Charbay Hop Flavored Whiskey Release III
Other Whiskey — California, USATasted May 4, 2019This was just weird, sweet very mild bourbon start that ended in a mild hoppiness. Fun to try, would never buy it.
Highland Park 25 Year
Peated Single Malt — Orkney, ScotlandTasted May 4, 2019Nose oaky, sweet, sherry Body full Palate sweat start, fruity, peat, smoked fish Finish peat finish, smoky, loooong Note: my new favorite
GlenDronach Parliament 21 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 4, 2019Nose: Sweet vanilla sherry Body: Smooth mild Palate: fruity Gentle flavor mild spice Finish: short and sweet Note: Very nice
Kentucky Owl 11 Year Rye (Batch #2)
Rye — Kentucky , USATasted May 3, 2019Nose: caramel (burnt), vanilla, toffee, cherry Body: full Palate: peppery spice, hot molasses. Vanilla, cherry Finish: long warm with toffee Note: spicy, warming and a very delicious dram
Aberfeldy 21 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 3, 2019Representing the southern highlands Nose: oaky and oranges. Tangerine. Honey. Light vanilla sweetness. So distinct from anything I’ve nosed before. Distinct. Almost just a ghost of smoke Body: super smooth and easy Palate: orange, pie crust Finish: short and sweet with just a hint of smoke Note: this is really good. The nose is so different the taste is sweet. My only fault is the finish doesn’t last as long as I would like.
Glenlivet 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted May 3, 2019Representing Speyside Livet River Nose: a sugary orange, toffee, sweet oak. A little more apricot/sherry Body: medium and easy Palate: sweet, caramel a little spice. Sherry and very light pepper Finish: long, sweet late oak Note: this is a really nice scotch. Sweet, light, floral, warming an easy dram that is delicious. Second tasting, so much sugar on the palate. Crazy smooth, orange peel shavings on pie crust with caramel sauce. Nuts on the nose. This is really good
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 24, 2019Nose:very nice and easy nose, not pushy. Has salted caramel and vanilla. The requisite bourbon nose with toffee. A hint of maple syrup. Body: thin, light, easy Palate: medium spice, vanilla, caramel, very pleasant Finish: long and burning but in a good way. Lingering caramel and toffee, wafts of distant maple syrup being boiled. Note: this is good. Easy to drink and pleasant. Like so many good bourbons it has all the important features of spice and caramel, vanilla, toffee, this adds a like maple syrup note. Very good
Michter's 10 Year Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 24, 2019Nose: rich creamy caramel, light oak, sherry (apricot), light salt Body: medium Palate: nice light spice with a salted caramel apple. Finish: nice slow burn with more apple Note: I thought this was light, a nice bourbon but nothing stands out except it’s lightness and ease of drinking. I would buy this.
Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2018
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 24, 2019Note: apricot, very fruity from far away, vanilla, orange, magic marker(?), almond, cherry and oak Body: thin, light, easy Palate: light on spice and oranges Finish: delayed warmth and interesting but not complex. Note: I really wanted to love this one but in the end it was easy to drink and simple. I do very much like it but perhaps not robust enough or distinctive enough to get into the love it collection. But I would buy this.
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye (Fall 2018)
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted April 24, 2019Nose: salty, mossy, caramel, light and airy like going to the beach Body: moderate to full Palate: spicy, light caramel, hot chocolate Finish: long Note: good not outstanding more in line with old rip van winkle