Elijah Craig Small Batch
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI'm more of a Single Malt guy, but this is a pleasant bourbon. Since there are so many tasting notes already here, I won't bore you with mine. I will say this: if you're looking for a nice bourbon at a good price, maybe give this one a try.
Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedNot a great whisky, but a good one to have around, and it won't drain your wallet!
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedOloroso influence is prominent to me. Not a bad thing. Flash of sour up front, sherry, vanilla, faint spiciness. Finishes long and soft. Pleasant. I would buy it again.
Dalwhinnie 15 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedThis is a relatively mild mannered single malt, with honey and vanilla the main feature. There are some oak notes, and maybe a whisper of heathery smoke. Finish is a little short. Overall, a pleasant whisky to have around.
Old Pulteney 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedOverall a decent dram, with its notes of vanilla, citrus, brine, faint smoke. Not a great whisky, but a good one to have around. Might make a pleasant introduction to Scotch whisky for the first-timer. Mid 80's for me.
Noah's Mill Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedReading through the notes on this bourbon, one might get the idea that this isn't just an ordinary bourbon. Rather than give a description of the flavors I found, let me just say that this is one of the most interesting (in the best possible way) bourbons I've tasted. Very complex, yet approachable despite the high proof. Sipping slowly, there is warmth, but no burn. A surprising pleasure.
The Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedThis is a nice, almost delicate whisky. Balvenie's honey notes are there, a bit nutty, pleasant all the way around. Wish the finish was a little longer. And I wish we had 1/2 star ratings! 3 1/2 stars, and Distiller's 87 is spot on for me.
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedI know a lot of folks really love this dram, but it doesn't fall into the "love it" column for me. Definitely smokey and peaty, a bit salty, some dark chocolate notes, etc. It's good, I like it, but something about it comes up a little short. I give it 3 stars, and would put it around 85 or so.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThe oak and vanilla are definitely there, but with a nice spiciness that makes things a little more interesting. A good bourbon at a good price point.