Tequila Reposado — MexicoTasted April 18, 2021Roasted, sweet agave, vanilla and caramel, no off notes, nice tequila.
John Walker & Sons King George V
Peated Blend — ScotlandTasted April 17, 2021Nose: Closed off at first. After 5 minutes I get nutty sherry, malt, light spices, complex yet subtle with many other notes I cannot define. Palate: Silky, coating, malty, berries, sherry, biscuits, citrus, mixed nuts, vanilla, caramel, honey and barrel spices. Finish: Long, malty, cereal grains, sherry and spices. Near perfection in a bottle. I seriously think, if I could afford it, I could be content drinking only this the rest of my life.
The Singleton of Auchroisk 1985
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted April 16, 2021Found this at the same little out of the way liquor store where I found the 1983 edition, tucked in between two other 1983’s. On the label it says was distilled in 1985 and bottled in 1997, 10 years (bad math ?), 43% abv. Not much info available about this bottling. I am now 3/4 through this bottle and I must say I like it better than the 1983. I get orchard fruit, general sweetness, sherry, quite a bit of oak, but more pleasant than the 1983, some honey and chai tea on the nose; The palate is silky, sweet and rich with subdued sherry nuttiness, vanilla, barrel spices and hints of chocolate; The finish is long and very pleasant with some raisin, spice, vanilla and chai tea notes.
Golden Gate Whiskey
Blended American Whiskey — USATasted April 13, 2021A unique mash bill of 80% malted barley / 20% rye. Bottled at cask strength of 55 ABV. Batch numero uno. Smells and tastes a bit like a highland scotch finished in rye cask. Mild and light, semi-sweet, slightly malty, fruity and spicy, hints of vanilla and cinnamon. Water brings out more rye spice and heat.
Stranahan’s Single Malt Whiskey: Single Barrel, Cask Strength
American Single Malt — Colorado, USATasted April 10, 2021Barrel 16-1565, 116.26 proof. Nose: Sweet, malt, strawberries, honey, caramel, vanilla, baking spices and a hint of banana and apple cider. Palate: Viscous, oily, sweet, dried fruits, spices, more honey, caramel and vanilla. Finish: Long, a little spicy, slightly bitter.49.99 USD per Bottle
Raasay While We Wait
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted April 9, 20212018 release. This whiskey is delicious and right in my wheelhouse with malt, honey, caramel, vanilla, berries, red wine and mild peat on the nose and palate. The palate is semi-sweet, slightly creamy and has a little heat, smoke and spice which carry over to the medium finish.
Starward Nova Single Malt
Single Malt — Victoria, AustraliaTasted April 8, 2021Malt, honey, berries, spices, creamy mouth feel, a little bitterness on the medium length finish. Nice whiskey, but I liked the two fold a little better.
Wild Turkey Longbranch
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 4, 2021Didn’t want to like this one, but I do. Sweet with caramel, honey, perfume, a little banana and mesquite. A bit thin. A little bite on the tongue and the finish is a tad harsh.
Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted April 2, 2021Thanks to a buddy in Oregon for sending me a substantial sample. Can’t find this in my area, at least not for a reasonable price. Tasting: Take ECSB and add extra vanilla and toffee. Tasty for sure. Worth MSRP, not a penny more.
Marnier Cognac XO
Cognac — FranceTasted April 1, 2021Not much information to be found about this XO cognac. One of the internet sellers had this to say: “Better known for their orange-flavored liqueur, Marnier also make a Cognac. A blend of up to 30 eaux-de-vie from the top cru of the region, Grande Champagne.” I like both Grand Marnier and cognac, so when I found it on sale I took a chance. There’s plenty of oak and barrel spices, from the nose to the finish, which start strong and gently fade, but never disappear. Not unpleasant by any means. They’re accentuated with cocoa, dried apricots and nutty notes. Rich palate. Long, drying, spicy finish.49.99 USD per Bottle