Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted October 17, 2020The toffee and the cinnamon definitely come through strong on this one, though I did not get much of a woody flavor. Solid choice to sip neat without too much ethanol burn.
Fruit Liqueurs — FranceTasted October 17, 2020By itself, it definitely tastes like the filling of a raspberry truffle. Love it with champagne as a variation on a kir royale or in place of sweet vermouth in a Manhattan.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted October 13, 2020Buttery on the nose, lots of spiciest on the palate from the rye, and a medium finish. I prefer my bourbons with a little more vanilla/caramel and oakiness, but this is pretty good for a high rye whiskey.
Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 24, 2020Sweet vanilla and caramel on the nose, but much of that sweetness changes to char and alcohol on the palate. Nice long finish, but a little harsher than I prefer. Solid bourbon but not my favorite.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 19, 2020Very nice combo of sweet caramel with a full, rich oakiness. Very smooth and long finish. One of my favorites.
Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon (NAS)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 19, 2020I usually prefer bourbons with more vanilla and caramel, but this has a nice sweetness on the front end that quickly turns to pepper, oak, and alcohol. Not bad at all, and my wife’s go-to bourbon.
Martini & Rossi Rosso Vermouth
Vermouth — ItalyTasted September 6, 2020I’m not a Manhattan person, but I love a Negroni or a boulevardier. M & R is pretty ubiquitous in liquor stores across the country. Sour and tart on the nose. Has a decent balance of sour and sweet on the palate. Not a top tier vermouth with anything extra but a solid budget/mid level option.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTasted September 3, 2020Pleasant lemon smell on the nose. Immediately disappointed with the palate. Maybe I am too used to bourbon, but this was too watery and lacked any woodiness or interesting flavors. “Mellow” and “smooth” in this case are synonyms for tasteless and boring.
Flavored Vodka — SwedenTasted August 23, 2020The orange blossom on the nose hits before the main taste of lemon. Not too sweet, and you still get the taste of wheat vodka at the end. I don’t drink flavored vodkas very much, but this one is fine to sip by itself and would probably be good with tonic or soda water.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 16, 2020The standard for entry level caramel/vanilla forward bourbons. Not as complex as many other comparably priced bourbons, but very easy to sip.