Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedOn the nose: Honey, apricot, and lemon. Palette: Slightly thin. Sweet, then spicy. Finish: Alcohol and dryness.
Black Draft Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — West Virginia , USATastedThis bourbon is probably one of my favorites! It’s so rich and yet so smooth at the same time. Classic cherry and oak on the nose, though subdued. The whiskey coats the tongue with an oily intense sweetness and finishes a touch dry and oaky. It’s classic bourbon, but where everything has gone right.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSo much bright, sweet cherry on the nose! Classic bourbon notes on the tongue. It burns! At barrel proof, it’s got more of an oily texture. Nice rounded and dry finish.
High West Double Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USATastedThe nose carries dill, fruits, and lots of spice. The spice continues into the taste. It’s sweet and has a nice texture at first. A little oily. Finishes with heat and lemon zest.
The Glenlivet 15 Year French Oak Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedReminds me of sherry cask on the nose, light honey and cereal. It’s spicy and vanilla with a toasty finish.
The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedOn the nose, it has a similar character as Glenlivet 12, but the sweetness and fruitiness are dialed back. The taste confirms this... it’s much drier. Fruit and honey followed by wood spice and a little smoke. I think I actually prefer this one!
The Glenlivet 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedReally fruity and sweet on the nose. Honeyed apricots and pear. On the palette, it’s smooth and easy to drink. A touch of heat and spice at the end. Overall, a nice easy drinker.
Balcones Baby Blue
Corn — Texas, USATastedOn the nose it reminds me of some corn new make that I have. It smells young. I get whiffs off cotton candy sweetness and buttered popcorn. The whisky is oily on the tongue, which I like, and decently rounded. Sweet and not hot at all. It finishes the same but with a lingering caramel corn.
Connemara Original Peated Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — IrelandTastedI’m liking this one. On the nose, I’d think for sure it was an Islay with some sweet fruit notes and salty. When tasting it, though, I feel like it’s more savory. Almost a meat savoryness, with a very rounded profile. A little honey and biscuit on the finish.
Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight
Bourbon — USATastedClassic bourbon notes on the nose with sweet cherries and vanilla, though it’s a bit harder to find. On the palette it’s immediately very sweet and the cherries and corn sweetness are super prominent. Then, the sweetness falls away and the whisky becomes very dry and dusty, which I actually like. Short finish.