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  1. Lagavulin 9 Year (Game of Thrones-House Lannister)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A great Lagavulin - smooth and smoky, some Laphroaig-like medicinal flavors like iodine, plenty of graininess, some wood flavors, and an underlying sweetness.
  2. Penderyn Aur Cymru

    Single Malt — Wales, Wales

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Definitely a bit sweet with a sharp spirit edge - gingerbread flavor, maybe some orange peel, and definitely a nice smooth burn at the end. Pretty simple and straightforward, not especially complex, but this would be nice with Christmas dinner.
  3. Germain-Robin Craft Method Lot 55 Alambic Brandy

    American Brandy — Mendocino County, California, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    This is fairly light for a brandy. Vanilla and caramel apple scents. Plenty of warmth, a tingly burn up front but more of a pleasant warmth at the end. Not a whole lot of deep flavors, maybe some caramelized fruit flavors and some white pepper at the end. Perhaps a bit thinner than I would like. Tastes somewhat young. Grapes used came from the 2017 harvest, and I tasted it in 2019, so not much barrel-aging and it shows. It did make a nice Sidecar with Grand Marnier. Certainly quaffable if a bit forgettable.
  4. Forty Creek Barrel Select

    Canadian — Canada

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Smooth, baking spice like allspice and nutmeg, and dried fruit. Easy to drink straight. Mild finish, quite a nice Canadian whisky for sipping.
  5. Cappelletti Vino Aperitivo

    Bitter Liqueurs — Trentino, Italy

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Light Aperitivo from Italy - lots of orange peel and some floral flavors, only mildly sweet. Also, some Alpine herbal scents. It makes a nice dry Spritz, pairing well with crisp light sparkling wine. Sort of like a lighter version of Campari.
  6. Armorik Whisky Single Malt Breton

    Single Malt — Brittany, France

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Kind of a raw sweetish alcohol smell almost like a young brandy, but a fairly smooth taste that sort of reminds me of Irish pot still whiskey - malty flavors of light sherry and wood resin, with a slightly warming finish. Just a bit of brine and smoke - a bit of a coastal feel. Simple but enjoyable.
  7. Pyrat Rum XO Reserve

    Aged Rum — Anguilla, Anguilla

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Simple, straightforward, smooth. Very candied and sweet, flavors of caramel, sugarcane, and a bit of cooked plantain. No hard edges. Great value.
  8. Caperdonich 1995 17 Years Old, Berry Bros. & Rudd Single Cask 95077

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Warming with sweet spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. A modest amount of fireplace smoke. Sort of a creamy, almost buttery quality - rounded, soft but full flavor. What a nice unusual Speyside!
  9. Caol Ila Distillers Edition

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    (2010 bottling) Intense, while being smooth and balanced. Plenty of smoke scents, sort of like barbecue and cigars. Tastes like a combination of smoke and ripe fruit, with a warming and drying finish. Great, for those who like peated whisky with some sweetness.
  10. Tomatin 12 Year Old French Oak

    Single Malt — Highland, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Smooth and fruity, but also has a bit of a woody kick. Definitely can smell and taste the oak, but this also has a noticeably fruity flavor, like cherry. Warming and sturdy on the finish - it feels like a whisky to drink in a wood-paneled law office after hours.
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