Recently we got an email from the folks over at Flaviar. I’d known about this company for quite awhile, and had received some material for them two or so years ago. You’ve probably seen some of their ads on blogs in my own blogroll. I’ve never personally tried them out up until now because of a full plate when it comes to my schedule. However the mood struck and I said “Hey, send me whatever box you like folks.”, I mean I love all booze so long as it’s well made. You may not know this about me, but I adore scotch especially from the islands. So I was elated to see they had sent me a box of called “Scotch & The Islands”. We may be a Tiki blog but we try not to discriminate when it comes to Islands. So without further ado here’s a breakdown of the whisky within.
Highland Park 12 year old
Beautiful light yellowish orange color. Smells like whole grain bread fresh baked. I very much get the sensation of oats on the nose. Slight hints of chocolate and clove as well. The flavor is rich yet spicy, only faint wafts of smoke compared to the scotches I normally buy, but I still taste them. I can’t help but feel this could pair nicely with a nice oil rich orange peel in a scotch old fashioned. It’s full bodied in the mouth with grainy notes that explode into that white peppery sensation. This one came across as very refreshing.
Isle of Jura: Turas Mara
This one seems a bit darker than it’s predecessor both in color and nose. Notes of light sugar and ripe cherries are present as well as some soft wafts of smoke and oaky vanilla. This is definitely a darker richer whisky. The flavor is big and heavy on the oak. One can also pick out quite a lot of fruitiness though, Caramelized peaches, cherry, bits of bitter chocolate. I gotta say I like this one a lot.
Arran Lochranza Reserve
Probably the lightest in color so far. This whiskey is more a pale gold. The nose is light and sweet. Fresh honeysuckle in the springtime, light toast points and green pear. The sweetness carries over on to the tongue. This whiskey is light, but it also has a prim and proper nature to it. It’s finish is very long but never harsh or unwelcome. The first taste is sweeter than I like, but it’s not unbalanced. I will say I typically like my scotches with a hefty dose of peat which this sadly lacks. Still it’s a good whisky, I’d like to try more from their line.
Ledaig 10 Year old
The Peat is here! You can smell a lovely green smokey nose with hints of leafy green vegetables on the aroma. Mild notes of black pepper round out a decently complex nose. Your greeted with a fleeting sweetness that quickly melts away into notes of smoke and oak. It has a nice spicy character and the smoke aspect is very present yet far from being overpowering.
Talisker 57 North
Okay so when I saw this in the pack I was very excited. Of all the scotches I have loved my favorite was a Cask Strength from Talisker I’ll never forget. Orange peel and peat are strong on the nose with a faint hint of sweetness. That smokey citrus joy carries over onto the palate with mild notes of vanilla sugar. This is all brought into balance with just the right amount of oak. A really great scotch, I sure would like a whole bottle. Whitesnake once sang “Is this love?” I can only answer “Yes”.
Our Verdict: The packaging is very sexy. It caused more than one person around the Rated R Cocktails bar to comment in kind. The little test tubes the samples come in are very cool and even reusable. Your box comes with a couple of inserts including some helpful tasting notes and background. My only real criticism is I wish the little write-ups weren’t suddenly cut off with only a prompt to read the rest on the below listed web address. This was no trouble to me, but some people I might gift to may not be as net savvy. Trust me I know a lot of old tech illiterate alchies. This is however a minor criticism. For forty to fifty dollars you get five nice tasting glasses full of some top tier product in an attractive gift box. Very worth it if you ask me. This way you know what full bottles you’d really like to spend your heard earned cash on. Their site offers some full bottles at special prices as well. We can recommend these packs wholeheartedly. I always say the best way to develop your palate is to taste everything you can.
Well cocktail family I hope you found our second little review interesting as well. Have you tried any of these scotch’s or Flaviar? What did you think? Until next time…
“You Get Hammered America!” -JFL