Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose after 15 min rest: Definite vanilla oak on the nose, mint and pepper, medium caramel, red cherry. Compared to MM, nose demonstrates much more wood and character. Taste: Vanilla oak and mint, a sweet vanilla and brown sugar, caramel body with the warming alcohol that comes at cask strength. Taste continues to develop with some cherry cola notes later on and ending with residual spice, brown sugar, and cola. Very late chocolate note. Moderately long finish
Kavalan Classic Single Malt
Single Malt — TaiwanTastedNose after about 10min rest: Caramel, orange, and spice seem to be most dominant initially. Darker fruits such as black cherry and butter, figgy raisin, almond, vanilla, butterscotch, strawberry, honey, ginger Taste: begins with medium caramel, a touch of salt before moving to vanilla and fruit. In the fruit there is black cherry, moving to strawberry, fig, then finishing again with black cherry. Some astringency in the taste, darker more aged type finish versus sharp bright found in younger pours. Moderate finish.
1792 Full Proof Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: sweet cinnamon, medium caramel, black pepper, vanilla, cola, mint, butterscotch, chocolate, nougat, apple, black cherry, slight peach Taste: sweet cherry cola initially as it turns into rye spice and black pepper, then vanilla- caramel- butterscotch with fruit- cinnamon apples- coming alongside for the ride. Caraway and tobacco, and orange pekoe black tea late in the moderately long finish reminds you of the rye in this one. Pleasant complexity and a great value.
Woodinville Straight Rye
Rye — Washington, USATastedNose after long rest: Fruit forward with blueberry, strawberry mixed with vanilla, bubblegum, black pepper, orange, black tea Taste; begins with a caramel and pepper, then fruit sweetness that moves from strawberry to strawberry pie with caramelly vanilla coming into the taste later on. Later one decays to more caramel and a touch of spice heat late on. Moderate finish with a touch of astringency like confectionery sugar and char bitterness.
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedMilk and sugar with your tea? Perhaps some banana bread? Nose: strong notes of black tea, tobacco, green banana, floral notes come first. Deeper in the nose there is honeydew melon, cinnamon, chocolate, toffee, wintergreen, black pepper, peach Taste: strong fruit forward taste with apples and banana that moves to a fruity vanilla and tea with black pepper on the side. As the taste progresses it opens up a tea and milk type taste then then discovers a cube of sugar to add.
Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose after a 10 min rest: Black pepper, toasted almonds, baking spices, brown sugar, anise, wintergreen, vanilla, orange zest, apple, butterscotch, tobacco Taste: Begins with salted butterscotch and caramel, pepper, chocolate, then baking spices, brown sugar, tobacco, medium caramel, vanilla. Moderate finish
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
Aged Rum — VenezuelaTastedNose: banana, sugar cane, molasses, burnt sugar, papaya Taste: begins with molasses and sugar cane, citrus, then has a touch of tea and astringency then moves to a caramel molasses, a touch of baking spices, caramel, banana, raisins, and cedar for the finish. Finish is moderate-short. Very smooth and drinkable, not as powerful or long lasting finish as I would like.
Cedar Ridge The QuintEssential American Single Malt
American Single Malt — Iowa, USATastedCaramel, red hot, and cocoa nuts Nose after a 10 min rest: stone fruits with chocolate, pepper, spice- nutmeg and cinnamon, caramel, vanilla orange and lemon, walnut, smoke Taste begins with chocolate, smoke, stone fruit, then pepper, nuts, spice, vanilla, ending on a caramel, vanilla, pepper, chocolate
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose- very similar to 101, exhibits stronger nose with less char noticeable compared to 101. Sweet caramel, rye spice, vanilla, grapey bubblegum and less black pepper, adds black tea deeper in glass. Taste: leads with a nice sweetish bourbon followed by black pepper spices and heat, meaty rye caramel, dusty floor boards, vanilla, ending on a dark chocolate char and black tea note. Seems to get better with successive sips. Now has a milked tea note on the third sip. Good moderately long length of finish.
Craigellachie 13 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose after 30 min rest: Bright fruitiness with apple, orange, almonds, lemon, grain, Taste: meaty caramel and overripe pineapple then, grain, floral notes, some vanilla, banana, ends with bright fruit. Nice full creamy mouthfeel and moderately long finish. Touch of chocolate on the finish late.