Russell's Reserve Private Barrel Selection
Bourbon — Lawrenceburg, KY, USAReviewed September 19, 2022I decided to do a blind with Russell's 10 year, Wild Turkey Rare Breed and Russell's Reserve Private Selection. I poured all the glasses, let them rest for 20 to 30 minutes mixed the glasses up, closed my eyes mixed them up again. The first glass I picked up... I was like this is Russell's 10, the second glass I picked up I was like I'm pretty sure this is Wild Turkey Rare Breed and the third glass I picked up I was like yeah this is Russell's Private Selection. Lol I've never had such an easy blind. I guess it helps to have the same distiller with a different quality product. RR10 almost has a tangy light cherry and a little smokey nose. Taste is more subdued than the others carmel, ethanol cherry ends in a lighter cherry numb finish. This one has opened up since I bought it last year so I give it 4. Wild Turkey Rb has more of that wild turkey tangy nose we all know, cherry vanilla stronger and fuller than the 10. Taste also has that wild turkey tang but more complex and full bodied. Very smooth carmel and medium cherry. More of a sweet finish and a lighter numb. Very good stuff especially after the RR10. I give it a 4.25. Now we got the Russell's reserve private selection store pick...nose has less of the tang but sweeter and more cherry. Taste is a cherry bomb, super smooth but still strong, less of the Wt tang, good stuff!! This one is the winner with 4.5 but WTRB is no slouch.
Kirkland 20 Year Speyside Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed September 17, 2022Nose: deep dark fruits, sweet sherry light medicinal Taste: just a nice smooth mouth feel coming into honey plum medicinal sherry bomb. Finishing with a mediumsmooth, numb light leather sherry. I had this again with this year's 19 year release and I had to up the rating. This is a great speyside and I wish I could have bought another.
Kirkland 19 Year Speyside Single Malt Scotch Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed September 17, 2022Nose: sherry, plums, medical, honey Taste: tart sweet dark fruits moves into a medium bitter sherry medicinal numb finish. Not a bomb but solid for the price. I had this side by side with the 20 year and even though the 19 stayed in the sherry cask for a few more months the 20 took more sherry, is darker by a couple of shades, smoother and better. What a difference a year makes. 19 is a little sweeter, still solid and I am glad to have both!
Lock Stock & Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 16 Year
Rye — CanadaReviewed September 16, 2022Nose: rich brown sugar dark fruits wood light pepper veggies. Taste: Wow flavor explosion. Rich, sweet vanilla, plums, deep rye, almost winey. Finish opens up into a deep piney dates. Sweet and tangy. May be the best rye I have ever had. Good stuff!!
Lock Stock & Barrel Vatted Straight Rye
Rye — Multiple CountriesReviewed September 16, 2022This is a true rye blend. A marriage of different rye styles and would be a great rye for someone to start their rye journey. Nose: rye with baking spice light clove and dill. Taste: very smooth, rye hits with a little plumy dill finshes with a nice spicy numb. I actually had this side by side with a lock 16 which is a bad idea. 16 is just too good, I had to put it down and take a brake to enjoy the vatted again.
Dry Fly Specialty Barrel Straight Washington Wheat Whiskey
Wheat Whiskey — Washington / USA, USAReviewed September 14, 2022Had the 9yr flyday awc 138 proof. This one has a punch but its also one of the smoothest high proofs I have had. Sweet wheaty strong grainy. Enjoy but also dont mess!!!
Gold Spot 9 Year Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed September 14, 2022Fruity nose Very fruity smooth taste. Pineapple spicy. Sweet and numb finish. You could sip this all night!!!
Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed September 9, 2022Nose: a little ethanol, fruity and floral Taste: definitely mutli layered but still slightly subdued because of the blend. I think I like the sib better but this is a close 2nd. Tangy darker fruits, medium spice with that tangy spice finish.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed September 7, 2022Its JwR what do you expect? You at a dive singing karaoke. You want some cheap peat. You got it w red.
Dewar's White Label
Blended — ScotlandReviewed September 7, 2022Hey, Im at a bar singing karaoke. Fuck off. Honey a bit of bitter apples