Wild Turkey Master's Keep Cornerstone Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedAlmond, anise seed and rye on the nose followed by orange zest and a pleasant peppery taste which starts early and lasts long into the finish. A very solid rye with a nice warmth from the back of the throat that lingers as it travels downward!
Barrell Bourbon Batch 014
Bourbon — USATastedI have had this bottle for a while and decided to pour a dram (or two) tonight. This is a terrific bourbon! A quintessential bourbon nose. It is smooth on the tongue with orange notes and a subtle milk chocolate treat at the end. The finish is very pleasant oak without much spice and yet it has staying power. This whiskey is very balanced and yet has character worth revisiting. I may have underrated this delightful spirit.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2017)
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedLike a reunion with a long lost friend!!! Quintessential nose of a rye without being over powering. A sweet fruit and floral nose. Smooth taste that belies the high proof. Nice rye pop and slight smoke. Great peppery finish like a fine peppercorn steak sauce. So good!!!
Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 Year (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedVery special from start to finish. The nose has a pleasant smooth sweetness of vanilla caramel with gentle oak and coconut highlights. The taste is complex with the aromas melding into an earthiness and subtle fruitiness. The finish is appropriately long and fades without a heavy bite. The bottled in bond alcohol content does not overpower this fine Kentucky tipple.
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis spirit has grown on me over time. At first I considered the 96 rating laughable but the second third fourth and ... tastings caused me to conclude this is a very good bourbon. Not a 96 but a solid low 90’s. I paired it with a Montecristo No. 4 Cuban cigar tonight; a nice one two punch. The bourbon has a light pleasant nose of sweet fruitiness and vanilla oak. The taste is similar with a saltiness and lovely spice on the finish. The finish is moderately long and delightful. I plan for this offering to be a staple in my cabinet from now on.
Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPicked up this bottle at the distillery visitor’s center in late March. Warehouse JW Barrel No. 19.6 G. I revisited this gem two months later and write my review with the benefit of several tastings. The oak and alcohol are present on the nose but not overpoweringly so. The taste delivers licorice followed by caramel and a whiff of smoke to finish. In a word smooth!!! The experience is wrapped up with a lovely Kentucky hug!! Adding a few drops of water smooths out the nose and decreased the licorice notes on the tongue. Vanilla caramel shines through with the benefit of the H2O. Less KY hug with dilution. I like it better with no water added. BTW, when I purchased this bottle, I was with two friends. We each picked a bottle from a different barrel. That evening we sampled each liberally. I must proclaim now with no bias or malicious intent that my bottle is superior to theirs.
Compass Box Spice Tree
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedI am a big fan of this blend. A rich nose with honey, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg and dried fruits. All blending well on the tongue plus wisp of oak. The experience ends with milk chocolate and a dash of pepper. In a word, scrumptious!
Glenmorangie Lasanta Sherry Cask Finish 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedLight oak and tar and honey on the nose with a bitterness at the end of the taste and a minimal finish. No spice at all. I enjoyed this dram even though my curt review may suggest otherwise😉
Chivas Regal 18 Year
Blended — ScotlandTastedA smooth yet flavorful dram worth admission to a whisky cabinet. Fruit and subtle smoke, not peat, on the nose and tongue. Oak notes evaporate into a slight pepper on the finish. Read my friend Baldbruce’s review for a nice overview of our experience at Strathisla and a cask strength tasting of this and other Chivas expressions. I highly recommend this tasting if you go to the distillery.
Tomintoul 16 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedI purchased this at the distillery. The tour was lead by the operations director Graeme Bowie. How often do you get a tour from the guy who runs the place? He was terrific!! This is bourbon cask aged 100%. Very light throughout the experience of this expression. Light vanilla oak and citrus on the nose. Subtle fruit and sugar cookie on the palate with a brief spice finish. This dram is impossible to dislike.