Rye — (bottled in) Kentucky, Multiple CountriesReviewed January 21, 2023Nose is powdered sugar, cherry, dried apricots, and watermelon gummy. Very pretty. Doesn't taste as sweet as you'd expect. The apricot brandy barrels really hit you over the head on the palate, followed shortly by rye spice. Finishes with cherries and then raisins. Very good. I want more unique fruit brandies to be used in whiskey and also on its own.
Aged Rum — BarbadosReviewed December 27, 2022Smells of brown bread, toasty toffee, roses, red wine, and baked apples. Tastes of the barrel mostly: wine and bourbon spice, asking with bright sugar. Finishes with the dry grassiness of a sugarcane rum.
El Padrino De Mi Tierra Reposado
Tequila Reposado — Jalisco, MexicoReviewed October 18, 2022Nose is peppery green grape and bell pepper. Tastes of mint and fragrant woods. Mild sweetness.
Distilled Gin — ItalyReviewed October 15, 2022Smells heavily of orange, sage, and Apple Jacks cereal. Tastes like orange Altoids hard candy (RIP), rose, and a touch of bitterness. Good.
El Tesoro Blanco Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed September 1, 2022 (edited February 5, 2023)Smells mostly buttery with some grass, mint, and lightly of antiseptic. The nose reminds me of rum with all vanilla stripped out. The flavor is just a very well-balanced minty grassy sweetness with a bit of smoke that comes through at the end.
Longmorn 16 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed August 14, 2022 (edited August 16, 2022)Nose is apple skin, green apple candy, pear, and honey. Taste is more of the same with some spices reminiscent of the goop in apple pie. Barrel notes come across a bit astringent. Some toasty nuts in there. Ends with apple butter. Feels like a cornucopia on a sweater weather fall day while watching the leaves fall. 100% Speyside, nothing crazy but it's done well.130.0 USD per Bottle
Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin
Distilled Gin — AustraliaReviewed August 12, 2022Nose is mostly juniper and a little of olive brine. Taste is mint and bright lime peel with a savoriness and sweetness. Apparently, the distillery tried to make a non-citrus forward gin and they didn't quite succeed. Still quite tasty though. Would mix fantastically in a martini. We added a tiny pinch of salt to the glass, and it accentuated the floral lavender notes.
Catskill The One and Only Buckwheat
Other Whiskey — New York, USAReviewed July 31, 2022Smells initially of acetone before it turns into red candy apple. That red candy apple hits first before turning peanutty on me. There are intense barrel spices throughout which get pretty dry in the finish. After a bit of time, the sweetness comes back. It's also important to know that despite its low proof, it burns all the way down. If you had told me this was a cheap Tennessee whiskey, I'd have believed you. However, I came in expecting an undrinkable flavor and it most definitely isn't. A pleasant surprise.24.0 USD per Bottle
Garrison Brothers Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Texas, USAReviewed July 3, 2022 (edited August 20, 2022)Single barrel selected by Brand Liquors. Nose is cherry, prunes, oily barrel spices, dry erase marker, raw untoasted peanuts, violets, bubble gum. That dry dust that is in every single Texas whiskey is also in here. Taste is so sweet. Starts as a pecan pie that burns going down the back of the throat, then turning into old lady perfume, red hard candy, and peanut brittle before the syrupy sweetness dies down and you're left with candied pecans. It then evolves into a Christmas potpourri and finishes as a pine forest. Texture is very thick. It's the set of "Dallas" turned into a whiskey. It's very tasty. It's very burny. Don't drink this with a sore throat. It's intense, too intense to be a comfortable daily drinker, personally.
High Coast Timmer
Peated Single Malt — Sweden, SwedenReviewed July 2, 2022Nose is pretty. Honey, light smoky peat, almond extract, applesauce, hard candy. On the palate, the smoke is surprisingly forward, but it's still a delicate peated smoke. Underneath the smoke is bright spring flowers that quickly evolve to poached pears and then subsequently disappears. Body is middling. It tastes a little bit hot initially. No off flavors here but a few more years should round out some of the edges.
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