Early Times Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis reminded me a lot of Evan Williams Bottled-in-Bond White Label, which I enjoy. There is a lot of sweet vanilla and caramel on the nose and palate, but the finish is short and just "okay". Worth buying a bottle if it's released in your area.
Balblair 1990 2nd Release
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedMine is the 2015 bottling. Of the sherried scotches I've had, this is the best by far. The flavors are rich and full, and the nose is incredible. Highly recommended.
Edgefield Hogshead Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Oregon, USATastedThe nose and palate remind me of a young bourbon but with a lot of strong oak flavor. There's a bit of cherry and more oak on the finish. After drinking Redbreast 12, I realized this one is simiilar on the nose and palate. They are both labelled as "Pot Distilled", which might be part of it.
Mezcal Vago Tepeztate
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca, MexicoTastedIntense vegetal notes on the nose and palate. Classic agave, olives, pimentos, and cucumber. Lingering, slightly salty finish. Wonderful!
Woodinville Microbarreled Rye
Rye — Washington, USATastedThere's a lot of vanilla on the nose, and tangy, spicy/sweet oakiness. On the palate, more vanilla and an almost cola-like character. The finish is a bit short, but does leave the vanilla behind for a while. Overall, very enjoyable.
Campo de Encanto Grand and Noble Pisco
Pisco — Ica Valley, PeruTastedVery fruity on the nose, with a nice essence of grapes. On the palate, it's a bit spicy and fruity, reminding me of a very good grappa.
La Favorite Rhum Agricole Blanc Coeur de Canne
Rhum Agricole Blanc — MartiniqueTastedI really enjoyed this one. It's unusual, with some chemical notes on the nose and palate, but it complements the sweetness and fresh flavors.
Hakushu 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — JapanTastedA bit of sherry influence on the nose. Fruit and sweetness. On the palate, a bit of peat, more sweetness. The finish is salty and has some bite. And the peat is there again. It reminds me a lot of the Clynelish 14, which I enjoy as well.
Clear Creek Blue Plum Brandy
Eau-de-Vie — Oregon, USATastedA very nice brandy. Fruity and unique when compared to a grappa or grape-based aqua vitae.
The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedVery similar to a dram of the now-discontinued Mortlach 16 Flora & Fauna I tried the day before. Both have a big sherry nose, though the Mortlach seems to have a longer, richer finish.