WhistlePig PiggyBack Rye
Rye — Vermont, USATastedNose- Baking spices and powdered sugar Body- Sweet cinnamon, baking spices and juniper berries. Finish- Warm and cozy with the cinnamon giving way to snickerdoodle cookies. Not quite as good as the 10 year but very very nice. Will become part of the permanent rotation.
Peg Leg Porker Tennessee Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon — Tennessee, USATastedNose- Sweet tea and grainy sweet tarts Body- Sweet but then pretty hot and not particularly smooth. Finish- a little bitter
Basil Hayden's Caribbean Reserve Rye
Rye — Multiple CountriesTastedNose- pecans and paper Body- This is unusual. There are a lot of flavors going on here. Brown sugar, coconut, and pecan? Finish- Brown sugar gives way to pecans.
1792 Sweet Wheat
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose- brown sugar and sweet tea Body- Very rich. Rock candy,brown sugar sweet tea. Finish- The sweetness gives way to a slight nutty bitterness at the end. On of my favorite wheats.
Rhetoric 22 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose- Vanilla and wood chips Body- Vanilla, black pepper and tobacco Finish- Tobacco and a hint of lemon.
Uncle Nearest 1856 Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATastedNose- Sweet with lemon and powdered sugar Body- The sweetness continues with a candy and tobacco sweetness and a hint of lemon tartness. Then you feel the heat of the 100 proof. Finish- Fairly simple. The tannins give way to a slight bitterness.
Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNose- paper, grass, and dill Body- corn flake cereal Finish- dill comes back here but without the pickle brine Notes- Fairly unremarkable but nice overall.
Rabbit Hole Straight Bourbon Finished in PX Sherry Casks
Bourbon — USATastedNose- cake batter, blueberry and black berry jam Body- raisins and dark chocolate Finish- dark chocolate really comes out here with hints of bitterness
Highland Park 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedNose- Sweet smoke. Two sides of the spectrum mingle here as one balanced nose. Body- Smoke and sweet pit fruit. This then moves to a black pepper spice on the edges of your tongue. Finish- black pepper, smoke, and a light floral earthy pink linger with a medium to long finish. Notes- I have been hitting the bourbons hard lately but a few of my sipper bottles are getting some age on them so it’s time to finish them off. Tough life.
Redemption Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana, USATastedNose- Lots of sweet vanilla and doughy bread notes. Body- This is a fairly simple pour but overall it is sweet and soft with vanilla, honeysuckle and sugar cookies. Finish- Vanilla continues giving way to a bit of mint. There is a bitter oakiness in the finish that takes away from the soft mid palate. While unremarkable. This is a nice bourbon all around. The relatively low Distiller ranking surprised me.