Blended — IrelandTastedA biscuit soaked in bog water
Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPeanut funk and ethanol on the nose. Vanilla and toffee on the palate. Long finish. Better than average basic bourbon.
The Glenlivet 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedApple, pears and a little musty note on the nose. Sweet round palate. A hint of spice on the medium finish.
Wild Turkey Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedSweet rye, light spices and fresh cut grass on the nose. Light, fruity rye and vanilla on the palate. More rye, light spices and slight bitter note on the short finish.
The Glenlivet Nàdurra First Fill Selection Cask Strength
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedBatch OL1117, 60.3 ABV. Spices, sherry, peanut brittle and orange zest on the nose, very spicy fruit and nuts on the palate, long spicy finish. A splash of water toned down the spice on the palate while adding a creaminess.
Green Spot Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedShoe polish, green bananas and astringincy overpower an otherwise fine dram. It's got the usual Irish whiskey notes in spades, quite good indeed. This would be 4 stars without the unpleasant notes.
Highland Park Valknut
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedThis is a curious whiskey, lots of interesting scents and flavors, but all a little disjointed. Initially strong diesel and peat on the nose, after a few minutes these ebb while sherry, barley, vanilla, powdered chocolate and stewed prunes appear. Rich, oily and a little young and hot on the palate with cereal grains, honey, vanilla, walnuts and a hint of sherry and diesel. The long finish has spicy, sweet and savory notes.
Auchentoshan The Bartender's Malt
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTastedScumptuous nose with floral, chocolate, orange and malt notes plus a hint of smoke. The palate starts off a little rough, grungy for lack of a better word, more Neal Young and Crazy Horse than Nirvana, but it morphs, sip by sip, into a Chris Cornell like transcendent beauty touching all the notes of the nose and adding a raspy spice. The finish is long, peppery and satisfifying.
Jim Beam Distiller's Cut
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedPleasant nose of vanilla and cherry pie, spicy, chewy palate with cherries, vanilla and peanuts, spicy medium finish with more vanilla and funky peanuts.
Droptine 12 pt
Bourbon — New York, USATastedNice nutty, grape and vanilla notes on the nose and creamy palate, but feels a bit young with some astringency and heat. Medium length warming finish with a little grape nuts cereal.