Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNose: earthy peat smoke, salty sea, vanilla, apricot, nuts, malt, coffee, hint of marshmallow. Body: medium to light Palate: lots of earthy smokiness. Charcoal. Finish: smoke lasts a long time. Note: better than 2017 cardieas
Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Cask Strength Quarter Cask Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNose: earthy peat, sweet hard to place, oak. Malted nuts. Body: medium to full Palate: spicey, tobacco smoke Finish: long smoke Note: nice but wouldn’t buy it. A taste with Anne and John.
Smoke Wagon Small Batch Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Nevada, USATastedNose: Carmel, vanilla, rye, nuttiness, molasses. Body: thin Palate: caramel, vanilla, cherry, a tangy thing going on (reminds me of ketchup or vinegar but it’s not a bad thing doesn’t taste bad, just another flavor) Finish: medium, some lingering smokiness which I like. Note: drank neat. Wow Delicious is the first impression, much less heat than I expected given younger age. This is really good stuff.
Usquaebach Old Rare Whisky Stone Flagon
Blended — Highlands , ScotlandTastedNose: grainy, faint sweetness, oak, raisins, heather, sherry Body: light Palate: heather with wafts of smoke but faint. Sweet, honey, very smooth. Finish: short and sweet Note: the oaky nose is not on the palate. This is nice but not amazing.
Baker's Single Barrel Bourbon 13 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: smokey caramel, cherry, vanilla, malty & bready Body: thin Palate: smooth. Caramel, vanilla, Smokey. Finish: medium to long Note: this is a nice dram. It’s light and thin but Smokey and caramel like. Has a nice long finish that’s very nice.
Parker's Heritage Heavy Char Rye Whiskey 8 Year
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedNose: whoa robust: caramel, cherry, molasses, vanilla, beautiful nose. Later rye snuck out and strengthened with time. Body: medium and thin Palate: cherry, caramel, vanilla Finish: long and Smokey, very delicious. Note: this is a really beautiful whiskey. Great nose, nice Smokey caramel flavor.
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedClassic vanilla, toffee, caramel nose and palate is basically the same. Very very smooth. No spiciness or etoh burn. Very little Kentucky hug. The finish is short unfortunately. But this is a great classic bourbon.
Nikka Whisky From the Barrel
Blended — JapanTastedNose: neat: sherry, orange citrus, plum, apricot... I let it breath for ten minutes or so and it got a little more tangy, hints of alcohol and tobacco. Later as the etoh burned off more malty notes came through. Also walnuts. Few drops of water: more sherry sweetness, just stronger Body: neat: full, a little creamy and coats the mouth. With a few drops of water: remains full Palate: neat: sherry, sweetness and tobacco leaf. Also malty flavors. Very minimal pepperiness and spiciness. With water the smokiness at the end is stronger and last longer. Really really good. The beginning of the taste has a little more pepperiness with water. Finish: neat: long with water long. Note: was interested in this since it won whiskey advocate whiskey of the year 2018. First sip had me shaking my head “yes” this dram evolves in waves of deliciousness and the initial impression is “this is how a whisky is supposed to taste”. After two sips my impression is “this is really good”. This is just my style, sweet and smoky. Also after about 2 ounces I felt it a little so for 50+proof that’s pretty nice. Reminds me of the talisker 18 and the Springbank 15. Really excellent stuff. Not as good as the nikka 17
Inchmurrin 10 year old
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedA taste with Jerad. Heather bomb. Interesting and light. Nice.
George T. Stagg Bourbon (Fall 2019)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA taste with Jerad. Better than the 2018 in a blind taste test. Less proof brought out more flavor. Very good.