Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed September 21, 2022The nose is beautiful and unique to a lot of bourbons, I get honeyed dark fruits like blueberries and red grapes or raisins, the brown sugar is there too but as a compliment to the sweet fruit. On deeper nosings I can get a black tea that is really pleasant. The taste is almost like a port or sherry with the dark fruit and dry finish, but with a very sweet honey undertone that is really striking, only the hint of barrel spice on the finish is in line with the classic bourbon notes I would expect at 100 proof. I really enjoy this a lot, especially at list price, it’s worth tracking down. That being said I wouldn’t drop what the secondary market is asking for.
Weller Antique 107 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed September 21, 2022Very sweet nose, all I can pick out is brown sugar, vanilla, and corn dust, hardly any burn at all. The taste is much more full bodied than the nose, adding some barrel spice or cinnamon and maybe the tiniest hint of cherry. The finish lasts a good while even though it drinks lighter than the proof would suggest, mostly with a lingering vanilla. Returning back to the nose yields the hint of cherry from the taste. This is really good, way better than the Reserve and worth tracking down for retail. The flavors are all well rounded and approachable but a step below some of the more readily available cask strength offerings from Elijah Craig or Knob Creek.
Longmorn 16 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed September 11, 2022The nose is floral with honey, apple, and a tiny bit of malt in the background. The taste leads with the honey and the apple takes more of a back seat. There’s a little flourish of black pepper that doesn’t stick around too long, fading away to a sweet floral finish. Really good with a lot of subtlety.
Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Hand-Selected for Total Wine & More
Bourbon — USAReviewed September 9, 2022Rich cherry and honey with maybe a little bit of peanut and some plastic toy or play dough on the nose. The taste mirrors the nose as cherry candy leads the way with a nutty and plastic toy undercurrent that lingers for a bit until all that’s left is a sweet and dry brown sugar finish. A really good bourbon if not a tad overpriced.
The Whistler Imperial Stout Cask Finish (Batch 002)
Blended — IrelandReviewed September 9, 2022A sweet malt with a hint of chocolate and dark fruit on the nose. The nose is way more funky than the taste, which is milk chocolate, honey, and a little bit of red apple. For such a low proof, the finish sticks around and circles back to some of the malt that was on the nose. After a while the chocolate is less prominent and it seems like a softened Speyside. Overall it’s well executed and pleasant, nothing spectacular and not what I would expect from an Irish finished in Stout barrels.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed September 7, 2022A huge smoke bomb on the nose, next is a briny note and if you search long enough there’s a bit of floral sweetness and malt that hides in the ethanol. Campfire and ash lead the palate and quickly fade to honey and black pepper. The finish is reminiscent of the smoked ham in other Ardbeg offerings. For me, in the A/B test with Uigeadail, the Oogie is the clear winner. Where the sherry of the Uigeadail balances everything so magically the Corryvreckan is more in your face and pokey. If you’re into the ashy and campfire flavors it’s a great option and more like the Ardbeg 10 that it contains.
Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed August 17, 2022Ethanol, brown sugar, honey, and cinnamon on the nose at first. Longer nosings yield mint and peanuts. On the taste a menthol shoots up front but immediately dies down leaving behind buttery caramel and spicy wood tannin. The finish lingers a little with honey and a cherry cola. I get why folks would be excited at $30 but for $60 you can do better.
Westland American Oak American Single Malt
American Single Malt — Washington , USAReviewed July 31, 2022Honey, dried leaves, maybe a little fruit on the nose. Not very dramatic but interesting, like a raspberry tea. The dried tea leaves and hint of ash lead the palate and are replaced by a sweet berry finish. As it lingers it reminds me a bit of some sherry finishes with some fig and other dark fruits. Excellent dram.
Angel's Envy Rye Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks
Rye — USAReviewed July 22, 2022The rum and the rye come together to make a really great and unique nose. If you’ve had Waffle Crisp or French Toast Crunch cereal, you’ve experienced this nose. It’s cinnamon, maple syrup, and sweet baked goods. There’s a hint of the rye spice but with so much sweet, it presents as caramelized goodness. The taste makes good on what the nose promises for a bit, but it promptly fades into nothing. For 100 proof I was hoping for those flavors to linger more than they do. That being said, it’s not the worst thing to leave you wanting more. I couldn’t drink this all the time but it’s a nice after dinner change of pace.
Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed July 15, 2022Sweet honey and butter cookie on the nose, classic Irish pot still notes. The taste isn’t much different than the nose except it leads mostly with the honey and the butter cookie takes a back seat. Closest comparison is Yellow Spot, same ABV, same age. But Yellow Spot has the same notes plus fresh honey crisp apples. For me the Yellow Spot is the clear winner, but for the price, this one almost gets you there.