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  1. Basil Hayden's Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted April 14, 2021
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Finally pick up a 375ml of this to see what all the fuss was about. Cant say I disagree with most reviews on this. The good: A refined well balanced bourbon with some sweet vanilla and good oak presence. Easy to consume with no real off notes. The Bad: Just way too thin and completely lacking depth of flavor. Mild sour oak accumulates in finish. Way overpriced and does not come close to delivering the experience it promises. This is supposed to be a higher end bourbon(not top shelf) but its weak and bland despite the polished drinkability. The fact that this shares a mashbill with the fantastic OGD114 which is almost half the price is laughable. 114 is so far superior why would anyone ever buy this more than once. Ok I guess if you want an 80pf that has some good flavor but for around the same price Michters unblended wipes the floor with poor old Basil while WT81 gobbles away at half the price........74/100....
    37.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted April 7, 2021
    0.25
    0.25 out of 5 stars
    I tried ...I really did. This is a bomb of perfume and soap for me. At times I can get some malt and a bit of smoke but no....just no. It verges on undrinkable imo plus the ridiculous price of over $50. I let it air out with bottle open for some time but it is still laundry detergent. I honestly hope I got a bad bottle but no way in hell I would chance it again......51/100.......Not sure if this can be mixed to hide the soap but dont care anymore as I feel screwed at price paid........ymmv
    54.0 USD per Bottle
  3. The Singleton of Glendullan 12 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted April 2, 2021
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    This is a solid serviceable scotch, It wont wow you but its a decent value. Poured neat, nose is speyside fruit,malt and wood with a bit of a floral note. Mouthfeel is thin but soft. Palate is chewed juicy fruit gum, light malt and green wood. Lacks depth but no real off notes. Finish is quick fade of fruity malt along side some bitter tannins. Overall its ok for an entry level scotch but I think Speyburn 10 takes it for less $$. A good mild beginner malt that wont offend anyone.....76/100.....I can however think of 10 or more at this price point or less that I would prefer
    33.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year

    Single Pot Still — Ireland

    Tasted March 20, 2021
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is one Ive wanted to have for a long time. Actually was going to buy Green Spot but out of stock so this was up. I am a big fan of pot still Irish which is the cats ass imo. Poured neat, nose is fresh cut red apples leaping out of glass. There is some tropical notes as well, when I first opened bottle the coconut was more pronounced. Some rich malt and light woods with a sprinkle of nutmeg finish it off. Palate is powerful hit of malty vanilla, more coconut and county fair caramel apple. Its got some heat and spice with a bold flavor delivery. Barrel steps up on the finish overtaking the creamy mouthfeel leaving fading vanilla and spiced apple alongside the tannins. This has got to be one of the most in your face Irish whiskies Ive had. Great flavor but drinks a little hotter than proof. Its a winner for sure but does not supplant the lusciously smooth Redbreast for me. If you like your Irish on the bold spicy side ymmv. I would like to see if open ageing smooths it out at all but its tasty enough that Im better than halfway through already. Easily top shelf in the genre and well worth the $59 I paid......90/100
    59.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Johnnie Walker Blue Label

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted March 16, 2021
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I know everyone likes to hate on this cause of the cost. Ive done it myself before trying. I agree its grossly overpriced. Lets just admit though this is a fantastically delicious blended scotch. Rich, amazingly smooth and easy to consume alongside status and recognition. This is the M.O. for JW, It is not intended for the hardcore connoisseur and that is absolutely okay. Scotch lovers pound on this for what its not and the price but they(JW) have succeeded in their mission. Nobody is forcing you to buy this so lighten up. The target market is thrilled with purchasing this so good for them. They don't and probably never will realize what superior single malts they could purchase at price point. No worries keep the costs down all is good.......89/100 (93/4.25 no cost reduction)........sorry cant go A rating due to value but lets be real this IS very very good scotch. Wonderfully balanced with soft malt and fruit with a perfect amount of smoke. This is Commodores Sunday morning and I cant imagine anyone turning down a pour. It should probably be in the $120 range and would sell like hotcakes. Put it this way you wont buy but if gifted you'd drink the shit out of it and love it. You've heard of trophy wives this is a trophy scotch.......Im a sucker for the hot blonde so I really like this
    220.0 USD per Bottle
  6. The Balvenie Single Barrel Sherry Cask 15 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted March 12, 2021
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    I was so enamoured with the specialty peated offering I was excited to try their dedicated sherry cask. Love me some sherried scotch Glendronich being the top dog imo. Can Balvenie do it again....yep sure can. While its not quite at the level of GD18 its absolutely fantastic. Total sherry bomb that tastes much older than statement, I would have guessed 18-21 its that refined. Poured neat/drop nose is outstanding. Deep rich dark fruits assault the senses. Black cherry, prune, dates, blackberry along with dose of malt and barrel wood. Spice is held in check this is a docile affair. Mouthfeel is a little thin but dont worry flavors are strong. Its blended heavy fruits , some light spice and oaky malt from nose with a bit of novacaine. Very soothing and comforting without tannic or sulphur notes to interfere. Finish is lasting fruity malt and toasty oak with a cooling menthol. Delicious with the lightly honeyed Balvenie new make signature present throughout. I am still in the GD camp but this is easily a go if you are a sherryhead. I paid $110 and think its worth it .....93/100.....wonderful scotch with a strong drinkability factor. You look up and half the bottle is gone
    110.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Garrison Brothers Balmorhea Texas Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Texas, USA

    Tasted March 9, 2021
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    I have sung the praises of the Garrison Cowboy whiskey as my top bourbon(at top price too). This is closely related with a double barrel treatment in new oak for a year. I checked out the accolades across the web this is a well regarded bourbon. Poured neat(don't water it unless you want to unleash the full barrel wood fury), deep pungent waves of dark caramel wrapped oak with brown sugar, marshmallow cream, baking spice and pretzel dough. You can conjure up some dark fruit, maybe blackberries if you try. Tobacco and leather ride shotgun. Palate is blast of brown sugar/maple fudge and milk chocolate combined with an explosion at the saw mill. Singed caramel dipped 2x4 s are whacking you upside the head. Some smoky spice flutters about then oiled leather and tobacco leaves usher in. Its not the proof overload of Cowboy so you can decode more easily. Finish has a mild underlying bitterness tempered by the confectionary palate. Its lasting turns of oak, dark caramels, leather, vanilla crème and pipe smoke with the barrel notes winning out. If you like sweet oaky bourbon you better lawyer up cause you'll kill for this. The tannic/ bitter side may turn some off but the creamy dark sweetness provides balance. The Cowboy is better but this is still fantastic........95/100........Has the Garrison funk throughout as well....I would describe as a floury musky note I have not encountered anywhere else.
    169.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Johnnie Walker 18 Year

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted March 8, 2021
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    This is very similar to the Gold Reserve(reviewed) in nose and palate with much more depth and sophistication. Golden honey and rich malt dominate with some toasted barrel, wispy smoke and flash of peat. Finish is where it separates. Much longer with full flavor lasting throughout. Extremely easy to drink with luxurious soft mouthfeel. Those who worship at the temple of refined smoothness get in line. Price upcharge to get overall better experience though. Im still going Green if Im buying but for $84(in my area) would not mind having a bottle around......88/100......really very good stuff but tough competition at $$
    84.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted March 2, 2021
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    These higher end blends are designed to be rich and smooth without any rough edges or spikey flavor delivery. This hits those marks with ease. Nose has plenty of honey and malt with a light smoke and some oak all combined nicely. Palate is more of the same with added gentle floral and fruit. Its pretty seamless as intended. Finish is where it goes awry for me. Sharp drop off from palate with a dry heavy tannic close. Honey, smoke and malt remain but way too quick and over oaked imo. This seems to run $60-70 and at that price doesn't really stand a chance with an experienced scotch guy. Its for beginners and the masses which is fine, I get it marketing. The Green label crushes this in every way........82/100.... a tasty easy pour but Ill pass
    65.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Connemara Original Peated Single Malt

    Peated Single Malt — Ireland

    Tasted February 26, 2021
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    This one has been on my radar for quite a while. Don't see it very often so grabbed it at specs for $45. Poured neat, nose is wintergreen, circus peanuts and just used wet umbrella. There is smoke but not the roaring wood fires of Islay. Its a puff of melted plastic along with some banana and dusty malt. Interesting for sure. Palate lets the smoke breathe a bit more. Its again no heavyweight but a nice complement to the sweet malty sugars and light spice. Barrel notes near end transition to cooling dry finish with the soft peat and honeyed smoky malt lingering. Overall its a restrained experience with the flavors nuanced and subtle. Its easy drinking, approachable and very enjoyable. This is one of the better Irish whiskies Ive had but does not in anyway compete with true smoky scotch nor does it try to. It is unique in the Irish realm and a nice tasty change of pace.......85/100
    45.0 USD per Bottle
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