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.
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis always starts of as a “meh” that gets more interesting as I sip it.Some interesting notes on the nose, one of which I cannot place. The taste starts off thin and builds into something a little more full. There is that same odd note as the nose but I still cannot place it. The finish is a mix of grasses and spices (I was getting mostly cinnamon) that is pleasant with a tinge of sugar sweetness that lingers. I keep going back to it but I uncertain if I am enjoying it or if I am just trying to place that one odd note. May purchase again. Edit: Ever so briefly the note was reminiscent of a candy but it slipped away as fast as it happened.
Glenkinchie 12 Year
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTastedLots of honey on the nose and palate. Some floral notes and a softness that I could not place but was not honey. The taste matched the nose for me and was quite enjoyable to hold and savor. Lite and sweet. A little tingle to the finish that is enjoyable.
Bourbon — USATastedTried this with friends. A strange sour note on the nose that was also in the palette. If you can get past that sour note there is some butterscotch. For a 10 Year this drinks more like something younger than 4 years. It was an adventure but not enjoyable. We got beezered.
Jim Beam Apple
Fruit Liqueurs — Kentucky, USATastedNote: I am not a fan of flavored whisky. The apple in the whiskey comes across like a hard candy sour apple flavor. It is overpowering on the nose and on the taste. I assume this is not intended to be consumed neat. I tried ice and water but short of drowning the whiskey the apple came through too strong for me. I did find that mixing this 1:1 with Jim Beam Fire made the overall drink tolerable. May drink again if cocktailed or if purchased for me.
Cold Spell Intense Mint Whiskey
Flavored Whiskey — Kentucky, USATastedNote: I am not a fan of flavored whiskey or mint. The nose is mint toothpaste. The flavor is weak whiskey, sweetness, and a reasonably balanced amount of mint. I really expected this to be “MINT!!!” but it is more “mint”.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedVanilla and sweetness on the nose. Some dusty grain and barrelhouse on the nose. The taste is spicy. I got occasional hints of banana. Some ice helped tone down the proof but made the product simpler.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Rye — Manitoba, CanadaTastedI have heard that this product is not consistent bottle to bottle. No idea if true or not. This bottle smells like a rye. The nose has that rye spike on top of a base of smooth, sweet, vanilla. The taste is also rye and an interesting mix of approachable and rye bite. The base is smooth, not a lot going on until the swallow and finish. The finish is where the rye makes itself known with a spike of spice that subsides into a nice tingle on the tongue. The mouth feel is light. After a few sips I found that the rye tingle built and started a little sooner. The rye tingle and spice was still a spike: subtle, then a big spike, to a quick fade, and a nice lingering tingle. I like the lingering tingle more than the flavors. Enjoyable. Would not turn down. May purchase again but not an always have on the shelf. This in an odd spot for me. When I reach for a rye I generally want a more aggressive flavor experience.
Other Whiskey — South Carolina, USATastedOn the nose some notes that I associate with young also dusty and sweet. Taste is inoffensive and has a cereal finish. The rye comes in about half way through, tingly and black pepper, and holds on into the finish. Adding a little water accented the cereal notes. I read some tasting notes and people mentioned pink bubble gum. After reading that I can pick it out, the cereal notes I get are reminiscent of the powder coated pink bubble gum stick from card parks. Ice made the proof and cereal more prominent and killed the other notes. Interesting and not like anything I remember having. I find myself trying to figure out the notes and what makes this so different from what I have had before as opposed to enjoying.