1. Clément Canne Bleue Rhum Blanc Agricole

    Rhum Agricole Blanc — Caribbean, Martinique

    Tasted March 31, 2021
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Clear color. Expressive aromas of confectioners' sugar, dried coconut, cane juice, tall grass, the juice from tinned pineapple chunks, lime zest, orange juice. A very tropical nose -- though dominated by the powdered sugar element, even when mixed. On the palate, it echoes powdered sugar, though any semblance of sweetness is held in check by a somewhat bitter banana skin and grass flavor. There's also plenty of nougat, peach, and pink peppercorn. The alcohol is not noticeable, but the finish is short and mostly echoes powdered sugar, nougat, and pink peppercorn. Not really sure what to do with it. It's definitely a decent spirit, though I wouldn't seek it out as either a sipper or mixer. Not flawed though. Are there cocktails finished with powered sugar?
    39.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Probitas White Blended Rum

    Silver Rum — Multiple Countries

    Tasted March 29, 2021
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    A very light white wine color. Aromas of simple syrup, white sugar, rotten banana, overripe pineapple, fresh cane juice, fresh cut ginger, cinnamon, jackfruit, stewed vegetables, carrot, high grass, lychee syrup, jasmine flower, brown sugar, banana flower. On the palate, it is less interesting, though smooth, with an abundance of banana and a subtle black pepper, clove spice, white sugar. Unfortunately, this feels like it's 75 percent a well-made, smooth, somewhat tedious, Foursquare white rum blended with a 25% interesting Hampden swamp bog distillate. Its perfectly fine as a mixer, but it struggles to hold much interest as a stand-alone sipper.
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Glen Grant 15 Year Batch Strength 1st Edition

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted March 29, 2021
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A deep gold/amontillado color. Surprisingly fresh aromas of ripe pear, pear juice, poached pear, apple, orchard fruits, and clove spice. On the palate, there's an abundance of honey sweetness, cereal, heather, and cookie. The extra ABV lends a nice weight and heft to the mid-palate that showcases a pear and apricot confit dusted with fresh cracked peppercorn and clove, but never feels hot or overbearing. The finish echoes more pear and orchard fruits sprinkled with Southeast Asian spices. What makes this whiskey particularly enjoyable is its freshness and appeal. I can't stop enjoying it. It is very pear and orchard fruit forward, but it remains so fresh and easy despite its age, almost impossible to put down. A very "white wine-esque" Scotch that vastly outperformed my expectations given its progeny. Campari took over this distillery 15 years ago and this simple, no-frills bottling in ex-Bourbon barrels showcases the underlying potential brilliance of the distillery.
    77.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Gold

    Gold Rum — Jamaica

    Tasted March 25, 2021
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    A very light pale straw color, almost white wine color that I assume is fake. As I understand it, this is the Jamaican Pot Still Black Rum from Worthy Park with less color additive to appease the mixologists. A molasses-based rum with sharp aromas of tall grass, fresh cut cane, powdered sugar, cement, lime ash, fresh banana peel, cilantro and oregano. On the palate, the viscosity builds sweeter, more honeyed textures, then cake frosting, apricot, kirschwasser, cacao, and lemon meringue. The finish is peppery and artificially sweet with a pleasant mix of teak and grass. This is a very divisive spirit, but unquestionably a very good one.
    32.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Denizen Merchant's Reserve 8 Year Rum

    Aged Rum — Multiple Countries

    Tasted March 25, 2021
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A burnished chestnut color that's unquestionably fake. Per the bottle, it says it's 80% plummer-style Jamaican rum and 20% grand arome from Martinique aged 8 years. It's an American product, made by a Dutch blender, and imported into San Francisco. Aromas of overripe banana, banana peel, tall grass, caramelized pineapple, caramel candy, vanilla, marzipan, leather, petrol, tobacco leaf, oak and mahogany. It's a very enticing nose that's both funky and friendly. On the palate it's oily and sweet with flavors of ripe banana flan, caramel, orange liqueur, diesel, and white pepper. There are also some chemical aspartame, plasticky, imitation vanilla notes on a short spicy finish that reiterates its fruitiness. This was apparently designed as a replacement for the 17-year-old Wray and Nephew used in the original Trader Vic's Mai Tai recipe. It definitely compliments the curacao and orgeat elements, and any lime or ginger cuts off the more unpleasant aspects of the finish. Very easy to drink, but definitely creeping up into overpriced territory given what's available in the rum world. If it lost the caramel coloring, it would probably have more freshness.
    37.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Glenglassaugh Evolution

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted March 19, 2021
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    An amber/deep gold color. Aromas of vanilla, honey, heather, ginger, lemon custard, almond cookie, poached pear, baked apple and whispers of more tropical banana and pineapple notes. On the palate, it is buttery and unctuous with building flavors of pear and apple fruits, clove spice, and pepper. It has a pleasant weight and heft, but never burns hot. The finish returns to the barrels with ripe banana, caramel, and more vanilla. This is a poached pear on a lemon and ginger shortbread cookie with a Jack Daniel's caramel drizzle in a glass. As others have pointed out, this is definitely a whiskey that benefits from oxidation and exposure. I remember when I first opened it being deeply disappointed in the simple aromatics of cereal, vanilla, cream, and orange zest indicative of a youngish spirit in used bourbon or Tennessee whiskey barrels. However, it has developed quite a bit of nuance over a number of months. It actually performs quite well if you pour a glass in the morning before work, put a coaster over it, and enjoy it after dinner in the evening. I feel the underlying distillate is very pretty, but it just hasn't evolved much of a personality yet. It seems both comically Scotch and comically American, but also very refined at the same time. Perhaps that is the point, a lampoon of both cultures where the only one in on the joke is the distiller. It would rank fairly low in the Benriach, Glendronach, Glenglassaugh lineups for me personally, especially since there is no discount for lack of age or expensive barrel treatments.
    55.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Evan Williams White Label Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted March 19, 2021
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    This burnt amber/copper colored whiskey has been a mainstay in my bar for years. Coming in at $30 a handle and 100 proof, it rarely leaves the best buy listing. Fresh corn, maple syrup, birch syrup, brown sugar, white sugar, some bruised apple, light caramel, nougat, baked apple, and buttery peanut brittle aromas. Sugary and tannic on the palate with maple and cinnamon flavors that grow drier and more woody on the finish accompanied by a touch of black pepper, nutmeg, pecan, and bitter wood. Elite in this price range, but pretty uninspiring at twice the price point. Good value where it's priced
    17.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Pasote Tequila Reposado

    Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted March 17, 2021
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    A very light pale straw color. Menthol, lemon, cooked agave, anise seed, fennel, fresh mint, pine, orange oil, dill, baby diaper, and licorice aromas. Almost like a very dry, clean, and low-proof absinthe. On the palate it's buttery soft with sweet menthol, fresh mint, herbs, orange peel, a bit of vanilla, and a whisper of cinnamon. The finish is loads of caraway, fennel, and orange blossom reminiscent somewhat of a refined and delicate aquavit. I have to admit, I didn't really enjoy this when I first opened it. It definitely lacks the intensity and minerality of the blanco. However, after avoiding it for a while, it seems to have pulled itself together. Would definitely like to see a higher-proof version as it is so light and delicate. Not on the same level as the blanco, but unique and worth trying at this price point if you enjoy herbaceous spirits.
    45.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Clairin Vaval

    Rhum Agricole Blanc — Haiti

    Tasted March 10, 2021
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Crystal clear. Boisterous aromas of tomato leaf, tomato paste, bell pepper, poblano, celery, carrot, musk, cilantro, white pepper, cement, saline, cherry tomato, brine, green olive, yellow onions. Fills the room with vegetable soup or sauce aromas dominated by tomato paste. On the palate the sweetness comes out with an abundance of sour cherry, strawberry, rhubarb, mustard, onion peel, and chocolate. The finish kind of lives in your mouth until you wash it away with something else. It doesn't dissipate naturally. It's beyond long, and more like permanent. There's banana, grass, fresh sugarcane juice, chili salted melon and dragonfruit. This didn't really taste like a rum product until the very end. I can only see this being exciting to nerds and adventurers. Fascinating to people looking for a transformative, terroir-driven spirit experience
    57.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted March 10, 2021
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    I've been using Rittenhouse as my bar rye for several months. One of the aspects that I enjoy about Rittenhouse, is that it differs in mashbill from the MGP rye bottlings that dominate this price range such as Dickel, Bulleit, Smooth Ambler, Templeton, etc. It sports a low rye mashbill of 51% rye, 37% corn, and 12% malted barley. Chestnut color. The corn is immediately apparent on the nose with notes of caramel, brown sugar, white sugar, lilting towards saltwater taffy and confectionary sugar as it sits. There's an abundance of rye spice, particularly cinnamon -- which dominates start to finish. Unique from many ryes in this price point are aromas of dried fruits like raisins and figs, funky rotting apples or custard apples (cherimoya). Fresh mint and menthol also play a much bigger role as one goes down the bottle. There's also plenty of nut -- particularly peanut. However, the nose is more muted than one would hope given the ABV. The palate is sugary and unctuous with an abundance of dried fruits, raisins, cherry cola, and cinnamon. On the finish the cinnamon takes over, but fresh mint, burnt sugar, and menthol play supporting roles. Not the most complex whiskey, but very solid in this price point. I really enjoy its distinct character. Definitely a rye for bourbon drinkers, but priced friendly enough for all drinkers.
    25.0 USD per Bottle
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