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Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin
Distiller Score 94
The ginger comes through the boldest, but more in a ginger ale sort of way. Black pepper, cardamom and a touch of cumin come in a right behind ginger. The spices lead the way on your palate with a nice mix of spicy heat and spicy warmth. The cardamom lingers seductively. This is a gin that varies from the typical Western style which often use lots of floral and fruits. Cocktails utilizing teas, like hibiscus or even a Bramble cocktail with the spices in the gin playing off the blackberries would be a lovely drink.
The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Distiller Score 83
Bright, sweet, and a little bit funky. The nose is all about candy aromas with banana as the main player. Chili flake and distant note of rose add some layers here. On the palate, this whiskey has good oiliness up front with notes of pepper and caramel, but does drop out a bit in the finish.
Familia Camarena Silver Tequila
Distiller Score 81
The nose is full of bright, baked agave notes with gentle fresh green herbs. The tequila feels slick on the palate with the cooked agave flavors fading to the background. The mid-palate fades pretty quickly leaving you with a bittersweet finish with earthy tones. Not terribly complex, but no off-putting flavors. Shoot or mix for best results.
Knob Creek Quarter Oak
Distiller Score 84
Knob Creek Quarter Oak does display some added complexity from the quarter oak aging treatment, but tends to drift off as it finishes in both the nose and palate. The nose is lead by floral (dandelion) and vanilla aromas with some bread-y notes in the background. The palate offers some 'banana' esters with vanilla carrying it through to the finish.
BLY Silver Rum
Distiller Score 88
A fresh sweetness and slight astringency on the nose, the aroma of BLY Silver Rum makes an impression, then dissipates quickly. On the palate, it has a buttery texture and hints at cajeta-topped vanilla ice cream, with an undercurrent of banana sweetness and earthy funk. It leads to a spicy, slightly prickly finish.
Deep Eddy Vodka
Distiller Score 75
There's a strange peppermint-candy like aroma to start you off. The vodka feels soft initially on your palate, but that feeling quickly leaves you as it dries your mouth. There's no discernible flavor to be found other than the first initial sweetness. Bitter and pepper finish from the alcohol burn. Wouldn't recommend to have on its own -- mixed drinks only.
Old Pulteney Huddart
Distiller Score 88
The peated casks come through here as soon as you take a sniff. More of a savory, rather than a sweet nose with further notes of walnuts, orange peel, and toasted malt. The body is moderately full creamy with the dram finishing with a nice bite due to the proof level and a bittersweet taste. Pair with a charcuterie plate.
Distiller Score 90
Chambord's reddish amber hue is about what you'd expect from something flavored with raspberries and blackberries. On the nose, its concentrated berry aroma is reminiscent of fruit leather. Its flavor, however, is more muted: It's slightly sweet, with a touch of black cherry lingering beneath berry-vanilla notes. It would add a nice fruity sweetness to cocktails, or even compliment chocolate flavors well.
Kilchoman Vintage 2010
Distiller Score 91
This is assertively peated whisky with some oomph. It's rich, silky, and sweet, but that's all supported by a solid dose of smoke. Look for pear, salt, vanilla, and a bit of lemon zest on the finish. It's an excellent Islay and another exciting release from Kilchoman.
Reviewed by Jacob Grier
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