Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Sunset at Citi
Other Liqueurs — Kinmen, TaiwanTasted June 10, 2021First of all, it's baijiu. It's full of sorghum. These are very acquired tastes. That said, I like baijiu due to growing up with them. Having said that, once you get past the paint thinner, the nose opens up to cocoa, Asian pear, and overripe papaya. Taste is more chocolate and less fruit with a sweet mesquite-like smoke. Ultimately finishes like a dried longan. A pretty fun baijiu, IMO.
Scarabus Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted May 27, 2021Initial musty vinegar nose with green apples, iodine, antiseptic, mesquite jam, and dry smoke. On the palate, it's a bit thin, starting with an initial hit of dried green apple, followed by a sweet smoke with a touch of sea. Reminds me of smoked kipper a bit. Flavors don't develop an awful long time, and the only lingering flavor is the smoke. All in all, a pretty good scotch, and I find it overall better balanced than the tried and true Lagavulin 10. Given its price, I think it makes for a pretty darn good value.30.0 USD per Bottle
G.W. Goodwynn Co. Classic Gin
London Dry Gin — FranceTasted May 24, 2021I have no clue what to say. It smells like my elementary school soap which also smells like my medical school's surgical scrub soap. Tastes exactly the way it smells. It's not bitter until very very late when a little bit sneaks up at the back of the palate. It basically tastes like distilled liquid soap. Good thing I like this soap's smell?
Distilled Gin — FranceTasted May 24, 2021Nose is of lemon Lysol but in the best way possible. Also has a very minty and mountain character, reminiscent of Fernet Branca or Braulio minus all the bitterness. Coriander seed comes through well too. Taste is bright and sweet. Incredibly floral fruit flavors that were a dead ringer for Asian pear. After the initial hit of Asian pear, the lemon peel and coriander crescendo. I personally love it when modern gins experiment with flavor profiles like this. Looking forward to picking up a full size bottle next time.
Mojave High Desert Dry Gin
Modern Gin — California, USATasted May 24, 2021Nose is lavender and mint. Smells like waking through an herb garden at dusk. Tastes of lavender, lime cordial, and an increasingly loud peppercorn. I find it very pleasant and well balanced without any significant bitterness. Well done.
Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum
Aged Rum — GuatemalaTasted May 23, 2021Nose is of grassy toffee with ripe papaya. Floral notes are in there, too, as is brandied cherries. Pretty sweet on the taste with warm sugarcane and fruit leather that really expand in the mouth. Decently long finish with more of the sugar and raisins poking through at the end. Quite the sipper.
Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 12, 2021Nose is cherries, raisin, papaya, and buttery nuttiness, reminiscent of a rich liquored-up fruitcake. Flavor is warm vanilla toastiness where the bourbon barrel really shines through, with just a touch of peat and caramel. Reminds me most of an almond croissant. Hits sweet but finishes with dry and tannic with plum flavors that really expand with time. Overall not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. I will add that the neck pour was horrifically sulfurous and undrinkable. A mouth full of rotten eggs. Let it sit for a few days after that initial neck pour to go back to it, and it was much better.
Casamigos Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — Highlands, Jalisco, MexicoTasted May 5, 2021Nose is 100% soft caramel. Taste is initially of herbal agave and a mouthful of butterscotches. Finishes with intense vanilla fumes. If you had told me this was a weird rye or a dry rum, I'd have believed you.
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 31, 2021Nose is your standard inoffensive bourbon: brown sugar, vanilla, a bit of orange flower. The taste is better, starting off with a bit of herbal mintiness before launching into a full bouquet of sweet floral notes. After a few seconds, it goes into your typical barrel spice, prunes, apple, etc. Definitely the most floral bourbon I've had, and for that, it earns high marks from me. Quite naturally sweet, too. Also, zero burn, undoubtedly partially due to the pretty middling proof.67.0 USD per Bottle
Fidelitas Williams Birne Pear Brandy
Eau-de-Vie — Karlsruhe , GermanyTasted March 19, 2021Clean, fresh, crisp smell of a perfectly ripe Bartlett pear. Tastes only slightly more muted with slightly more floral, perfumey character coming through. Generally, when I drink unaged brandy, I want to see the base fruit shine through, and this does a great job of it for pear. My go-to for pear brandy.