E & J VS Brandy
American Brandy — California, USATastedBought some of this to use in sangria, so I'm "tasting my ingredients." I've been tasting lots of 4-plus-star spirits lately, so...this is not one of them. It's instructive to try something mediocre. This is fruity and almost syrupy. It's not hard to drink, but it's not a joy. (It is smooth, at least...)
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedSmooth with a solid flavor that I first IDed as smokey but is apparently the peat. :) Easy drinking, with a nice rich flavor.The Twisted Birch
Teeling Vintage Reserve 24 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedSo, this is one of the best Scotches I've ever had. (Oh the irony.) Smoky, peaty, complex, but smooth. A flavor explosion. This is amazing.
Green Spot Château Léoville Barton Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedVery "Irish-y" (so smoky?), really smooth, rich from the Bordeaux and just a tad sweet. I really like this.
Bushmills Steamship Collection Sherry Cask Reserve
Single Malt — IrelandTastedThis is tasty and easy to drink, but flavors are all over the map, leaving nothing to really stand out. Has smokiness, and a sweet sherry finish, and something makes me think of honey. Smooth, almost silky, but a somewhat plain landscape.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedEsp for the price point, this is a smooth and tasty bourbon.
Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye (84 Proof)
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — (bottled in) Pennsylvania, Multiple CountriesTastedThis is like candy. Sweet and orange-forward. It's not a complex and subtle masterpiece, sure - it's just really easy to drink and really tasty. Careful!
Ardmore Port Wood Finish
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedQuite good. Sweet and smooth, I'm getting some peat but it's hard to say if that's from the Bunnyrabbit (whatever) that I just sampled (although I deliberately cleared my palate). At any rate, this is pretty good, but there may be better for the price.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedPeatey. Hmm. If I think of it that way, it's complex and interesting, makes me think of peat (yes) and the smoke of a well-banked coal bed. If I don't specifically keep that context in mind...first smell was "dry erase marker," first taste was "that smell when gluing a carpet seam." I think this ain't my thing.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTastedThis is what I think of as archetypical Irish Whiskey. And as an everyday, keep-in-the-cabinet staple, I quite like it.