I had some Tomintoul and Benriach minis and was pretty disappointed to be honest. Tomintoul 10 and 16 are not good imo far too much caramel, barley and toffee. The 33 is much better with a nice orange subtlety to it. The Benriachs I tried were the 12, 16, Curiositas and Authenticas. Again, none were outstanding, but the Curiositas was the best of them. The 12 I would avoid. Not a great night.
Islay Mist 12 Year Old... I've really enjoyed my encounters with the 17-year old, and this younger version is rapidly gaining a similar favoured place in my repertoire. While it's not as deeply toned and serene as its older sibling, the 12-year old adds a bit of spark to the proceedings that is mightily pleasurable. Very drinkable blend!
Bruichladdich Port Charlotte PC8... No off notes here. Just a clean and cleanly matured (all American oak) take on Islay peat smokiness with a savoury salted citrus twist that has one coming back for more. Good as it pours, on a single ice cube or with one or two drops of water added, depending on one's mood at any given time.
Lagavulin Vanilla Sky. The bottle has been opened for several months now and the whisky has become much much better. I really like this one. After the Laga I had a small dram of Clynelish 1982 MoS Cask 5895.
Ganga wrote:What do you think of that Auchentoshan? Is it worth seeking out?
I've just about polished off my first bottle, and have two more in reserve. For me, it makes for a very tasty 'summertime' sort of pour. And the asking price is very reasonable given the idiosyncratic nature of the whisky (Fino cask matured... in this case, the cask influence complements the distillate beautifully), plus the fact it's quite simply a cracker of a cask-strength.