Famous Grouse Smoky Black
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedFor the price point, there is value here. Citrus notes on the nose. Salt and some iodine on the pallet with a healthy dose of peat and smoke. Lacking the full mouth feel of better quality spirit's, but still enough there to warrant a try.
Yamazaki 12 Year
Single Malt — Honshu, JapanTastedProminent vanilla and honey, with an underlying not of dried fruit and the slightest whispered of smoke. Oak is well developed. There is a healthy burn, but the dram is smooth and rounded overall. FINISH has an enduring and pleasant linger.
Big Peat Blended Malt
Peated Blended Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedPeat, smoke and more peat pretty much sum this up. Young whiskey with no real cask character, but a wonderfully long finish.
Clase Azul Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoTastedSweet, soft and smooth. Deep colour compared to most reposada, but still incredibly delicate and smooth.
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Bourbon Cask Matured
Single Malt — IrelandTastedNotes of honey and menthol, with wisps of vaqnilla. A slight bite at the finish, but overall a wonderful whiskey made very interesting by the ex bourbon casks.
Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition
Blended — IrelandTastedThe stout has done wonderful things for this go to spirit. Hints of chocolate and malt on the nose and a fuller, more rounded mouth feel make this an interesting delight.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Canadian — Manitoba, CanadaTastedVanilla, apricot and spearmint notes on the nose. On the pallet you get the spicInes of the rye with a firm alcohol burn. Not the most refined whiskey, but there is so much going on here. Great buy for the price point.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedNote bad, reminds me a little of Irish. A little rough on the finish.
1792 Ridgemont Reserve Bourbon 8 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose of caramel and clove is lovely. Oily mouth feel, with a slight burn akin to the high proof. Medium finish, heavy with fall spices. I like this bourbon, but it loses me with the spice at the end.
Bushmills 10 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — Northern IrelandTastedSweet and floral.