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  1. Compass Box Delilah's XXV

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    The wife is heading to Chicago on business at the end of next week and I'm tagging along so we can spend the weekend in the Windy City.  It seemed appropriate to prepare for the trip by imbibing the sample of Delilah's XXV that I recently acquired. I found the nose to be fairly mild - sherry, fruit, and malt.  The palate has more malt and fruit, and a heavy dose of oak.   It is rich, bold and full.  The finish is a bit hotter than I expected given the age of the whiskeys that were used, but not at all unpleasant.   So overall, very nice, although it's more oakey than I prefer.  At the going rate of about $100, I'm on the fence about purchasing it, even though it gets a few bonus points for another great Compass Box label and a cool tie-in to Delilah's Chicago.  The bottom line is that I might want to spend my Compass Box allocation elsewhere. Speaking of Delilah's, the wife has a business dinner the night before our weekend begins, so I think I'll head over to experience it firsthand.  Hopefully I'll come away with a good whiskey tale or two.
  2. anCnoc Flaughter

    Peated Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    I'm heading into a Highland/Speyside peated whiskey kick, thanks to the arrival of a recent order from The Whiskey Exchange.  I started with the Ancnoc Flaughter.   This was my first Ancnoc.  I came without any particular expectations, and was pleasantly surprised.   The first and biggest surprise was the level of peatiness throughout - nose, palate and finish.  It's certainly not Laphroaig or Ardbeg, but it's the dominating note, and it's a very pleasant barbeque peat.   Second, there was no youthful harshness. Finally, the sweetness was present, but nicely layered and not overpowering. After I got past the surprises, I did note a couple of downsides.  First, it's quite simple overall, even if the two dominant aspects (peat and sweet) are quite nice.  In addition, the sweetness is rather nondescript - fruity, but hard to place specifically.  I'll soon see how this stacks up against some of the other drams that I have waiting, including the Ancnoc Cutter.  As of now, my take is that it's not compelling enough to throw it on the "buy" list, but I would never be unhappy drinking it.
  3. Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

    Single Grain — Japan

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    What whiskys would I compare to Nikka Coffey Grain? Definitely the Chita Single Grain. Outside of Japan, probably the Teeling Single Grain, and maybe the Glendalough Double Barrell Single Grain. In the US, perhaps Hudson Baby Bourbon or Balcones Baby Blue. I generally like corn heavy grain whiskeys, including all of the ones listed above. But for my palate, the Coffey Grain stands head and shoulders above all of them. While enjoyable, the other whiskeys tend towards being less complex and having a somewhat harsh alcohol bite. Not so the Nikka. It has a more muted vanilla note that is well balanced with some lighter fruits - a note of orange and a tropical fruit that I can't place. Overall, it is smooth and quite full for a grain. The going rate for a bottle in my area is about $60. While that probably includes a bit of a Japanese Whisky markup (maybe 20-25% in this case?) I find the Coffey grain to be very enjoyable and I intent to keep it in stock in my home collection.
  4. Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Four Wood Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    My review is based on a two ounce sample that I was able to get my hands on, and sadly, I'm not sure that I'll ever own a bottle. It doesn't appear that Woodford has produced the four wood in quite a while, and the few bottles I found for sale were well north of $400. While I can't justify it at that price, I would have had no hesitation paying the original list of about $90. First off, I tend not to spend enough time looking at whiskeys (the importance of which I'm reminded every time I read a review by @LeeEvolved). In this case, it was impossible not to admire it visually - the whiskey is an absolutely gorgeous deep amber. The nose has a good mix of fruit and caramel, as well as a very nice dark chocolate nose. The palate is where it gets really interesting. There's just the right amount of heat and dry spice, which at times tastes like cinnamon and at other times has a taste that I can only describe as wine marinated radish (which may sound awful, but it's actually great). Vanilla and caramel are also present, as well as the dark chocolate, which is quite prominent. The finish lingers with a dusty spice. I've generally liked Woodford's core offerings, although never wowed But in this case, even if I'm never able to obtain a bottle of the four wood, I've been inspired to start exploring Woodford more seriously, particularly the specialty offerings.
  5. Balcones Brimstone

    Corn — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    I bought a bottle of Brimstone last November, and it's still 2/3 full.  It's not that I don't love it; it's a truly unique and distinctive dram. Like anchovies or vindaloo, I'm not often in the mood for it, but when I am, it's a craving.   The phrase "bold Balcones" is entirely redundant, and of the Balcones that I've tried, this is the boldest of the bold.  It's smoke and barbeque sauce and some sage thrown in for good measure, with custard on the finish.   What impresses me most is that it doesn't taste particularly young, even though it probably is, and there's certainly no ethanol harshness (particularly notable at 53% ABV)  The working theory seems to be that the Texas climate dramatically accelerates the aging process.    This is a highly polarizing whiskey, but it absolutely works for me.
  6. Maker's 46

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
  7. Suntory Whisky Toki

    Blended — Japan

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
  8. Jura Seven Wood

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
  9. Hudson Four Grain Bourbon

    Bourbon — New York, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
  10. Jefferson's Reserve Very Old Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
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