Evan Williams Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedInitial aroma is very light nuttiness. First sip is light vanilla and brown sugar. The finish is almost absent entirely on this one. A small pepper burn and then gone. I know the earlier vintages were highly regarded, but this is almost like a watered down whiskey. Definitely disappointed given the high marks here on Distiller.
Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedWell take me out to the ball game... that's my first thought with the peanutty nose here. More peanut and caramel on the tongue. Initial flavor fades to a bit of a harsh alcohol burn. An ok pour, but not one I will be going back to.
Mayor Pingree Rye
Rye — Michigan, USATastedOk I admit to being a homer when it comes to my state and our distillers, brewers, and wineries. Valentine puts out some truly good stuff without the home field advantage though with some fantastic vodkas and whiskey. This is my first dram of their rye so I am cautious, but optimistic. Nose is sasparilla and a bit astringent almost like a manly aftershave. First sip is more of the rootbeer and rye mash up with a soft burn the dies fairly quickly. This is an interesting dram as it seems to lack that heavy pepper traditionally found in ryes abd leans to a smoother path. Overall not as nice as the other Valentine offerings, but still nice if you are looking for a smoother rye than much if what is on the market.50.0 USD per Bottle
Belle Meade Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Tennessee), USATastedBelle Meade has become one of my favorite go to distilleries. This is my first bottle of the sour mash. Nose is sweet like southern candied yams. Taste is full bodied honey and cinnamon forward with a red hot burn that lingers to an almost creamy smooth finish. Not my favorite BM product, but still a nice dram.40.0 USD per Bottle
Three Chord Twelve Bar Reserve Barrel Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky/Tennessee, USATastedDecided to give this one a go to support home state distillers. At least the bottle looks cool so it has that going for it. Nose is very sweet almost like fresh pecan sticky buns. First sip is heavy on brown sugar and vanilla with a slight rye character. Surprisingly smooth for such a strong proof. Price is a bit too high on this one as it doesn't hold up against ECBP, but it is a nice entry from a newer distillery.80.0 USD per Bottle
Yamazaki 12 Year
Single Malt — Honshu, JapanTastedThe higher quality Japanese offerings are becoming scarce. My bottle came as a backroom special from one of my local stores. Nose is ever so lightly peated with slight grain notes. The taste follows the lead with a light peat backbone danced around by hints of almond and marzipan. The finish is quite lovely and lingering almond biscotti tastes.100.0 USD per Bottle
New Riff Single Barrel Barrel Proof Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNew Riff continues to impress. Let's see how the single barrel rye stacks up. Nose has soft banana bread notes. First sip starts much smoother than a rye has a right to be, but then comes charging forward with peppery notes. Hints of toffee and caramel linger in the finish. New Riff makes some nice bourbons, but their ryes steal the show!60.0 USD per Bottle
New Riff Kentucky Straight Bourbon Bottled In Bond
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedMmmm. The nose on this smells like fresh cinnamon bread. Heavy caramel and brown sugar with vanilla icing on the tongue with a smooth lasting cinnamon burn. Another strong entry from New Riff.40.0 USD per Bottle
Aviation American Gin
Modern Gin — Oregon, USATastedNot a huge gin drinker, but thought I'd give this a try thanks to a recommendation. A very smooth gin with the juniper backbone. I honestly feel this is like the Absolut of gin. It is very clean and works great in a martini, but doesn't have enough character to be a sipper.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B519
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLet's start with WOW. Nose just smells delicious. A little brown sugar maybe, but not sweet. First sip is a flavor explosion. You expect a significant burn from the barrel proof, but this is damn near perfect. Heavy brown sugar and vanilla with a hint of nuttiness. Cinnamon burn is strong, but smooth and not over powering. Biggest problem with this one is that my wife loves it more and I may find an empty bottle on the shelf.60.0 USD per Bottle