Total newbie to "Single Malt" taste three Whiskys. Feel free to laugh because this will not be a sophisticated analysis.
1. Highland Park 12yo 43%.
Nose: Smells like Scotch to me and no real alcohol burn.
(Not sure this is a good idea as I didnt like JWB or J&B).
Taste: Ahhh.... Thats not bad. Little alcohol burn. Just enough to let you know its not water. A straw like taste in the middle (2. and 3. didnt have this). Heather? A little sweetness. Honey? A little tartness. Oak?
Finish: Nice and long with just a little burn and a lingering straw like taste. Not unpleasant.
Nose: There is the alcohol. Still smells like Scotch to me (Now I know this isnt a bad thing).
Taste: Stronger, alcohol, straw (Heather?), Sweetness (Honey?), Tartness (Oak?). Hey I really like this.
Finish: Continuation of the Taste but a little dry on the end.
Nose: Little less alcohol, about the same aromas.
Taste: A little less alcohol, more flavor.
Finish: Really nice. A little burn and complex flavors (I like but its way over my head) without the dry ending.
2. Macallan 12yo (Sherry) 43%
Nose: Less alcohol, less smoke, sweet cherry (Sherry?)
Taste: Barely any alcohol, sweet cherry, bit bitter on the end.
Finish: Little alcohol, sweet cherry, little bitter note.
Nose: Alcohol Laced Cherry Cough Drops (good enough to eat)
Taste: Still dont taste much alcohol, cherries are stronger. No bitterness.
Finish: little alcohol burn, cherries. No bitteness, no dryness.
Nose: Little less alcohol but not really any more expressive.
Taste: Bitterness is back
Finish: Bitterness is back
3. Laphroaig 10 43%
Nose: Woah! What is that... Smoked Fish and Sea Salt? Really expressive. Not sure Im going to like it but it isnt likely to be dull.
Taste: Hmmmm.... Hickory Smoked Fish + Charcoal + Sea Salt + a Hint of Sweetness.
Finish: Smoke, Charcoal and slight hint of sweetness (to suttle for me to identify type) holds on for a while.
Straight Laph 10
Nose: Woahhh! Thats a lot of Smoke
Taste: Whewwww... Now I know what happens to JD's left over filter charcoal.
Finish: It isnt harsh... How can this be? Just a little smoke and alcohol and a desire to visit the local barbeque and it last forever.
Nose: Even more expressive without as much alcohol.
Taste: Wow!!! Did someone substitute Cask Strength?
Finish: Let me just lay here for a day or two and enjoy it.....
HP12 Straw Taste = Heather?
HP12 Tartness = Oak?
Mac12 Cherry like sweetness = Sherry?
Laphroaig "Coal" like flavor beyond the "smoke" = Peat?
I think Ive just been converted from Bourbon the only problem is I cant decide which of the three I prefer. Its like asking which is better Baseball, Basketball or Football. They are all simply different.
The Laphroaig is nowhere near as challenging as I expected. Very good and very different but not really challenging.
This isnt working out so well.... I like them all!
I think its time to do a little more "research" into my preferences...