Traverse City Whiskey Co. American Cherry Edition
Bourbon — USATastedSmells nice: very cherry as expected. The taste invoked memories of milk chocolate covered cordial cherries. The finish went metallic and oily and really staid with me to the point that it made it difficult to taste anything else. Tried it in a whisky coke and the cherry did not work well for me.
Breckenridge Spiced Whiskey
Bourbon — Colorado , USATastedLiquid Christmas. The spices invoke memories of the holidays and family. It is good but I find I can enjoy it only in small doses. I suspect it will make some interesting cocktails but I only tried it neat.
Black Bottle Blended Scotch
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedThis is a nice background sipping whisky. A whiff of peat but mostly sherry sweetness.
New Holland Pitchfork Wheat
Wheat Whiskey — Michigan, USATastedAn odd note on the palate that I do not enjoy.
Rock Oyster Blended Malt
Peated Blended Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedPeat and brine on the nose and the palate. At various points I have gotten: tart apple, wet grains, rubber, and band aid. This is becoming a fast favorite go-to. Not quite to “always have” but it may get there. Will purchase again but not an always have.
Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedGot this at a bar in SAT. Small cocktail glass. Nose is scotch with hints of sweet red apple. I also get brown sugar. The taste is barley with some red apple and brown sugar. Fits nicely in my idea of Speyside. I want to try this again on a cleaner palate. Will purchase again.
TX Blended Whiskey
Blended American Whiskey — Texas, USATastedGot this at a bar in SAT. Small cocktail glass. Smells vanilla, sweet, and inoffensive. The taste is largely what you expect from the nose: VANILLA! A little bit of spice, making me think rye but may be the alcohol, on the swallow and finish. All in all not bad. Not a superstar whisky. This seems like a good background whisky that is approachable and will not demand your attention. The vanilla may fatigue your palate after awhile. Unlikely to purchase again but would not turn down.
Treaty Oak Ghost Hill Texas Bourbon
Bourbon — Texas, USATastedIs a low corn bourbon and I think that is throwing me. There is grain dust smell that I want to attribute to its youth but I feel that is only part of it. I think the high wheat content is throwing me as well. Interesting but not sure I am a fan.
Compass Box Peat Monster (Classic Brown Label)
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedSmoke and peat on the nose and on the taste. I am not getting much behind the smoke: hunts of fruit and a fruit like sweetness. This this is aptly named. Edit: I have tried this a few times, over a few days, a few different ways and it is not my thing. Not sure what it is about this but short of drowning it in cola I may have to hard pass on this.
Lagavulin 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedI struggled to get through the peat to taste what is behind it. I got faint hints of sherry and some mouth tingle that made me think of pepper. The taste stays with you. Need to give this another try when I am more acclimated to peat smoke.