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Stillhouse Manager @ Balcones / geologist / serial hobbyist

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  1. Bruichladdich 1985/32 Bourbon: Hidden Glory

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Blush rosé [NOSE] Plum skins, drying figs, touch of sherry rancio, cerezas negras, wildflower honey, real inviting acidity [PALATE] Honeysuckle explosion balanced by apricot purée, stone fruit juice, honeycomb, and well maintained saddle leather, incredible movement from sweet fruit to acids to supported dry notes of gentle leather and beeswax [FINISH] Sweet, grape-y, medium length, clean, no heat, faint wet stone, Riesling-y, alpine spring water minerals, delightful [MOUTHFEEL] This whiskey sings at such a low proof, never is there a sense that it is out of balance or lacking any essential quality, the acidity is superbly well integrated with the latent fruitiness of the malt, fruit esters, and overall sweetness, devastating to learn there are only 4200 bottles
  2. Germain-Robin Select Barrel XO Brandy

    American Brandy — California, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Sturdy amber, pretty lovely [NOSE] Pastry glaze, orange slices in rose water, milk tea bubble tea, oversteeped sweet tea, tarte tartin, lots of lightly caramelized fall fruit flavors, sprinkle of lemon juice [PALETTE] Starts with a pinch of bitterness, then stewed apricots & peaches, followed by yellow skittles, a pinch of vanilla, sour grape skins come and go, a very lively fruit masquerade ball, ends with a subtle and welcome stemmy tannin bitterness [FINISH] Acidic and juicy, acidity fades and fruit juice is the last thing tasted [MOUTHFEEL] Much lighter than expected after nosing, delicate, gentle, unbelievably fulfilling and fun
  3. Glenmorangie Spìos

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] 7% Mead [NOSE] Chaussons aux pommes, grape juice, warm pastry, light oak/vanillin, bit of earthy nutmeg & fresh cinnamon [PALETTE] Beautiful story that starts with pale malts, buttery scratch biscuits, and wanders through gentle spices, lemongrass, fennel lozenges, wisps of smoke, and ends with ginger chews and bitter lemon peel, Anjou pear slices [FINISH] More lemongrass, ginger, and asiatic herbs dominate, long and pleasantly floral, pungent [MOUTHFEEL] Firm airy structure, dynamic and well developed, elegant interplay of predominate notes
  4. Glenfarclas 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Toffee amber [NOSE] Fruit cup juice, peach preserve, starburst, acidic, bright, cotton candy, sweet tarts [PALETTE] Initially stone fruit dominates, light floral notes come next, followed by wet stones, light earthiness, ends with treacle and stale anise/allspice, faint feinty smoke peaks through here [FINISH] Light, sweet, floral, and fairly short [MOUTHFEEL] Delicate, light oils, pleasant
  5. Linkwood 15 Year Distillery Labels (Gordon & MacPhail)

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Light amber [NOSE] Fruit, floral notes, berry crumble, hints of cracked toffee, slight spice [PALETTE] Light homemade toffee, soaked strawberries, gentle tannins, faint mulling spices, barely browned butter [FINISH] Medium length, spice and perfume, pleasant, sweet [MOUTHFEEL] Rather bright and well balanced, straightforward palette with a complex and understated nose
  6. Arran Amarone Cask Finish Single Malt

    Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Rosé [NOSE] Wildflower liqueur, tropical fruit punch, Juicy Fruit, watermelon, pastry glaze [PALATE] Rock candy, lavender simple syrup, cardamom, Turkish delight, white cherries, peach, milk chocolate [FINISH] Long, starts sweet and becomes acidic, kiwi juice [MOUTHFEEL] Palate gentle and inviting, finish surprisingly hot
  7. Copper & Kings Blue Sky Mining Brandy

    American Brandy — USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Light yellow [NOSE] Floral hops, fresh cut peaches, juniper, wildflower honey, elderflower, white grape juice [PALATE] Steeped English herbs, white grapes, lavender simple syrup, warm farmhouse ale, Gummi bears, honey, cherry jelly donut, pine needles [FINISH] Sweet, tender, St Germaine-y floral esters, a touch short [MOUTHFEEL] Syrupy, a little hot at times, but easy to parse flavors, reads like a gin or lite digestif
  8. Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year

    Peated Blended Malt — Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Green straw [NOSE] Caramel malts, roast coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla custard [PALATE] Sweet peat, rose water, taffy, shortbread, biscuits, bubble gum, nectar, nectarine, almond milk [FINISH] Tame, clear, medium length, more caramel malts, delicate smoke, candied trout [MOUTHFEEL] Gentle, creamy, light
  9. Wild Turkey Master's Keep Decades

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Cough syrupy amber [NOSE] Big dry vanilla and oak notes, honey comb, pungent Juicy Fruit, stretched salt water taffy, lavender simple syrup, touches of rose water, Turkish delights [PALATE] Honeysuckle, candied citrus, vanilla extract bursts, suggests nut brittles and toffee, but summer fruit punch dominates, oak on the edges provides stability [FINISH] Long, warm, sweet, spicy and aggressive near the end, fresh watermelon, lemon juice, and Starbursts dominate [MOUTHFEEL] Dynamic, some wood tannin, mostly sweet smoothness with tart edging
  10. Springbank 12 Year Burgundy Wood

    Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    [LOOK] Pale gold, straw [NOSE] Lightly caramelized sugars, browned salted butter, melted dark chocolate, stewed strawberries, goat manure, sour peatiness, barleywine [PALATE] Ripe fall fruits, dry malted barley, peaches, steamed cedar, faint gasoline, background tame peat, pumpkin spice, walnut oil, Oreo cookie [FINISH] Long and hot, savory and peaty, some residual spiciness [MOUTHFEEL] Pretty hot, peat stays for duration of palate and finish, a fierce whiskey, water opens up smoke into warm breadiness
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