Ohishi Islay Cask Finish
Other Whiskey — JapanTastedColor is light straw. Nose starts with peat, followed quickly by a sweet backbone. Notes of fresh fruit and honey are present in the background. First sip is markedly peated, with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Notes of sweetness come and go, with several distinct, but hard to identify variations on the sweetness as the peat circulates. Finish is a further intermingling of the sweat/peat combo. Despite not being able to identify specific components as well as with other Whiskies, I found this rather enjoyable.73.0 USD per Bottle
Kaiyō Japanese Mizunara Oak
Blended Malt — JapanTastedColor is a gold. Nose starts with a grassy, oily phase, followed by hints of honey and vanilla. First sip starts with a little mellow spice and smokiness, but not peat, more just a whiff of passing fire pit. This transitions to a subtle vanilla and honey middle, with a smooth mouthfeel, with faint notes of fruit. Finish is a return of the gentle spice, though only for a short time. Punches above its proof, but the finish could be longer. Overall, good, but not worth the price tag65.0 USD per Bottle
New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Michigan), USATastedColor is amber. Nose starts with a creamy sweetness. Beneath that, notes of apple and faint vanilla present. First sip is mildly oaky, less sweet than the nose, followed by a definite flash of stout beer. Following sips reveal chocolate notes, as well as very mild nutty flavor. Mouthfeel is just a little thin but not unpleasantly so. Finish is just a little astringent, with the stout flavor coming back for a short linger with the chocolate notes. Overall, probably not an everyday sipper, but not bad at all, especially for a more unique chocolate/stout profile change-up at a lower price.29.99 USD per Bottle
Bon Accord Highland Single Malt (Alexander Murray & Co.)
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedColor is a light amber. Nose is earthy and malty initially. Light fruit notes follow. First sip is earthy, barely any sweetness. A light biscuity note follows. In the background a faint note of fruit is presents. Finish is relatively short, a brief extension of the earthiness from the front. For the price, not terrible.42.99 USD per Bottle
Kurayoshi Sherry Cask
Blended Malt — Multiple CountriesTastedColor is a light amber. Nose is strong with citrus, honey, and berries radiating from the glass. Vanilla and malt are found past the initial wave. First sip is almost zesty, with a milt tingle amidst some maltiness. Mouthfeel is smooth, not thin or viscous. Further sips reveal a subtle berry note, as well as some grassy notes. Finish is a wave of acidity that leaves the tongue with a lemon like flavor, but without the freshness of fresh lemon. Overall, the nose is great, but the palate and finish leave plenty to be desired.
Coppersea Excelsior Bourbon
Bourbon — New York, USATastedColor is dark honey. Nose starts with a little youth from the corn. Beneath that lies vanilla and caramel. The youth covers a lot of the other possible smells. First sip is oak and caramel, with a hint of black pepper. Some fruits follow that, as well as some vanilla. Mouthfeel is moderately viscous. Finish however has that immature corn, though not as potent as the nose. The immaturity doesn't completely ruin it, but definitely detracts from an otherwise quite sippable Bourbon. Definitely would not pay asking price for this.
Single Malt — WalesTastedColor is very light, pale straw. Nose is light and clean, with notes of green apple and faint banana, maybe some flashes of citrus. First sip is smooth and clean, with subtle dried fruits and vanilla flavor. As you take more sips, notes of malt and creme are noted. The finish is moderate in length, with the mild black pepper and more fruit lingering. Overall, nothing displeasing, decent finish, just maybe a little too clean, not exactly exciting.
Isle of Skye 12 Year
Blended — Skye, ScotlandTastedColor is amber. Nose starts with mild peat smoke. Sifting through the peat, layers of fruit and vanilla appear. Finally, notes of malt appear. First sip is creamy in texture, with mild peat smoke and spice, with vanilla and subtle dried fruit in the background. On further sips, notes of milk chocolate are apparent. Finish is short, with the peat and a little fruit just barely lingering. Overall, nothing amazing, and definitely could use more finish, but for the price, this is a solid value.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedColor is dark bronze. Nose starts with oak and chocolate. Getting through the initial layers, notes of honey and vanilla appear, though much more subtle. First sip is chocolately and bittersweet, like baker's chocolate, with a thick velvety mouthfeel. Oak and very subtle vanilla notes follow. Finish is moderate, with notes of mild cinnamon joining the chocolate.57.0 USD per Bottle
Cotswolds Single Malt
Single Malt — EnglandTastedColor is amber. Nose starts with a little ethanol, but quickly passes to honey and fruits, both citrus and sweeter ripe stonefruit. Beneath that is mild butterscotch. First sip is spicey, with fairly intense baking spices and black pepper followed by a a malty mid-palate and a deliciously sweet citrus and peach late palate. Additional sips show notes of caramel and more fruit. Mouthfeel is creamy. Lingering flavors from above for the finish.