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  1. E & J XO Extra Smooth Brandy

    American Brandy — California, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I like this brandy. I have only had two other brandies in my life before and one was ok and the other was just terrible. The two were Asbach and the other was E & J VS. This brandy is so much better than either of those. The flavor and smoothness were amazing and the price is very nice as well. The nose is sweet fruits like grapes or raisins(I know made from wine) and the color is a nice rich amber and as a nice plus it coats the Glencairn glass nicely. The body is where this humble liquid comes to life. It is lush and smooth with vanilla and dark brown sugar but not caramel or toffee but more like sugar cookies with a lot of really dark brown sugar. The finish was sweet but not syrupy and was really pleasant. Overall this is a very good drink at a great price. It is $13 in my area and it was on sale for $10. I have not made any mixed drinks with this yet but I will shortly. If you need brandy to fill out your bar this is a good contender. Enjoy.
    13.0 USD per Bottle
  2. The Glenlivet 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Once more into the sea of Scotch. Glenlivet 12-year-old is a solid welcome to scotch liquid that is found nearly everywhere that sells spirits and the quality is very consistent through the different bottles I have tried. ( Two small, a pint, and a 750ml.) This scotch grew on me as I drank it with my dad and later some friends. It still has the sharpness I associate with scotch but it is a manageable sharpness and with a touch of water or a few small cubes of ice it is actually quite pleasant to drink. The nose is light some fruit and some sweetness there is also some vanilla as well. The body is nice is a bit thin. It is warm and fairly smooth with vanilla and some wood. The finish is light and ends quickly with some wood and lingering sweetness. Overall, this is a nice entry-level scotch to try in my opinion and it will not break the bank. I have read that it has a "generic Speyside" profile and I am not sure what that means. This scotch makes a very nice High ball for a hot June day and for a scotch novice like myself its flavors do not overpower anything when I drink it. Glenmorangie 10yr is still the best tasting scotch I have had so far and a number of people have given me suggestions on the next ones to try and I am slowly getting to those. Lastly, on a personal note, I have read more harsh reviews about this scotch than any others to date and I am amazed by some of the language describing the liquid. I say drink what you want and what you can afford. Enjoy.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Old Bardstown Estate Bottled Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I bought this a few months ago and had a few drinks from it and put it somewhere safe and forgot about it. So when I was cleaning out some boxes I found it again and now it is time to review it. When I first tried this it reminded me of Henry McKenna BiBbut as the bottle has been opened it is something different. I know it is produced by Willett but I have very little exposure to it the brand. It is a solid Bourbon and is a pleasure to drink but it is not subtle it is a big flavored adventure. In the glass, I find notes of oak, vanilla, and a bit of sweet citrus maybe orange blossom honey but that is very faint. The body is where it is at. The sweetness is there but it is not overwhelming. The vanilla becomes creamy and blends with the oak char to make a baked dessert-like flavor. I really enjoyed the body of this Bourbon and when a bit of ice or water is added then the flavor becomes even nicer. The finish is fairly long with some spice and dryness but it does get a bit hot again not unpleasant but it lets you know it is a higher proof Bourbon. It is under $30 in my area but I do not remember how much I paid for it and I have not seen it in my local store. Between $20 to $30 it is a very good choice for your bar, however, if the price goes up too much then it is a no for me. I like Old Bardstown Estate and if my local store restocks it I will continue to buy it. Enjoy.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Martin Miller's Gin

    Distilled Gin — England

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    I bought this last month when I went to Columbia, SC to help my son clean out his dorm room as the Covid-19 virus shut down his school and he left all of the items he could not pack into his car. There is a very package store not very far from his dorm and I usually go there to see what they have when I visit him. They had Martin Millers on sale for $14 a bottle and I took a chance. This gin falls into the category of "Gins for people that do not like Gin". The nose is soft juniper and citrus notes. I actually went to their web site and looked at the ingredients list and they have 3 different citrus peels which really come out if you sip this neat. The body neat is very nice and citrusy with a very little burn on my tongue, but there is a little bitterness caused by the peels. The finish is pleasant and smooth with a touch of burn and bitterness. Now for the bad news, this gin disappears in nearly every drink I have tried it in with the exception of Martinis and Gimlets. I made Gin and Tonics with several different ratios and tonics and none of them really tasted great. The gin completely disappeared in every single one. If someone does not like classic London Dry Gin then make them a drink with this and see what they say. For $14 this is a very good buy and the flavors are pleasant but for an everyday gin, this falls short for me. Enjoy.
    14.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Sobieski Vodka

    Unflavored Vodka — Poland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I can't believe that I have not reviewed this Vodka before. I have had several bottles and none of them have been bad. I have read several reviews here and other sites and there are messages about inconsistent quality control in the vodka. I guess I was very fortunate to get good bottles. On the nose at room temperature, there is a little ethanol smell but once it is chilled there is nothing. Once poured into a glass there is a slight scent of sweetness but I am not sure. For an 80 proof spirit, it goes down very smooth and very little burn when chilled. It makes a very solid Vodka Tonic and it is an excellent vodka to use in a Vesper Martini. The only real negative I have with Sobieski is that in my area they mainly sell it in 1.75L bottles and that is too large for my bar at the current time. So I am always looking for it in smaller bottles, but we all have our crosses to bear. In my area, the price for Sobieski ranges from $9 to $12 a fifth and is a solid addition to my bar but with so many other really good vodkas around that price point but without the reputation of having bad batches I may not try this again. We shall see.
    10.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Over Memorial Day Weekend, I did some social distancing by having a blind tasting at home. My wife poured four samples of Henry McKenna BiB, 13th Colony Sour Mash Bourbon, Very Old Barton BiB, and Russell 10yo. The tasting was very fun and very informative. While the Russell did not win it nearly did. The flavors were very pleasant the color is dark amber and coats the sides of the glass nicely. The nose is sweet and not just a little sweet. I smelled vanilla, caramel, or toffee were right there when you first inhale. The body is amazing the sweetness mellows quickly into a holiday like taste with some spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. The flavor lasts a long time and it is great. I was very impressed with how long the flavors were in my mouth and while there was some heat the burn was not harsh. This is a quite robust 90 proof bourbon and was very surprised when compared to higher proof Bourbons. I will continue to have this in my bar. Enjoy.
    23.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Knob Creek Small Batch Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    What a wonderful Rye this is. I bought this with a few other rye whiskeys and this one was the greatest surprise. It is a great full-flavored Rye and did not shrink when water or ice is added to it. I was as impressed with this whiskey as I was disappointed in Michter's. In the glass, it is a wonderful amber. On the nose, this is full of caramel, citrus, and rye spice, along with vanilla and some oak. The body was just as good with some heat and oak but a very nice rye spice mixed with a citrus sweetness. The finish was long and spicey with vanilla and oak lingering. When I added a touch of water so many of the notes were there just a bit softer and easy. In an Old Fashioned this stuff rocks. It is just amazing. I have not made a Manhattan with it as I have not bought any sweet vermouth in a long time but I will get to it. For the price, it is an outstanding Rye whiskey. Enjoy.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Beauregard Dixie Southern Vodka

    Unflavored Vodka — USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I have been wanting to try this for a while but I never had space in my bar for it. Well, this weekend that changed. I found it on sale for $17 and took a chance on it and it is not bad. However, not bad is all that it is. It has a slight ethanol nose but very little else in the way of smell which for vodka can be a good thing. There is some burn when consumed at room temperature and none when the liquid is chilled. It mixes very well with every drink I have made with it like Martinis, Harvey Wallbangers, and Vodka Tonics. I like the bottle it has a classic saloon look to it and it has a cork top. The only real issue I have with it is that is normally $20 or so in my area and I can get several other vodkas at better prices than Dixie. If you like vodka this is a good one to have but if you are just keeping a bar stocked there are cheaper options out there. Enjoy.
    20.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Michter's US*1 Single Barrel Straight Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    This is a solid Rye whiskey that is overpriced for the quality and flavor you get. During the virus lockdown, I have not been buying or reviewing as much as I wanted to. Also, one of the biggest changes I did make is that I got a set of Glencairn glasses. I want to thank BDanner and others that recommended that I use it to taste spirits. Now I bought Michter's Rye, Knob Creek Rye, and Pikesville Rye around the same time and really did not start drinking them until recently. Michter's Rye has a cool classic bottle and a dark mahogany appearance and clings to the sides of the glass nicely. The nose is sweet and spicey with a touch of citrus and herbal with dill popping up. Vanilla and oak make their presence known as well. The body is a bit of a letdown as it is thinner than the nose promises. The rye is there on the body and it just does not last as long as I thought it would. I could taste the vanilla still and candy-like sweetness like good butterscotch or caramel but again it does not last very long. The finish is a decent spice and ethanol burn but short of the three ryes, I tried this had the shortest finish. Overall, this is a solid rye whiskey but overpriced for an 84.8 proof spirit. Of the three bottles, I bought this one came in third due to the cost and flavor profile and strength. I like the bottle but it is $42 in my area. I like Rittenhouse, Old Overholt, and Sazerac as my daily ryes to drink or have in the bar. Enjoy.
    43.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Popcorn Sutton Tennessee White Wiskey

    Corn — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    This is a rough spirit to drink. It says it is a white whiskey (unaged) and yes it is. Now I have very little experience with unaged whiskey but I do like gins, vodkas, and white rum so I took a chance with this. First, on the nose, it is sweet corn and ethanol. There is almost no middle body and the finish is also sweet with a touch of bitterness at the very end. While I did not like it at first it did grow on me over the weeks that I tried it. I have made whiskey and cokes out of it and it is just fine for that I just do not see me getting a new bottle when this one is gone. Sorry Popcorn I am not a fan of this.
    25.0 USD per Bottle
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