Yamazaki 12 Year
Single Malt — JapanReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited August 5, 2017)Soaring in popularity these days for good reason. This one is currently among my favorite whiskeys. The nose is a little too ethanol, but other than that this whiskey is dangerously smooth. From palate to finish there is constant fruit and heaven. The aftertaste leaves a little burn and a little itch to just keep on drinking. The bottle is a bit pricey though, so drink wisely!
Baker's Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited March 29, 2015)As with other reviews, this one comes in hot and strong. I also noticed a coating in my mouth as I let it linger. With a few teaspoons of water this one opens up and lets in a ton of vanilla and citrus. I want to rate this higher, but the alcohol is so overpowering that it's a turn off.
Basil Hayden Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited April 24, 2018)Rough all around. To me it tastes like lemons and black pepper. When it comes to the Beam Small Batch series I would easily recommened Bakers or Bookers over this one. Overpriced for what you're getting.
Blended — IrelandReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited August 17, 2016)[Re-Review 08-17-16]. So, I used to hate on this brand. However with trying all sorts of whiskies over the years and returning to my Irish roots, for once I appreciate the lack of grassy ripe bananas and the abysmal cask influence. The spice has a mellow balance to the sweet maltiness that is often missed on you entry level malts. Either that or Im too happy drinking whiskey right now to know what I'm talking about!
Powers Gold Label
Blended — IrelandReviewed February 26, 2015 (edited March 6, 2016)[Revisited 03/05/16] My first Irish whiskey. I feel like I write about this one constantly, as every time I have a glass of this I am returned to a nostalgic moment where discovering this for the first time was just amazing. This most recent experience, I noticed a very nice bourbon cask finish that reedema this whiskey from what I once knew it as. I really must get another bottle of this and keep it as a reminder of my roots in whiskey drinking!
Jameson Black Barrel
Blended — IrelandReviewed February 24, 2015It's a nice step above the regular Jameson offering, though I do think it goes down a little TOO easy. Honey, vanilla, and caramel lightly grace the palate, with a light bitter finish to compliment the flavors. I would recommend this as the intro level for the Jameson line, as it is great for sipping with no water or ice necessary!
Macallan Fine Oak 15 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed February 24, 2015 (edited August 5, 2017)Very earthy. Fine is oak is right. Unlike the 12 this one is not strong on the sherry, hence it tastes less fruity and more spicy. The nose is rather medicinal and doesn't give much insight as to what you are about to drink. I personally don't think it's worth the hefty price tag. Worth a try though.
Hudson Baby Bourbon
Bourbon — New York, USAReviewed February 24, 2015 (edited September 12, 2017)Despite my rating I find this whiskey to be pretty tasty. However, due to the price (especially ordering at a bar), I cannot justify it's purchase unless it were a gift or you were not intending to make this a daily dram. To me the flavor comes in strong and identifiable, and the burn is rather mitigated considering it's age. There is a lacking finish, but I guess this is to be expected.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee, USAReviewed February 24, 2015Not to hop on the band wagon, but the good old JD is some pretty nasty stuff, and would serve better when mixed with absolutely anything...It's harsh, lacking in distinct flavor, and rather unsatisfying.
Green Spot Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed February 24, 2015 (edited April 24, 2018)Right now this is one of my "top shelf" whiskies. Possibly just a tad above Red Breast, for it's slightly more profound flavor and additional spice. Just like the former, this is rich in creamy vanilla and rich green apples. The apples continue to linger into the finish, and that's never a bad thing!