Jim Beam Original
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 16, 2022I'm getting mostly just caramel on the nose, maybe some corn. Taste is sweet vanilla caramel. I don't mind the short finish.
Blended — Northern IrelandTasted January 11, 2022I'm am getting pear and honey. Sweet finish. Some woody spices. Moderately hot. Pleasant sipper.
Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted November 15, 2021Aroma is shellac, caramel, vanilla. Taste is lightly spicy, maybe dark fruit, wood, honey, but a lot of alcohol burn. Ok, may be better in cocktails.
Di Amore Amaretto
Nut Liqueurs — USATasted November 1, 2021Aroma of cherry syrup, almond. Heavy, sweet, cherry almond. Some bite on the finish. If you like sweet liqueur, okay I guess.
Baileys Original Irish Cream
Dairy/Egg Liqueurs — IrelandTasted October 16, 2021Smells like chocolate milk. Taste is surprisingly interesting, almost nutty, I can definitely taste the spirit through the cream and chocolate. Not bad.
Four Roses Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted October 5, 2021On the nose corn and honey mostly. Taste is corn and spice. I get oak and alcohol on the finish. I guess this is on the sweet side, which I like. Pretty good for the price.
Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
Unflavored Vodka — USATasted June 19, 2021The nose is alcohol, but not too intense. Taste is alcohol, some sweetness, soft oily mouthfeel. I don't usually drink straight vodka, but this is not unpleasant
Coffee Liqueurs — MexicoTasted June 18, 2021The aroma is sweet coffee. Taste is very sweet, almost like a coffee flavored hard candy. I drank this 40 years ago, am not used to drinks this sweet anymore. I get that it's a liqueur, but I think it's unbalanced. Worked fine in a black Russian though.
Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino
Vermouth — ItalyTasted June 16, 2021Beautiful amber color. Intriguing aroma of dark fruit, nutmeg. Taste is sweet balanced by complex sharp botanicals, like forest undergrowth. Interesting on it's own, but makes a nice Manhattan.
Johnnie Walker Black Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTasted June 14, 2021Definitely got vanilla on the nose. Tasted butterscotch, smoke, wood, some sweetness, and alcohol. Pleasant for sipping, not as far from a bourbon as I might have thought.