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  1. The Shin 10 Yr

    Blended Malt — Multiple, Japan

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    For this week's Whisky Sleeper we delve into the murky world of Japanese Whisky... As we have discussed a few times Japanese Whisky has very loose guidelines and requirements and thus it's hard to trust new brands in the market place... This was an occasion where I found one with a double digit age statement, high ABV,100% malt whisky for a sub $70 price point.... Let's dive in.... It enters very rich with vanilla, honey, orange peel and apples leading...mid palate the Miz oak is dominant with a some cocoa and a mocha note... Finish is Miz oak driven with a hint of smoke.. A rich and surprisingly good dram. I compared this to the Nikka FTB and honestly, this was richer and more satisfying despite the lower ABV... Whilst it no doubt contains a good amount of Scottish single malt this blend is all Japanese on the palate... I originally was looking for a Nikka FTB alternative... I think this one actually stands tall next to it, and it's readily available... For now! Cheers all and stay safe!
    69.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  2. Barrell Bourbon Batch 021

    Bourbon — (bottled in) Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    It's always am interesting time of year when we get the results of the San Francisco Spirits Festival as it tends to spur a run the "Best Whiskey" winners! This year Barrell had done it again following up the Batch 11 win we now have Batch 21 taking Best overall Bourbon! Before we dive into the tasting let's see what the components are: It's a blend of 10 yr old Barrels from Kentucky (Undisclosed) Indiana (MGP) and Tennessee (Dickel). Another 18 barrels of 14 yr old Bourbon was added to this blend to add a softer fruitier component (according to Barrell). As always it's bottled at cask strength (106.34) and is unfiltered. Let's dive into the tasting: It enters so viscous and mouthcoating. A burst of fresh berries (raspberries predominantly) leads the palate with buttered cornbread. Some tart cherries and and a hint of cocoa. Black pepper in the background throughout leading to toasted oak, leather and tobacco. Lovely well aged notes shine on the long finish. The spice returns and lingers. It's a lovely pour, and this year it's hard to argue with it taking the award home! Cheer all!
    79.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  3. Bulleit Bourbon Blenders’ Select No. 001

    Bourbon — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Bulleit. Regular Bulleit Bourbon and the 10yr Bourbon I am not a fan of. The regular Rye does the job as a decent mixing Rye. The Bulleit Barrel Proof is a very underated offering and pretty damn tasty. So when I was strolling thru my local Total Wine (back when we could do that sort of thing) this one piqued my interest! After reading thru the the components that made up this "Very Limited" release (which can be easily found at any liquor store in the metro Phoenix area) it sounded a whole lot like the Four Roses Small Batch Select. 3 out of 10 recipes. Different Yeast strains. Featuring 2 high rye mashbills. Focusing on fruits and soft Bourbon note... Does that sound familiar?? Layer on top of that it's a well known "secret" that Bulleit sources from 4 Roses... Notably this one is older at 9 yrs old (6-7 for Small Batch Select).. Let's dive in... Upon entry it's soft but very rich.... Vanilla ice cream, buttered toast and honey... Mid palate adds cinnamon and apples with a toasted oak driven finish... A dash of white pepper that lingers... This stuff is definitely tasty and a big departure from the Bulleit profile... A lovely creamy mouthfeel is very welcome... $50 I feel is a bit high for what you get (4 Roses Small Batch for $20 less isn't much worse) but it's still solid. Cheers All!
    50.0 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  4. IronRoot Harbinger "I'm Your Huckleberry" Bourbon Charity Pick

    Bourbon — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    So a few months ago I was given the opportunity to meet with the owners and master distiller by one of the members of the Arizona Whiskey Community. I have long been a supporter of IronRoot (as any of you who follow will know) so I was very excited at the prospect. Upon arrival at the Distillery and chatting with Jonathon and Robert we quickly moved to the aging warehouse were I proceeded to taste 15 barrels or so. The range of what they distill is incredible! At the end of the tasting adventure Jonathon (Master Distiller) tells me he will bottle anything I want straight from the barrel. I chose a 3 year old 100% Oaxacan Green Corn Mashbill aged in a #1 char and heavy toast barrel. Having a Bourbon created from such a unique heirloom corn created a wonderful profile. I took the bottle home to Arizona and shared it with my friend and founder of the Bourbon Charity. After a dram or two I suggested that we take this barrel and use it to raise money for Charity. Things progressed quickly and culminated in a 24 hr sell out of the barrel. Each bottle was priced at $59.99 with $20/bottle going to charity! Amazing! Now that you have the background let's dive into the tasting: Upon entry you are hit with a big punch of toffee popcorn, butterscotch and candy corn. Mid palate adds toasted oak and wood spice with a satisfying jalapeno cornbread finish. Lovely dram that defies it's age! Cheers all and stay safe in these uncertain times!
    59.99 USD per Bottle
    Ironroot Republic Distilling
  5. Hochstadter's Family Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey

    Rye — Canada

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I love the standard issue Hochstadter's vatted rye so this one had always peaked my interest! A few weeks back the most active member of the Arizona Whiskey Community @Hupperware graciously provided me a sample after a successful hunt (BTAC may have been slayed)... Thanks to this sample I bought the bottle and boy is it outstanding... Let's dive in... It enters very oily... Wonderful mouthfeel with a blast of toffee, toasted oak, baking spices and a hint of spearmint.... Vanilla, clove, cinnamon, pipe tobacco and oak dominate the mid palate... Plums and and dried berries compliment oak and baking spices for a long finish! Truly wonderful. This is as good as Rye Whiskey gets... Booker's Big Time Batch included... Cheers all..
    199.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  6. Glenfiddich Grand Cru 23 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The second break even bottle put out by one of my local establishments! The White Rabbit Speakeasy out in Gilbert AZ is killing it with these offerings! This a great example of a pricey Whisky ($299) that I would not typically buy or buy a retail pour on so this was a great opportunity. Taking a 23 yr old Scotch and finishing it in a Champagne cask doesn't sound like a great idea to me to be honest, so I was definitely skeptical. However, for $9.50/oz I was definitely willing to try it.... Let's dive in: For 40 ABV it's got a lovely mouthfeel and is very rich. Crisp Fuji apples and salted toffee leads. Mid palate introduces milk chocolate and cinnamon spiced pears. Just lovely. An array of wood spice, white grapes and a dash of clove on a lengthy finish. Sweet but not too sweet. This is one of those drams that you would have a hard time putting down! Now for $299 is it worthwhile? Honestly if that's within you personal budget I would say absolutely! Cheers all!
    9.5 USD per Shot
    The White Rabbit Bar
  7. Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Whenever I purchase a really hyped Bourbon I always feel that a great equalizer is tasting it against some good competition to see how it fares. Last night I conducted a tasting of this dram vs Rock Hill Farms and the standard Elmer T Lee. Below are the results: 1st Place - ETL 100. It's got a velvety mouth feel with lots of vanilla, toffee and maple syrup notes up front. Then you get berries and some fig notes leading to wood spice/toasted oak driven finish with a dash of cinnamon. It lingers on the tongue. Really well executed. 2nd Place - Rock Hill Farms (2018 Bottle). Rich butterscotch, toffee and vanilla. Hint of tobacco precedes a medium to long finish that features maple syrup and oak. The oak takes over here and hints at some good age. This is certainly oakier than the Elmer 100. Very good and worth hunting. 3rd Place - ETL (2019 Bottle) It's a bit thin in comparison to the other two and definitely a much simpler Bourbon. Sweet with lots of vanilla and brown sugar. Orange Peel and slight cinnamon spice with some oak on the finish. Medium to short finish. All in all at or close to retail ($35-$40) it's a nice Bourbon but not worth much over retail. Cheers All!
    82.99 USD per Bottle
    Scottsdale Fashion Square
  8. Belle Meade Bourbon Honey Cask Finish

    Bourbon — (bottled in) Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Reviewing the 2019 release (111.8 proof) So what exactly is all the hype about? Let's dive into what's in the bottle: Belle Meade gave used 11 year Belle Meade single barrel bourbon barrels to Trubee Honey. Trubee Honey filled these bourbon barrels with local wildflower honey, and after dumping the honey, returned the barrels to Belle Meade. Belle Meade then refilled the barrels with 11 year old high rye bourbon (30% rye) again and let them rest for a few months before finally bottling the bourbon. So what does it taste like? Let's dive in: It enters hot and very thick and mouthcoating! The rich natural honey sweetness is immediately evident with a vanilla and cinnamon a fast follow. A big array of baking spices follow with honey in the background it's a lovely combination of sweet and spice with a good amount of heat. A very decadent experience! Very unique and a perfect desert dram. Cheers all!
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A120

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I'm going to make a premature proclamation, this will be crowned Whiskey of the year 2020 by numerous publications/competition's. The members of the Arizona Whiskey Community are probably tired of hearing me sing it's praises but this Bourbon is the truth! I've pitted against 8 of my favorite Barrel Proof Bourbon's and only George T Stagg has prevailed. Put simply, this is the best ECBP since the old label! Let's dive into the tasting: This one is big and brash. Mouthcoating with an oily texture. Lovely butterscotch bomb with brown sugar and an array of baking spices. A healthy dose of oak and long vanilla and dark chocolate finish with oak spices lingering on the tongue forever! This is what a proper barrel proof Bourbon should be like! Outstanding! If you see it buy 2! Cheers all!
    42.99 USD per Bottle
    Total Wine & More
  10. Port Charlotte MRC:01 2010

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Shout out to @barrelraised for sharing a pour of this one yesterday! I am a big fan of all things Laddie so getting an opportunity to try what I hoped would rival the Octomore releases is something I was excited to try! Let's dive into the specifics of what's in the bottle: Bottled at 59.2% 8000 bottles 100% Scottish barley from the Inveness Region Age stated at 7 years old 40ppm First-fill ex-bourbon casks and second-fill French wine casks before coming together for a finish of a year in the ‘finest’ red wine casks from the Bordeaux region Let's dive into the tasting: It's got a really mouthcoating entry and a wonderful mouthfeel. Initial notes are an array of grilled fruits with BBQ smoke and Ash. Some saline notes. Mid palate adds cherry and toffee with a spice and peat filled finish. A hint of some iodine. Drinks really quite easily considering the big proof. In conclusion, is it good? Yes it's very good. Is it worth almost double of what you would pay for the Port Charlotte 10? No, in this instance it's not a great value but a damn fine dram. 3.75/5
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