High West Double Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USAReviewed March 17, 2023On the nose the whiskey presents with notes of molasses, mint, allspice, and orange. The drink itself is comprised of orange, pepper, mulling spice, and the barest hint of leather. It has a rich finish featuring notes of leather, smoke, and a breath of smoke. Absolutely delicious neat, and it mixes into a wonderfully rich manhattan.
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed March 17, 2023On the nose, the whiskey presents with notes of honey, vanilla, burnt sugar, and a hint of stone fruit. On the palate, the drink offers apricot, honeyed floral notes, a breath of vanilla, and tannic notes of the bourbon and sherry casks. The body of the dram is characterized by a rich and peppery spice with an underlying quality of oily orange rind. It finishes with a light brine and a whisper of oak. It features a gentle fire and smoke that settles pleasantly in the throat and chest. When compared to the 15 or the 18, one can detect the youth of this dram. That said, it is absolutely delicious, and is best enjoyed pure and unadulterated by mixing.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed February 12, 2023The nose of the whisky citrusy and sweet. There are hints of orange, baking spice, and cacao in the body of the taste. In the finish there are hints of smoke, light peat, and orange peel. The aftertaste gives hints of tobacco, and cask tannins. Meant to be enjoyed neat.
Glenmorangie The Tribute 16yr
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandReviewed February 12, 2023The nose of the whisky presents with notes of peat. Under the peat is just a hint of charred white oak. On the palate, the scotch is smokey with underlying notes of orange peel, leather, and a hint of tobacco in the finish. The aftertaste is all smoke, oak tannins, and a subtle glow in the chest and up in to the sinus cavities in the ears.
Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed February 12, 2023The nose presents, with scents of caramel, browned butter, and a slight nuttiness. On the palate the drink is smooth with an buttery mouthfeel. It is light and slightly floral with a honeyed sweetness and a toffee quality in the aftertaste. The finish presents with tannins from the cask and settles into a warm glow in the chest.
Knobel Rickhouse Edition Whiskey
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee whiskey, USAReviewed November 26, 2022The nose of the whiskey presents with mellow notes of vanilla and caramel. There is a gentle woodiness from the oak. On the palate the whiskey is gentle and smooth. The experience leads with burnt sugar and notes of the cask. In the body of the taste a light spice comes to the fore accompanied by vanilla and stone fruits. The finish is characterized by the tannins of the cask and a hint of charcoal. A wonderfully smooth experience that settles into a warm glow in the chest. Best enjoyed neat, but may serve as a lovely foundation for an old fashoined.
Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed November 25, 2022 (edited November 27, 2022)The scotch presents fruitfully on the nose with notes of cherry, and vanilla. Accompanied by a floral bouquet. On the tongue the whisky starts sweet with rich flavors of stone fruit and honey. This breaks into the vanilla of the bourbon cask and finishes with an indulgent blend of sweetness and smoke. There is the barest hint of peat hidden in the aftertaste accompanied by the oakey tannins of the ex-bourbon cask.
Macallan Double Cask 12 Year
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandReviewed November 25, 2022On the nose, the whisky presents with a lovely sherry sweetness upon a foundation of rich oak. There is a hint of spice and cacao late in the nose. On the palate, the dram is rich and velvety. There is a spice to it that complements the sherry cask well before the oak tannins come into play. Late in the finish a hint of cacao fades away into smoke and notes of the oak cask.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 22, 2022 (edited June 11, 2022)The nose of the bourbon has a delightful complexity. There are hints of vanilla, oak, and leather on the forefront, with a hint of smoke in the finish. On the palate, the bourbon builds on a foundation of vanilla and sweet orchard fruits. The high proof then comes to the fore with a bit of fire that settles into a lovely glow on the tongue and in the chest. The finish contains the smoke promised in the nose, as well as a hint of cherry. Late in the aftertaste, there is just a whisper of astringency from the high proof. The bourbon should be enjoyed slowly and neat. Do not mix or dilute.
Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Matured
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed April 22, 2022 (edited May 7, 2022)On the nose, this scotch presents with hints of apple, pear, and honey. There is a hint of brine in the finish. In the body of the taste the whisky has a sweet toffee and apple quality. Towards the end it transitions to honey and the dry oak cask. There is a light brine late in the finish, and sherry notes can be found in the aftertaste. This is a delightful scotch that should be enjoyed neat and unadulterated.
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