Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATasted April 29, 2021Never was a fan of Jack, though it was not for a lack of trying. I grew up and went to college in Tennessee and it seemed ubiquitous at college parties. Whenever I traveled abroad and said I was from Tennessee, Jack Daniels is what people associate with the state. To me, it’s a combination of it being too thin and the banana/candy corn getting in the way of the vanilla/caramel. I much prefer an equally priced sweet bourbon like Evan Williams to Jack. Guess I should have been born a few hours north in Kentucky. Cheers!
Hendrick's Orbium Gin
Modern Gin — ScotlandTasted April 23, 2021It’s like regular Hendrick’s cranked up to eleven! All subtleties are gone. Right from the beginning, you taste more bitterness and more floral notes without losing any sense of refreshment. The wormwood doesn’t taste like absinthe so much as just earthiness. I don’t do a ton of sweet gin cocktails, so this works perfect in martinis, g&t’s, and Negronis. Would definitely get again.
Hendrick's Gin (44%)
Modern Gin — ScotlandTasted April 18, 2021It’s more subtle than I remember, but definitely has a medley of different floral and herbal notes, including the rose and cucumber, that made me first love this in college. Hendrick’s was the gin that got me excited about trying more herbal and floral forward gins instead of the clean, modern, low-juniper gins like New Amsterdam. It may not be alone at the top of the shelf anymore, but it is still delicious.
Crown Royal Deluxe
Canadian — Manitoba, CanadaTasted March 27, 2021I was surprised when I read about Crown’s notes of fruity grape, but sure enough, there it is. An inoffensive and semi-novel sweet and smooth whiskey, I guess, but nothing interesting enough to take me away from my bourbon.
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATasted March 20, 2021A lot of banana on the nose. Nothing woody or spicy about it; just sweet and a little vanilla with an even alcohol burn on the finish. Not my favorite, but very sip-able.
Maker's Mark 46
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 18, 2021Not as sweet as standard Maker’s but with a lot more complexity. It’s got the vanilla and baking spices of Maker’s but with a lot more woody and oaky notes. It’s actually a nice compromise between my wife’s bourbon preference (Knob Creek) and my preferences (Maker’s and Woodford). Nothing overwhelming or out of proportion. Nice.
Chinola Passion Fruit Liqueur
Fruit Liqueurs — Dominican RepublicTasted March 14, 2021Big passion fruit taste and not too syrupy to drink straight. Like drinking boozy fruit nectar. Perfect for the summer!
Ransom Old Tom Gin
Old Tom Gin — Oregon, USATasted February 15, 2021The only Old Tom style gin that I can reliably find, but a good one. Neat you get the cardamom and the orange peel hitting you just as strong as the juniper. My favorite use, though, is as the centerpiece of a Ford, a martini style cocktail with Old Tom Gin, Benedictine, and dry vermouth. One of my top ten cocktails!
Arrow Peppermint Schnapps
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — USATasted February 8, 2021It’s cheap, widely available, and largely inoffensive. Put it in your hot chocolate on a snowy day. Are their better liqueurs for hot chocolate? Of course. But this is a quick and easy and cheap way to get the Boozy minty hot chocolate that you want.
Jim Beam Devil's Cut
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 24, 2021Better than original Jim Beam. You get tons of oaky spiciness but not much sweet to balance. It lingers in your mouth for quite a while in a not unpleasant way. I could definitely drink this, but not what I would choose for myself.