Penderyn Aur Cymru
Single Malt — Wales, WalesTastedDefinitely 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.
Germain-Robin Craft Method Lot 55 Alambic Brandy
American Brandy — Mendocino County, California, USATastedThis 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.
Forty Creek Barrel Select
Canadian — CanadaTastedSmooth, baking spice like allspice and nutmeg, and dried fruit. Easy to drink straight. Mild finish, quite a nice Canadian whisky for sipping.
Cappelletti Vino Aperitivo
Bitter Liqueurs — Trentino, ItalyTastedLight 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.
Armorik Whisky Single Malt Breton
Single Malt — Brittany, FranceTastedKind 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.
Pyrat Rum XO Reserve
Aged Rum — Anguilla, AnguillaTastedSimple, straightforward, smooth. Very candied and sweet, flavors of caramel, sugarcane, and a bit of cooked plantain. No hard edges. Great value.
Caperdonich 1995 17 Years Old, Berry Bros. & Rudd Single Cask 95077
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedWarming 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!
Caol Ila Distillers Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted(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.
Tomatin 12 Year Old French Oak
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedSmooth 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.
Dalwhinnie Distillers Edition
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedPowerful smell of grass and grains. Flavors are balanced nicely between sweetness and dried fruit on the one hand, and malty Highland whisky flavors along with some saltiness. Finishes with a strong but smooth burn down the throat.