Booker's Bourbon Batch 2022-01 “Ronnie's Batch”
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATasted September 5, 2022Uncorking 🍾 Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Dark mahogany with a little sunset, some ocher, whiskey definitely passes the legs test (sticks to the Glencairn walls); 👃: Ooh some melted and burnt caramel notes, strong ethanol burns my nose hairs, cherries, possibly cherry coke, root beer tingles, oak and vanilla are there but not at the forefront; 👅: Fizzy cola, caramel continues into the palate, the oak comes out and you taste it, vanilla also, a little kettle corn at the end; 🏁: Short finish, short but beautiful, definitely a good one.82.99 USD per BottleCostco Wholesale
Fortaleza Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTasted September 3, 2022Uncorking 🍾 👀: Pale dull hay; 👃: Vegetal typical tequila notes, sweet vanilla, sugar cubes, a slight whiff of ethanol; 👅: Hits of pepper at the outset, oaky notes, vinegary; 🏁: Very short finish, doesn't linger, sweet notes at the very end, beautiful.
Don Julio Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoTasted August 11, 2022Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Very pale like a white wine with a bit more legs; 👃: The typical vegetal tequila smell, with whiffs of sugar cubes, a little vanilla bean, oak on the back end, the alcohol burns your nose like vinegar; 👅: Some intense sweetness at the front along with a little tartness, that vinegar carries through, white pepper notes; 🏁: There's a little lingering bitterness at the end that stays quite a bit, there's some oak, not too complex or nuanced, pretty simple but does its job.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 3, 2022⌚: First uncorking 🍾 Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Whoa that's some deep, deep copper!, lovely shades of dark wood mahogany, legs are thin but stick to the walls; 👃: Oaky notes, cherry hard candy, dark chocolate and malt marshmallow roasted on an open 🔥, a little candy corn whiff at the end, vanilla shortbread; 👅: Very subtle with hardly any alcohol hits, you taste flavor instead, cherry cola bites, oak tannins, butterscotch hard candy, more vanilla from the barrels; 🏁: Subtle hints of campfire at the front end and marshmallow at the back, taste doesn't linger too much, this is beautiful!54.99 USD per BottleBevMo!
Kirkland Tequila Añejo
Tequila Añejo — Jalisco, MexicoTasted June 28, 2022⌚: Uncorking. Was chilled beforehand. Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Pale gold bricks with a nice chill, no legs of course; 👃: Smells really sweet like sugar cubes, honey and a little butterscotch, some vegetal-ness on the back end, vanilla, hardly any oak; 👅: Amazingly thin, sweetness shines forth, honeysuckle, a little pepper; 🏁: No complexity/nuance, very short finish, no lingering taste, you pay for what you get but this one's pretty worth it in drams.29.99 USD per BottleCostco Wholesale
Ko‘olau Old Pali Road Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Hawaii, USATasted June 21, 2022⌚: Uncorking. Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Light amber with not much legs, glints of sunshine; 👃: Intense vanilla bean and oaky notes abound, wisps of smoke on the back end, even smells like the Hawaiian air where this whiskey is finished; 👅: Very thin, vanilla bean ice cream, a little smoke, some bing cherries, maybe even a little coconut; 🏁: Not much nuance here, short finish so you can switch up if you need to.54.99 USD per BottleABC Store #38
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 12, 2022⌚: Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Dark Sunset, uniform legs; 👃: Candy corn, oak notes, baking spices, vanilla; 👅: Deep licorice, candy corn again, pepper; 🏁: Not much nuance here, not overly complicated, quick finish, does not linger.14.0 USD per PourOriginal Joe’s Westlake
Kavalan Ex-Bourbon Oak Single Malt
Single Malt — TaiwanTasted June 11, 2022⌚: 🍾 First uncorking, let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: First off, the packaging is impressive, suggesting that perhaps what's inside is also probably impressive 🤔; light golden hues, coppery, uniform legs; 👃: Honeysuckle notes, vanilla, baking spices, cola, some oak, ethanol on the back end; 👅: Sweet milk tea boba notes at the outset, more honey, creamy goodness, thick like simple syrup; 🏁: The creamy taste lingers for awhile, a little fruitiness develops in the middle which gives way to a floral taste similar to Hibiki, this isn't complicated, complex nor nuanced which might be a good thing for beginner tasters.99.99 USD per BottleCostco Wholesale
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A122
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 7, 2022⌚: Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Deep dark mahogany wood with some copper and possibly ocher, reddish Mars tints here and there; 👃: Intense oaky wood hits, freshly picked cherries and enough ethanol to tickle your nose hairs, picking up some candy notes (possibly mint? Or maybe Ghirardelli 72% Dark), a little bubble gum at the end; 👅: Very mellow and subdued corn hints like fresh popcorn, hardly any burn at all, freshly baked sourdough bread somewhere in there, candy corn at the end with Andes Mints (definitely got that chocolate/mint interplay there); 🏁: This is a beautiful finish, taste does not linger although I do detect something like you just bit into a cherry with those tannins, this is beautiful 😍 No burn at all. You can go at this one for days and not get that ethanol burn you get with other whiskeys at a similar ABV. That candy and Andes reference is real! Nothin' but love!
Aberlour A'Bunadh Alba
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted June 5, 2022Let sit for about 5 minutes. 👀: Very pale tones with excessive legs, golden flecks abound; 👃: Light honey scents, some cornbread, vanilla, a little oak, cherries, then a whiff of ethanol at the back end; 👅: Intensely creamy like cream soda, baking spices and stone fruits; 🏁: Very refreshing and lingering at the end, honey notes, beautiful finish.16.0 USD per PourGrand Bay San Francisco