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connollyaw5

Ex USAF crew chief got lucky being able to travel and get some rare experiences around the world. Switched career fields and no longer traveling as much but always looking for the next unique opportunity especially when it comes to whisk[e]y!

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  1. WhistlePig 10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey Single Barrel

    Rye — USA, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Comparing a single barrel pick from “Bowstreet Beverage” at 50.8 ABV to the traditional 10 year batch A/354 at 50 ABV. Tasted both neat back and forth with two separate glencairns. The traditional blend was better on all accounts, the nose was much more pronounced and more inviting despite very similar notes. The palate had a lot more to offer on the blend as well and the finish was much longer. Does make me question this particular store’s picks. Overall it was very good and I give it a 4 but the blend was worlds better at a 4.5.
  2. Lucky Seven “The Holiday Toast”

    Bourbon — Kentucky Straight Bourbon, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    The nose is heavy on cherries and is very inviting. The palate is slightly spicy with a fair amount of sweetness and again the cherries follow through. The finish does not disappoint either. Though it has a high ABV, it does not drink like one. Overall an absolute great pour and I wish I had picked up another bottle. I would love to see how this one would do blind with some of the “heavy hitters” of the bourbon world.
  3. Glenn’s creek cafe ole

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    This is an absolutely stellar bourbon, I can see why Dave named it as he did. The chocolate malt brings out so much coffee it’s unbelievable! I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Glenn’s creek on my last two visits to Kentucky and feel extremely fortunate to have stumbled across this gem! David is doing some unbelievable things in my opinion and it is truly a craft bourbon, I can not recommend them more! This particular bottle I’m sampling is from batch 5 and weighs in at a big 118 proof though you’d never know it while sipping. The rye spice is evident on the nose along with some dark chocolate and the obvious coffee. The palate just blows me away, sips incredibly easy and again, loads of espresso. The finish is long and drawn out, really an incredible pour! I can see where this may not be for everyone but I challenge you to find a better late night after dinner pour!!
  4. William Heavenhill 13 yr old BIB

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Let me start off by saying I am a huge Heavenhill fan and I was super excited to be able to add this bottle to my collection. Unfortunately this one just does not live up to my expectations at all. This is my fourth or fifth pour out of the bottle and every time I don’t review it thinking I must have missed something and I will give it another shot. It is just overwhelmingly flat to me in all aspects, nothing stands out to me at all other than maybe a touch of peanut on the very back end of the finish. There isn’t anything bad about it per say but it doesn’t hold a candle to any Old Fitz or even the Elijah Craig Barrel Proofs to be honest. I don’t regret my purchase but I wouldn’t pay top dollar at a bar to have a pour either!
  5. Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels (2020 Edition)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Was lucky enough to do a side by side comparison of the 2019 and 2020 releases, both tasted neat in a glencairn. The nose of the 2019 was fairly flat especially in comparison to the 2020. The darker fruits were there but I really had to search for them, I kept coming back to the glass thinking I was missing something but to be honest I think it was just lacking. I did however at one point get a creme brûlée note. The 2020 however was a very fruit forward nose, the wine finish really showed itself and it was very inviting, no contest between the two. The palates were surprisingly different for me compared to what I was expecting, I thought they would be more similar than they were. Despite the obvious heat due to the ABV, the 2019 was quite a bit spicier than the 2020. The 2020 just seemed more complex. It started out dry and tannic but then the citrus fruit notes started taking over and balanced it out very nicely. When it came the finish, I got the slightest touch of smoke on the 2019 but for the most part it was a continuation of the palate. I didn’t get any noticeable different notes on the finish of the 2020. Both were mostly just a fairly long extension of the palates. Overall I think the the 2019 is a great pour by itself but my rating may have been brought down a bit because of the side by side with the 2020. Everyone has their own tastes and opinions but to me, the 2020 was the better pour here! I would give the 2019 a rating of 4 and the 2020 a 4.5.
  6. Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels Cask Strength (2019 Edition)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Was lucky enough to do a side by side comparison of the 2019 and 2020 releases, both tasted neat in a glencairn. The nose of the 2019 was fairly flat especially in comparison to the 2020. The darker fruits were there but I really had to search for them, I kept coming back to the glass thinking I was missing something but to be honest I think it was just lacking. I did however at one point get a creme brûlée note. The 2020 however was a very fruit forward nose, the wine finish really showed itself and it was very inviting, no contest between the two. The palates were surprisingly different for me compared to what I was expecting, I thought they would be more similar than they were. Despite the obvious heat due to the ABV, the 2019 was quite a bit spicier than the 2020. The 2020 just seemed more complex. It started out dry and tannic but then the citrus fruit notes started taking over and balanced it out very nicely. When it came the finish, I got the slightest touch of smoke on the 2019 but for the most part it was a continuation of the palate. I didn’t get any noticeable different notes on the finish of the 2020. Both were mostly just a fairly long extension of the palates. Overall I think the the 2019 is a great pour by itself but my rating may have been brought down a bit because of the side by side with the 2020. Everyone has their own tastes and opinions but to me, the 2020 was the better pour here! I would give the 2019 a rating of 4 and the 2020 a 4.5.
  7. Wild Turkey Master's Keep Revival

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Definitely has the traditional dusty dry oak profile of a good Wild Turkey product. I was lucky enough to have this after a pour of the 17yr BiB and they are actually quite similar other than this one has the added touch of Sherry. I found it most prevalent on the nose but I did get the dark stone fruits slightly on the palate and more so in the finish. Absolutely delicious but you will have to like Wild Turkey’s profile to really appreciate this one!
  8. Wild Turkey Master's Keep Bottled in Bond 17 Year

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Definitely get the leather on the nose and the age shows itself in the palate, I got a very dry oak. That happens to be right up my alley so I really enjoy this pour but I could see how some may not like it. There is also a sweetness to it that I can’t quite put my finger on though I would not say it is vanilla or caramel. The mouthfeel is thick and oily which is fantastic! Very different than a typical bourbon and one that I am glad I have at my disposal! Last thought as I finish up my pour, maybe a hint of cherries at the very end of the finish.
  9. Belle Meade Select Cask Sherry Bourbon

    Bourbon — Nashville, Tenn, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Tried this one along with the other select expressions at the distillery. The XO was my least favorite but I couldn’t decide if I like this or the Madeira better. I ended up buying the bottle of Madeira finished simply for the fact that the finish is less common. If they weren’t so expensive I definitely would have grabbed both, this was an outstanding pour that sips very easily given the ABV!
  10. TINCUP American Whiskey

    Other Whiskey — Indiana (bottled in Colorado), USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
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