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  1. Old Hickory Hermitage

    Rye — USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Have heard mixed reviews on the Old Hickory brand, but thought I'd give this one a go since it was a more limited release. Nose is unmistakably rye here. I almost get a pine forest scent on the edges. First sip is somewhat lacking of a strong flavor to be honest. Some classic Rye pepper starts to come through, but without any strong bite. The finish is somewhat short with a mild burn. This one is interesting to me. If you like a classic Rye, but find many to be overly harsh you might really enjoy this dram. One might even say it is quite smooth for a Rye blend. Personally I prefer a little more flavor and full body to my pour, but you could certainly do much worse than this in your glass.
    60.0 USD per Bottle
  2. High West 36th Vote Manhattan

    Other Whiskey — USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Ok. First we must recognize this is not straight whiskey so if that is your only bag put the bottle down and walk away. This one is for the home bartender that just can't figure out how to mix up a good drink, but still wants to enjoy a bar special in their own comfy abode. Taste here is nice, but nothing special. A little pepper from the Rye comes through, but the bitters are almost too strong here with the vermouth almost lost completely. I appreciate the concept on this bottle, but highly suggest a cocktail book and some trial and error to reach true home cocktail happiness!
  3. Woodinville Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Washington, USA

    Tasted
    1.5
    1.5 out of 5 stars
    This bottle seems to have appeared overnight in every shop around town. My sister picked this one up at the recommendation of her local shop, but I am a bit skeptical so let's see where this trip down the rabbit hole takes us.... Nose is a bit rough with heavy ethanol fumes. There are some hints of sweet corn trying to come through, but the ethanol keeps beating them back like an old surly boxer kicking a rookie's ass in the ring. Let's move on to the taste. Well.... I have to be honest here and say that I feel this is what gasoline might taste like if I ever decided to take a swig. It is a bit oily and heavy on the ethanol. I am honestly having a hard time finding a kind word on this dram. Hard pass if I see this on the shelf and recommend you do the same!
    40.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2019-03 “Country Ham”

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    I have had this one for a bit and just realized I never added a review so let's correct that oversight! Booker's certainly has curb appeal in the wooden box with clear facing. The wax and seal add a little flare, but it is what is inside that counts so let's go. Nose is nice with a maple syrup backbone and brown sugar highlights. First sip packs a punch declaring its 120+ proof with a heavy cinnamon heat. Brown sugar and vanilla seep out of the edges of the heat and maybe a touch of pecan pie peeks through. Let me say this dram is not for the faint of heart. It packs a punch and I wouldn't call you out for adding a bit of ice. Overall this one is flavor and fire packed!
    100.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Powers Three Swallow Single Pot Still

    Single Pot Still — Ireland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Found this recommendation from my readings. My shopkeeper said it was an underrated gem. Let's see about that. Nose is subtle, but sweet. Apples and cloves seem to peek through. The taste brings more apple pie notes with a slight cinnamon burn. The burn seems to linger more on the tongue than the throat as most whiskey. I have generally been drawn to more of the finished Irish Whiskeys, but this is a very nice pour. At the price point it is a decent value as well.
    45.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Michter's US *1 Unblended American Whiskey

    Other Whiskey — USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I have to admit I was skeptical on Michter's, but I am quickly becoming a convert. I have enjoyed the rye and small batch so when I saw the unblended I grabbed a bottle without hesitation. Nose on this dram is just pleasant. Vanilla, brown sugar, maybe a little nuttiness, but all in all just an enticing aroma. First sip is really quite nice with some brown sugar and peanut. A little cinnamon kicks in to bring the dram to a mild close. Overall the proof is relatively low and it lacks the fullness of a heavier proof pour, but it is very smooth and a great everyday drinker. This one leaves me wanting to find more of the Michter's range!
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Traverse City Whiskey Co. Port Barrel Finish

    Rye — USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    I have found finished whiskey to be a bit hit and miss. Some are great like Angel's Envy and others have taken a bit flat. TC Whiskey is a local place so I am hoping it is a winner. Nose is mildly sweet. Defintely get some fruitiness in there with some classic whiskey backbone, but the ethanol is a little high on the sniff. On the tongue the first sip is relatively mild. The port finish is quite noticeable and plays the leading role. A few subtle brown sugar notes come through followed by a more classic cinnamon burn finish. The burn is pretty mellow though and fades quickly. Overall I don't love it it or hate it. It's a nice pour that departs from the traditional dram and goes down smoothly. The barrel proof version is double the price, but I am intrigued to give it a try.....
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Saint Liberty Bertie's Bear Gulch Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Texas , USA

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    The stories behind Saint Liberty bottles are based on historical women. Overall a nice tribute and marketing touch, but the juice is what matters so let's give it a try. Well the nose is damn funky. Like some 70's B-reel movie score funk. I am truly at a loss on this one. No brown sugar or vanilla here, just funk. First sip is muddled to be honest. Some vanilla, some leather, some charring, but no stand outs here. Finish is a bit lackluster and leaves a slightly burned flavor. The overall pour isn't worth the price of admission in my book, but hey at least the bottle is cool!
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Adictivo Tequila Extra Añejo

    Tequila Extra Añejo — Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I was sold this bottle by my local shop keeper that said I would never try another after it. That is some pretty high praise so let's see. The nose is not tequila. It is brown sugar sweet almost like a brandy with not a hint of the typical agave. First sip is "WTF am I drinking?" Seriously, that is what comes to mind. Sweet sugar floods your mouth and there is no hint of acohol burn. This is dangerous stuff. If you were to sit down with a bottle, a glass, and no self control you would quickly find the floor. If all tequila tasted like this I might never go back to Whiskey. Be warned this is not for everyone. Tequila purists will probably curse this review, but screw them this is an amazing pour!
    110.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Corralejo 1821 Extra Añejo Tequila

    Tequila Extra Añejo — Guanajuato, Mexico

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Well this qualifies as the ceiling for what I will spend on tequila. The presentation is nice, but at this price it should be. Nose is very light. I sense the agave, but only on the edges with a hint of honey. First sip is sweet of light sugar with almost no burn. This is a nice pour, but at $60 higher than Avion 44 I am knocking it down a bit too below a 4 star. Am I disappointed in the purchase? No, but I would suggest you save the money and go with Avion.
    160.0 USD per Bottle
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