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  1. Hudson New York Corn Whiskey

    Corn — New York, USA

    Tasted
    2.25
    2.25 out of 5 stars
    This is a weird one, with it being a 100% corn new-make white “whiskey.” On the nose... I was turned off at first. Smells sour and sweet. Without the wood barrel influences I am left with what I’d describe as cotton candy and hospital hand sanitizer. It also smells thick and syrupy. On the tongue... it tastes a bit better than it smells. It has a dull sweetness underneath a larger sweet tone. With nothing to mask it, there’s definitely an alcohol taste. And it’s thin with little finish. I added a little water and the alcohol burn actually seemed to go up a notch but didn’t unlock any new flavors for me. This is an interesting whiskey to try just on the basis of knowing how to identify the corn influences in bourbon and to experience what whiskey uninfluenced by a barrel tastes like. I think it’s also a confirmation that wood truly makes whiskey.
  2. Lagavulin 16 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    The nose is so beautiful. Makes me close my eyes in hopes that my brain will make more room for the olfactory senses. On the tongue, it’s sweeter than expected and, yeah, a bit meaty. There’s also a mintyness that makes me think of kebabs with mint yogurt sauce. Yeah, I said it.
  3. Ardbeg 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    I have such a hard time picking my favorite between Ardbeg 10 and Laphroaig 10. Why bother. Both are the water of life and both warm me and wrap me in peat blankets. This one is more oily and briny and, to me, less iodine than Laphroaig. And somehow slightly smokier while being a touch less heavy. Mmm.
  4. Mellow Corn Bottled in Bond Whiskey

    Corn — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Honestly, for the price this is good stuff. It’s got a bit of a burn, but not as much as I’d expect for it to be bottled in bond. It’s not very complex, but I get some buttered sweet bread and cherry coming through over the alcohol.
  5. Johnnie Walker Black Label

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Leather and caramel. Light smoke on the finish, and sweet.
  6. White Oak Akashi Blended Whisky

    Blended — Hyogo, Japan

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sweet Granny Smith apples and oak on the nose, but very thin and a slightly unexpected alcohol burn and toffee on the tongue with a very fast finish.
  7. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s got a kick to it. Add a splash of water perhaps. It’s spicy and the oak punches through elements of black pepper and orange peel.
  8. Caol Ila 12 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Smoky but also incredibly full and complex. A wet campfire by the sea.
  9. Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey

    Blended — USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Sweet and spicy. Lemon peel, vanilla, and yum.
  10. Larceny Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
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