Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLook: Burnt orange, with lacing when moved around the glass. Slight alcohol legs. Nose: Oak right away, some earthy notes, clove, vanilla, brown sugar. This smells pretty dang good. Palate: sweeter on the palate, fruits vanilla and brown sugar. Some barrel and spice show up mid palate as well. The sweetness comes back in a big way. Finish: One of the sweetest finishes I’ve had, almost a cherry vanilla flavor, slight heat, and little bitterness Overall: really impressed with this bourbon, one of the more unique bourbons I’ve had.
Duke Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLook: Burnt orange, lacing and heavy alcohol legs. Nose: Get a lot of rye spice and barrel. Slight sweetness but nothing specific. Fairly perfumy Palate: Pepper, rye, oak, pretty typical bourbon notes. Finish: fairly hot, some corn in the finish Overall: not really going nuts with this one. No frills bourbon.
Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTastedLook: Burnt orange on the edges, more of a mellow gold color elsewhere. Somewhat darker than I’d expect, Alving and alcohol legs when moving the whisky around the glass. Nose: Alcohol on the nose, sweeter bready aromas, some slighter floral and grass notes as well. Agitating the whisky doesn’t really change the flavor profile. Palate: Slight oak, vanilla, pear and bread. Pretty decent taste, not overly flavorful though. Finish: clean, little to no burn, very short flavor on the finish of the sweet vanilla. Overall: I didn’t know what to expect going into this, but Prop 12 is a decent budget Irish whisky. Maybe not something I’d reach for often, but tasty nonetheless
Glen Moray 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedLook: Fairly light, straw colored. Compared to the bourbon next to this whisky in my closet, this is looks like a light beer sans carbonation. Dark on the edges, alcohol legs that drip down, Glen Moray looks par for the course: Nose: A lot of toffee hits me from a distance, with some grape, pear, and other fruity notes. Sticking my nose into the glass further, I get more toffee, less fruit, and more malt/bread. Agitating the glass gives more floral and fruit smell. Palate: Bready, and fruity on the first sip. Some of the grape that I was picking up in the nose shows itself, followed by pear, caramel, toffee. Finish: Slight heat, fruity earthy finish is what I’m getting, and hangs on for a bit. Overall: I like this, and for less than $35 a bottle, this is a decent bargain pickup. Usually one of the cheaper single malts I see, Glen Moray 12 is worth a shot.
Talisker 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedI’ve had Talisker storm, which I liked, but heard even better things about Talisker 10. Grabbed a bottle, poured into a glencairn. Look: A fairly dark scotch, amber in color, alcohol legs appear while swirling, and the whisky is quite translucent. Not sure if Talisker colors their whisky or not, but it is a bit dark. Nose: First scent is a rather medicinal, marker smell, some saltiness, and seaweed to it too. Feels like I’m at a sushi restaurant. Giving it a swirl, the briny aspect comes out even more, and I also get some malty sweetness, somewhat fruity when giving a really big inhale. Palate: The taste largely follows the nose, medicinal upfront, some brine, but more smoke than I picked up in the nose, like a campfire. I also get some spice throughout as well. Swirling it around the mouth, the medicinal and smoke really dominate, with sweetness popping up a bit more mid palate. Finish: Black pepper, not terribly hot, but spicy. There’s a lingering smoke that leaves my mouth with a long lasting finish, and then some more earthy vegetation as the finish continues. Overall: It has been some time since I’ve had Storm, but I really like this Talisker 10. A nice mix of flavors, and not overly peated so that I only taste smoke. Funny, just re read my storm review, and it’s damn near the same notes and finish. Guess I haven’t lost my ability to taste with this cold.50.0 USD per BottleCub Foods - Stillwater
1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon 8 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLook: Dark orange, slight alcohol legs, and translucent. Nose: Fairly sweet smells, with a mix of some baking spices. Fruit forward I’d say. Palate: Cinnamon, black pepper up front, underlying sweetness with caramel mid palate, followed by a more spice dominated finish. Finish: Dry, and fairly hot. I get a bready note in the finish, as well as plenty of spice. Later in the finish, some grape peel comes up. Overall: A fairly good bourbon, relative simple, but easy to drink. Little bit of heat, but perhaps that’s from some rust if not drinking whiskey for a while.
Double Eagle Very Rare Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedHave to give big time thanks to the VP of my company for this sample. Look: Dark amber, burnt orange in color, translucent, with the usual lacing Nose: crazy to say this, but I get a grape on the nose, followed by more barrel, and spice. Really perfumy in a good way Palate: Fruity initially, followed by mild wood and then a bunch of cinnamon spice. Finish: there’s some slight heat but the finish is pretty mellow and enjoyable. Lot of flavor on the way down, cinnamon and oak. Overall: an impressive bottle, but I don’t think anything can justify the retail of this. Would I love to have it? Absolutely.
Four Roses Yellow Label Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLook: fairly light in the glass, a light gold, more straw colored. Really, looks like a lager color wise. Alcohol legs form on the glass. Nose: Wood, slight dark fruit if I sniff real good. Floral, sweetness Palate: Wood is what hits first, little hint of spice, as well as a sweet vanilla hitting the center of my tongue. A very agreeable bourbon. Finish: Apple peel is what I get for a flavor in the finish, with little burn going down and a pretty quick finish. Overall: Drinks up to its price point, but not so sure it’s a sleeper you’ll be shocked by. I’m glad I have a bottle.Cub Foods
Ezra Brooks "Old Ezra" Barrel Strength Bourbon 7 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLook: Light amber orange, really a lot lighter than most barrel strength bourbons I’ve encountered. There’s some alcohol legs showing on the glass Nose: First thing I get is cinnamon followed by more rye ala clove. Vanilla comes in bringing some sweetness. Palate: leads off with that rye presence of baking spices cinnamon and of course vanilla. Oak comes into play near the finish more Finish: Not as hot as one would expect for a barrel proofer. Pepper cinnamon oak flavor on the finish, mid bitterness from the wood, with a long lasting finish of the previously mentioned flavors. There’s some heat but again not what you’d expect on this. Overall: An extremely easy drinking barre proof with a good amount of flavor, and low price tag. What’s not to love?37.0 USD per Bottle