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.
Vivat Armenia Apricot
Other Brandy — Armenia, ArmeniaTastedThis Apricot brandy smells unpleasant, like paint thinner. The taste is somewhat better - there is a burn upfront and a bit of a harsh mouthfeel, but at least the apricot flavor is there in the background, and there is some sweetness. It finishes with some sharp alcohol burning sensations but then fades to a pleasant warmth. The bottle says it was aged 30 years - it does not taste like that, unless it was aged in metal tanks!
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedPowerful and smooth as hell.
Old Pulteney 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedFairly light, a little malty, a little sweet, a little briny. Good, but a little indistinct, almost like a blend of a few single malts.
Agavero Original Tequila Liqueur
Other Liqueurs — Jalisco, MexicoTastedSharp scent of tequila. Tastes very sweet, like agave syrup, with a kick of silver tequila at the end. Straightforward but smooth and tasty.