Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed March 6, 2021 (edited March 14, 2021)The nose is very nice. Sweet and fruity for sure. When having a sip, for me, this almost goes down like a mild Scotch--thin and light. I get just a hint of the port wine finishing on the tongue, but the longer the finish goes on (which is not very long) the more bourbon-y it tastes. It's a very light fruity flavor with little spice. Perfectly sip-able, but nothing special in my opinion. The flavors are muted at such a low proof.
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed March 5, 2021This thing packs a big punch at 57.5% ABV, but it has flavor to match. I like to add a small dash of water. A lovely warmth fills the mouth as the flavor develops, along with spice, oak, and peanuts. SO much peanuts. It clings to the tongue and lingers for literal minutes after each sip!
Bardstown Bourbon Co. Fusion Series #4
Bourbon — USAReviewed March 4, 2021 (edited March 14, 2021)One of my favorite sub-100 proof bourbons. The nose is bright and remarkably fruity. The taste gradtually explodes into warm oak, leather, spice, and roasted peanuts, which linger on the tongue. Super easy to drink, but with tons of flavor. I think this would be suitable for a bourbon beginner and someone who is more acclimated to stronger liquor.60.0 USD per Bottle
Sagamore Spirit 'Sagamore Reserve' Double Oak Rye (2017 Limited Edition Release)
Rye — (bottled in) Maryland, USAReviewed March 3, 2021 (edited October 7, 2021)Bold, spicy, oaky. A huge flavor punch, in the best way.
Chestnut Farms Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2021 (edited March 9, 2021)No big surprises here. Typical fruity, sweet, vanilla, oak nose with alcohol burn to match the 100 proof. Taste was not quite as sweet as I was expecting. Some hints of oak but not much. Pleasant. Nothing I can complain about--balanced without any off flavors. However, with all the amazing bourbons we have around, most of which I still haven't gotten around to trying, I don't see myself paying $100 for another bottle of this stuff. I'd consider getting it again under $60. EDIT: I'm back after finishing the bottle. My opinion on this lowered over time. It's "fine," but I am still shocked at how young and light it tasted for the price.99.0 USD per Bottle
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 25, 2021 (edited February 26, 2021)A middle of the road bourbon for me. Typical bourbon nose of sweet fruit, oak, and vanilla, and all those translate to the palate as well. The only surprise is a bit of a grassy aftertaste. The only thing I can fault is that it is a little light. The flavors are there, but lack intensity.
Vya Sweet Vermouth
Vermouth — California, USAReviewed January 31, 2021 (edited April 6, 2023)If you think some other red vermouths are cloyingly sweet and overloaded with vanilla, give this a try. Love this in cocktails because it does not overpower the other ingredients. Also great on its own.
Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino
Vermouth — ItalyReviewed January 31, 2021Way too sweet and way too much vanilla for me. Takes over any cocktail I've used it in, and not to the drink's benefit IMO.
Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Kentucky, USAReviewed January 14, 2021 (edited March 9, 2021)I really hate to be a contrarian here. I know Rittenhouse is considered a staple rye whiskey for mixing, but I think a mixer is basically as much as it can aspire to. The nose is fine, if a bit weak. The opening on the palate is pleasant and starts off with a surprisingly gentle sweetness, but that dissolves into a finish of sharp ash and cigarettes that I don't enjoy. The finish is markedly long, but considering how much I hate the finish, that is decidedly a negative for me.25.0 USD per Bottle
Siete Leguas Blanco Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed January 14, 2021 (edited February 5, 2023)So much more complex and interesting than Patron, yet still smooth and pleasant. To me it tasted grassy and a little sweet. If you can find this locally at a reasonable price, I would absolutely recommend it.