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Epicurean

From the Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar was a Douglas Laing Epicurean.This expression is from their Remarkable Regional Malts series.  The Epicurean is the blend they created to represent the Lowland Region of Scotland.

Bottled at 46.2% ABV. This spirit is light gold in colour.received_899964243788241.png

Nose: Light grass, barley, citrus, herbs and dried wildflowers.  A piece of toast with marmalade.

Palate: Sweet and spice converge.  Almonds, peach skin and stewed plums.

Finish: Toasted almonds, cut grass, top crust of burnt sugar on a crème brulee.

This is a very well put together whisky with lots of character and depth.

Rating 8.3/10

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Edradour – 10-year-old

Edradour is one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries and their flagship expression is the 10-year-old age statement.  This is also behind door number 10 of the Kensington Wine Market Whisky Advent Calendar.received_562751980965546

Their distilling methods and the fact that it is matured in both Oloroso Sherry and Bourbon cask is what gives it a thick, velvety mouth feel.

Nose: Slightly over-ripe apricot, honey, French toast with maple syrup, dried figs.

Palate: Vanilla, rum notes, toasted almonds, ripe banana.

Finish: Fruitcake and baking spices…not terribly long

Rating: 8.5/10

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Eau Claire Distillery Single Malt

Eau Claire Distillery is a new craft distillery 40 mins southwest of Calgary in the hamlet of Turner Valley.  They set up shop in the circa-1929 Turner Valley Movie Theatre and Dance Hall.  Eau Claire produces spirit from local Alberta grain.  They are a certified farm distillery and use traditional horse farming for special edition Rye and Single malt Whiskies.  I was blown away at the quality and uniqueness of their single malt and will certainly be on the lookout for other releases in the future!received_756258588182753

Bottled at 43% ABV.

Nose: Licorice, toasted barley, lemon grass, floral, green banana sautéed in brown sugar.

Palate: Clean and well-balanced, milk chocolate, mixed roasted nuts.

Finish:  Toasted mocha, dried fruit and baking spices

Rating: 9.0/10

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