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  1. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Barrel 6818 Bottled 5-23-09 Deep copper color. Nose has cinnamon spice apples, cherry cough syrup, rye bread and vanilla extract. Creamy mouthfeel. Cinnamon apples continue to the palate, with hints of vanilla Coke, leather and oak tannins. Finish is medium in both length and dryness, with more cinnamon, vanilla, leather, hints of dark chocolate and lots of oak.
    37.0 USD per Bottle
    Cambridge Spirits
  2. Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Rich honey color. Nose has hints of cherry cola, cinnamon and freshly baked bread. Palate has charred cinnamon sticks, freshly ground nutmeg, toasted rye bread, dill, and hints of vanilla and spearmint. Light mouthfeel with a medium finish, with baking spices and toasted rye. Good bang for the buck, and a solid daily sipper.
    29.0 USD per Bottle
    Cambridge Spirits
  3. Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Batch 010 Bottled January 2018 Rich honey color. Nose has the strong peat aroma you expect, but it actually seems less peaty/band-aid-like and more sweet than the regular 10yr. I pick up the sea breeze, the smell of dried seaweed, and an earthy smell like potting soil, but also caramelized brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger snap cookies. On the palate, there are the intense peaty aspects you expect: band-aids, iodine, briney wet earth, something like freshly laid asphalt, but again less so than the regular 10yr. I also find a strong, lingering cinnamon, vanilla, spicy oak and sweet red apples. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and dry, with a good amount of alcohol burn. Finish is long, hot and dry, with a lot of peat smoke and cinnamon, salt water, and charred sugar cubes. I thought I liked the regular 10yr, but this takes it to another level. The higher proof brings out far more complexity and depth, creating a dram that is both more intense and somehow more approachable than the proofed-down version, with smells and tastes that should not make sense, but work oh so well together.
    77.0 USD per Bottle
    Gordon's Fine Wines and Liquors
  4. Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-04 Sip Awhile

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Deep, ruddy copper color. Tasted neat in a Glencairn after a few minutes rest. Nose it carefully and behind the ethanol you find vanilla and cinnamon, caramel chews, and a hint of buttered popcorn. Full-bodied, thick and dry mouthfeel. Palate is a spicy cinnamon bomb with lots of charred oak, fresh apples on the back palate, with hints of dark chocolate and cherry cough syrup. Finish is long, hot, peppery and dry. Lots of oak, cinnamon, black pepper, and a little mintiness that leaves your mouth tingling.
    82.0 USD per Bottle
    Cambridge Spirits
  5. Knob Creek Single Barrel Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Barrel 6403 Gordon's Private Barrel Selection Color is ruddy copper. Nose is like Sunday brunch, with cinnamon and brown sugar, maple syrup on waffles, a soft vanilla like condensed milk, and a gentle rye spice in the background with something like bubblegum. Lots of heat on the palate, rye spice comes to the forefront, accompanied by more baking spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger), and charred oak. Less sweetness on the palate, but hints of vanilla, caramel and cherry cola. Full bodied but somewhat dry mouthfeel. Long, hot, dry finish with lots of charred oak. More baking spices and a light sweetness like a drizzle of honey on toasted rye bread. This is an amazing rye, and top notch barrel pick.
    51.0 USD per Bottle
    Gordon's Fine Wines and Liquors
  6. Ardbeg Uigeadail

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    Honey color. Nose certainly brings the peaty, iodine character of Islay, but a bit more subtle than the Ardbeg 10yr, with far more complexity. I get ocean spray and drying seaweed, along the sweetness of honey and vanilla ice cream. Not much ethanol on the nose for such a high proof. The palate is just as complex as the nose, rich and smokey with the sweetness of stone fruits dried over a campfire, and a subtle meaty note on the back palate. Mouthfeel is thick and oily, with more ethanol burn than was hinted at by the nose. Finish is very long and warm. The campfire flavor stays with you for a long time, with some graham crackers and a very light, fruity sweetness. This is just about a prefect dram.
    69.0 USD per Bottle
    Liquor Junction
  7. Blanton's Original Single Barrel

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Bottle 227 Dumped on 5-16-19 Barrel 516 Warehouse H Rick 37 Color is rich amber. Nose is warm and inviting, rich cinnamon, vanilla, tobacco and bananas caramelized in maple syrup. More cinnamon and vanilla on the palate, subtle notes of boiled peanuts with a light saltiness that perfectly balances the sweetness, hints of charred oak. Smooth, velvety mouthfeel. Long, slightly dry spicy oak finish, with a return of that caramelized banana on the back end that leaves you longing for the next sip.
    56.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Aberlour A'bunadh

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Batch #60 60.3% ABV Deep amber color. Robust nose with burnt caramel, cocoa nibs, freshly ground coffee, and floral notes of rose and honeysuckle. One of the most luscious, creamy mouthfeels I've experienced. Palate is intense, with an initial hit of oaky tannins that leads into cinnamon and cloves, with chocolate and honeysuckle notes. Finish is a long and warm continuation of the palate, with spicy oak, cinnamon and cloves, a hint of sweetness and a light floral component.
    79.0 USD per Bottle
  9. The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Honey color. Tried neat after resting a few minutes: Nose is light and fruity, with a little oak and a light earthiness. On the palate, I get a surprising peppery spice, and a bread-like taste similar to a rye, with very mild peat smoke. The earthiness continues to the palate from the nose, but not the fruit. Finish is fairly short and dry, and continues the peppered bread qualities. Mouthfeel is watery and a little harsh, making me think young. Not a bad dram, but not one I would seek out.
  10. High West Double Rye

    Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Batch 18I18 Nose is softly fragrant of rye spice and freshly baked sugar cookies, with a floral element of honeysuckle. Rye spice and anise dominate the palate, which to me create an unpleasant herbal medicine taste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with just a little alcohol burn. Finish is long and warm, but dominated by the herbal/anise quality. I don't get much sweetness on this except on the nose. The anise taste puts me off sipping this neat, but it works well as a mixer.
    29.0 USD per Bottle
    Cambridge Spirits
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