Roca Patrón Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed December 2, 2016My grandparents were suddenly convinced that tequila was a miracle health product... Ironic considering that most Americans get to know tequila through friends at parties... and I try it thanks to my grandparents. But lets get back to the drink, this is quite nice, however I firmly prefer the Silver, the bourbon cask aging creates an unusual funky contrast... That I loath... but that also appeals to me. The bourbon cask offers corn sweetness, medicinal rye and light oak spice that is so strange against the backdrop of smooth agave, creamy sweetness, maple syrup notes and texture, vegetable flavours and those subtle perfume notes. I think the Silver version is better, but both are good.
Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
Tequila Mixto — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed December 2, 2016I was stupid enough to try this. First note is bitterness and burn followed with regret, maybe some sweetness, the finish is long, unless you discount the pain and the regret, if so, the finish is very short, but not short enough.
Dictador 12 Year Solera System Rum
Aged Rum — ColombiaReviewed December 2, 2016I wasn't wowed by this: simple and overly watery. Yes, I know I'm far from being a rum expert... But this was somewhat underwhelming.
Angostura 1919 Rum
Aged Rum — Trinidad & TobagoReviewed December 2, 2016With smooth vanilla and caramel notes, a smooth balance between oiliness and wateriness, I couldn't help but be charmed, I'd have to compare this to Woodford Reserve: Distiller's Select, smooth subtle, with careful, slow flavour changes. (but I prefer Diplomatico)
Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Aged Rum — VenezuelaReviewed December 2, 2016One of the first rums I've ever tried and I can only say: it's sweet, juicy, subtle, mildly nutty, creamy and oily, delicately fruity, ending warmly and softly. Definitely worth it.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed November 30, 2016I suppose this is what the people who made Connemara were going for: sweet toffee, warm, delicate, fruity sweetness (mostly red fruit jam), sweet supple oak notes and a rich creamy roundness, followed by a very strong but delicate peat and a sweet saltiness, but this peat is more sweet than savoury, I really have never tasted anything like this before! Yes, it really is like Connemara... but Connemara 12 Years fails to mix sweetness and peat. Amazing... I prefer the Laphroaig 10 Year, but honestly, it's tough to prefer one over the other.
Hellyers Road Original 10 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — Tasmania, AustraliaReviewed November 30, 2016Sweet, luxuriant, fruity, with notes of coffee and toffee! Very creamy... Sadly I didn't write enough down to do this whisky justice. It is delicious, however better whiskys exist in this style, like Scapa 16 Year (out of stock, which I had a glass of the same evening I tried this) or G.Rozelieures Rare with its own coffee, cherry, caramel and fruit notes, its own creamy toffee, but with added peat.
Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed November 30, 2016I was a little disappointed, yes this whisky remains complex and interesting, it is also bitter, drying and not altogether pleasant... So I cannot genuinely say if it's bad or my tastes are just different.
Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed November 30, 2016After a long wait, I have finally tasted Eagle Rare! Firstly I'd recommend Blanton's Gold Edition over this and I'll explain why: Light perfume notes (which I can't grasp), medicinal rye, oak, followed by a poke of bitterness, leading to charred wood, leather, spice, then grapefruit (ever so dryly and lightly), cinnamon and unripe mirabelle. The texture also evolves, from a watery start, growing oilier and ending dryly. All in all, an austere and savoury whiskey. It resembles Woodford Reserve Distiller's Select in its elegant succession of flavours. I prefer complex whiskys from Scotland or more generous whiskeys like Blanton's Gold Edition, so I must admit that this whiskey is impressive... But it isn't an easy drink and not a pleasant one in my opinion.
Johnnie Walker Double Black
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed November 23, 2016I don't understand, I love Johnnies Walker Black Label, but this whisky seems to offer little else other than rough peat... I really can't taste the sweetness described in the review, nor is there any kind of balance or harmony. As for the grain, it doesn't work with the peat, it tastes rough and acidic. I'll stick with Johnnie Walker Black Label.