Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Rye
Rye — USATasted April 4, 2021Nose: classic rye spices of clove, cinnamon, light nutmeg. A consistent undernoted of maple syrup and caramel, with a sweet cherry note mixed in. Taste: Baking spices, honey, hot pepper, melted caramel sauce, dark fruits and a long and lingering syrupy heat on the finish.
Waterford Rathclogh Edition 1.1
Single Malt — IrelandTasted March 6, 2021Nose: caramel, apples, fresh rain, pepper, banana pudding, dusty books, lemon zest, Taste: melted caramel, pepper, citrus, chocolate covered banana, fruit filling, finishing with a waxy condensed milk. More: this whiskey is one of the most complex I've ever had (and I've had a LOT of whiskey) every time I go back I find something new. It is also one of the most oily whiskies with a finish that goes for days. I must say I was skeptical of it with a $100.00 price tag and lots of big talk coming from the distillery, but I am happy to report that what's in the bottle lives up to the hype.100.0 USD per Bottle
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition
Blended — IrelandTasted December 6, 2020Nose: lemon zest, apples, buttered toast. Taste: apples with a slight medicinal breaded note. Not bad, but not great, if you love Jameson than this is that but slightly hoppy.
Old Tub Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted December 6, 2020Nose: Dried cherries, oiled leather, wood, cinnamon, lemon pledge. Taste: Cinnamon, oak, waxy pecans, slight dark fruits. Experience: entering a freshly cleaned workshop. It's another solid bang for your buck buy. It doesn't reach into the body or complexity of a Booker's but at 1/4th the price it doesn't have to. If you like it on the dry side or are overwhelmed by sweet whiskey but don't want to travel into rye this a a good bourbon that has a unique but limited profile.
Laphroaig 10 Year Cask Strength Batch 12
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted November 28, 2020Nose: smoke, salt, bla bla bla. Just past all the normal Laphroaig notes comes apples, mint, and light caramel. Taste: the inverse of the nose, starting sweet, fruity and full of cinnamon then quickly turning to ash. I need more time with this one.
Bruichladdich Black Art 1990 04.1 Edition 23 Year
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted October 10, 2020Nose: blueberry, peaches and cream, honey, toasted bread, tropical sea breezes, lemon zest. Taste: sweet honey, citrus, salt and pepper, cinnamon rolls. Experience: walking through a open air market on a chilly spring morning, sweet and zesty smells fill the airwith just a pinch of salt, if you stand directly in the sun you can feel it's warmth through the bisk air. Everything is alive and starting a new constantly changing as the day goes on. Final thoughts: I usually say no whiskey is "worth" more that $100 meaning that you can usually find something comparable to anything beyond that for less. (~$70 is the sweet spot). However, there is nothing like Black Art and it is one of the only whiskeys I would say is "worth" the money at this price. It is a fantastic bottle that is just as complex as it is enjoyable. A rare find but if you happen on it, I'd snag it. *This is from the old distiller. I've had the newer releases, and while they are still fantastic they are not quite "magical" for what that's worth. Still a solid choice if you have the cash.
Teeling Small Batch Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTasted September 11, 2020Nose: bananas foster, vanilla, cream, charged sugars, creme brulee. Taste: creme brulee, caramel, fruits, taffy. *Disclaimer tasted as part of a flight with one pour, normally only review bottles or multiple pours.
Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Malt — IrelandTasted September 11, 2020Nose: light fruits, fresh cut grains, honey, melon, citrus. Taste: more fruit, deeper grains, light tobacco . *Disclaimer tried as part of a flight on one pour, normally review based on a bottle or multiple pours.
Teeling Single Grain Whiskey
Single Grain — IrelandTasted September 11, 2020Nose: vanilla, banana, sugary cereal, new books, sugar. Taste: vanilla, metals, chalky candy cigarettes, banana. A good showing but much too sweet for me. *disclaimer this was part of a flight and only based on one tasting session normally I only review with a bottle or myself pours.
The Quiet Man Blended Traditional Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTasted July 25, 2020Nose: cereal, apples, strawberry Taste: cereal, Vanilla, nutmeg A solid, if somewhat unremarkable whiskey.