Andalusia Stryker Smoked Single Malt
American Single Malt — Texas, USATasted August 23, 2020Tastes like hot summer sun and a fatty brisket smoked over mesquite. This makes it quite a sweeter smoke. "Big" and "bold" are understatements. Love it, though I like the Ranger Creek Rimfire just a wee bit more.
Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
Amaro — Fruili, ItalyTasted August 23, 2020I keep on bouncing back and forth between this and the Montenegro as my go-to amari.
Kinsman Apricot Rakia
Other Brandy — Texas, USATasted August 23, 2020Intensely apricot with floral backing on nose and taste. Makes me think of eating apricots in a meadow. No harsh burn. A personal favorite.
St. George Raspberry Brandy
Eau-de-Vie — California, USATasted August 23, 2020Smells like raspberry seeds and seaweed laver. Tastes like a mouthful of raspberry lavender soap. Very smooth going down, so it has that going for it. I can't get over the intense vegetalness of it. Wish they did a lighter maceration so that there was less contribution from the raspberry seed and more from the raspberry fruit.
Shieldaig Speyside Single Malt 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 23, 2020Nose is honeyed pear with some grassiness. Taste is generic honeyed Speyside. Very thin mouthfeel. Good nose and easy enough to drink but not mindblowing by any means.30.0 USD per Bottle
Calvados Berneroy XO
Calvados — FranceTasted August 23, 2020More burnt brown sugar, less apple than the VSOP. Balanced, but I personally prefer my calvados to taste more fruit-forward.30.0 USD per Bottle
Calvados Berneroy VSOP
Calvados — Calvados, FranceTasted August 23, 2020Not too sweet. Good apple flavor with balanced amount of warm spices from the barrel. I prefer this to the XO.25.0 USD per Bottle
Nikka Coffey Gin
Modern Gin — JapanTasted August 23, 2020Sweet when compared to a London dry. Nose is intensely of yuzu rind. Citrus brightness and a fresh herbal touch then fade to lemon candy. Most aggressively citrusy gin I've had.41.0 USD per Bottle
Metaxa 12 Stars
Other Brandy — GreeceTasted August 23, 2020Very sweet and floral with juicy fruits. The rose petals come through very well. Reminds me of Turkish delight.42.0 USD per Bottle