Bushmills Red Bush
Blended — Northern IrelandReviewed November 22, 2022Sweet & malty like Black Bush, but there's more nail polish here. Not terrible, but not really worth revisiting.
Bushmills Black Bush
Blended — Northern IrelandReviewed November 22, 2022Sweet. Malty. Maple syrupy. Inoffensive.
Rittenhouse Rye 25 Year
Rye — kentucky, USAReviewed November 20, 2022Wonderful, wonderful urethane. Had it blind and loved it.
Compass Box Flaming Heart (7th Edition)
Peated Blended Malt — ScotlandReviewed November 18, 2022This is nice. Sweet peat, green apples, pears, a pleasant amount of heat. Laphroaig ashiness, unsurprisingly, wields a pretty heavy hand here. And I think it's funny they dumped Flaming Heart '18, Arcana, and Nectar remnants in there; like they're just cleaning up house. It's very drinkable. That being said, this is a very hard sell for $230. I'm a Compass Box fanboy and if I had a sample beforehand, I would have enjoyed it, but passed on the full bottle. $130? Sure. But all I seem to do these days is complain about price, so maybe that's a me-thing.230.0 USD per Bottle
Balvenie 16 Year French Oak Pineau Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed October 2, 2022Maple syrup. Thick, long, sweet finish. Pleasant, but nowhere near $200 pleasant.200.0 USD per Bottle
Aberlour 16 Year Double Cask Matured
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed August 6, 2022Some apples & pears, but mostly maple syrup. Pretty nice & easy to drink.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2022 Warehouse 1
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed August 6, 2022Ashy tires. A fairly standard Laphroaig and pretty unremarkable given some of the more unique Cairdeas' of the past. I'm pretty sure the "more salty" because of Warehouse 1 is the power of suggestion more than anything; and a few people have suggested that the Maker's barrels had a distinctive influence on this, but most Laphroaig is aged in ex-Maker's so it's not unique in that sense either. Not at all bad, but doesn't really seem special enough to make the Cairdeas line--one of the yearly releases I look most forward to.110.0 USD per Bottle
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2020)
Rye — Kentucky, USAReviewed July 10, 2022Sweet apples & pears. Handy is usually pretty middling for me, but this was a nice year.
Jack Daniel's Bonded Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee — Tennessee, USAReviewed July 8, 2022Given blind, I'm not sure I could tell the difference between this and OF100. A bit thicker mouthfeel and lengthier finish maybe, but it's the same sweet bananas. Not bad.35.0 USD per Bottle
Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 19, 2022Stop buying this. They discontinued the $11 6yr BIB, added one year, rebranded, and started charging 4x. Don't encourage that type of behavior. No, it doesn't taste any better than it did at $11, despite the fancy new bottle and price.