Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted November 28, 2022Picked this guy up for a tasting I hosted recently. Just getting around to reviewing it now. Served neat in a GlenCairn. Nose: Lots of ethanol, vanilla sweetness, caramel and cinnamon. Taste: Vanilla, spiced mulled pears. Typical Glenmorangie creme brûlée & tiramisu. Slight spice: cardamom or allspice. On the first pour of this, there was a good amount of “yeastiness” for lack of a better word. Like the last batch of Czech pilsner home brew that didn’t turn out as I planned. On later tastes, I didn’t get the yeastiness as much but it’s still slightly there. Finish: Vanilla and spice linger for a little while & then fade into yesterday’s cigar. Overall, this grew on me the more I have sipped it. There are levels of complexity here, which is nice considering the NAS. That said, I wish the nose was better & there’s an element of youth here, too, that feels underdeveloped.90.0 USD per BottleTotal Wine & More
Appleton Estate 12 Year Rare Casks
Aged Rum — JamaicaTasted November 21, 2022Had neat. Cloves, vanilla, red apple, blood oranges. Musty bananas. This is a very nice Jamaican rum & I’ll buy it next time I see it.
Glen Grant 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted November 20, 2022This may be my least favorite bottle of scotch I’ve purchased. Still beats most bourbons, but I’d rather go for Glen Livet 12 or GlenMorangie 10 at the price point. Looking for my daily sipper. Nose: Vanilla, orange zest, clove, astringent. Taste: Green apples. Vanilla, very thin and dry hay. Tiny bit of chocolate and spice which is nice but I can’t get past the hay. Aftertaste: Hay. Pine sap. Sulphuric. What am i supposed to do with the rest of this bottle? I’ve tried it neat, with a splash of water & over ice to no avail. If you live in MN & happen to like this, I have a present for you.32.0 USD per Bottle1010 Washington Wine & Spirits
Doorly's 12 Year Rum
Aged Rum — BarbadosTasted November 20, 2022Very yummy. Vanilla, sweet like caramel & spice. A little oily or silky mouthfeel. Lasts a long time. Like this guy a lot. Thanks for the sample, Josh.
Lagavulin Offerman Edition Charred Oak Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted November 12, 2022Yes, yes. I sprung for the marketing hype. I’m prepared to come away with a big “meh” just because of the name on the bottle. Let’s see… Nose: My wife could smell the peat from across the room. Peat (obvi), campfire (must be the charred oak), sweet grilled peaches, and caramel. Palate: The peat and campfire are both there but it’s not overwhelming. The more you sip, the more that fades from view & the sweetness emerges. It’s just as the nose was: Grilled peaches. The typical Lagavulin oiliness is there and it coats the mouth nicely. Finish: All smoke. Campfire smoke, slight tobacco and pepper. This is perfection around the campfire. The perfect complement. It’s the Joey Tribbiani to Chandler Bing, the John Lennon to Paul McCartney. You can’t find a better pair. Overall: I’m not Mr. Peat. It’s probably 15% of the time that I’m reaching for a peated whisky. That said, this dram is solid. I’m splitting the bottle with a buddy & not regretting the purchase one bit.69.0 USD per BottleLiquor Boy Wine and Spirits
GlenAllachie 10 Year CS Batch 6
Single Malt — Speyside , ScotlandTasted November 12, 2022Nose: Red Berries, the faintest bit of a smoke (not peat), raisins, and spice. Palate: Dark cherry, chocolate. Ah, there’s what I was smelling: cinnamon apple. Reminiscent of big red gum. Toffee, dark honey, cardamom, allspice/pimento berries, orange zest. Finish: Primarily spice that lingers with a beautiful leather & dark chocolate after taste. Overall: This thing drinks like it’s 51-52 percent, not 57. It’s a joy & so well-balanced and yet incredibly nuanced. It’s a hell of a dram for the price point ($94). The new Batch 7 is on the shelves already, but a few liquor stores near me still have Batch 6. While I’m tempted to try the 7, this was so lovely that I’m going to risk it and pick up another few bottles of the 6 before it’s gone for good.89.0 USD per BottleHaskell's White Bear Lake
GlenDronach, Cask Strength, Batch 9
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTasted November 9, 2022Nose: Burnt Caramel or Browned Sugar. Pecans and slight red fruitiness. Palate: This guy is hot. A young, PX/Oloroso sherried whiskey that tastes of raisins, pepper and plum. A little oily. Finish: Medium finish. Nothing terribly complex or different than the initial palate. The sweetness lingers. Overall, I like the whisky but am somewhat disappointed. I was expecting more complexity & it doesn’t open up with water either. One of six whiskies from my Scotland trip. I suppose this means I have to go again?94.0 USD per Bottle
Mount Gay XO
Aged Rum — BarbadosTasted November 6, 2022Nose: Lots of ethanol, spice and caramel apple. Taste: Warming spice, spiced pears, red delicious apples, cloves.
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Single Malt — Western Highlands, ScotlandTasted October 25, 2022TBH, I had this right after a jamacain rum which may have ruined my taste buds. Nose: Peat, melon (cantaloupe?), candied something (bacon maybe?), and VANILLA Palette: Sweet peat. Honey & minor spice. Vanilla & a dash of salt. Finish: Sweet honey notes linger. And the peat. Overall, it’s a little thin to me & isn’t overly complex. It reminds me a bit of a Lagavulin (in a good way).74.0 USD per BottleHaskell's White Bear Lake
Two James Doctor Bird Jamaican Rum
Aged Rum — JamaicaTasted October 25, 2022Funk. Overripe bananas, ethanol, pineapple, and at the end the faintest bit of tobacco smoke.30.0 USD per BottleHenry & Son