High West Rendezvous Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USATasted June 16, 2021This is excellent. Most balanced and enjoyable rye Ive come across. It used to be a go to until High West inexplicably made this an allocated seasonal only and doubled the price. Seems like a blatant cash grab and again I find myself disappointed in High West for shifting from a bold independent trail blazer to yet another generic lazy self righteous grifter. When this bottles gone I doubt I will ever buy another so I extend to you a toast: cheers to the reminder of the glory of our past, the painful death of our present and the ashes of our future.
High West Campfire 2018
Blended American Whiskey — (bottled in) Utah, Multiple CountriesTasted June 16, 2021Hmm...never thought I’d be saying this but it’s changed and after a bit of research I see the difference is they are using their own distilled juice instead of MGP stock and well...I like the old version better. Maybe it’s an aberrant bottle but this is a little too sweet and unbalanced. That strong backbone is gone and now I’m just getting sugary peat. Not bad but not very interesting and not what I’ve come to expect from these guys.
Zaya Gran Reserva 16 Years
Aged Rum — Trinidad & Tobago , Trinidad & TobagoTasted June 14, 2021What the hell happened to this brand? This is super sickly cloying vanilla bomb trash. Gone is anything resembling the great sipper of old. The viscosity now makes it seem like frosting dissolved in canola oil. And a giant fuck you for the tricky 16 YEARS label preceded by “a blend of runs up to” in micro print. I hate gimmicks and I hate Diageo and I hate this rum
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 14, 2021"Solid bourbon. I hate the packaging and the lack of transparency and not to mention I’m pretty sure it’s owned in part by the Rothschilds so I always skip this one because if it’s F me then it’s F you and it’s definitely F me so it’s definitely F you, but for the Normies it checks all the boxes for an above average daily drinker. Not MY daily drinker..but someones.
Clément Canne Bleue Rhum Blanc Agricole
Rhum Agricole Blanc — Caribbean, MartiniqueTasted June 14, 2021The most interesting and enjoyable rum yet. There is a bright mineral tang that balances out the grassy and tropical sugarcane notes. Sip after sip it is impressively interesting. For a spirit without any wood aging involved it is very complex. Excellent work. I’d pour this all over my mother, it’s that good.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 13, 2021Caramel corn and toffee and fruit and spice. Its savory and balanced and a damn good whiskey. These dudes are weird organized geniuses. personally i like my geniuses to be scatterbrained and half-baked but whatever they are doing, its marvelous.
The Glenlivet 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted June 12, 2021Giggity. I shouldn’t have started the evening with this. Now everything that follows is going to be diminished. It’s like Breaking Bad being the first television series you ever watched. It usually only goes downhill from there. This is excellent and fairly accessible. Peat is warm and soft... fruit is bright...oaky and pleasant. One of my favorite drams.
Elijah Craig Kentucky Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted June 12, 2021Solid rye. A bit on the thin side, can’t really hold it together when matched with a formidable foe from the water element aka ice cubes but it’s warm and pleasant and a solid entry level rye. Like building built post 1920 entry level. Ground floor. Not like those buildings built before that that are all flooded and filled in with dirt from the cataclysm that the government never told you about and have entry stairs that lead you to the 2nd floor. That’s not the entry level I mean. And with that Red pill being dropped there on the floor for approximately a whole 2 people to find I will now cackle like a villain and make a dash from this post, cape trailing in the wind.
Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted June 10, 2021This boy right got here got some value. Hopefully I sounded tough when you read that out loud.in your mind. But mos def not as tough as this lil sturdy lil sumbish right here. You can pour a 1/5 of the bottle in a tumbler of ice and she don’t skip a beat. Still strong,still leathery and spicy and musty and sweet...still a mans rye. I don’t trust the government for shit but they did a good job “overseeing” this as it bonded so hard in the bottle. Am I saying that right? Am I cool yet, bros? Please say yes.
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 8, 2021Shoutout to the Russell’s for holding it down for an eternity, still rocking out consistent product, rarely falling into the realm of gimmick and most of all for having the foresight and confidence and ability to still blast that 10 year age statement out there. The juice is everything you should expect from a 10 year bourbon made by some of the boys who do it best. No frills, just excellent rye spice and wood sugars best enjoyed in a rocking chair on the front porch wearing nothing but overalls, with a middle finger gently waving in the air directed towards DC.