.compass box - the spice tree

46% abv, €40, blended malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet (!), vanilla, floral, spices, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, green herbs, laurel, sage, fruity, apples, pears, tropical fruits, mangos, strawberries, camomile tea
Palate: sweet, candied ginger, spicy, red peppers, fruity, apples, pears, semi-dry, floral, heather, violets
Finish: long, sweet, vanilla, spicy, peppery, floral, heather, roses
Mark: +++++

.compass box - oak cross

43% abv, €35, blended malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: very gentle, sweet, vanilla, butterscotch, fruity, apples, caramel apples, pears, floral, rose petals, heather, tropical fruit, pineapple, citrus, lime zest
Palate: sweet, vanilla, spicy, white pepper, floral, heather, fruity, pears
Finish: long, semi-dry, fruity, apples
Mark: +++++

.laphroaig - triple wood

48% abv, €50, single malt, non-chill filtered, caramel E150 added

Nose: smoke, barbecue, sweet, woodnotes, sweet from dried fruits, raisins
Palate: dry, sweet, dried fruits, raisins, tannins, smoke, ash
Finish: medium long, ash, tar, smoke, sweet dried fruits, raisins
Mark: +++/++

.glen garioch - 12

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48% abv, €40, single malt, non-chill filtered, caramel E150 added

Nose: sweet, vanilla, fruit, apples, floral, apple-blossom
Palate: sweet, firm, vanilla, dry, red fruit, berries, strawberries, raspberries
Finish: gentle at first, later more firm and spicy, milk chocolate, strawberries
Mark: +++/++

.glen garioch - founders reserve

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48% abv, €30, single malt, non-chill filtered, caramel E150 added

Nose: medicinal, used leather, spices, mint, citrus, blood-oranges, milk chocolate, sweet, vanilla
Palate: spicy, hot, closed. With a splash of water added; sweet, milk chocolate, citrus, oranges, apples
Finish: old cheese, new leather, medium dry, firm, long, citrus
Mark: +++/++

.balcones - 5th anniversary - brimstone resurrection

60,5% abv, €not for sale, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: wet dogs, wet wax coat, mint, burnt wood, ash, burnt bacon, inner tubes, coal tar, lavender (burnt)
Palate: coal, burnt wood, sweet, honey, burnt meat, ash, leather, burnt marshmallow
Finish: medium long, strong ash, burnt wood
Mark: +++/++

.balcones 5th anniversary straight malt - brimstone resurrection cask finish - #2696

58,3% abv, €140+, straight malt, non-chill filtered, natural colour

Nose: sweet, custard porridge, caramel, floral, heather, cloves, lavender, eucalyptus, rubber
Palate: rough, semi-sweet, berries, cherries, sharp (more hot, really), leather & rubber hints, nuts, bbq sauce
Finish: sweet, vanilla porridge, sharp in the back, dry, aniseed
Mark: +++++