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  1. Maker's 46 Cask Strength

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
  2. GlenDronach Original 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    How much are you supposed to drink before you start paying attention? Umm...err...anywhoooo Finally grabbed a bottle of this after reading all the mostly positive reviews, plus my palate tens to align pretty well with Stephanie's and her review sounded tasty. My opening sentence was only partly in jest; this is one of those drinks that to me is elusive and difficult to pin down. The first nose shows a lot of generic fruit and a slight mustiness. A few sips later and I can pull leather and dust, and the fruits now smell like mincemeat instead of an edible arrangement that's sat out too long. The taste behaves quite the same; initial strong honeysuckle and then a blast of raisins, but subsequent trips to the well reveal that same leather as on the nose, and the raisins combine with the dust to become their slightly drier, more bitter, cousin, currants. There's Christmas spices throughout, and the rich, creamy mouthfeel is a plus. I was surprised to find the finish is actually quite long, leaving that bit of leather and a touch of honey to linger for a solid minute. I should be clear; this is not my preferred style of Scotch. My first sip made me think I'd bought a creamy Macallan, and anyone who's read my reviews knows I'm not a fan of that particular distillery. On second (and third, fourth, and now fifth) visit, I'm starting to see more to this than that first impression. I'm still not 100% certain that sherry doesn't require peat, but this bottle is helping me to work through that dilemma.
  3. Smooth Ambler Old Scout 107 Proof American Whiskey

    Blended American Whiskey — Indiana and Tennessee (Bottled in West Virginia), USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A friend read somewhere that this was supposed to be MGP stock, so when I saw a bottle on my way out of the store, I figured I'd give it a go. Nose is very light, mostly ethanol aromatics with just a whiff of sweet. Given a few minutes, soft caramel shows up, but there's really not much happening. Palate starts just like the nose finishes; mild alcohol bite and creamy soft caramel. Sadly, it never really goes anywhere else, with just a touch of drying spiciness before finishing cleanly. It's very inoffensive. Very mild. Very neutral. Very unremarkable.
    42.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Green Spot Single Pot Still

    Single Pot Still — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Saw this at a non-Alaska price for the first time and decided to give it another shot. I was hoping for a rich, creamy, interesting drink I could have while I cycled between Scotch, bourbons and rye. I guess 2 out of 3 isn't all bad. My original review from several years back still stands true today, with a few minor variations; It smells very light and floral on the nose, like honeysuckle on the vine, then meanders to vanilla. The mouthfeel is still very creamy, and the palate is still sadly one-note (sweet honey) and boring. No real finish to speak of. It's smooth, unobtrusive, inoffensive, and just pretty ok. I tried to like it more than I do, but this will be my last bottle. Maybe it's time to bring cognac and Armagnac back into my rotation...
    48.0 USD per Bottle
  5. George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2018)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    No matter how much I could have hyped this in advance, I would have been unprepared for the experience. It smells like a tray of hot caramel cinnamon rolls; dry, yeasty, sweet, sugary, vanilla. The taste is all of that and so much more. It starts rich and sweet, led by brown sugar, caramel and vanilla, but then leads to a surprise snap of dill and mint (and rosemary?) Before turning just ever so slightly dry and woody. Finish is more mint and a bit of oak, leaving a very nice numbness on the cheek and gums for several minutes. Incredible. This is without question the best bourbon I've ever had.
    25.0 USD per Pour
  6. Maker's Mark Cask Strength

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Batch 18-02, at 55.45% ABV. The bottle has been open about 45 days, and is roughly 3/4 empty. This taste is from a glencairn, after resting for 20 minutes. The nose starts as expected, opening with vanilla and leading to a newly-cut field of hay containing a large stand of fresh honeysuckle, before throwing a curveball in the form of Play-Doh and a dash of grape bubblicious. Palate is sweeter than my previous bottle, and the mouthfeel is quite a bit heavier, bordering on creamy. It doesn't drink at 55%, displaying vanilla, creme-brulee, honey, and soft caramel. Think Werther's original in a liquid form. The cardamom finally makes an appearance mid-way through, and when the cinnamon arrives right afterward, it plays a supporting role to the much softer, less in-your-face, cast. There's also a very interesting thread reminiscent of English breakfast tea running throughout the whole sip, tying everything together before fading in the close. And the close is where we finally find a bit of astringency and wood; but it's far from objectionable, working well to balance the sweetness and spice with just enough dryness to make it not cloying. Finish is nice and clean, albeit slightly short, with the caramel lingering before the breakfast tea reappears to dry the mouth in preparation for the next sip. This was a night and day difference from my last bottle, and one that I'll probably buy again in the future.
    48.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Glencairn, no water, almost empty 1.75L that's been open for 4 months. First time I've found a bottle in something like 6 years, and I'd forgotten how much I like this stuff. Nose is dictionary bourbon: Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, and oak. A few minutes to let it open up and you're rewarded with a hint of plum and cherry. Great stuff, and fortunately the nose carries through to the palate, with a smooth syrupy sweetness coating everything before it sorts itself into caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, cardamom, oak, and dark fruits. Finish gets ever so slightly bitter and oaky, but it's not objectionable, and goes a long way to not making this seem overly sweet. This has been one of my standard-bearers for bourbon under $40 and it remains so today, despite the distribution shenanigans and secondary market nonesense.
    29.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Hancock's President's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Glenacairn, no water, bottle less than 3 months old. Nose is sweet and hot at the same time, with a surprising amount of corn. Time and judicious distance reveal caramel and a tinge of menthol, almost like someone opened a tube of Tiger Balm in the next room over. Palate is heat forward, with a burst of cinnamon followed by the briefest flash of caramel and vanilla, then more cinnamon heading to a pronounced drying. Finish is short and woody. I enjoy Blanton's, and Elmer T. Lee is a personal favorite. I can find the resemblance, but it's faint, like you can see how a VW Beetle is related to a Porsche 911...some of the curves are there, but they're not really developed yet, and performance is drastically different. Same goes here; this isn't bad bourbon, but it's also nothing to write home about.
    49.0 USD per Bottle
  9. George Dickel Barrel Select

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Had this at the Carolina Country Music Festival. Can't really rate the nose as it was from a 6oz plastic cup, but the palate was spicy and interesting, with a lot more wood than I had expected. Finish was medium-short and hotter than expected, but not at all unpleasant. This bears further tasting in a proper environment...
  10. Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey

    Single Malt — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
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