Oban 14 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedNose: earthy, mild peat, mild spice, sweet, salty, vanilla, toffee, pear Palate: very rich, sweet, fruity, spicy, toffee, very mild peat, malt Finish: long spicy finish with some faint notes of peat and toffee A very well balanced and complex scotch.
Dewar's Caribbean Smooth
Blended — ScotlandTastedNose: sweet, earthy, honey, mild spice, mild peat Palate: sweet, smooth, spicy Finish: short, spicy, sweet Surprisingly good for the price ($21). None of the off-putting notes that are sometimes found in a blended scotch.
Clynelish 14 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedNose: honey, caramel, sweet, mild peat Palate: mild peat, mildly spicy, caramel, sweet, honey, malty Finish: medium length, spicy, mild peat, lingering candy/caramel A very enjoyable scotch. Smooth with just enough complexity and kick to keep it interesting. I hadn’t heard of this scotch until receiving it as a gift but I will definitely be buying another bottle when this one runs out.
Heaven's Door Double Barrel Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Tennessee, USATastedNose: spicy, cinnamon, apple, vanilla, oak Palate: strong alcohol heat, spicey, oak, maple Finish: medium length finish, lingering burn from the alcohol, spice, mild sweetness A little bit of water tames some of the alcohol heat and brings out a little more sweetness and a bit of cedar
Old Forester Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNose: bananas, maple, sweet, and a small hint of mint. Palate: smooth, bananas, sweet, spicy. Finish: long and spicy finish, sweet, still just a little bit of banana. A solid rye with some unique character
Cragganmore 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: sweet, green grapes, mild spice, a little bit of smoke Palate: light, fruity, sweet, mild peat, malt Finish: medium length mild spice, mild peat, sweet, fruity
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedNose: citrus, apple, honey, floral Palate: thick mouthfeel, rich, sweet, floral, malt, mild spice Finish: long finish, mild spice, sweet, floral
Knob Creek Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNose: oak spice, maple syrup, brown sugar Palate: lots of spice, alcohol heat Finish: medium to long, spicy, a little sweet.
The Macallan Double Cask Gold
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedNose: sweet, toffee, caramel, malt Palate: smooth toffee, caramel, sweet, mild spice Finish: medium to long finish, spice sweet, malt, oak An exceptionally smooth and well balanced scotch. Definitely recommend.
Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: saw dust, corn Palate: light, sweet, banana taffy Finish: short to medium length, candy sweetness, mild spice Mild and easy to drink. There is nothing objectionable about it, but there is nothing really noteworthy either. It doesn’t have an age statement, and from the lack of complexity and barrel influence I suspect it’s very young.