Teremana Tequila Blanco
Tequila Blanco — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoTasted June 14, 2022Super grassy on the nose. With the cooked agave flavor there are some more subtle supporting herbal flavors. Not too sweet or too much ethanol burn. It almost has an astringent finish. This works great neat or in a Paloma. Found on sale and I am very pleased.
Macallan Double Cask 12 Year
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTasted June 9, 2022A wonderful balance of sweet honey and woody oak. This could turn me into a Scotch person!
Distilled Gin — Cognac, FranceTasted May 26, 2022I normally prefer a London dry, but I really like this gin. It has a lot of heat to it, but also a lot of juniper and other botanicals that make it quite interesting. I’m looking forward to trying it mixed with tonic and as a base for a number of cocktails.
Corazón Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoTasted May 5, 2022Purchased on sale on Cinco de Mayo because it was the cheapest 100% agave reposado. Neat, it is definitely on the thin and uninteresting side of things, though the cooked agave flavor is there with a bit of white pepper and vanilla. I did not buy it for neat drinking, though, and it made margaritas for a party of five beautifully. Would buy again when entertaining, though not for sipping by myself.
Unflavored Vodka — SwedenTasted March 8, 2022On the better end of the cheap vodkas. I prefer it to Absolut, Skyy, or Smirnoff. Still not going to drink it straight very often, but nice to have with bloody mary’s, salty dogs, Moscow mules, or White Russians. Burn is not overwhelming, and does have a touch of oily flavor to it.
El Jimador Blanco Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTasted February 22, 2022About as cheap a bottle as you can get with 100% agave. Some grassy/earthy agave flavor and a bunch of white pepper. Not as much burn as I was expecting. Not great for sipping but good to have around for margaritas and Palomas.
Beefeater London Dry Gin (47%)
London Dry Gin — EnglandTasted February 6, 2022Drinking the 44% American version, but it still has plenty of alcohol bite and plenty of the juniper and lemonpeel flavors. Not as interesting to sip neat as Hendricks, but still perfectly drinkable. My wife and I like our gins juniper-forward, and this hits above its weight in value. This may just be our new house gin.
Wild Turkey Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 29, 2022It’s got more oak than 101, but still favors vanilla and baking spice. Not bad as a mixer, but a bit thin for neat. For the money, probably better off with Wild Turkey 101 or Evan Williams black label.
American Brandy — USATasted January 26, 2022Only slightly more palatable than E&J VS. This at least resembles cognac enough to be recognizable as in the style of cognac. Still way too harsh with the ethanol bite, and way too medicinal with the fruit notes. I could sip this if there were no other option, and it makes a passable brandy Alexander, but for me, the extra money is worth it to go up the next level for the Courvoisier VS (my standard house cognac).
Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted January 3, 2022As everyone says, it has all the peat and smoke you could want, for better or worse. The brininess of seaweed is there, too. This is the centerpiece of a cocktail our local bar the Alley Light makes called the Fancy Leather Couch. The Laphraoig 10 is combined with black tea and St. Elizabeth’s All Spice dram. My wife’s all time favorite. It does not get more complex or interesting than that!