Canadian Club Reserve 9 Year
Canadian — CanadaTastedNose: leather, cinnamon, spicecake. Palate: a little watery...cherry...and a spiciness that lingers on the finish. Water balances the nose nicely, makes the palate sweet and a little spicier. Overall: not a bad value, but not bold enough for my tastes. For only a few bucks more I recommend Canadian Club’s “Classic 12” expression.
Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition
Blended — IrelandTastedNose: not very strong, faint hints of citrus and vanilla. Palate: citrus, malt, a touch of caramel. Finish: short and tangy, Adding water made the nose more floral, and balanced the palate a bit. Overall: not bad, but disappointing as an IPA fan. Was hyped up for something more hoppy.
Jim Beam Black Label Extra-Aged
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATastedNose: tannins, spice (cinnamon), a little citrus Palate: heavy on the spice, with a hint of caramel and citrus Water tamed the spice on the palate and balanced the nose, bringing out some floral notes. Overall: a good-priced spicy bourbon. I like it!
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Blended — JapanTastedNose: leather, woody Palate: citrus and malt Finish: fairly long, fades into spice notes Water brings forth citrus to the nose, spice to the palate, and creates a more chalky mouthfeel Overall: very good, would buy again!
Legacy Blended Canadian Whisky
Blended — CanadaTastedNose: very subtle vanilla, not much else. Palate: watery caramel, with some nice spice on the finish. Some citrus notes detected as well. Not terribly complex, but not unpleasant either. A bit of a chalky aftertaste. Adding water brings forth some spice to the nose, but really muted the flavors on the palate. Overall: Not a bad value, but probably not something I’d buy again.
Hell-Cat Maggie Irish Whiskey
Single Pot Still — (bottled in USA), IrelandTastedNote that this is a BLEND, it is not single pot still as described. Nose: leather, vanilla, a little orange peel. Palate: watery, vanilla, citrus with a hint of honey. The finish is pleasant but fades away quickly. Adding water decimates the nose and mutes the taste, while adding some spice to the finish. Overall: a good value in the category, but nothing extraordinary.
Woody Creek Colorado Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye — Colorado, USATastedNose: orange, leather, black pepper. Palate: strong black pepper with a long finish that fades into cinnamon. Adding water pulled togehter the flavors in the nose and brought forth a nice pickle brine taste. The palate and finish were a little muted, but I got the brine there too. Overall: not terribly complex, but wonderful nonetheless!
Blended — ScotlandTastedNose: it stinks! Shoe leather with orange and just a hint of vanilla Palate: orange, sweet / honey. Finish: short and non-descript with rising spice A little water balances the nose (much improved!) but even a few drops dulls the taste. Overall: I think this would be a good mixer with ginger all perhaps. Not bad, but a bit too mild and sweet for my taste.
Jim Beam Devil's Cut
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: vanilla and allspice. Palate: a little orange, a little spice. Nothing "off" but not extraordinary either. Finish: fades away slowly with hints of spice remaining. Water adds cinnamon to the nose and makes the palate more oaky.