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  1. Sheep Dip Islay

    Blended Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: wood varnish, cherries. Palate: malt, botanicals,, smoke, honey, and a hint of cinnamon. The peat is there too, but not in your face. Water: adds a seawater scent and helps even out the flavors in the palate a bit. Overall: fairly complex but the flavor notes all over the map and aren’t necessary complementary.
    56.99 USD per Bottle
  2. Tomatin 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: mildew, vanilla, honey. Palate: grapefruit, malty. warming. Finish: Fairly short but pleasantly floral. Adding water improves the nose with a slightly smoky aroma, and adds balance to the palate. Overall: a great value for the age. A good “entry level” single malt Scotch.
    34.99 USD per Bottle
  3. High West Double Rye

    Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: wood and spice. Palate: tannins, wood, spice. Very smooth for 46% ABV. Finish: short and spicy. Water adds a pleasant honey vanilla to the nose and tames the harsher flavors on the palate. Overall: very enjoyable neat, and likely a great mixer.
  4. Bushmills Black Bush

    Blended — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose: orange peel, malt, vanilla. Palate: sweet citrus, oaky; with a long malty finish. Water brings forward the malty/oaky taste and makes the nose more citrusy. Overall: very balanced and tasty.
  5. Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve 9 Year

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: caramel, black pepper, a hint of vanilla. Palate: pepper and cinnamon; warming even neat. Finish: surprisingly short and to the point. Water: adds honey notes to the nose and cinnamon to the palate. Overall: faily spicy, a pleasant sipper.
  6. Buffalo Trace Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: vanilla, cinnamon, a hint of oak. Palate: orange rink, fresh sawdust, a bit of honey. Finish is long and spicy. Water adds a nice spiciness to both the nose and the palate. Much preferred to neat! Overall: a very pleasant “easy sipper”.
  7. Lagavulin 16 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: vanilla, peat, a hint of wood. Palate: peat is there, but not “in your face”, malty. Finish is long and smokey. Water: washed out the nose but helped balance the palate. Overall: a delicious, well-balanced, peaty Scotch.
  8. Woodford Reserve Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: Sweet vanilla, with a hint of apple cinnamon. Palate: a little citrus, a little spice. Finish is not too long and tapers off nicely into spice. Water added a nice leather aroma to the nose and helped balance the flavors in the palate. Overall: pleasant but unremarkable; not particularly spicy or sweet.
  9. Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: sweet, vanilla. Palate: orange peel, honey. Finish: long, tapering off to a slightly spicy note. Water: dulls the nose and makes the palate more balanced, bringing forward a hint of spice. Verdict: a nice balanced bourbon, a bit sweeter than I would prefer but a good value.
  10. Booker's Bourbon Batch 2017-02 "Blue Knights Batch"

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose: vanilla, black pepper. Palate: spice, hints of citrus and malt, finish is short and spicy. Water balances the nose and palate, brings forth a nice sweetness. Overall, this is probably my current favorite bourbon. It has everything I like in a ryed expression.
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