The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTastedBright fruit-tones nose, mainly apple and pear. A little spice up front of light pepper notes and darker fruit notes with a short finish. This is excellent and a hidden gem at its price.
West Cork Cask Strength
Blended — IrelandTastedFloral nose with apple juice undertone. Palette is spicy and big up front molding to apple and light oak flavor. Very good, not aged enough to be amazing.
Crown Royal Cask No. 16
Canadian — Manitoba, CanadaTastedNose has a tiny spice and lots of maple, some of cognac notes can be found if you dig. Maple leads the palette and falls flat quickly. Feels thin and tinny... like most CRs.
Redbreast 15 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedHas a bourbon nose, brown sugar, vanilla and baking spices. A little more sophisticated than the 12 yr, but also a little shorter finish and a little flatter. Tea notes have weakened and cayenne pepper overtone remains from the 12 yr. More wood tannin and a tad sweeter. Not worth the exorbitant price difference. This might be fun at cask strength.
Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye
Canadian — Manitoba, CanadaTastedNose is a weak but pleasant rye and baking spice. The front of this was a pleasantly smooth rye dominate flavor with shortbread undertone. The profile soured into a tinny and bitter finish, like licking the insides of a stale flask. Finish hovers too long with this dreck. Life’s too short for this kind of crap.
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedNose is light vanilla carried by tea leaves. The tea flavors carry into the palette. Some honey and shortbread but tea and mild cayenne pepper carried the profile for me. Finish falls a little flat but is not offensive.
Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedThis might be the best Irish whiskey I’ve had. Very crisp apple juice and vanilla nose that carries into the palette. The flavor is rich with a long finish giving a ton of complexity for this category. As it opens I pick up some baking spices, oak and darker fruit tones, not quite prune but close. I seek out a journey in my whiskey tasting and this delivers.69.95 USD per BottleLiquor Outlet
Cardhu Gold Reserve (Game of Thrones-House Targaryen)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedApple juice, apricot, and pear on the nose. Smoke on the front of the front of the pallette with a bit of burn, finishing with the very sweet fruit tones. A little thin and dry but leaves a good after taste.
Michter's US*1 Barrel Strength Kentucky Straight Rye (2019 Release)
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedA subtle rye nose with dominant caramel and vanilla tones. Rye touched the palette first, then a long flavor journey begins burying the rye and opening a dark date undertone moving to sweeter marshmallow, some tea leaf oak and baking spice round its long and complex finish. This is excellence in rye.
Blanton's Straight From the Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedLike regular Blanton’s, but more flavors. Standard orange blossom citrus and sweet nose. Sweet undertone with citrus overtone. Damn near perfect!