus to the New World. The Siglo series are said to be milder than the rest of the models from the Cuban brand, tasting all them very similar, with mild creamy sweetness, medium bean flavours and also medium tobacco taste. 129mm of smoking pleasure.

Average user rating 4/5