Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Straight Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNose: pepper, sweet cinnamon sugar, cigar ash, black cherry, slight baking powder or dill (whatever that note is in all ryes that everyone takes a different way.) Taste: Cinnamon, black cherry, wood, tobacco, molasses, cracked pepper. Experience: meeting an old friend after a few years. Everything you expect is there but some of their personality has mellowed out while others they've doubled down on. After the high praise this rye received I was expecting something unique, it isnt. it is a lot like cheaper more accessible ryes, however some parts are deeper, while others like the "ryeness" are mellowed. It feels like a rye that is trying to be an old bourbon. A good choice if moving from bourbon to rye for sure.
Tullamore D.E.W. 12 Year Special Reserve
Blended — IrelandTastedNose: Sweet short bread, dried apricots, butter, slight barrel char, and a tad bit of cherry. Taste: shortbread, buttered biscuits, and a sweet fruit finish: apricots, apple, and cherry Experience: it's morning, it feels early but you actually slept in, vacation and all that. The bed and breakfast has fresh baked biscuits and an assortment of jams and preserves, you decide to try them all. I wish the 12 year variant was further separated from the base Tullamore, however this is more high praise for their base than it is a knock against the 12 year.
Balcones Baby Blue
Corn — Texas, USATastedNose: Roasted marshmallow, slight floral, cereal, caramel. Taste: Sweet tea, more marshmallow, soft caramel candy. Experience: A sweets shop, not the new kind with giant Teddy bears and plastic everywhere, but the old kind you might find in a small town or off a pier. I feel like corn whiskey deserves it's own category like Irish or rye. It's respectful stuff but distilleries haven't done enough with it. Play around with it and see what you think.
Highland Park 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedRevisiting this after over a year. Nose: Sweet tea, mushrooms, put out camp fire, sea salt, chocolate. Taste: fruit, black tea, cherry, walnuts. Experience: Eating a chocolate by a now wet fire pit. It is a very well balanced whiskey which is great but to be honest it's little brother the 12 is also fantastic and for a fraction of the price. if the dropped this to $80 I would recommend it more readily.100.0 USD per Bottle
Glenfiddich 14 Year Bourbon Barrel Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose: Oh so much. Honey, apple, hay, oak, almonds, toast, pair, slight cinnamon and cream. Taste: Sweet apple, honey, bear claw pastry, molasses, burnt cookies, ending in a woody and waxy walnut. Experience: A cool fall day at golden hour. The sun is just about set and everything is lit with a warm glow, you pick up a walnut or pecan (you cant tell) on your stroll home through crisp leafs. The air is sweet with many meals and treats being cooked in doors, before you step inside to the warmth of home you take a deep breath of perfection. Not the chill of winter or the sticky sweet of summer, but the round comfort of fall. *Note: This was my first ever Scotch purchase. It was love at first sip, I wanted to give it another go not that my taste has developed. I have had the chance to try and own much more expensive, old, and rare whiskys, but for the price, this might be one of the best. Don't get me wrong there are better, but I've paid 2-3 times what this bottle costs and came up short. Get it if you want to raise your bar of what quality scotch is.45.0 USD per Bottle
Jameson Black Barrel
Blended — IrelandTastedNose: cream, chocolate, cola, short bread, slight fruit. Taste: watered down cola, chocolate cake without the frosting, a little underwhelming after the great nose but still good. Finish is quick and a tad bitter ending on the sides of the tongue. A great nose with a body that just can't keep up. Sorta like a good movie or book that doesn't know how to end and just fizzes out.
Bellevoye Bleu Triple Malt
Blended Malt — FranceTastedNose: Toasted marshmallows, vegetable funk, dried wood, old dusty leather, dried apple rings. Taste: dried apple rings again, slightly sweet, takes a turn towards the dry wood funk and slight sour. Adding water or ice brings the sweetness up and hides a bit of the vegetal notes. Was hoping to like it a lot more than I do, was even will to deal with the vegetal notes I know were coming if there was more behind it but this is really it, some sweet candy notes with a lot of funk. At least the bottle looks great.
Del Bac Winter Release 2018
American Single Malt — Arizona, USATastedAvailable only once a year, Winter Release is unique and fleeting, with this year’s limited run producing less than 1,000 bottles. 2018 Winter Release is a blend of barrels that includes Whiskey Del Bac finished in ex-bourbon casks, as well as barrels from Tucson’s Iron John’s Brewing Company that held sherry barleywine. Nose: Honey BBQ, smoked meat, mint, pipe tobacco, Taste: Sweet, savory, and hot. Pipe tobacco. Once again like biting into a dry rubbed meat. Experience: a litteral Barbecue. What else can I say? sweet, meaty, and spiced.70.0 USD per BottlePhoenix
Tullamore D.E.W. Phoenix
Blended — IrelandTastedNose: Sweet cream, cinnamon twists, apple, shortbread, copper. Taste: Sweet and hot, apple pastry, with a numbing spiced nuts finish. Experience: coming in from the cold and sitting by the fireplace. Could be on the ski slopes, from shoveling the driveway, or even a snowball fight. It embraces you with all the smells and tastes of comfort and warmth.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedNose: honey, granola, vanilla, wet campfire, fruit. Taste: not nearly as nice as the nose... hot copper, bitter nutmeg, just a touch of honey in over steeped tea. Experience: The attractive woman (or man) at the bar who is ultimately vapid. People have talked them up, you walk up and are impressed but the more time you spend with them the more you realize there really isn't much under the surface.