We found the Miltonduff flew off our tasting shelf closely followed by the Ben Nevis strangely enough.
They are just releasing a Jura I believe, as well.
The main thing to remember is that Duncan Taylor stand by their products 100%, and it is unlikely you will get any duff ones.
Go buy. Go enjoy.
Macallan 11, 16 and 18
I thought Battlehill was supposed to be the "10 years and younger" brand for Duncan Taylor. I guess it's not age-specific, just "entry level". They're very reasonably priced (assuming they're drinkable), topping out at $70 for the 18 year Mac.
I haven't bought any yet, but am curious about the Aberlour, Jura and Mac 16.
Ben Nevis 10
Nose: Slightly off notes (musty/sour) initially, but these vanished quickly. Malty, metallic. Rather closed.
Palate: Very honeyed, white pepper. Doughy malt. A little metallic as with the nose. Some background vanilla and spice (cloves), but the honey and pepper really stand out.
Finish: Peppery, longish, and very warming - it had me sweating!
With water (~3 drops): The nose really opened up with fruity and floral scents. Unfortunately, some cardboard appeared on the palate, but also nice tobacco.
Comments: This has elements that remind me of Balvenie 15 SB, Talisker 175th, and Cragganmore 12 - almost like a vatting of the three, though not quite as good as any individually. I doubt this would be a standout for many people, but it has a flavor profile I really like. As the bottle opens up it could be really good, provided the initial off and metallic notes disappear, but if they become more prominent I will lose interest.
Nose: Ripe tropical fruits - melon or maybe papaya, coconut. Something earthy too that I can't pinpoint.
Palate: Flan! Nutmeg, oak, drying. Reminiscent of spiced mead or mulled wine.
Finish: Medium, spicy.
With water (~3 drops): Really brings earthiness to the nose. Old leather, woody incense. Didn't change the palate much.
Comments: Very tasty, creamy, rich and spicy.
The Imperial is probably a better dram, more balanced and without the flaws I got at first with the Ben Nevis, but tonight at least, I like the Ben Nevis a little more. It really suits my tastes.
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