Barrell Craft Spirits Dovetail
Blended — USATastedI 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, MexicoTastedMy 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.
Plantation Multi-island XO
Aged Rum — Caribbean, Multiple CountriesTastedA very rare 5 for me. Not a big rum connoisseur but branching out from bourbons, scotch and mezcal.... WOW. Single cask, 46.5%, matured in French wine cask, aged in bourbon then cognac, cask #1, bottle #111. Distilled at West Indies distillery long pond and Clarendon. This is the pick intended for Ticonderoga club in Atlanta that somehow ended up at Holeman & Finch bottleshop. The nose is filled with vanilla, banana and heated raw sugar. Pineapple is present but less so. Oak finishes the nose The palate is all kinds of vanilla, cream, apple, banana, burned sugars and caramel. It finishes with a heavy dose of allspice, cinnamon, anise and clove. Finish is oily at first but quickly dries into a puckering spice. Phenomenal liquid.
Delord Armagnac 25 Year
Armagnac — Bas-Armangac, FranceTastedEasily my favorite, and the best thing in my liquor cabinet. More of a rye/bourbon guy, but I also dabble in ages rums, brandies, tequilas and mezcal. Nose is Walnut, caramel, butterscotch, honey and a herbaceous note... marjoram? Very toasty, warm, bready and sweet. The palette is more fruit forward, peaches, cherry and very ripe banana dominate. Butterscotch, and honey dipped bread follows, nice baking spice sweet/spice to the end and finally finished with a dry cocoa and cinnamon. Enormous finish, very thick and sweet while maintaining its balance to not be sickeningly sweet. My only 5 star.
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSome people hype this hard, some day overrated. Guess it depends what you like in a bourbon. Sweet, deep, woodsy are the themes. Full nose, very fragrant. Burnt sugar and banana bread. Palate isn’t the most complex, but what it has, it does well. Cherry, vanilla and Caramel with a nice oaky banana bread finish. Seriously smooth, and with a nice enough swig definite some type of citrus note at the tail end. Finish is pretty all encompassing, very thick mouthfeel that lingers and finishes significantly drier than expected.
Bull Run Distilling American Whiskey Cabernet Cask Finish
Blended American Whiskey — Oregon, USATastedUnexpectedly good. Cbrc club pick “bull somm”. 124.26 proof. Lots of ethanol heat in the nose with some overly ripe fruit notes. None of the classic vanilla oak nose. Flavors are very mellow for the proof and the nose. Interesting combination of underripe banana with overripe pears and apples. Finishes with lots of cherry and a hint of burnt sugars. Dry finish, that lasts for days.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATastedAmazing how long it took this to open up. Cbrc pick “Blast Furnace” 130.9 proof. Hated this at first, couldn’t taste anything through the heat.... 6 months later.... Review is spot on all around. Nose and palette full of caramel, burnt sugars and butterscotch. Very slight flavors of apple, not crisp and green but almost rotten sweet red apple. Nice finish, long and slightly spicy.
Driftless Glen Straight Rye Whiskey Single Barrel
Rye — Baraboo, Wisconsin, USATastedCBRC pick, “Luke’s unicorn siesta”, barrel 1792, 39 months, 100 proof. Significantly better than my other barrel. Palette full of baking spices and rye bread, nice cinnamon finish. Unexpected notes of fresh apple and cherry. Medium finish but full of flavor.
Driftless Glen straight bourbon whiskey single barrel
Bourbon — USATastedCBRC pick, “Luke’s Unicorn Dream”, 41 months, barrel 1558, 118.6 proof. Definitely a heavy hitter, can taste the ethanol but it’s well managed. Nose has notes of cedar, vanilla, overripe fruits and tea. Palette is similar but additions of cinnamon and rye heat. Finish is exactly what you expect of a high proof rye. Long and hot. A little expensive for this but it’s best use has been as a high proof rye in an old fashioned.
Rebel Yell Straight Rye
Rye — USATastedCocktail juice. Thin and fennel is all I get.