Maker's Mark Cask Strength
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 16, 2021Quick sip: Sweet and fruity, like a cherry almond crescent.
Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2021 FAE-01
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 16, 2021 (edited September 6, 2021)First impression, like one of those chocolate oranges that you get around the holidays.
Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A121
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed May 23, 2021
Gran Centenario Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — Jalisco, MexicoReviewed May 6, 2021 (edited April 4, 2022)I am far too new to tequila to offer any useful commentary.
George Dickel Rye
Rye — Indiana, USAReviewed April 30, 2021 (edited June 1, 2021)*Neck Pour/New Bottle The smell is spearmint and maybe raspberries. Light and crisp. 17/20 First sip, peppery. Rich texture. Something like the taste of opening a pantry, herbs, spices, flour, bread. 26/30 Further tastes bring more flavors, but more of what I’ve been getting, not adding new tastes. The finish is dry, and almost like hops, I can see this opening up and being either really interesting in a good way, or in a not pleasant way, but for now I like it. 21/25 The experience is nice, packaging is classic and well done, synthetic cork is the best of both worlds in my opinion, price is fantastic. 20/20 I hold 5 points for entirely subjective assignment, I’m giving 2/5 here, for a total score of: 86/10019.95 USD per Bottle
Coopers' Craft Barrel Reserve 100 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 25, 2021 (edited July 18, 2021)Finishing off this bottle, final thoughts. There’s some good notes, it is rich, and has quite a bit going on, but is a bit rough, somewhat disjointed. I enjoyed it, and appreciate what it is, and for under $30, I recommend it as something to experience.29.95 USD per Bottle
Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum
Navy Rum — JamaicaReviewed April 24, 2021Recommended to me, I picked this up expecting an adventure. I consider myself a rum novice, so my notes may not be particularly helpful, but I am sharing them anyway. Popping the cork is like opening the door of a food dehydrator making banana chips. Pour some in a glass, admire the classy gold on blue label, notice the smell of cooking bananas, with butter, and brown sugar, and cloves, and molasses. Ok, people were not exaggerating when they promised this is potent. The smells are bold, mouth watering, and carried by an ethanol punch that lets you know right off that this isn’t some watered down rum flavored vodka. It is big, but not overly refined, not that it is aiming to be. 18/20 The first sip is not what I was expecting, it is hot, but not as hot as I thought it would be, but it’s not sweet at all on this first taste. Lots of magic marker notes, something slightly Scotch-like, and the funk/hogo is here. First impression isn’t as strong a showing as the smell. 23/30 Sip a bit more, admire the warmth … ginger, nutmeg, cloves, bananas, burnt sugar, sweet molasses, something metallic. There is a lot to love here, but there is this note that is metallic and unpleasant. I get why many people say this is perfect for mixing, I can imagine it making amazing cocktails, being fantastic with some ice, and a little bit of pretty much anything, maybe even just opening up the bottle for a few weeks will fix it. As it is, I love some parts, but overall there’s a lot that’s just not there for me. 18/25 On the experience and presentation, a nice bottle, really nice label, wonderful smell, and several really good points, but some parts that let me down too. 15/20 I keep five points for entirely subjective assignment, and I’ll give one, bringing the total score to: 75/100 I will be reassessing this in a few weeks.35.0 USD per Bottle
Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed April 23, 2021 (edited April 28, 2021)It seems strange to me, but this is my first time having anything from Bruichladdich, I’m pretty excited about it. The first thing I get on the nose is apricot preserves, it smells sweet, jammy, and rich. After sitting in the glass for a couple minutes, other notes emerge. There’s a briny note, and a dry, malt smell. Maybe some cocoa powder. 18/20 First impression, comes in sweet, more floral than fruity. Some citrus zest, and a pleasant warmth (from the 50% ABV no doubt). The taste develops over a long while. 27/30 Following tastes and finish: This is a whisky to savor. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and there is a tingling, almost peppery quality present. The floral notes develop nicely, the fruit I find on the nose is subtle in taste. There’s an almost bitter citrus bite, and the proof shows up, but doesn’t overwhelm. I’m really enjoying the finish, the malt is rich and sweet, almost like Ovaltine. The brine is soft, like the salt air along the coast. Strangely, while I keep mentioning how subtle, and not overwhelming this is, it is a very rich and flavorful whisky, just in a balanced way. 22/25 I like the bottle colour, the metal tube is classy, and the story on the tube is interesting, so points for the experience too. While it’s pricy, I think it is worth it. 17/20 I keep five points for completely subjective assignment, I give the Classic Laddie all five, as it actually meets my expectations. Total Score 89/10050.0 USD per Bottle
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 18, 2021
Hirsch The Horizon Straight Bourbon (Batch AAH0320)
Bourbon — Indiana, USAReviewed April 16, 202135.0 USD per Bottle
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