Whisky tasting notes 2024

Macallan Sherry Oak Cask vs Macallan Quest: Similar color and aroma. There is something un-fresh about Sherry Oak Cask that is “missing” in Quest. Surprisingly much bourbon flavour in Sherry Oak Cast, not bad flavour. Quest has a more flat, bitter flavour. Sherry Oak Cask wins.

Bushmills Black Bush vs Macallan Quest: Bushmills is paler, with a more flowery and fruity aroma. Macallan surprisingly subtle in comparison. Bushmills tastes sweet, flowery and some caramel, rather thin but not bad. Macallan has more bourbon flavour, probably some sherry but that is not what I think of after Bushmills. Another taste of Bushmills and it still holds up, and back to Macallan a bit sharp and alcohol. Bushmills wins.

Johnny Walker White Walker vs Macallan Quest: JW is paler, smells a bit of caramel, Macallan is more subtle on the nose. JW has a sweet, somewhat chemical flavour, Macallan more bourbon and the real thing. Macallan wins.

7 dlight Ichiro Mizunara Reserve vs Macallan Quest: Macallan a bit darker. Ichiro has a sweet, somewhat raw aroma, Macallan softer and more subtle. Tasting both I find the same thing, Macallan is a bit more the safe classic choice, Ichiro is not as easy to drink but it has more to offer. Ichiron wins.

Canadian Club 100 Rye vs Hudson Four Grain: Both quite dark, Canadian Club not as dark and not as red as Hudson. Canadian Club is rather fruity on the nose, I kind of think of strawberries and cherries. Hudson smells like sawing in a piece of oak wood. Tasting Canadian club is a bit underwhelming, it is not bad but not much happens, after a while I think I am drinking perhaps grappa or something. Hudson has a bit more complexity in the mouth, but not balance whatsoever. It tastes oak, bourbon and it is both sour and bitter. Of course there is more to talk about when it comes to Hudson, but more is not always better, and I think Canadian Club must win.

Miyagikyo Single Malt vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Same color. Miyagikyo has nice sweet maltiness on the nose. Yamazaki is more dry, more spicy, even more malty – Miyagikyo is more fruity. I taste Miyagikyo and find it quite sweet, rich, soft, and something that resembles peat. Over to Yamazaki it is less rich, less complex, less balanced – yet good, some hints of fruitiness in the background, but next to Miyagikyo I think it fades.

Glenfiddich 12 vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Similar color. Yamazaki has a more malty and rich aroma, Glenfiddich a little bit odd making me think of fusel oil. I taste Glenfiddich, it is quite light, but it has some complexity and develops nicely in the mouth. Yamazaki has a more integrated powerful and rich flavour. Both taste quite much standard malty whisky. Quite similar in flavour and quality, especially on the nose I think Yamazaki is a little bit ahead.

Dufftown Malt Masters Selection vs Glenfarclas 12: Very similar color. Dufftown has a bit fruitier nose, Glenfarclas drier more hay or mint or something. Quite similar. Dufftown has a very typical speyside flavour, not bad but nothing extra. Glenfarclas a bit more malty, bready, salty. I prefer Glenfarclas.

Dufftown Malt Masters Selection vs Glenrothes 12: Dufftown is paler. Glenrothes has a more sweet bourbon-like aroma. Dufftown has a rather clean dry speyside flavour, Glenrothes is sweeter, more flowery, kind of odd. I prefer the more classic Dufftown.

Dufftown Malt Masters Selection vs Edradour 10: Edradour is darker, with a more powerful aroma of what makes me think of sweet red fruits. Edradour has an odd flavour that makes me think of other things than whisky, and Dufftown being more dry and malty tastes like a classic Speyside. Dufftown wins.

Bulleit Rye vs Canadian Club 100 Rye: Bulleit slightly darker, but much more powerful on the nose, bourbon with some flowery hints (from the Rye typically). Canadian Club more caramel, a bit chemical. Tasting Canadian club it is smooth, caramel, a bit sweet. Bulleit Rye is much more powerful, raw, bourbon. Those who really like rye and bourbon probably prefer Bulleit, but I have to say I would rather drink Canadian Club.

Glefarclas 12 vs Glenlivet Founders Reserve: Glenfarclas wins.

Glenlivet Founders Reserve vs Glenmorangie 12 Lasanta: Glenmorangie wins.

Highgrove Organic vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Highgrove is paler in color, and has lighter more pure, caramel-malty aroma. Yamazaki is sweeter, deeper, a bit oily perhaps even with a hint of peat. Tasting Highgrove it tastes a lot of citrus and without water it is not particularly soft. Yamazaki is softer, richer, it fills the mouth more, and it has more complexity. Highgrove is a bit intense without complexity, and it can not match Yamazaki. Back to Yamazaki I would guess that its flavour is dominated by some wood not typical for scotch whisky, but in a balanced way.

Chivas Regal 18 vs Tamnavulin Double Cask: Chivas is darker, at first they are quite similar on the nose, classic, a bit sweet, with Chivas a little bit more mellow and Tamnavulin a bit more sour fruity and fresh. Tamnavulin tastes soft, a bit sweet more than malty and if it is sherry it is very well balanced, rather easy to drink. Now Chivas both tastes and smells a bit peated, a bit more oily, a bit more complex and a bit more challenging. Tamnavulin is good also after Chivas, it is a bit simple though. Chivas is both more complex and balanced, and wins.

Ballantines 17 vs Glen Ord 18: Ballantines is paler, with a fresh malty aroma. Glen Ord smells, liqourice? I am a little confused about the aroma here, Ballantines is lighter and less powerful, Glen Ord is a bit heavier. Both are rather balanced on the nose. I taste Ballantines and it is light, balanced, lingering nicely, quite excellent without being anything extra. Glen Ord is a bit extra, and not so little extra, a bit oily, some citrus. Ballantines is good, but more plain than Glen Ord. Glen Ord wins.

Famous Grouse vs Glen Garioch Founders Reserve: Famouse Grouse is slightly paler, with a fresher aroma. Glen Garioch smells a bit oily in a bad way, not fresh. Tasting Famous Grouse, a bit thin, a bit chemical and a little bitter but drinkable. Glen Garioch is a bit sour, raw wood, young and unrefined. Back to Famous Grouse it tastes like a very safe choice. And Glen Garioch again, no I do not like it. Famous Grouse wins.

Glen Ord 18 vs Springbank 18: Glen Ord a bit more red. Big difference on the nose, Glen Ord malty and fresh, Springbank heavy and peated (but not that peated). Tasting Glen Ord, it is rich, malty, complex and tasty, very nice. Springbank, a bit sour and then a bit of sulphur. I do not like it. Glen Ord wins.

Glenlivet 16 Nadurra vs Macallan Whisky Makers: Glenlivet paler even if cask strength. Both have a sweet fruity sherry arama, Glenlivet a bit more fresh and sweet, Macallan a bit more velvet mellow. Glenlivet first quite much bourbon in the mouth, then sweet-sour fruit, a bit unbalanced. Macallan more balanced, dry sherry. I dont particularly like Glenlivet, Macallan wins.

Macallan Fine Oak vs Macallan Whisky Makers: Fine oak is paler, with a slightly more sour and raw aroma than Whisky Makers. Very similar flavour, Whisky Makers being more soft and balanced, and wins.

Glenfiddich 15 Solera vs Macallan Whisky Makers: Glenfiddic is paler, with more soft sweet caramel araoma, Macallan being more sherry. Glenfiddich is soft, rich, fruity, malty, lingering nicely. Macallan is more sherry. A sherry fan will probably go with Macallan, but I enjoy Glenfiddich better.

Macallan Whisky Makers vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Yamazaki paler, and a bit more subtle on the nose, and Macallan is more sherry. Yamazaki tastes good, malty, classic, a bit light. Macallan tastes sherry, and I enjoy Yamazaki more.

Macallan Whisky Makers vs Redbreast 12: Redbreast a bit darker, with more bourbon aroma. Redbreast tastes a bit dry bourbon, with some fruity finish. Macallan tastes more sherry, a bit sour. I prefer the flavour of Redbreast.

Macallan Whisky Makers vs Mackmyra Reserve Elegant Ambassadör: Macallan slightly darker, more sherry aroma, Mackmyra a bit unusual wood aroma. Mackmyra also has a bit unusual woody flavour, a bit pepper, quite sweet and soft. Macallan more a classic sherry flavour. I like Mackmyra better.

Mackmyra Vit Ek vs Svensk Whisky för Ukraina: Mackmyra ha a bit more dark brown color, also with a richer, more raw wood, aroma. Tasting Svensk Whisky för Ukraina, seems young, a bit of bourbon. Mackmyra has a more rich, balanced and elegant flavour. Mackmyra wins.

Bergslagen Gast vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Mackmyra a bit darker, Bergslagen a bit more sour peated aroma. Mackmyra is a bit softer, a bit desert wine like. Bergslagen has a fresh flavour, both smoke and sweetness. Mackmyra a bit more balanced, softer, lingers with some fruitiness. I would say this comes down to if you prefer a more peated salty whisky, or a softer more fruity whisky. Too me, Mackmyra has more quality.

Bergslagen Two Hearts vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Very similar quite dark color. Bergslagen has a salted caramel aroma, mackmyra more like a lightly peated desert wine, more fruit. Tasting Bergslagen, quite sweet, a bit raw, lingers but not very softly. Mackmyra is softer, it really makes me think of the color yellow (plums, oranges, I dont know). Back to Bergslagen, it is a bit harsch and bitter. Mackmyra wins, its light peat, softness, and lingering fruitiness is a winning concept.

Dufftown 18 vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Mackmyra very slightly darker. Dufftown a bit more salty and fresh on the nose, Mackmyra a bit more yellow fruit and sweet, with some peat. Dufftown has a soft, fruity, malty flavour, both balanced and complex. Mackmyra tastes much younger, a bit raw, and sour. Dufftown is less powerful, not as strong, but I think it tastes better and has more quality.

Mackmyra Vit Ek vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Mackmyra slightly darker, with a more powerful aroma, but Yamazaki has a more classic malt aroma. I taste Yamazaki and find it quite classic malt with some fruity sweetness to it, perhaps most orange. Mackmyra more powerful, more sour (hint of peat). I think Yamazaki has more quality, and tastes better.

Old Pulteney 18 vs Writers Tears Japanese Cask Finished: Writers Tears very slightly darker. Old Pulteney is more malty salty on the nose, something chemical oily that I do not like so much. Writers Tears is much more fruity, perhaps on the chemical side. Tasting both quite same impression, mixed feelings about both, but I think Old Pulteney is better.

Hibiki Harmony vs Miyagikyo Single Malt: Similar quite pale color. Hibiki mostly caramel on the nose, Miyagikyo much more fruity, almost like a wine. Hibiki, soft, nutty, caramel a bit salty easy to drink. Miyagikyo immediately and unexpectedly a bit peated after Hibiki. Back to Hibiki, a bit sweet punch like, a bit synthetic. Miyagikyo is both fruity and lightly peated in an unusual way, but it works. I prefer Miyagikyo.

Hazelburn 10 vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Hazelburn is paler with a somewhat more raw, salty and dry aroma. Yamazaki is more balanced, full bodied, on the nose. Hazelburn is dry in the mouth, even a bit burnt, quite light. Yamazaki has a less malty, more alcohol-flavour. Back to Hazelburn, it has an open complexity with no flavour dominating and it lingers nicely. Yamazaki tastes more closed, less developed, the flavours hidden in each other (perhaps I should have added water), resulting in something somewhat chemical. Hazelburn wins.

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Mackmyra slightly darker, with a more powerful, deep and oaky aroma. Glen Scotia very subtle in comparison, a bit fruity. Tasting Glen Scotia it is light, but it has some complexity with some peaty hints. Mackmyra is a bit stronger, a bit more spicy and in your face, and not as smooth and easy as Glen Scotia. Back to Glen Scotia it is thin, makes me think of a blend. Mackmyra wins.

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour vs Jura Superstition: Jura very slightly darker, with a somewhat more oily aroma. Glen Scotia a bit more fruity and peat. Jura has a nice saltiness to it, but also a raw woodiness and somthing lightly Floki-like about it. Glen Scotia is lighter, more flawless, but a bit blend-alcohol-like. Jura tastes a bit nasty (like Floki), victory to Glen Scotia.

Glenfarclas 12 vs Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour: Similar color. Glenfarclas more dry, a bit herblike on the nose, Glen Scotia more fruity in a somewhat artificial way. Tasting Glenfarclas it is soft, salty, balanced, a typical speyside with some odd herbiness to it. Glen Scotia is more oily, slighly peated, a bit lighter, and it tastes alcohol like a blend. Glenfarclas wins.

Chivas Regas 12 vs Oban Distillers Edition: Oban darker in color, more powerful and sweet on the nose. Tasting Chivas I find it quite thin, with a body of nutty caramel, not bad. Oban, on the other hand is sweet, raw and not so little sulphur or whatever it is that tastes old margarine. Not nice. Chivas wins.

7 dlight Three Ships vs Glen Garioch Founders Reserve: Glen Garioch a bit darker, with a slightly nasty fusel oil aroma. Three Ships has a light smokiness to it (resembles Mackmyra Vit Ek from the other day). Tasting Glen Garioch, a kind of spicy malty flavour, better than I expected. 7 dlight, a rather sour with some peat. Back to Glen Garioch, it is more classic that 7 dlight, but a bit unpleasant. Its odd, after tasting Mackmyra Vit Ek I now appreciate 7 dlight for the same reason, I think. 7 dlight wins.

Longrow vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Longrow is paler, with a more dry more peated aroma. Mackmyra more fruity desert wine. Longrow has a dry, straight simple quite balanced, fresh and good flavour. Mackmyra more young wood, not very raw but still woody, a bit bitter with the sourness. Longrow wins.

Highgrove Organic vs Highland Park 10 Viking Scars: Highgrove is much paler, with a lighter more fresh aroma. HP has a somewhat sour aroma that I find a bit challenging at first. Highgrove light in flavour too, very fresh, clean maltiness. HP a bit more rough, dirty and oily, some of that fusel-oil smell also in the flavour, but it is kind of part of the character in a nice way. Highgrove, somewhat bitter and uncharming. HP is richer and softer, I think that makes it an HP victory.

Dufftown 18 vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Dufftown a bit darker, with a more dry, fresh clean aroma. Yamazaki is a bit more powerful, spicy, nutty. Dufftown has a rather clean neutral Speyside flavour, not bad but not much write about. Yamazaki a bit more oily and more flavourful, also very balanced. Yamazaki wins.

Glen Ord 18 vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Glen Ord a bit darker, and a bit more powerful and sweet arama. Both have a classic balanced aroma though, flavours quite similar, Yamazaki somewhat more accurately on spot winning narrowly.

Glen Ord 18 (2019 special release) vs Yamazaki Distillers Reserve: Very similar color and very similar aroma. Also, flavour not so different, but Glen Ord is more complex, lingers longer, and gives a richer experience. Glen Ord wins.

Arran Heavily Peated Sherry Cask vs Bowmore 18: Arran is more dark and red. Arran a bit raw wood, quite peated and sweet. Bowmore more classic malted, more dry, a bit peated but not as Arran, and more sherry rather than just sweet. Tasting Bowmore, surprisingly peated flavour and salty/dry in an elegant way. Surprisingly little peat flavour, a bit raw wood, artificially sweet, subtle balanced sherry. Bowmore wins, but two good peated sherry whiskies.

Bushmills 16 vs Writers Tears Japanese Cask Finished: Bushmills is darker with quite a bourbon aroma. Writers Tears a bit dryer (yet a bit fruity), less powerful. Back to Bushmills, yes bourbon. Writers Tears, harder to describe the aroma. Tasting Writers Tears, after adding a bit of water, a bit bitter-sweet, balanced, not overwhelming. Bushmills is more powerful, like a soft sweet balanced bourbon. Now back to Writers Tears it smells more flowery fruity. I think this thing with Japanese finish on Mizunara wood is a quite delicate things for enthusiasts and something that does not necessarily translate straight to a superior casual experience. I think Bushmills wins.

Agitator Select Cask Ex Islay vs Bunnahabhain Peat & Fruit Coopers Choice: Agitator is paler, with a kind of light, winelike, peated aroma. Bunnahabhain is more sweet with the peat in the background. Both are cask strength so I add water to both. Now Bunnahabhain is more peated, a sweet oily peat rather than smoke. Agiator changed less with water. I taste Agitator and find a dry, almost ashy peat, and a pure clean flavour. Bunnahabhain struggles more with what it wants to be, both sweet and smoky, with a bit of sulphur. Agitator wins.

Agitator Select Cask Ex Islay vs Bowmore 12: Agitator much paler, Bowmore amber. I am beginning to find orange in Bowmore and that, together with some peat, is what hits my nose first. Agitator is a bit lighter, both are peated, but when compared to each they seem to be peated to a similar degree and neither is very peated. Bowmore is more oily, chemical, heavy, and Agiator is more wine and smoke. I taste Bowmore and find it surprisingly sweet, soft, I think I can say orange with a bit of smoke. Agitator is also soft, but more salt and burnt. I find Bowmore a bit odd, perhaps they want it to taste like this, but too me it is a bit chemical. Agitator is a more refreshing peated experience. Agitator wins.

Agitator Select Cask Ex Islay vs Bowmore 15: Bowmore is a dark whisky, Agitator nearly colorless. On the nose Bowmore is more sweet, orange, oily. Agiator is more light white wine and smoke. Tasting Bowmore it is surprisingly dry, a bit peated, and with a fruity finish. Agitator is a more simple experience, it is dry and a bit of smoke. Trying Bowmore again, there is much to discover in Bowmore, it lingers nicely. I don’t completely love Bowmore, but Agitator is to plain and simple to match the more complex and interesting Bowmore.

Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour vs Johnny Walker White Walker: Glen Scotia somewhat more pink and clear in color, Johnny Walker more yellow. Glen Scotia a bit sour (hint of peat), almost flowery on the nose. Johnny Walker is more sweet, spicy, creamy, coffee? I taste Johnny Walker and it has a thick feeling in the mouth, like it is actually sweetened, and it has a soft, somewhat chemical easy to drink flavour. Glen Scotia is also soft, balanced, clean but with some complexity. Back to Johnny Walker it is mostly sweet, probably vanilla. Campbeltown Harbour is nice in a classic way, victory to Glen Scotia.

Nikka Coffey Malt vs Tamnavulin Double Cask: Tamnavulin slightly darker, or at least more red. Surprisingly similar aroma, both have a quite classic malt whisky aroma on the sweet side. Nikka is more vanilla, cream and spice. Tamnavulin is more fruit. I taste Nikka and it has something spiced about it, like punch. I taste Tamnavulin, and it actually tastes quite similar, yet a bit fruity. Back to Nikka it makes me think of honey rather than fruit. I find the Nikka experience more convincing somehow, Nikka wins.

Bushmills Original vs Tullamore Dew: Bushmills slightly paler, with a slightly more sweet caramel and soft aroma. Tullarmore Dew smells more pure alcohol. Bushmills also tastes a bit softer and sweeter, Tullamore is more burnt, more bitter and tastes more alcohol. Bushmills wins.

Edradour 10 vs Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour: Edradour very much darker, sweet fruity aroma. Glen Scotia has a light peated, salty oily aroma, and a fresh light balanced flavour. Edradour is more powerful, with a bourbon sweet fruit flavour that tastes a bit like extra-flavour rather than being well integrated. Back to Glen Scotia, a bit sweet as wall, an elegant simple easy to drink whisky with interesting flavours and complexity. Edradour, to me, is more odd. I prefer Glen Scotia.

Agitator Select Cask Ex Islay vs Deanston Kentucky Cask Matured: At least color is quite similar, both rather pale. On the nose, Deanston is sweet cream caramel, hint of fruitiness. Agitator is peated, more powerful. I taste Deanston, and even though it is light, almost diluted, it has some complexity and it is very easy to enjoy. Agitator is of course more of an aquired taste with an ashy smoke flavour. Back to Deanston, it still has flavour and quality after the more powerful peated whisky. If you want a peated whisky, go for Agitator, but in every other way I think Deanston is a better choice.

Ballantines 17 vs Glenburgie 15: Ballantines is more dry, more malty, lighter and more complex. Glenburgie is more sweet and bourbon, which makes it slightly bitter. I prefer Ballantines.

Deanston Kentucky Cask Matured vs Glenburgie 15: Deanston paler, with a soft salt caramel aroma. Glenburgie has a deeper sweeter aroma. Deanston has a soft light flavour, not so sweet. Glenburgie a bit more powerful, hints of fruit or even sherry. It is not so easy to pick a winner here, Deanston is a bit thin and kind of cheap tasting, but in that lightness there is a simple appealing complexity. Glenburgie has more of a body, but I find there is less to discover and enjoy and I prefer Deanston.

Glenburgie 15 vs Glenmorangie 10: Glenburgie is darker, with a more powerful bourbon aroma. Glenmorangie has a light aroma, a bit hay or herbs. I taste Glenmorangie and it is surprisingly salty and a bit herby, with a nutty finish. Glenburgie is more powerful, sweeter, and I feel quite sure now that there is a hint of sherry in it. Glenburgie tastes like the more complete whisky and I enjoy it more.

Glenburgie 15 vs Mortlach 12: Similar color, Mortlach has a slightly more oily rough aroma, and that difference get more clear when tasting. Glenburgie is rather soft and sweet, Mortlach is heavier, spicier and more raw. I prefer Glenburgie.

Bladnoch Adela 15 Oloroso vs Glenburgie 15: Bladnoch darker with an obvious sherry aroma, and not so little sherry flavour. Glenburgie is a more classic choice with a soft sweet malty flavour. I add little water to Bladnoch and it is a quite good sherry whisky, but I like Glenburgie better.

Glenburgie 15 vs Highgrove Organic: Glenburgie much darker, with a more full and sweet aroma. Highgrove has a light aroma, very fresh like lemons, if anything. Highgrove tastes quite much alcohol first, then comes an unusual burnt, sweet flavour of fire. Glenburgie more classic sweet soft, but also a bit bitter. Highgrove tastes quite raw and young, although it has quality too. Glenburgie is a much safer choice, I go with it.

Mackmyra Reserve Elegant Ambassadör vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Vit Ek slightly darker, with a clear peated nose and some sweet bourbon under the peat. Ambassadör is fruity sweet, not peat at all. Tasting Ambassadör is quite sweet and nice, with a somewhat odd young raw wood. Vit Ek is not so raw wood, quite peated, with hints of bourbon. This is close, and perhaps it just comes down to personal preference or liking or not liking peat. I find Ambassadör more odd, and I find Vit Ek more balanced and unusual in a more interesting way, so it is victory to Vit Ek.

The Irishman vs Tullamore Dew: Same color, like the Irish has decided this is the right color. The nose is different though, The Irishman beinq quite fruity rich and sweet, and Tullamore Dew more smelling pure alcohol. Tullamore Dew has a quite dry wine flavour, The Irishman being more soft and easy to drink. Tullamore Dew has some bitterness and overall more flavour and complexity. I am really leaning towards The Irishman, but I could make an argument for Tullamore Dew having a more dry, manly, acquired taste for grown ups rather than the somewhat cheap sweet easy to drink Irishman. But I will not make that argument, The Irishman wins.

Glen Garioch Founders Reserve vs Tullamore Dew: Same color, Glen Garioch has a somewhat nasty fusel oil aroma while Tullamore Dew has a more alcohol aroma. Glen Garioch does not taste as bad as it smells though, and Tullamore Dew comes out as quite chemical, a bit bitter, and quite uncharming. In the end I have to pick Tullamore Dew as the winner, for an overall less negative experience.

Miyagikyo Single Malt vs Old Pulteney 18: OP very slightly darker in color. On the nose I find Miyagikyo a bit more powerful, slightly more sweet, and Old Pulteney is a bit more fresh and bourbon. Tasting is not so different, I find Miyagikyo very intergrated (rather than complex), it is like it has one very flavour and it is hard to pick out parts (like sherry, that is supposed to be in there), and it is a nice whisky flavor but it kind of tastes manufactured to perfection beyond real charm and personality. Old Pulteney is more malty, salty, fresh and more bourbon. It is easier to pick out different flavours in OP, makes a more open impression, and a lighter impression, to me. In conclusion, I really like the OP18-style of whisky, but despite that I think OP has more quality and complexity as well.

Longmorn 16 vs Writers Tears Japanese Cask Finish: Similar color. Longmorn has a bourbon aroma with some fruitiness. Writers Tears has a more dry and spicy (rather than fruity) aroma. Longmorn has a rich flavour, lingering, fruity, easy to drink, with a bit of bourbon finish, very nice. Now, when about to drink Writers Tears, I find a kind of artificial fruitiness on the nose and in the mouth I find the whisky more raw and less mature than Longmorn. Back to Longmorn, it is not overly complex but very nice. Writers Tears a bit more dry, exotic, unusual, it stands up better the second round, but with some bitterness. Longmorn wins.

Kilkerran 8 vs Tullamore Dew: Kilkerran a bit darker, with a sour too-much-sherry-aroma, and a hint of peat. Tullamore Dew has a light alcohol kind of anonymous blend aroma. I taste Tullarmore and it has a sweet body and I find it quite easy to drink. Kilkerran, this is the peat-and-sherry mix that seems to be quite popular, but I find it almost repulsive. I add more water (that usually eliminates the taste of sulphur or bad margarine) and I can recognise the young sherry-peat-qualities. I taste Tullamore Dew, and I can really taste that this is a product that is manufactured in 10000x or more quantities than Kilkerran. Kilkerran is just raw, sherry, peat, experimental, small batch. Tullamore Dew is just manufactured to specification, uncharming. I rather drink Tullamore Dew, but if you like young sherry-peat whisky you will disagree a lot.

Tobermory 12 vs Writers Tears Double Oak: Very similar color. Tobermory has a nice rich somewhat fruity wine-like aroma with a solid maltiness underneath. Writers Tears is less fruity, more caramel, fudge, and vanilla but not really bourboun. I taste Writers Tears and it has a solid, balanced flavour, quite light and fruity. Back to Tobermory it smells a bit oily now, and it tastes more burnt, so not as soft as Writers Tears. Back to Writers Tears, it has a very clear, pure and crips flavour, with something elegant close to bitterness. Tobermory, it is not peated but after Writers Tears it is a bit in that direction. Toberymory is very good, but next to Writers Tears I pick that latter one as winner.

Famous Grouse vs Tullamore Dew: Famous Grouse a bit a bit paler, with a light chemical alcohol aroma. On the nose, I have a hard time find much difference. Tullamore Dew is a bit sweeter and heavier. I taste Tullamore Dew and at first it kind of tastes alcohol like I expect non-whisky-drinkers to think of whisky, but as that first impression fades away comes some subtle notes of malt and caramel that are nice, but subtle. Famous Grouse, similar initial impression, but it mostly stays chemical. Back to Tullamore Dew, this whisky has a more rich and soft body with actual whisky flavours in it, and I do not enjoy Famous Grouse when going back to it. Tullamore Dew wins.

Old Pulteney 12 vs Tamnavulin Double Cask: Old Pulteney much paler, with a salty aroma of sea and oil. Tamnavulin is more like a sweet desert on the nose. Tasting Old Pulteney I find it fresh and kind of complex for being relatively young and light. Tamnavulin is more sweet, nice but somewhat chemical and unnatural. Old Pulteney is not perfect, but I enjoy it more, it has a more authentic, interesting and unique character, so it wins.

Finlaggan (Batch Strength) vs Loch Lomond Heavily Peated: Finlaggan is darker, with a peated oily aroma. Loch Lomond has more of a burnt wood arama. Just using my nose I prefer Finlaggan. Tasting Finlaggan I find first chocolate-caramel, and then smoke-alcohol. Not much more. Loch Lomond is more complex, more soft, more chemical but in the end the slightly better whisky.

Glen Ord 18 vs Tobermory 12: Very similar color. There is much more bourbon and oak aroma in Tobermory, of course not like a real bourbon, but head to head Glen Ord is like a Speyside malt and Tobermory like a soft bourbon, both very nice thought. I taste Tobermory and it offers a bit over everything, fruitiness, bourbon and hints of peat (I think). After that Glen Ord tasted odd, very fruity, almost perfume. Back to Tobermory it now even has a bit of the raw character of a Bourbon. Glen Ord is fine but a bit shadowed by the more powerful and distinctive Tobermory.

Glenlivet 18 vs Miyagikyo Single Malt: Glenlivet much darker with a somewhat sweet and fruity nose. Surprised, I find Miyagikyo also sweet and quite similar, in fact very similar. There is more bourbon aroma in Glenlivet and Miyagikyo is slightly more fruity-sweet. Glenlivet tastes rich, complex, soft, it lingers nicely. Miyagikyo is a bit stronger, a bit less soft, more crisp rather than mellow, and more fruity. Back to Glenlivet, a significant bourbon flavour as well now, with some bitterness. Miyagikyo, somewhat bittersweet, I find Glenlivet to be a bit better.

Glen Garioch Founders Reserve vs J&B: Glen Garioch is much darker, with a malty oily aroma. J&B is lighter on the nose, more like vodka, and it has a quite mild somewhat peated flavour. Glen Garioch is not surprisingly much more powerful in flavour, more malty. Back to J&B it is still the same thing, still enjoyable. It is no secret that there is something (fusel oil) about Glen Garoich that I do not like, but today compared to J&B I don’t find that thing so dominant, and after all Glen Garioch is a more rich experience. Glen Garioch wins.

Agitator Argument Kastanj vs Svensk Whisky för Ukraina: Agitator is darker, with a sweeter more heavy aroma. Ukraina is more bready malty. Both smell young. Tasting Ukraina, a bit raw and salty first but that is followed by nice notes of nuts, caramel and honey. Agitator is more single-flavoured, the chestnut gives a particular flavour, it is a bit sweet with some bitterness. Ukraina has a bit bourbon on the nose as well. I prefer to drink Ukraina.

Agitator Argument Kastanj vs Hazelburn 13 Oloroso: Hazelburn a bit darker, with a bit of sulphur aroma, compared to Agitator that is more young wood. Tasting Hazelburn, the sulphur dominates, but it is surprisingly dry for a sherry. Agitator is sweeter, easier to drink and has a softer finish. There is quality in Hazelburn but it cannot make up for the odd, rust-like flavour. Agitator wins.

Deanston 15 Organic vs Lindores: Both are very pale, Deanston is the most pale. Lindores has a more sweet, fruity, oaky bourbon caramel aroma. Deanston is very dry, with something somewhat unpleasant. I taste Deanston and find it quite light, somewhat bitter, not unpleasant in itself but no exactly smooth, so to say. Lindores is more sweet and fruity but it is almost immediately dominated by an odd bitter-sweet flavour, almost like tonic. Back to Deanston, given its sharp thin character, there are nice notes of bourbon and fruit. Lindores is worse, probably it is rather young and has picked up too much raw character from a cask. Deanston wins.

Akashi Blended Whisky vs Bushmills Original: Bushmills is paler, with a light fruit-caramel aroma. Akashi is even more light or subtle on the nose, more vodka like. I taste Akashi and perhaps the flavour of alcohol and a somewhat unpure distillation dominates real whisky flavours, it is at least rather soft. Bushmills has a more soft, rich, almost flowery flavour. There really is not anything good about Akashi, the best about it is that it is quite soft and subtle. Bushmills wins for at least offering the idea of experiencing a whisky.

Akashi Blended Whisky vs The Irishman: If any difference, Akashi a bit darker. Both have a quite alcohol-dominated nose, but The Irishman is more fruity and flowery, while Akashi is more dry and malty. Tasting Akashi, the dominant flavour is actually pure alcohol. The Irishman – I would say the difference in taste is less than I expected after using my nose – a bit more sweetness and less alcohol flavour. Both just seems to belong to the same blend standard – not the worst but not premium. The Irishman wins.

Lindores vs Mackmyra Brukswhisky: Two pale whiskies, Mackmyra being the most pale. Both are harsch, dry on the nose, with some bitter herb rather. Mackmyra more so, Lindores a bit sweeter. Mackmyra, this is a strange flavour, I would probably not have identified it as whisky, it is more glue and grapefruit. Lindores is more gin. This bitter-sour-dry grapefruit of Mackmyra is not that nice. Lindores has a hint of maltiness or caramel, which is nicer. Lindores wins.

Agitator Argument Kastanj vs Makers Mark: Same quite dark color. Makers Mark has a rich soft bourbon aroma, really thinking vanilla and caramel here. Agitator is a bit sour on the nose, on the brink of peated, with some fruitiness. Tasting Agitator, rather sharp and short in flavour, a bit grappa-like. Makers Mark, really big flavour that fills the whole mouth, a bit perfume and a bit bitter. Two very different whiskies, i prefer Agitator.

Glenmorangie 12 Lasanta vs Glen Scotia Campbeltown Harbour: Glenmorangie slightly darker in color, with a somewhat sweet and fruity aroma. Glen Scotia is more dry, hint of sourness and peat. I taste Lasanta and find it quite ordinary, a bit sweet, quite balanced (not as bad as I remember it). Glen Scotia is more dry, a bit peated, it opens up more in the mouth and lingers longer, probably because o lower ABV. I add some water to Lasanta and taste again, now there are hints of bourbon but a rather dull whisky. I think Glen Scotia is a flavourful, easy to drink whisky, that makes me more curious about its origin. Nothing of that can be said about Glenmorangie. Campbeltown harbour wins.

Dalmore 11 Rare Find Oloroso vs Glen Garioch Founders Reserve: Dalmore is darker, more dark brown than red or amber. Glen Garioch has a malty spicy aroma making me think of fusel oil. Dalmore has a more neutral classic aroma, absolutely with some Oloroso. Back to Glen Garioch it smells a bit like someone puked in the cask. I taste Glen Garioch and it has a malty saltiness at first, which is ok, but it becomes a bit bitter and sharp, which is not that good. Dalmore is kind of sweet, with a quite dominant flavour or bad margarine. Back to Glen Garioch, it tastes like a young bitter blend, and Dalmore first 2 seconds would beat it, if the Dalmore finish was not outright disgusting. I discard the last Dalmore, finish the Glen Garioch, barely enjoying it at all. Glen Garioch wins.

Ben Bracken Speyside vs Glen Moray Classic: Ben Bracken is darker. Both aroma and flavour, Ben Bracken is more dirty and malty, Glen Moray is more winey and a bit bourbon. Both have a bit more bitterness than desired. Ben Bracken has richer less refined flavour, while Glen Moray has a quite simple but rather elegant wine-like flavour. I can argue for either of them, but I prefer Glen Moray.

Agitator Argument Kastanj vs Glenmorangie Lasanta: Agitator very slightly darker, with a malty caramel aroma, a bit fruity as well. Glenmorangie smells more vanilla and bourbon. Agitator, at first, is quite sharp and a bit odd young tasting, some bitterness too. Glenmorangie is more sweet and fruity, more easy to drink. I prefer Glenmorangie.

Mackmyra Reserve Extra Rök Svensk Ek vs Mackmyra Vit Ek: Both quite dark, Vit Ek is paler. On the nose, more peat (or at least smoke) and wood with Reserve. Vit Ek has a nice boubon, caramel and vanilla aroma. Tasting Vit Ek is nice, it is balanced, a bit salty, a bit peated, and not bitter. Mackmyra Reserve has a more powerful aroma, a bit odd/sweet at first, but really nice middle and finish. Back to Vit Ek, after Reserve, the Vit Ek is more chemical and not so impressive. This is one of those cases where Reserve wins head to head, but perhaps Vit Ek would be a better choice for just one whisky. Maybe. Victory to Mackmyra Reserve.

Canadian Club 1858 vs Teeling Rum Cask: Canadian club darker, with a sweet chemical nose dominated by alcohol. The very pale Teeling has a more dry neutral alcohol aroma. I taste Teeling, it is easy and thin, a bit sweet. Canadian Club is more sweet, more rich, more making me think of a mixed drink, a bit chemical. Canadian Club is more powerful, but in this case I think that is a bad thing. Teeling wins.

Canadian Club 1858 vs J&B: J&B is paler, with a somewhat sour smell of alcohol. CC is sweeter, smelling syrup. I taste J&B, and it tastes a bit better than it smells, balanced, light and soft whisky flavour. Canadian Club is however more sweet, soft, and balanced, with less chemical alcohol flavour. CC wins.

Bowmore 1999 Bourbon Hand Filled vs Bowmore 15 Golden & Elegant: Hand filled is a bit paler (G&E contains artifical coloring), and has a more dry bourbon aroma. G&E is a bit more peated, more sweet and more dirty on the nose. If there are any sulphur hints in any of them, it is hidden in the quite dominant orange flavour of G&E. I have noticed significant orange flavour inte the Hand filled sample before, but not head to head with G&E. Orange or not, G&E has more flavour, is more peated, is softer, and I have to say it is a better whisky overall.

Andalusia Triple Destilled vs Andalusia Triple Destilled (2024): I got a sample of a whisky I already had since five years, and it turned out to be very different. The old whisky is much darker in color, and has a more fruity aroma. The 2024 Andalusia is more honey-bourbon, softer on the nose. Same in the mouth, the old Andalusia is kind of raw with an odd sweet fruitiness. The young Andalusia is more caramel-bourbon and honey, with a bit of fruitiness in the background. Note that the “young” Andalusia (2024) may be older in the sense that it contains whisky that has matured for longer time. I think Andalusia has refined their whisky and made a product that I think appeals more to most everyone. The 2024 bottle wins.

Bushmills Original vs Lindores: Similar pale color, Bushmills a bit sweet caramel, also pure ethanol on the nose. Lindores has a more unusual whisky flavour, some bitter flower, probably young. First taste of Bushmills, the flavour is good but there is too little good flavour and too much ethanol. Tasting Lindores, a bit raw, a bit bitter, makes me wonder if I could confuse it with grappa in a blind tasting. The Bushmills may be a simpler product, but it is more enjoyable to drink.

Glenlivet 16 Nadurra vs Tamnavulin Double Cask: Glenlivet is paler, with a more powerful aroma, strong sherry influence, to the point that I immediatly doubt that I will like it. Tamnavulin is much more neutral after smelling Glenlivet, but giving it a minute, Tamnavulin has a soft fresh fruity aroma. Glenlivet is more rough. I taste Tamnavulin and it tastes very, ok, nothing bad but nothing spectacular or interesting – a very safe choice. Glenlivet has a bit more bite, a quite nice balanced sherry whisky actually. Compared to Glenlivet, Tamnavulin just tastes like a blend, and there is nothing wrong with the Glenlivet.

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