Monday, 26 July 2010
I recently picked up this bottle of scotch after reading reviews of the Alba Reserve on one of my favorite sites drinkhacker.com. I honestly meant to pick up the same bottle but didn't realize I had gotten the wrong one until I got home. The liquor laws here are terrible and we had to drive 45 minutes to the nearest store that carried this brand so we did not feel like making the trek back. When I first read about this particular scotch, I had not scene it in any of the liquor stores I had been to so we wrote to the company and asked if they knew where we could get it. We received a reply fairly quickly which is pretty rare so that's one good mark already for having great customer service.
Nose: Nice and smooth with just a very slight tinge of alcohol burn. The hints of oak are very nice and not overpowering. There are also some undertones of carmel, vanilla, and spice.
Taste: Not much immediate burn but a little more in the after taste. Besides that, you get most of the vanilla and spice upfront with a tiny bit of oak that slowly fills your mouth as the first flavors wear off.
Drinkability: All in all, it went down very smooth. There was not much of a burn. It was also one of the more complex scotches that I have tasted and it seems like it tasted different every time I took another sip and tried to pick out more flavors. B+/$45
What's your favorite scotch or liquor?