Old Forester Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedSweet grass, oak, and cereal on the nose. Ethanol, pepper, spice, and oak explodes in the mouth--this is not a subtle 50% abv straight rye. Long spicy minty dry finish. Mixes well with other strong flavors. Makes a nice Manhattan.
Maurin, Vermouth Dry Sec
Other Liqueurs — Le Puy en Velay, France, FranceTastedFloral. Tart grapes, green apple, sweet but tart rather than cloying. Medium body. Not clear, light straw colored. Will cloud traditionally clear drinks like a Martini, but... unique flavor.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Rye
Rye — Tennessee, USATastedFloral and fruity nose, with sweet cereal. Spicy rye up front in the mouth, then sweet grass and big vanilla, and charred oak. Finish is moderate, with charred oak and spicy astringent nettles. Medium body, light mouthfeel. Beautiful auburn color and handsome bottle/packaging. Easy sipping rye, opens up with some ice/water. Has grown on me over time. Proof that JD is not a one trick pony, and can produce a quality premium produce.
Oregon Spirit Dry Gin
London Dry Gin — Oregon, USATastedStrong juniper and pine on the nose. Resin, pine and juniper, then citrus and dry spices. Finish warms with nettles and mint and coriander and pine, lingering a long time. Unfortunately it left a resinous off flavor in my mouth. Thick coating body. Meh.
George Dickel No. 12
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATastedHaven't had this for years. Charred oak, vanilla, and a dry grass and corn sweetness, disappearing into wood with some alcohol burn. Love the memory more than the whiskey now. It's not a premium whisky, but... be generous.
Skip Rock Distillers, Nocino Walnut Liqueur
Nut Liqueurs — Snohomish, WA, USATastedSkip Rock Nocino, made in Washington with green walnuts and bottled at 33% ABV in 375ml. Dry nuts and wood on the nose. Light maple syrup, bitters, and then lightly toasted walnut, fading quickly in finish. Ok for mixing cocktails. Would like to see a drier and more assertive walnut flavor profile for sipping.
Dry Fly, Triticale Straight Whiskey, Port Barrel Finish
Single Grain — Spokane, Washington, USATastedTotal Wine and More exclusive, hand selected single barrel #960, 50% abv, aged 5 years. Purchased in Spokane, WA, Feb 2020. Triticale--a wheat and rye hybrid developed in Scotland--grown on the same 117 year-old family farm in Washington where Dry Fly sources its wheat. Aged in new American oak then finished in a used Townsend Cellars Port barrel; a total of 5 years in barrel. Non chill-filtered straight whiskey. Cereal and floral fruit nose. Toasted grain and oak, brown sugar, spice, and pepper. Sweet port flavors the finish. Warm and round, full mouthfeel, with the softness of wheat yet the spicy grassy nature of rye. Beautiful deep rosy color. A really nice whiskey, neat or with a cube of ice.55.0 USD per Bottle
Lucid Absinthe Supérieure
Other Liqueurs — France, FranceTastedOne of the first absinthes made with grande wormwood to be legally imported into the USA in 2007 after a 95 year prohibition. Produced with traditional methods and ingredients by Combier Distillery in the Loire Valley in France. 62% abv, light green color, and medium body. Loaches beautifully with water or ice. This is a beautiful example of a classic absinthe, and works well in a Green Fairy with ice water, or in a classic cocktail. Anise and fennel, grassy, earthy, and sharply herbal. Alcohol blast followed by a long sweet minty finish. Not overpowering in a cocktail, but not shy in flavor. Perfect.
Arrow Kirsch, Cherry Liqueur
Fruit Liqueurs — USATastedClear cherry kirsch, brandy based liqueur. Thin-ish, sweet yet bright cherry flavor. Servicable bottom shelf cordial, better for mixing or cooking.
Oregon Spirit, Absinthe Original
Herbal/Spice Liqueurs — Bend, Oregon, USA, USATastedTried straight and with water. Floral herbal nose. Anise, mint, dry herbal, then explodes with ethanol and a very very bitter herbal (wormwood?) finish that isnt pleasant. Dry and astringent, leaves mouth tingling and alkaline--bleh! Not sweet. Not so much green in color as light khaki green. Perhaps this would mix well (in small doses) in a classic cocktail, but it didnt improve much in a classic Green Fairy with ice water. For the premium price, you can find a lot better absinthes.