Wheat Whiskey — Oregon, USATastedSweet grain on the nose. Sweet cereal, raisins, and vanilla, then wood comes on in the finish. Tannic aftertaste. Lighter body and color. Smooth wheated whiskey, but average at the price.
Oregon Spirit Bourbon
Bourbon — Bend, Oregon, USATastedWood and pine on the nose. Oak wood, vanilla, carmel and burned grain. Light body and color. A little rye spice and ethanol on finish, not all pleasant.
Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedCereal grain and fruit nose. Bread, nuts, and vanilla. Sweet, with a light mouthfeel and clean finish. A good wheated bourbon, perfect for mixing or an easy neat drink.
Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
Nut Liqueurs — ItalyTastedFull flavor of lightly toasted nuts, hazelnut specifically, but sweet sweet sweet. Rich creamy body, mouth-coating. An old standby liquour, last popular in the 1970s-80s. Mixes well with coffee and chocolate.
Fruit Liqueurs — FranceTastedFloral on the nose. Sweet and bitter orange and light cognac in the mouth. Medium body and clean quick finish.
Ricard Pastis de Marseille
Anise Liqueurs — FranceTastedSweet anise liquor, with some astringent herbal depth and a good alcohol whoosh mouth to nose. Louches with water-- the way to drink it -- but also good as a sweeter substitute for Pernod or absinthe in cocktails.
Kübler Swiss Absinthe
Other Liqueurs — SwitzerlandTastedLight licorice and floral on the nose. Explodes in the mouth with anise, spicy and bitter/astringent herbs, eucalyptus, mint, and alcohol carries all that from the tongue up through the nose. Thick mouthfeel and licorice sweetness lingers a long time. Clear liquid, louches with water. A beautiful and robust absinthe for any use, particularly in classic cocktails. If you don't care whether it's green or not, this is the one absinthe to have.
Bushmills Red Bush
Blended — IrelandTastedSweet grain, vanilla, with a full peppery finish. Light body, clean flavor.
Prairie Organic Gin
Modern Gin — Minnesota, USATastedSweet sweet and malty, and juniper disappears into licorice. Medium body.
Winchester "Extra Smooth" Rye Whiskey
Rye — USATastedAt least 6 months in new oak. Vanilla and light cereal and odd jelly bean sweetness in finish. Thin body and no real rye spice.