Amaro — Piemonte, ItalyTasted September 4, 2022Spicy and sweet amaro with a nice kola taste. Love it in a Manhattan or a Pumpernickel. Solid cocktail ingredient but not too syrupy if neat, as well.
Other Aromatized Wine — Piemonte, ItalyTasted September 4, 2022Definitely taste the honey and pear in this white and dry vermouth. Excellent in an Alberto or Holiday martini. Highly recommend.
Carpano Punt e Mes
Vermouth — ItalyTasted September 4, 2022Like a red vermouth with the sweetness and bitterness of dark cherries. This makes for an excellent Negroni. Highly recommend.
Empress 1908 Gin
Distilled Gin — British Columbia, CanadaTasted September 3, 2022Agree that this gin does not have a ton of herbal complexity, but if you are looking for a pretty, straightforward London dry that is ever so slightly on the sweet side, this is an excellent choice.
Whistlepig 10 Year Small Batch Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTasted September 3, 2022Very drinkable for the proof and has lots of spice, but a little one note. Would have loved a little more sweet or oaky undertones.
Absente Absinthe Refined
Absinthe — Provence, FranceTasted August 15, 2022After trying it neat and over a sugar cube, I experimented with adding it to a gin martini, a Benedictine cocktail, and a ginger ale. I generally enjoy herbal-forward cocktails with strong, bitter flavors, but absinthe might just not be for me. The sweet anise flavors that it offers are interesting, but not something I seek out. Nose is of licorice candy and palate gives you star anise and a bit of mint. It costs the tongue and feels like it is altering my taste buds to an extent. I’ll have to try a higher quality absinthe and see if it makes a difference.
Chartreuse Yellow Liqueur
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — FranceTasted July 16, 2022Green chartreuse is one of my favorite spirits of all time. Yellow chartreuse, as most have noted, has less heat and is sweeter. I also think the anise flavors are much stronger, though none of the herbal notes hit you in the face as hard as green chartreuse. I found yellow chartreuse very tasty, and am looking forward to experimenting with it in many new cocktails.
Casamigos Mezcal Joven
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca , MexicoTasted July 11, 2022My first mezcal, but it made a very strong first impression. All the wonderful smoke and peat of a Laphroaig Scotch. The vegetal agave flavors that I am used to in tequila come out in the end after the smoke. It works well neat, but I really love it in a Mezcal margarita or a Mezcal Last Word (Ultima Palabra).
Blended — Northern IrelandTasted June 22, 2022Other than a hint of pome fruit, cereal, and some baking spice, it’s rather thin. Not a lot going on. Would not recommend neat, but it worked very nicely in my Tipperary cocktail.
Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon 99 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 21, 2022This bourbon has a little bit of everything but not a lot of anything. Decent sweet vanilla and caramel flavors along with the oak flavors as well, but nothing exciting. It won’t stand up to Makers, Woodford, or Knob Creek, but it’s much more affordable. Works well for a higher proof mixer or everyday sipper like Evan Williams Bottled in Bond.