Johnnie Walker 18 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandTasted January 30, 2022NOSE: Candied orange is the main note. There’s a layer of vanilla and oak behind it. Around the edges there are traces of brine, butter, and a slight peat smoke. PALATE: It’s caramel pudding or flan, with a gentle punch of spicy cinnamon and ginger. Finish is slightly minty and dry. OVERALL: Absolute classic. In one sip you get the full landscape of Scottish whisky: malt, sherry, and grain notes. Highly underrated and in my view a must try. I personally prefer it to Blue Label. Will probably always have on my shelf.
Chivas Regal 12 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandTasted December 15, 2021OVERALL: Surprisingly good. Only one of the classic 12yo blends that is nice to drink neat. NOSE: Fresh green apples are prominent. It’s got some heat for 40%. Plenty of malt and some bitter nuts. Hints of peat smoke. It’s not bad at all. PALATE: Sweet caramel, some kick, more caramel, stewed apples and pears, cinnamon and clove on the finish. Tastes really great honestly. Finish is quick but balance is great.
CAMUS XO Borderies Single Estate
Cognac — Borderies, FranceTasted November 5, 2021NOSE: Surprisingly hot for a cognac. It’s sweet candied orange peel and burnt caramel, somewhat fresh for an XO. Hints of vanilla but heavy on dry oak. PALATE: Sweet creme brule, sweet pineapple juice, mint chocolate, spicy candied ginger, nice simmering peppermint finish.
Nikka Super Rare Old
Blended — JapanTasted August 6, 2021NOSE: Not a refined nose. Heavy on oily grains. Some butter and lacquer. PALATE: Some more butter, burnt caramel, maybe clove. Very light finish.
Kavalan Solist Oloroso Sherry Single Cask Strength
Single Malt — TaiwanTasted May 2, 2020Amazing natural copper amber hue. Easily looks like 20+ year Scotch. No legs to speak of though. Nose 93 Packs a good punch at 59.4%, but not as fiery as some other cask strength bottles. Can be sniffed as such without diluting. It’s all those lovely sherry notes of marzipan and blood orange marmalade, but carried with dark, deep, roasted coffee grounds. That’s contrasted with a very sweet burnt caramel. Hints of ageing with walnuts and old wood. Very impressed with the ageing and depth. Taste 89 Had to add a few drops of water to tame the fire. Burnt caramel, orange zest, clove and cinnamon are all very prominent. It’s not sweet as the nose suggests. This is spicy, fruity, and very deep. Finish 93 Mint chocolate and cinnamon for ages.
Camus XO Elegance Cognac
Cognac — Cognac, FranceTasted January 28, 2020NOSE: Rich blood orange marmalade. Quite soft. Mild leather polish. Vanilla custard. Puff pastry. PALATE: Sweet orange jelly candies. Bitter red grapefruit. Very mild ginger spice. Finish is chocolate covered marzipan. OVERALL: Amazing vibrant ruby sunset color tones. Dazzling. Nose is rich but gentle. Palate is fruity but very dry. Makes for a lovely sipping cognac, not too powerful.
Hennessy XO Cognac
Cognac — Cognac, FranceTasted January 28, 2020NOSE: Primary notes are rich blood orange zest and dark burnt caramel. Vanilla is there. Leather polish. Super balanced and quite approachable. No burn anywhere. PALATE: Sweet caramel, turning into cinnamon and candied ginger, turning into dark orange chocolate. Tasty. Again no burn on the tongue. Texture could be a little thicker and oilier given the age. OVERALL: Good bouquet and good palate, but I found the Camus XO nose more powerful and interesting.25.0 USD per PourTambuli Seaside Resort and Spa
Osborne Carlos I Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
Spanish — SpainTasted January 25, 2020NOSE: Hits hard on the blood orange, dried grape, dried figs, toasted caramel corn, and vanilla. Aromas of old age in toasted almonds and varnished furniture. Beautiful. PALATE: Spicy notes of cardamom and clove and ginger. Some toffee. Over quickly but gently. OVERALL: Great bouquet with simple palate. Nice with chocolate desserts or fresh fruits.Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino Mactan
Glengoyne Pedro Ximénez Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt — Highland , ScotlandTasted January 10, 2020NOSE: It balances strong sulphuric notes with sharp spices and soft dark fruits. Pinch of salt. I think it nails it. It’s powerful at 46%. No peat but there’s a charcoal element there. Balanced yet complex. PALATE: Matches the strong nose with powerful flavors. Candied ginger. Gingerbread. Ends on warming sweet ceylon cinnamon. There’s a transition from spicy to sweet and back to spicy. OVERALL: First Glengoyne but I’m immediately buying the “slow” concept. It just feels like something made with care.
Basil Hayden's Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 10, 2020Basic bourbon. It’s okay. Little astringent in there.