Aged Rum — Barbados , BarbadosTasted May 3, 2021Seale and crew have done it again. Nose is a harmonious blend of rich oak, overripe fruit, delicious holiday cakes and a nice high proof alcohol burn. Palette starts with a bit of the hogo fruit and sweetness up front which is very short lived and replaced by a sweet woodsy flavor contrasted by a sharp black pepper. Finish is crazy long with an amazing tongue tickle, burn and banana bread.
Ron Zacapa 23 Sistema Solera Rum
Aged Rum — GuatemalaTasted April 22, 2021Delicious, if arguably not “rum”. Sweet while remaining complex. Butterscotch and peaches, cocoa and more stone fruit. Drink in moderation, too sweet for an everyday.
Los Vecinos del Campo Espadin Mezcal
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca, MexicoTasted February 28, 2021I don’t have many benchmarks for mezcal except my memory. I’ll have to start this with an arbitrary 4, it’s definitely good enough to buy again. Nose is what id expect. Smokiness, with some carmalized sugars, lime and a dash of menthol and ethanol. Palette follows suit pretty well. Fresh agave lime notes up front, followed by a slight mineral flavor and some menthol. Finish nice and charred Smokey pepper. Long deep smoky finish, delicious.
Don Ramon Silver
Tequila Blanco — Jalisco, MexicoTasted February 19, 2021Drinking it next to centenario plata.... Honestly not sure why I bought this. Definitely only going into margs for me. Tastes like a very standard silver tequila, thin, dry, a little agave, pear and pepper. Not my bag.
Banks 5 Island Rum
Silver Rum — Multiple CountriesTasted February 12, 2021My Go to silver rum. Found this gem and it’s now a staple in my cabinet. Nose is full of the tropics meets an apothecary. Lots of stone fruits, pineapple, herbs and potent hogo. Palette is super clean, super funk filled. Great pineapple and apple notes, followed by aromatics and herbs... almost an agave note at the end. Finish is long and amazing. This is truly a great supper and an amazing addition to any rum cocktail.
Plantation Pineapple Stiggins' Fancy Rum
Flavored Rum — Multiple CountriesTasted February 3, 2021Great value, great taste. Good to sip and also great as a mixer. Nose is full of delicious sweetness and pineapple without being too cloying. Finishes with a nice nose burn. Palette is very comparable to the nose. Lots of layers of sweetness that are nuanced enough to be interesting, and not so sweet as to be offensive. Finish is nice and clean. Not too long. Incredible beverage really, especially for the price and versatility!
McQueen and the Violet Fog
Distilled Gin — BrazilTasted January 26, 2021Generally use gin in cocktails, but this is one that can easily be drank neat too. Nose has significant lime, quinine and pine with a hit of berry/strawberry. Palate, as weird as this sound it tastes like if you made sprite into a liquor, but made it bespoke and craft. Very fresh tasting with more traditional gin flavors creating an undertone here, and newer botanicals taking the forefront. Still very heavy on the lime and quinine... delicious.
American Single Malt — Atlanta, USATasted January 24, 2021100% malted rye and twin copper pot stills make for a very smooth, atypical rye experience. Nose is nice and full of fresh baked bread and cookies. Palate is grassy, sweet, chocolatey and then fades into some baking spices with a dash of heat. However, the grassy note never fades, it stays with you through the whole journey. Finish, thin to medium bodied, not a lot of heat... but the grass it still there. Overall, will pass ok buying again. But they do have a really cool t-shirt of this expression!
Barrell Craft Spirits Dovetail (122.9 Proof)
Blended American Whiskey — USATasted August 14, 2020I love most spirits, big bourbon, rum, tequila, mezcal, Armagnac/brandy/calvados guy.... even gin. Only stuff I don’t like is vodka... because vodka. If you came to this party to find some whiskey or bourbon’esque creation, move on. If you appreciate spirits because of their complexities and differences, you’ll be in good company with this spirit. Nose packs apple pie, cherry, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla. Very pleasant and very low burn for the proof. I don’t get any of the spice or menthol the official review said. Instead, it’s replaced by wave after wave of sweet, warm, and campy flavors. Vanilla and butterscotch follow a cherry apple bomb that fades into a brown/Demerara sugar flavors. Finish is thick and luscious, lots of mouthfeel and again a feeling of warmth without burn. This is potentially the best sweeter / dessert style corn alcohol product ever made.
Fortaleza Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTasted August 13, 2020My first foray into actually discovering and appreciating a tequila. Incredibly sweet agave heavy nose with herbaceous pepper notes and a light waft of oak. Not much alcohol present in the nose, but the overall robustness of the smells is crazy, much more potent than any bourbon, cognac, rum or gin I’ve ever tried. Agave is overwhelming in the palette as well, not in a bad way. Other flavors include oak, pine, bitters, cinnamon, pepper and diesel. Finish is very floral with the diese lingering. Dry and sticky. Delicious stuff. Great as a sipper, also great in a lemon basil margarita.