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.
Highland Park 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted June 6, 2021Really is excellent. Wood smoke, tobacco, salt water, chocolate, cherry, Apple, and a long ass finish. Want to know a cool trick? Add water to destroy everything I just said and re-invent muddy honey. But if you like excellent smokey scotch...you'll find that taken neat, this is one of the finest in the realm.
WhistlePig 6 Year PiggyBack Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTasted June 6, 2021Whistlepig is overrated and by that I mean overpriced. Yep. I may be alone on this hill but I have never cared about that. Its usually the best seat in the house. Or at least has the best view. and since this is "my" tasting, the best view from here is that this is not as good as the circle jerk will tell you. I dont get it. There are half a dozen ryes that are a third of the price that are not only as good but better than this. Maybe theres something Im missing. Maybe Im a nerd and the cool kids are hip to a current i dont have the faculties to intercept. Maybe. Or maybe this is yet another self-righteous overhyped and pretentious distiller bottling, dressing and slicking back the hair of the same MGP rye you can find in other bottles lower on the shelf. Maybe.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 6, 2021One almost never gets around to "reviewing" a brand like Makers Mark. Or whatever it is we do here. Maybe review isnt right. In any case the problem with Makers Mark and others like it is they are almost TOO consistent, too solid, too ubiquitous...too available. This is the ADD era...we put playlists consisting of thousands of songs on shuffle. We want the latest hazy IPA even if its the same beer in a different artistic can *coughModern Timescough* We dont know what to DO with consistency! Makers is all these things. Its solid. Its everywhere, its perfectly priced, its a bit dishonest with the whole "first wheated" thing or maybe its just mistaken. Doesnt matter. It really is a great bourbon. The only bad thing about Makers is the plastic screwcap UNDER the lovely wax seal. That pretty much sums up the art of design in 2021 though. So stay you, Makers Mark, and stay everywhere, because one day, we are as a people going to return to our roots and value consistency again, damn it.
Rhum J.M. V.O.
Rhum Agricole Vieux — MartiniqueTasted June 3, 2021I love this. It’s weird as hell and wil change your crappy pre-conceived notions of what a rum is or was or wants to be. Rum freedom now. This rum hates the box you put it in. It’s all vegetable earthy spicy citrus peel funk and it don’t need no boundaries. Buy this and drink this and make weird faces and call it weird but love it. Marinate in its own particular unique brand of strange for that’s what sets each of us apart. No apologies. Be you and the people will love you for it. That’s what this rum does. And it’s right. I’m people, and I love the shit out of this.
Kirk and Sweeney 12 Year Rum
Aged Rum — Dominican RepublicTasted June 3, 2021The brand here comes with some clout. Came recommended. I really dig the bottle. It’s piratey and fun to palm. The cork lets out a nice THOONK sound and I feel satisfied. But then after that I’m confused. First of all didn’t this used to say 12 “year” on the bottle? Now it just says 12 reserva. That would be fun if it tasted the way it used to buy it doesn’t come close and it can’t just be my imagination. Overwhelming vanilla extract flavor that no way came from wood sugars. Fake as fuck. Kirk. Sweeney. Whoever you imposters are, give us the original recipe back and you can have your old reputation back. Until then I won’t be touching your scurvy swill. So there.