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Portland Oregon has a snowstorm underway with about seven inches of snow where I live. That might not sound like much to some of you folks, but here it's a lot for one storm to dump in a few days. As a kid, I can remember Portland getting this much every year, but time passes and global warming has kicked in. So less snow now.
The winter wonderland outside prompted me to layoff driving for a couple of days and to enjoy staying at home with a nice bottle of scotch. Although I own older and fancier scotches, I felt a desire to open something simple, old fashioned and comforting.
Enter: Glen Elgin 13 Year Old. At nearly cask strength, this baby delivers the goods. It needs just a touch of water to bring out granny smith apples, caramel, and brown sugar in the nose.
The palate is more of the same with a dynamite finish. It's medium length with some very subtle end notes that move towards sweet without turning sickly. I also catch hints of butter brickle, cotton candy, oak, cinnamon, white chocolate, and cacao nibs. Very very nice.
I don't regret opening this bottle and if you are lucky enough to find one at a story near you, then neither will you, my friends. May you all have a relaxing Saturday. I wish you all well from my snowy white corner of the world. Everything looks so clean and fresh under a healthy blanket of snow.