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  1. Gran Centenario Plata Tequila

    Tequila Blanco — Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    One of my favorite blancos.
  2. Clan MacGregor Blended Scotch Whiskey

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    I tried this whiskey as part of my budget Scotch adventure. I’m looking for value-priced Scotches that stand out in the crowd. I want to find one or two that I can keep on hand that don’t break the budget. On the nose, this one doesn’t have much to offer—basically acetone. A thin whiskey in the mouth with a touch of oak, burn, and brine. The finish might be the highlight: warm honey. This is the second budget scotch I’ve ever had. The first was The Famous Grouse, which I forgot to review despite going through two bottles. Clan is priced (in my area) a full $10 less than Grouse, which definitely forces one to consider it a contender. I mean, $14 for a bottle of scotch! Wow! After three nights of sipping on this whisky, I’d say it’s not the worst I’ve tasted. I’ve had Speyside varieties that I have enjoyed less. Here’s the kicker with Clan, though: When you add a touch of water (as was advised by the good fellows at the Whiskey Vault), this whisky comes alive. After that, this tastes like something I can keep around. Looking forward to see where the budget scotch adventure takes me next. On to The Famous Grouse for a full review.
    14.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Speyburn 10 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    There is almost no smoke. Mostly a light, nectar sweet scotch. I would not get this again.
    29.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Tequila El Mayor Blanco

    Tequila Blanco — Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    On sale for $20. Usually runs about $25. I love to sip this blanco straight or with a lime wedge. This one tastes way better than the 80 score it got. Maybe time to review it again. I really appreciate the lightness of this tequila, with a slight pervasive sweetness throughout, and a dash of black pepper.
    20.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Gran Centenario Reposado Tequila

    Tequila Reposado — Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  6. Bulleit Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Not sure what the hype is. Didn’t appeal to my palette.
  7. George Dickel No. 12

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    This is a wonderful standby. I often pick this one up. For the price point, it hits all the notes.
  8. Aberfeldy 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    A very welcoming whisky. Well priced.
  9. Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
  10. Evan Williams Single Barrel

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    It’s said that the “single barrel” varies from year to year, so I write this with that caveat. However, based on this tasting (two consecutive evenings), I’m not impressed at all with this whisky. Admittedly, I did have high hopes for this bottle given its very high rating with Distiller—and usually these ratings I tend to agree with. All in all, this was a big miss for me. This whisky came across unsettled, sort of unfriendly. It was as is the flavors couldn’t sort themselves out, and nothing settled or stood out.
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