Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed March 2, 2015 (edited December 6, 2015)This was my first "premium" purchase, so I treated this like gold. It was also the first whiskey that piqued my interest in really getting to know the textures and flavors of spirits. The nose is aromatic, floral, and fruity. This is one of the smoothest Irish whiskies I've had that was complemented by it's complexity. Creamy vanilla, a dash of fruit, and a swift spicy finish. The oakiness is a give or take for me, since I think Green Spot's green apple bitterness leaves a better impression. No water necessary!
Weller Special Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed March 2, 2015 (edited April 24, 2018)Pleasant toffee and cherry on the nose. Syrup consistency tasting of cherry, licorice, and vanilla. Lots of corn on the finish. It's a bit too medicinal for me, and creates a longing for Irish Pot Still. Being a wheated bourbon, I enjoy how light and smooth it is. Needs a little water to help open it up and dull the syrup. If you can find it, it's cheap!
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2015I'm still struggling with this one. The flavor is amped up a step from the usual WR, but this time around the finish comes off tasting like cough syrup. For only a few bucks more its worth the experience.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited March 2, 2015)The first bourbon I truly enjoyed. In a taste comparison with the Macallan 12, I found this one to have a higher profile in flavor and spice. From time to time I find the taste inconsistent, but when its good its GREAT. Also another good value bourbon that I would recommend.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2015It's sweet and flavorful. Vanilla and caramel are the most prominent tastes out of this one. Lacks some decent complexity, but also a great value for your money. I would put this forth as a daily bourbon.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited November 24, 2015)[Re-review 11/24/15] - I don't hate it as I used to, though it still definitely benefits from a few ice cubes.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited September 12, 2015)Never again...
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Bourbon Cask Matured
Single Malt — IrelandReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited August 26, 2016)Whiskey Guild's Whiskey Cruise 2016 - For now I can say I've come to appreciate this stuff more over time!
Dewar's White Label
Blended — ScotlandReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited August 5, 2017)This isn't so bad despite popular opinion. There is a burn to overcome before coming to a nice fruity gulp. Lacks any finish or complexity, but at a wedding this will always be my go-to!
Hibiki 12 Year
Blended — JapanReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited August 5, 2017)[Re-Review 05/18/15] - After the bottle has been sitting for about 4 months, I still notice the influence of the plum wine casks. It has a kick that is mellowed with water, and still retains that fruity taste and bitter finish. Has a little bit of smoke too. I still enjoy it, and I believe this dram has enough wood and bitter spice to make this something to challenge yourself with.