Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 21, 2021Another one! Continue my journey through Bourbon Nose: full and rich, classic vanilla, oak and syrup. Not so sassy and sweet. Palate: sweet with spices. Some ethanol. Finish: medium, warm, sweet, peppery. I like the Rye influence but doubt that I'll buy it again.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 15, 2021Nose: fresh, light, sweet. Vanilla, citrus. Palate: Complex. Creamy, soft vanilla, pleasant and interesting. Oak. Finish: light and pleasant. Sweet In overall very pleasant and well known bourbon. I may even say classic. Definitely will consider in a case of bourbon thirst.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted May 26, 2021Nose: vanilla, brown sugar Palate: More rye notes for me, not so sweet as regular bourbons. Spices, oak, tannins, earth. Finish: medium, pleasant spiciness. Overall very pleasant experience Glad that I tried it. but doubt that will buy again
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 12, 2021Nose: sweet, vanilla, herbs, wood, melted caramel, pastry, acetone. Typical bourbon. Palate: no burn on taste buds, sweet, oak, vanilla, spices Finish: medium, again sweet, astringent oak. Great as Old Fashion. Good bourbon in general but it's too sweet for me. I'm still not a bourbon guy, so probably will not buy it again... But may recommend it to a friend If you have a sweet tooth - this bourbon is for you!45.0 CAD per BottleLCBO
Bushmills 10 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — Northern IrelandTasted March 20, 2021Nose: sweet, fruity, honey, dried banana. Peach but faded very fast. Bushmills signature apple/pear notes. More bourbon influence than sherry. More mature aroma then original & black. Palate: Irish character, light bitterness/tannin, toffee. Better with a splash of water, sweet and easy going. Water really smoother the sharpness and bitterness. For less sharpness let it sit for 15 min in a glass. Finish: light fruits, strong black tea, pleasant and short. I'll still pick Black Bush over 10 years... Or 1.5 bottles of regular one) Not bad in general, nothing specificly significant. Still feels young. I don't see myself buying it again47.75 CAD per BottleGatineau
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted February 17, 2021Nose: pear, fruit jam, sweet copper, bourbon notes, hard candy, tost, oak. Palate: sherry, sweet and complex. Woody notes. Light spiciness. Copper bitterness. Finish: long, oily, sweet & spicy. Mouthful fruit sweetness. Like you ate some fruit bisquet lightly soaked in brandy . Very delightful Conclusion: bourbon nose for me is downgrade but what an amazing finish for this baby! Taste is complex and rich. You can spend hours chatting with this dram discovering new aspects, shades and notes.69.0 CAD per Bottle
Bushmills Black Bush
Blended — Northern IrelandTasted January 28, 2021Nose: rich, fresh, dark fruits, honey, banana cream, cherry, wood. Some bourbon notes. Palate: oily, fruits, light sharpness Finish: sweet short with some grain. Good every day drink. More mature than regular Bushmills and much better overall experience. Perfect blend for the money! It's a keeper
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTasted January 18, 2021Nose: smoke, dried fruits, ethanol, citrus... smells like suppose to smell proper whiskey in minds of majority. Palate: friendly, light sweetness, oak, smoke and spices. Warm but not too much burn and alcohol is there but in proper amount. It's not so harsh as you would thought by the name "black" and affordable price. Palate is more balanced and complex than nose for me. You can spend quite some time discovering new shades and notes. Finish: medium, silky, pleasant, woody and fruits. I can't say anything particularly bad about this blend except the price in Canada - it's 58 cad (47usd) , it's just too much. You can find a decent single malt in this price range. Black is twice more expensive than Red, is it twice better? It's an open question... Just wish it would be in 35usd price range. Doubt I'll buy it myself, only on promotion or discount.58.0 CAD per Bottle
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted January 15, 2021It was my first true Islay whiskey. Wow... It was just unexpected wow effect. Never tried everything close before. I was blown away in a nice way. Nose: strong and smoky, salty meat, sea breeze, mineral. You can find some fruits if you tried. I felt in love instantly... More about smell: your neighbors will know when your pure a drink! And one more: I'm the only one who found it pleasant among my family and friends... Palate: smoke and salt, light and pleasant. Some sweetness and peat. Pepper at the end. Finish: long, warm, smoky... Everybody once in their live should try such kind of drink. You will fall in love or hate it... But you must try! 4.75 - you were my first of such kind and will remain in my memory till the end of my days... I'm sure, you probably will taste much different as I will progress in my whiskey journey. But you will remain the first one that surprised me and opened the door A keeper for sure!
Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted January 13, 2021Nose: iodine, medicine, bandaid, salt water, smoked meat, peat. Reminds me Ardberg 10 but lighter. Light notes with fruits deep down. Some sweetness deeper, more after first sip. Palate: sweet, smoky, ash at start. Oily. No burn, pearl at the back. You just understand that's a smoky Islay whiskey. Finish: ocean, ash and smoke but in pleasant and bright way. Strong cigar aftertaste - but I'm enjoying it ( not a smoker myself). Sea breeze till the end of the day. Very pleased with the experience consider affordable price. I tried only two Islay whiskeys - this one and Ardberg 10 and I'm a fan so far. Laphroaig 10 compare to Ardberg is more salty and ashy at taste but nose is similar in some way. Definitely a keeper!74.0 CAD per Bottle