Kentucky Owl Confiscated Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 2, 2021At nearly $100 I was expecting an underwhelming experience. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to find this was rich and warm and savory. Almost a distinct butterscotch note only with more depth. Like a butterscotch that reads Dostoevsky and smokes from a wooden pipe and and lives in a cabin and chops wood while clenching said pipe between teeth and grunting between puffs and swings from his favored axe with a custom hickory handle he carved and polished himself all while expounding on the subtle forgotten beauty found in a lonely forest pond while a Viennese Waltz plays on a wobbly record in the background.
High West Bourye (2018 Release)
Blended American Whiskey — Indiana (bottled in Utah), USATasted May 31, 2021Simply excellent. Every the time the name High West starts to slowly develop the hazy grainy glow of fondly regarded ex-pioneers who are now comfortable established and content with the already great things them hath wrought I get jolted back to happy reality by excellence such as this. The blend, the mouthfeel, is better than mangos even.
Evan Williams 1783 Bourbon (80 Proof)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted May 30, 2021I accidentally deleted this tasting but Im pretty sure i was basically saying that this bottle is boring and looks to be a trap. A random year. A meaningless "small batch" label. A generic shaped bottle. But the juice is actually pretty solid. Checks all the common core bourbon flavor boxes, just dont bring the bottle into the bathroom with you. Theres nothing to read.
Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 Year
Aged Rum — PanamaTasted May 30, 2021I'm alive but I don't know what it means. Somewhere out there across the moonlit sands there's a line drawn like the lines on my own hands and across those lines, waiting for us all a classy bottle of rum with the stature of an old Tartarian tower and inside is a strange sweet non threatening little rum that reminds of chocolate milk and cola and you can drink it straight from the bottle and collapse on the ocean floor with a dreamy glaze in your eye. Without further delay may I introduce to you Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 year.
The Botanist Gin
Modern Gin — Islay, ScotlandTasted May 30, 2021I want you to take all those things that are eating away, weighing you down inside, and I want you to pull them all out and put them in a tall clear tumbler and add ice and smother them tall with a generous refreshing gush of this gin. Its so clean and bright it will trick your pea brain into thinking its hydrating you. You dont need mixers but in case youre not in a judgement free zone, anything with bubbles and citrus will do and the less sugar the better. Because this aint candy, bro. Its botanicalifornication , your minds elation that is currently under threat of theft from psychic chinese spies. The packaging is next level. The minimalistic bottle design and label and the way the latin names of the exotic seeming herbs and plants and people that its infused with are done in such a sleek classy design you literally wont even care that you're drinking an elixir made from Melissa Officianalis aka that annoying secretary from your office. Thats how the elite roll, bro, and this heady delightful bottle will give you a glimpse of that sweet out of reach life, even if its just for a day. Thank you Melissa for your sacrifice.
Rhum Saint James Rhum Paille Agricole
Rhum Agricole Blanc — MartiniqueTasted May 24, 20212021 IS EVEN WEIRDER THAN ITS WEIRD PREDECESSOR. IM NOT SURE WHY IM YELLING. The weird Im referring to is that this rum has squeaked...nay...eeked into the highly-coveted-by-noone "Daily Drinker" section of my meticulously unattended-to beer compartmentalizer, where it shall remain until the case is all gone. Yeah I bought a case because he bottles were $8 a piece when purchased that way. So yeah the price is definitely the reason, but I will say, despite this being a little thin, a little watery and packaged in a way that more resembles vegetable oil than rum, it has really grown on me. Its great in cocktails, easy sipping over ice, and is in fact so gentle with a hint of that veggie complexity that comes from the agricole aspect that it legitimately brightens my day when I partake, no matter the format or the context in which I partake, even when trying to overuse the term partake. This will have you smiling and belting out alongside Rufus Wainwright performing Judy Garland classics in no time. I dont know what Paille means or I'd insert some bit of casual rum jargon here to reaffirm your faith in me, dear reader, and the mad skills virtue of my tasting notes but alas I'm about to nail this falsetto bit coming up after the french horn solo right now so we'll do it another time.
Bushmills Black Bush
Blended — Northern IrelandTasted May 23, 2021Sherry bomb. Tons of caramel and malt...its no black barrel but black barrel is this, only better. i only compare with jameson as its the most widely known of the irish whisks. I'm no Jameson fanboy but Bushmills on a whole seem to be sinking into the quagmire of complacency and its offerings have gone more muddy and bland over the years, at least when regarding its lower shelf offerings. This is the better of the lineup but I doubt you'll remember too much of the somewhat generic experience unless you drink the whole bottle and wander the freeway nude armed with only a curtain rod. You'd remember that. I know I do.
Highland Park Magnus
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted May 22, 2021Lackluster and spirit-defeating. I taste only leather and dry smoke. No sherry. Kinda thin. Disappointing. I flew into this with techno viking energy but now i feel like my bike tire is flat and all my friends are riding off without me.
Dewar's 12 Year The Ancestor
Blended — ScotlandTasted May 20, 2021Like Aberfeldy 12 this is a long standing resident of Pleasantville. Its much less refined obviously and I dont know why it even says 12 year on the bottle because we all know this is a mutt produced by a wild gangbang of dozens of whiskeys. Its decent. Its got some of the honey rich niceties of Aberfeldy but theres an unrefined roughness to it that I can only describe as Grandpa-ish. Not really cool-IDGAF grandpa, but more like the grandpa that has a mountain of the same beer can piled up in the garage and around the furnace where he tosses them crumpled upon completion and demands another. That guy. That guy is Dewars 12.
Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 18, 2021Sip after sip , I here sit, trying to find the words to describe this lil gem and all I keep coming back to is the phrase "delightfully pleasant". Its so true though. It doesnt have the bells and whistles. It doesnt have a long lasting finish. It doesnt have a sharp unique identity. But its damn good. Melty rather than muddy. Warm rather than long. Beautiful little label and bottle, classy and distinguished. Its the perfect crowd pleaser in a room full of party people with whom you've never drunk whiskey. Its like the elderly smiling neighbor who speaks in a southern drawl and lives in a little home in the forest surrounded by an apple orchard and uses the apples in the orchard to make apple pies and always gives you the apple pies. Who can hate on that next level pleasantry?