Eagle Rare 17 Year Bourbon (Fall 2019)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedWell done. Very balanced. Nose is cereal/grains, oaky/woody, cherries, maybe vanilla. Taste is cherries with cereal. Nice hints of oak. Finish is return of the cereal and wood with some vanilla. This is not a strong or hot bourbon. Tastes are subtle. I recommend no water or ice.The Royale
George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2019)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedStrong woody (oak) nose with a candy sweet smell. Hints of alcohol and brown sugar as well. Taste is not as sweet as expected. No burn but some spicy/pepper qualities. Viscous oily mouthfeel. Long legs on the glass. Woody and maybe earthy taste with cherries or berries mid-taste. Long finish with oak and spice and hints of sweetness. I don’t feel the lower proof reduces the quality. Very enjoyable whiskey.The Royale
Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose is alcoholy toffee with St. one cotton candy. Maybe some fruit and brown sugar. The tastes is brown sugar/toffee and dark fruit. The ethanol is present in the back palate/throat. There’s also vanilla light baking spice.
Redwood Empire Emerald Giant Rye Whiskey
Rye — USATastedSpicy but balanced, not overly complex. The nose is maple, caramel, with some fruit and oak. Taste is similar to the nose with rye spiciness. Some fruit and wood. Nice medium body and finish.
Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost (Game of Thrones-House Stark)
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedNose of honey, apple, grains. The taste is medium to light bodied with a honey flavor. It has a resinous quality and some spicy. Finish is spicy honey with grains and maybe a hint of ginger.The Royale
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: Sweet malty grain with hints of vanilla. Taste: Citrus grain Carmel with an alcohol bite. There’s also a mineral quality and maybe some herbs. Finish: Nutty woody. Very drinkable.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedVery complex whisky. Nose starts out very peaty and medicinal. This fades over time and shows a briny sweet fruity backdrop. With smoke present throughout. The taste hits in waves. Smokey medicinal briny seaweed on the first. Fruity cotton candy on the long second wave I can almost feel the texture of the delicious treat in melting my mouth. The finish is long and smokey sweet ash with an oaky quality. That sugar covered campfire taste will be in my mouth for an hour. Delicious stuff.
Amador Whiskey Co. Double Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky (Finished and Bottled in California), USATastedNose of cherry vanilla and dark fruit with oak and toast/grain. The taste is has grain overtones with strong cherry and milder baking spice flavors. The finish is spicy and oaky and has a medium length.Salt + Smoke
Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA very tasty whiskey. Nice butterscotch, vanilla, and fruit nose. The taste is slightly hot with butterscotch, vanilla and cinnamon. Pleasant buttery spicy medium long finish.
George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedGreat bourbon. This is strong but tasty stuff. Even the nose is hot be careful how far you stick your face in. Speaking of nose it’s brown/burnt sugar with vanilla and oak and hints of spice and dried fruit. The taste comes on strong but complex with wood and tannins followed by the burnt sugar, vanilla and baking spices. The finish is long and still a little hot and slightly astringent but very pleasant. The burnt sugar is prevalent with hints of spice oak and orange peel.