Aged Rum — Dominican RepublicTasted April 19, 2022The nose is bright, woody and elegant. A dry and lightly sweet entry, with a hefty dose of oak cask. A round character on the mid-palate, while there is a somewhat tannic edge towards the sides of the tongue. Very friendly and full of character, this is a great spirit for tropical styled cocktails and aged rum forward classics. We appreciate the care and unique aspect that went into the crafting of this rum, and fully support their efforts to go the extra mile to keep our planet sustainable.
St. George Pear Brandy
Eau-de-Vie — California, USATasted April 19, 2022A lovely freshly cut pear aroma greets the nose. Very fruit forward flavor with a round and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The pear character comes through loud and clear. This is one of the best tree fruit brandies we’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing. Obviously, they know what they are doing at St. George. We do like this as a digestif, but also it is amazing in a variety of brandy based cocktails.
St. George Bruto Americano
Bitter Liqueurs — California, USATasted April 19, 2022Softly bitter and mildly sweet, this is a very drinkable aperitivo. In some ways reminiscent of sweet vermouth married to a kraut liqueur, the flavor is expressive, highly herbal and well balanced. We’ve been enjoying a small glass before dinner, but also it is a great addition to your cocktail arsenal used in traditionally bracing cocktails such as the Negroni, Americano and Boulevardier. Another winner from St. George.
Hendrick's Neptunia Gin
Distilled Gin — ScotlandTasted April 6, 2022A dry, juniper forward gin with a healthy dose of citrus. It may be our imagination, but there also seems to be a salinity here which ramps up the flavors and brings them to the fore. After several seconds, notes of orange zest and peppercorn come through, ending with a near creamy mouthfeel. Quite tasty and zesty. Definitely try this with a top quality tonic, or if so inclined, a Winston Churchill style martini.
GlenDronach Port Wood
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted April 3, 2022Here again, the fruit forward nose is apparent with dried fig, date, raisin and current. The overall taste is of berries, chocolate, and plenty of oak. A delicate balance between these two elements passes back and forth. A dry and slightly creosote character brings things to a fine finish.
GlenDronach Parliament 21 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted April 3, 2022Very complex with a somewhat musty sherry nose. Darker notes of coffee bean and walnut bitters add to the intrigue. The flavor has the expected sweetness, but this is remarkably tempered by the amount of wood that has been infused over two decades. Over the finish, notes of dark cherry, pecan and bitter chocolate bring the journey to a close.
Glendronach 18 year old Marsala Cask Finish
Single Malt — Speyside(highland), ScotlandTasted April 3, 2022Here, we are getting into heavy sherry territory on the nose, but tinged with a fine edge of aged rum as well. This is almost tropical in character. More of the fruitcake and cocoa are apparent here, with that curious rum character coming out to play. Rich and fulsome, with interesting high notes of berry preserves at the very end. If you like your whisky sweet, this is a masterpiece.
GlenDronach Tawny Port Finish 15 Year
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTasted April 3, 2022This carries on with the fruitiness, with an apple cake nose. Notes of preserved fruits add a touch of festivity. The flavor is amazingly rich and thick with dried fruit, but also adds some cocoa and cinnamon stick as high notes. The finish has a fruit cake-like fade out.
GlenDronach Original 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted April 3, 2022Quite fruity on the nose with a caramel apple signature. The palate is sweet with still more apple character. The finish has an autumnal quality of raisins and a wood.
Partida Roble Fino Añejo
Tequila Añejo — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTasted April 3, 2022Tequila and sherry go hand in hand. With the fruitiness inherent in each, they meld into something that often can be greater than either alone. In this case, it is a resounding success. Sherry on the nose with a more subtle agave coloration, makes for a bright and cheery beginning. The taste also carries the sherry forward, but not so much as to overwhelm the tequila spirit. There is a warm nuttiness that blends with the oak and makes for a flavorful baked good character. The finish is quite long with the agave winning out at the end.