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
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C919
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPersonally I find ECBP to be one of the best releases on the market. Each batch can actually be found on shelves and do not seem to disappoint. C919 has a typical brown sugar nose, but be careful not to inhale to deeply as the near 70% alcohol content is defintely present. On the tongue this one defintely brings the heat along with some burnt caramel and vanilla toffee notes. Most will probably want a little water or a chip of ice to mellow this fireball out, but it is full flavored in any case. EC may have pushed the proof on this one a touch too far though as it isn't as good as the B batch released earlier in 2019.60.0 USD per Bottle
Compass Box Juveniles
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedHave I said before that I love Compass Box? They are truly making some of the best bottles on the market. Nose on this has hints of smoke and anise. Flavor brings light showers of vanilla followed by a rush of caramel. Finish is a mellow smolder of heat and burnt creme brulee sugar. Overall another solid offering.130.0 USD per Bottle
Old Forester Statesman
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedWell I love the Kingsmen movies and this is a tribute so it is perfect for my 100th taste! Nose is typical bourbon corn and brown sugar. Flavor on this is a bit disappointing. Heavy on the alcohol burn that overshadows the brown sugar that screams to come through. Was so hopeful for this to at least be decent, but was ultimately let down.
W.B. Saffell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThese small bottles are cute, but pricey when compared to a normal bottle. Nose is brown sugar and burnt caramel. First sip is spicey and caramel forward. A bit heavy on the alcohol burn for my personal taste. Finish is very corn heavy. Overall a good pour, but overpriced compared to other options at the price.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedI find that Johnnie Walker nose tends to be fairly ethanol heavy with very little peat. The Blue is right in this vain. The first sip is smooth and light. Hints of light smoke and honey almond fill the palate. Overall this is a truly smooth and pleasant dram. Definitely well above the other Walkers, but probably a bit overpriced given offerings from Aberfeldy and Compass Box at similar price points.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedWith the 18 year Johnnie moves out of the lower levels and into the middle tier of Scotch. Nose is crisp and light with little peat. First sip is almond and light caramel. Burn is alcohol forward that fills the mouth at the end with a quick rise and slow fall. Definitely an improvement over the entry Walkers, but still below most Compass Box entries.
Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedWith the gold label we start moving into Johnnie's higher dollar offerings. The nose on this bears almost no smoke and has a hint of ethanol. Flavor is not quite as smooth as double black, but still has the familiar almond hints of the Walker line. An ok pour, but not worth the step up in price from double black
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedDouble black is interesting as it has almost no peat aroma. When you dive in there is a smooth smokiness with some honey almond notes. A little nicer than the standard black.