Jameson Cold Brew
Flavored Whiskey — IrelandTasted March 17, 2021Nose: coffee straight off the bat- no question there, dominates quite a bit, some underlying sweet malt notes, I feel like there’s some kind of crisp fruits or maybe citrus trying to poke through, a weird astringency that I can’t place. Taste: the slightly weird astringency but then gives way too malt sweetness with a touch of orange citrus, light hint of lemon, transitions straight into that coffee flavor and lingers quite pleasantly. After awhile, it just gets plain kinda weird. Not for me at the end of the day.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTasted March 17, 2021Nose: butterscotch, rich buttery shortbread, lemon zest, apple, malt, some graininess, herbal grassy notes, not a heavy nose. Taste: lemony grassy notes, toasted malts and grains, light spice or cinnamon note, buttery note, bitter herbal quality, hint of barrel char but not much. For budget friendly, you know exactly what Jameson is giving you. Good bang for the buck.
Single Pot Still — Ireland, IrelandTasted March 17, 2021Nose: light to medium nose overall, honey, shortbread cookie, hint of fruit, pear, grain, light floral quality, subtle creaminess. Taste: honey, buttery cookie, almost a fruit jam or marmalade essence, lemon, hint of vanilla, hint of cream, some light barrel spice, barrel char, slightest herbal bitterness. Not overly complex. Ok for a budget friendly option.
Grangestone Rum Finish
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted March 6, 2021Nose: candied brown sugar, light pleasant rum note, hint of apples, light orange citrus, subtle musty malt quality, hay, honey, slightly earthy herbal notes that are buried in it a bit. Taste: easy going sweetness with the slightest hint of rum, light bitter herbal quality, the faintest hit of an ashy note, short finish with the bitterness lingering just a touch. Not bad but there are other rum cask finished scotches out there that are much better.
Shieldaig The Classic Blended
Blended — ScotlandTasted March 6, 2021Nose: medium sweetness, honey, apple, pear, slight ethanol note, strange herbal note, almost has an underlying sour quality but not quite. Taste: very flat, hardly anything to it, slight fruit note, a little barrel spice and char, thin and watery, a little burn at the end, short finish, unexciting. About as boring as you can get. Maybe worth using for scotch and soda.
Kirkland 20 Year Speyside Single Malt Sherry Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted March 5, 2021Nose: malt, brown sugar, hint of buttery honey, fairly sherry heavy, dark fruits- fig, maybe cherries, almonds, dried baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of vanilla, old leather, very pleasant and easy going, mild. Taste: cherries, dark fruit sweetness, spices, oaky bite, nuttiness, lightly sweet that transitions into an ashy moment, oily, old leather, slightest musty old book or library note, almonds, medium finish that lingers for a moment or two. Really good considering the price. I’m digging it.
Chivas Regal 13 Year Manchester United Special Edition
Blended — ScotlandTasted February 14, 2021Nose: honey, light caramel, light hint of crisp fruits- perhaps apple or pear, cinnamon or baking spices, hint of rye, cereal notes, hint of vanilla, buttery note. Taste: balanced and not overly complicated, easy going, buttery, cereal, honey, white peppery note, darker fruits and slight bitter cocoa notes linger on the finish. Pretty decent, especially for the price point. Enjoyable if you’re not looking for over the top.
Buchanan's De Luxe 12 Year
Blended — ScotlandTasted February 11, 2021Nose: light sweetness, honey, bright citrus notes of orange, tangerine, cereal notes, dark chocolate, lightest hint of peat smoke. Taste: hardly any sweetness, barrel spice, peppery like, some grain notes, slightly bitter dark cocoa notes, dusty leather like note, light peat smoke. Interesting enough but not crazy complex. For the buck, decent lower end scotch.
Grant's Family Reserve
Blended — ScotlandTasted January 2, 2021Nose: light fruit notes, crisp apples, pears, some honey notes, light malt, cereal grain notes, faintest hint of smoke, bright younger feel to it, some sharp notes but nothing harsh, nose is overall very low key and doesn’t jump out at you at all, very soft and subdued. Taste: similar to nose with light fruit notes but with some barrel spice, vanilla, sweet hay, a finish that’s rather short but certainly not bad. For $17, this is actually a decent low budget blend. Overall, it’s just kinda flat and boring. The one thing it does have going for it, it’s not nasty, sharp alcohol in-your-face kind of cheap. If you want something to sip on that’s just plain budget, this one’s for you.
The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted December 31, 2020Nose: candied sugar, fruit, candied nearly overripe banana, apples, orchard fruits, citrus, mild vanilla, creamy smoothness to the aroma, quite pleasant and not overpowering. Taste: orchard fruity note, orange citrus, barrel spice, wood notes, perhaps a light sweet hay on the backend. If you take a long enough time with it, the finish will change towards the end of the dram with a more present ash smoke or cigar-like smoke quality that lingers for a moment and then fades away rather quickly. Decent scotch for the buck but there are likely others that are better at this price point.