Smugglers Notch Maple Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Vermont, USATastedI’m not a fan of infused whiskies. I prefer to add my own flavorings if the mood hits me but typically I drink whiskey neat (well maybe with a small piece of ice). I had a Smugglers Notch sampler gift pack hanging around so I thought I’d give it a try if for no other reason than to clean up the cabinet. I was favorably surprised. It was clean with a just a hint of maple that contributed more to its crispness than to sweetness. I’ve never really tasted “crispness” in a whiskey before but that’s how I can best describe this. This was a very pleasant dram. Now I have to get up to Vermont to get some more.
Smugglers' Notch Litigation Wheat Whiskey
Wheat Whiskey — Vermont, USATastedI can best describe this whiskey as “inoffensive”. While I didn’t find anything of note that would allow me to recommend it, there was nothing bad about it either. Finding it somewhat bland, I added a slice of candied orange peel and enjoyed the rest of the dram.
Jura 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedThe Distiller description is right on the money. Kinda of a Lagavulin light but in very good flavorable way. Served up in a Glen Cairn at an Old Town Alexandria whisky bar, the Jura was a very nice pour
Redwood Empire American Whiskey
Blended American Whiskey — USATastedDark amber and slow legs suggest good things to come. I smell a nice combination of oak and vanilla barrel notes with rye. Neat it is warm and oily, minty on the front end but surprisingly no vanilla as I was expecting. It fades to a young rye burn. I like this whiskey42.0 USD per Bottle
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedIt's Johnny Walker Black alright but smokier. Not in a good way. I was reminded of cigarette ash. Curiosity satisfied. There are better products out there
Belle Meade Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Tennessee), USATastedThe nose is typical bourbon-vanilla, oak, caramel sweet. It’s best with a little bit of added water, yielding a citrus sweetness, a little anise, and a slight oily mouth feel that leads to a peppery rye finish. The sweetness lingers. This is a very nice whiskey!28.0 USD per Bottle
Highland Park Magnus
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedSomewhat weak nose. Getting deeper into the glass only raises the alcohol burn. But it’s pretty tasty straight up. Peaty but not overdone, with a nice citrusy sweetness. It’s oiliness makes for a very pleasant mouth swish. A satisfying finish with a lingering sweetness and a mild burn. Empty glass - not much there, maybe my schnozz is not working tonight
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedThe more I drink this the more I appreciate it for its consistent balanced smokiness. Smooth, rich and oily. It’s always right on the money when you want a nice relaxing dram
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI’m not getting anything special here to warrant a 92 rating. It’s thin tasting. The slight barrel notes in the nose don’t make it to the palate. Three quarters of the bottle is gone so cant say I didn’t give it a chance.
John Jacob Rye Whiskey
Rye — Washington, USATastedBy Day Four of a 6-day cruise, I was getting "scotched out". The cruise ship bars stocked a number of scotch whiskies and I was trying them all. In need of a change up, I asked for a rye with two ice cubes. This is what they poured for me. And a fine rye whiskey it was! It had a slight sweetness followed by wonderful barrel notes of vanilla, caramel and oak. I was very happy to leave the scotch behind and finish the cruise with my new found rye. Now if I can only find it here in Maryland.