Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Macallan Fine Oak 10 YearThis Highland Scotch whisky was aged in both sherry and Bourbon casks.

We suggest sipping it neat. It is a modest malt—not fiery on the palate in the least. The texture is silky—making it more fetching than most blends. The smoke note is quite light, and it shows honey and is a bit fruity.

At $30 to $40 a bottle, the Macallan Fine Oak 10 Year is an appealing buy. It is an easy whisky that one can enjoy regularly, and the packaging is handsome, which means Fine Oak can be gifted.

You may buy it online from a variety of retailers, including our preferred shop.

Readers itching to learn more about this malt may visit http://www.themacallan.com/the-whisky/fine-oak/10-years-old/.

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The Dalmore 1263 King Alexander III Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Dalmore King Alexander IIIOnline, this whisky is selling for $200-$250 a bottle. At 80 proof, that’s a pretty penny, but presumably the King Alexander III is much coveted because it is so unusual.

This Scotch has been aged in “bourbon casks, Matusalem oloroso sherry wood, Madeira barrels, Marsala casks, port pipes and Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrique.” (See here.) The orange and citrus flavors dominate, but other notes are plainly present: cocoa, red wine, vanilla, and a touch of smoke. Interesting, and peculiar, as the sage Dr. Whisky notes.

The Dalmore King Alexander III is worth trying for the Dalmore lover or the whiskyhead with a discerning palate. (Rating: Very good.)

King Alexander III, for those who forgot their history, drove the Norse from Scotland.

 

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Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky The Original

Glenmorangie The OriginalWe nabbed this bottle for about $35, and it proved worthy of the money spent.

This ten-year old, 86 proof whisky occupies a happy medium flavor-wise. It falls between the light bodied blended whiskies and the palate-blowing peat monsters.

It is a very safe choice for gift-giving: who could be offended by Glenmorangie’s fruity and lightly smoky malt? It is gentle on the tongue, and shows light vanilla and almond notes. Enjoy it neat to fully appreciate the flavors it offers. (Rating: Very Good)

You may read more a bout this whisky at http://www.glenmorangie.com/our-whiskies/the-original.

You may shop for a bottle of Glenmorangie online here.

 

 

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Chivas Regal Gold Signature 18-Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Chivas Regal 18-Year Old Blended Scotch WhiskyChivas Regal 18-Year Old is a snazzier older sibling of Chivas 12-year. (Chivas also makes, we should add, a 25-year old blend, although we cannot recall the last time we saw it for sale in a shop or bar in the United States.)

Chivas Regal Gold Standard runs $45-$50 a bottle retail, while the has-been-around-forever 12-year old Chivas fetches $25-$35 a bottle in stores.

Chivas 18-Year (80 proof) is a fine enough blend to be enjoyed neat. It shows notes of toffee, peat, and burnt orange peel.  It is a bit more viscous than the 12-year old, which makes it more pleasing to swish about the mouth. (Rating: Very Good)

You may read more at http://www.chivas.com/

Chivas may be purchased online here and elsewhere.

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Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Canadian Whisky

Source: AlcoholReviews.com
Source: AlcoholReviews.com

A crowd we ran with decades ago used to call Southern Comfort “liquid panty remover.”

We found this monicker a tad repugnant, but it comes to mind as we contemplate Black Velvet Toasted Caramel Canadian Whisky.  This new spirit arrived on our doorstep in October, 2012.

Like SoCo, this hooch is a little less alcoholic than standard distilled spirits (80 proof), and boy-oh-boy is it easy to drink.  It is a bit sweet and tastes as advertised—like toasted caramel.  On the rocks it is absurdly easy to guzzle. (Rating: Good)

Serious boozehounds may snark about Black velvet Toasted Caramel Canadian Whisky, but Constellation Brands will have the last laugh when it sells by the bazillions of cases. Read more about it at http://www.blackvelvetwhisky.com/

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