Malfy Gin con Limone
Flavored Gin — ItalyTasted September 5, 2021From the nose, you would be forgiven if you thought it was limoncello instead of gin. The taste is almost all lemon peel with a supporting role of juniper and other botanicals coming in after the lemon bomb. I am usually a juniper-forward, London dry gin drinker. This isn’t bad, but more of a novelty for me and not something that I would keep stocked in my cabinet.
Tanqueray London Dry Gin (47.3%)
London Dry Gin — ScotlandTasted September 4, 2021I prefer my gins to be juniper-bombs, and Tanqueray always delivers. I appreciate the slightly oily mouthfeel and the 47.3% gives it the ethanol kick that is needed. This is a classic neat or in a G and T, though I usually try for something that is more herbal or floral in a martini or aviation.
Amaro — Sicily, ItalyTasted August 29, 2021Very tasty amaro. Like herbally bittersweet chocolate and orange blossom. A bit on the sweet and syrupy side for me to drink neat, but over ice with some orange peel makes for a great dessert drink. My favorite way to use it, though, is in a Black Manhattan with Cardamom bitters. Delicious!
Evan Williams 1783 Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 27, 2021I like this even more than I was anticipating. This may be my new go-to budget sipper. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla and baking spice. The ethanol burn at the end is significant without being overwhelming. This makes me want to be by a campfire in the fall.
1800 Silver Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTasted August 26, 2021Quintessential mixing tequila. Has all the grassy, sweet, and salty notes that you need at a good price point. Probably not interesting enough to sip neat, but you will not have to since if you do. Perfect for homemade margaritas and palomas.
Hofland Sloe Gin
Sloe Gin & Variants — NetherlandsTasted August 20, 2021Wow! If given a blind taste test with this and cherry cough syrup, I do not think I could tell the difference. Candy sweet with a strong medicinal flavor. OK with champagne or Prosecco in a fizz or royale, but I’d rather have something more interesting like creme de cassis. Had been meaning to try this but will not get again.
Old Forester Classic 86 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 30, 2021Lots of oak and leather accompanied by a spicy burn. Good, but not my usual style of bourbon.
Heering Cherry Liqueur
Fruit Liqueurs — DenmarkTasted July 30, 2021Too syrupy for me to drink near, but I can see how it would add an interesting flavor profile to a cocktail. It’s almost like drinking the syrup in a jar of Luxardo cherries.
Flavored Vodka — SwedenTasted July 10, 2021The balance between sweet citrus and bitter peel is pretty well balanced, but the ethanol burn is pretty aggressive. Not a sipper, but works great mixed with tonic.
Coopers' Craft Original 82.2 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 5, 2021Mild. Predominant flavors are pome fruit and oak. Inexpensive, but not my flavor profile.