Two interesting characters to spend an evening with, for sure.
What I knew: 12 years, single malt, Speyside
What I discovered: This one was smooth, rich, and sweet with flavors of licorice and orange. It’s not too heavy on the peat, but leaves a taste of having just had a puff of a cigar.
As compared to:
What I knew: 12 years, single malt, Lowlands
What I discovered: This had a distinctly different flavor – vanilla, floral, grassy, and spicy. No smoke to this one, but it made my tongue feel like it was covered in a thin orange syrup. It entered a little spicy and ended a little sweet.
It was a toss-up of which one I preferred. I feel like they would fit different moods except whichever one I was drinking seemed to fit exactly the mood I was in. Perhaps the challenge would be finding a mood when I wouldn't want to drink them.