Originally Posted by David_T
I am fascinated by the wide divergence of tasting impressions for any given whisky by different tasters.
As a relative newbie to malts, I also recognize that tastes can change over time. Even so, there must be another factor. Could it be a difference in olfactory and flavor receptor chemistry from taster to taster? I think so.
That is the only explanation I can imagine for the existence of the market for incendiary peat bombs.
To each his own. It's all good!
It's mind boggling, particularly when one you find repulsive sends others into euphoria, then when you find one to spend the rest of your life with, they look at you as if you've lost your mind.
Most frustrating of all though, is when you know what you like and what you don't like, only to find the two perfectly reversed the next time around.
Like you, I'm still trying to wrap my head around it all, but frustrating though it be at times, it's pretty fun too.
Originally Posted by opelfruit
...revisiting whiskies you tried long ago is good, when you tasted them you did not have he perspective you may later have and it changes your perception of the dram.
I've caught myself on this several times already and had to reverse some opinions, only to find them once again what they already had been previously.
Ah, the torture of having to re-examine single malts again and again.
Originally Posted by jwise
My analysis of your (former) wishlist:
Glenfarclas 15 - Stunning malt, delivering sweet sherry overtones with lots of spice and a bit of smoke. I think it beats the Glenfarclas 17, 21 and 25.
Cragganmore 12 - Very balanced, light, and crisp malt. Maybe a bit boring, but still very good for what it is. Don't eat anything before hand, or you might just miss the subtleties.
Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or - This is a good whisky. I think its a little too tame. Probably one of the best Glenmorangies of this lineup. I much prefer the Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX, but good luck finding it.
Glenrothes Vintage 1998 - The 1995 is better. My honest recommendation, is that you should open the bottle and let it breathe a bit. If you crack open the bottle and poor a dram, expect it to taste pretty young, and very spirity. With a little time to breathe, either in the bottle or in the glass, will do it wonders. I absolutely love the 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1992; and the 1972 is something that will go down in the history books.
The Balvenie 15 Single Barrel - Oh, this is such a wonderfully crafted malt! It is a bit raw, without the fanfare of a finish, but it is a great example of what an ex-bourbon barrel can create, if given enough time and the whisky is of the right quality. I really enjoy this expression from Balvenie. The 12 year Single Barrel is replacing the 15, and I haven't tasted it yet, so I am anxious to see how this develops. I'm thinking I might need to taste the new 12yr to see if I need to stock up on the 15.
The Dalmore 15 - A simply divine dram, with a bold sherry profile. This is like drinking candy. I didn't know whisky could taste so good! I put it up against the Auchentoshan Three Wood, as they are both very similar, but unfortunately they are also very similarly priced.
Oban 14 - I remember it being good, but I don't remember much about it. I may need to re-taste it and do a formal review. I've only tasted it once, so that is not really fair to the distillery.
Glenfiddich 15 - I've tasted this repeatedly. I don't care for it. However, given a choice between the 12, 15 and 18, I'll take the 15 year Solera Reserve. It is the least awful of the bunch. I have a hate/hate relationship with Glenfiddich, which won't go away any time soon.
I wish all reviews were written like this without all the fruits, chemicals and spices.
Another thing I love about your reviews are how simple they are to read, and short enough that you can go over them a couple of times with ease.