Highland Park 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed June 17, 2016 (edited November 16, 2019)Captivating with its deep amber hue, this dram is an elixir that clings to the glass like resin. The nose blooms enticingly slowly, and I sense tart cherry preserves, aromatic tobacco, and banana tarte tatin; as it continues to open up a sweet oiliness becomes apparent. The palate features so many qualities at once, and the mystery is that each note you find plays seamlessly together, not distracting you from one that you'd think would be out of place. Among these are raspberries and cream, polished leather, gentle brine, an unreal woodiness, and mellowed peat. These are discovered in the midst of a leathery mouthfeel. The opposites keep attracting in the finish, where the burn is intensely tannic yet delicately suave, spicy like chili powder yet refreshing like mint. This was accompanied brilliantly by a My Father Nicaraguan cigar rolled exclusively for Federal Cigar in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. All in celebration of Mitch's wedding. Cheers.
El Buho Mezcal
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca, MexicoReviewed June 11, 2016 (edited April 24, 2018)espeso, mantequilla ahumada, y piña agria con sal. 10/6/16
El Jimador Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed June 11, 2016pimienta blanca, tirabeque, y pitaya. 9/6/16
Partida Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed June 11, 2016madera aromática, miel salada, y delicada. 5/6/16
Herradura Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed June 11, 2016 (edited April 24, 2018)agave, lozano, y cedro del desierto. 30/5/16
Montelobos Espadín Mezcal Joven
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca, MexicoReviewed June 11, 2016limón verde salado, humo de mezquite, y orégano. 26/5/16
Espolòn Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed June 11, 2016 (edited April 24, 2018)frutas tropicales, miel de agave, y vainilla especiada. 21/5/16
Connemara Original Peated Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — IrelandReviewed June 4, 2016 (edited August 3, 2021)Oily, marine scent with an unassuming floral character on the palate. The finish is also maritime, and the smoke wisps into salty air. Sweet aftertaste. Light, youthful, easy, pleasant.
Glenlivet 12 Year Double Oak
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed May 22, 2016 (edited April 24, 2018)Sweet smelling, with cereal, light honey, and an even lighter smokiness. The taste is straightforwardly malty but is helped by the sticky sherry influence. Actually, no, the sherry turns quickly into a less pleasant medicinal wave, which unfortunately seems to dominate the finish too. There might be some cinnamon and slight smoke hiding beneath it all, but it seems rushed, thrown together, unsure of itself.
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed May 22, 2016 (edited June 4, 2017)I love how light in color this gem is. Rubber freaking band. A green leather armchair (and the sound you hear when you sit in it). Seaweed, smoke, and the char of a smoked beef brisket. Finishes to infinity and beyond with peat and slight hints of wintergreen. Update: My incredible wife surprised me with a bottle of this. Further nosing reveals a sweeter, more buttery whisky than I remember—smoked Gouda and Macintosh apples in addition to all that phenolic goodness. The palate's more nuanced notes beneath the peat and oil include bergamot and caramel cream.