Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI like this whiskey, it's not shy or smooth. It grabs you by the collar and smacks you around a bit. The 1920 is the Old Forester standard release's big brother. Definitely in the same family, very sweet, but bolder and more dynamic. You don't so much drink this whiskey as chew it. Highly recommended.
Woodford Reserve Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedThis is a decent rye made from a mash bill of 33% corn 53% rye and 14% malted barley. You can really taste the rye, without the all too common pickle taste. It's not a complex whiskey and not the most interesting straight sipper. On the other hand it makes a great Old Fashioned or Manhattan. It's not a bad whiskey to have in your home bar.40.0 USD per Bottle
Loch Lomond Single Grain
Single Grain — Highlands, ScotlandTastedIf there was ever a dessert whiskey this is it. Picture peach cobbler with vanilla ice cream. This is a malt whisky and not. It has nuances of a single malt as well as a bourbon. It has a nice sweet finish. It is not complex but could make something nice to have with your after dinner coffee.
Compass Box Spice Tree
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedI'll start off by saying this is an awesome blend, very well balanced, with complex flavors, but nothing overpowers. It is a playful whisky. The nose is honey and heather, mixed with black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. This continues on the palate, but it is all supported by a lovely undertone of vanilla cream, in the end clove and cinnamon chocolate caramel arrives on the tongue and continues through the finish, which lingers. I think this is great anytime but would be perfect for Christmas. The price is how much it costs in Sweden.85.0 USD per Bottle
Van Winkle Special Reserve Lot "B" 12 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedFirst sniff screams wheated bourbon, not surprisingly in the same ballpark as Weller 12 yo. Same mash bill as Weller and Maker's, goes into the barrels at 114 proof (57% ABV). Interestingly, back in the 1950s both Stitzel-Weller and Maker's went in to the barrel at a very low 103 proof (51.75 ABV), which was lower than the industry norm at the time of either 110 (55% ABV) or 115 (57.5% ABV) proof. The nose is pleasantly sweet, with caramel candies, baked apples and milk chocolate. Not a bad combination. It is not astringent On the palate there is a creamy smooth texture, some strawberry enters the scene, a hint of bubble gum (baseball card type), yummy apple cake, caramel and at the end a very pleasant shortbread cookie taste that lingers on the tongue. It is nice, not spicy, sweet, but not overly so. Although, it is just on the verge of being too sweet. The finish is nice, no burn, a slight minty fresh feeling, with some pastry topped with sugar icing. Again just short of being too sweet. A very nice whiskey, may not be for those who like spicy, less sweet, offerings. I like it slightly better than the Weller 12yo. It seems slightly more approachable.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedBought this on a whim. This is a young looking and tasting whisky but still manages to be pretty smooth and silky. The complexity is there with chocolate, vanilla, honey, floral and a hint of salt on the nose. Some apricot joins on the palate and at the back end a hint of peaty smoke. Very nice mouth feel, creamy. The finish is less interesting, floral and honey. Overall a very nice whiskey, would definitely buy again. Sometimes a whim pays off.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI'm not a huge fan of the standard Maker's Mark. It's too astringent and a one note wonder. On the other hand, Maker's 46 is delightful, much of the astringency is gone and replaced by an intriguing spiciness. It still retains the sweetness found in wheated bourbons, making this a fun whiskey that's easy to drink.
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year
Peated Blended Malt — JapanTastedBought this some time ago and finally giving it a try. This is an interesting and complex whiskey, with balanced smoke, spice and sweet. There is a slight sherry sulpher taste, but I like that. Although there are layers of flavor this is a highly accessible malt that will appeal to the more educated palate, but not over power those new to the blended malt arena. Visit our distillery website - https://www.printzhofwhiskey.com
W.L. Weller 12 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis is a Buffalo Trace wheated bourbon that is 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley. The same mash bill as Maker’s Mark. The founder of Maker’s Mark, Bill Samuels Sr got the mash bill from Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle S. That’s right the man “that” whiskey is named for. In fact, this is the same whiskey as in most of the “Pappy” Van Winkle line, just different barrel management. Nose: Caramel, vanilla, buttered popcorn and a hint of chocolate. It’s not my favorite whiskey fragrance. Taste: On the other hand, the taste is great, sweet, cotton candy, cherries, oak, caramel and vanilla. No real spice to speak of, typical of a wheated bourbon. Easy to sip and enjoy, not terribly complicated, but smooth. Finish: Reasonably long and sweet, a lot of cherry and some milk chocolate. Later there is some honey. Really very nice. This is a very good whiskey that will be enjoyable for those new to whiskey as well as aficionados. I recommend getting one for your home bar, if you can find a bottle. It is not a “poor man’s” Pappy, but it is a well put together whiskey.53.0 USD per Bottle
Evan Williams Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedOn the first sniff you know this is a Heaven Hill product, in the same family as Evan Williams Black Label and Heaven Hill 6-year Bottle in Bond, but better. The nose is fresh and sweet, ever so sliightly grassy, with some cinnamon, oak and a hint of green grape. The palate is herbal and slightly spicy, a bit of oak, there is also carmel and vanilla. The mouth feel could be better, it feels a bit thin. It might be improved if the % ABV was higher, something similar to Four Roses Single Barrel at 50% ABV would be great. The finish is medium, but not that exciting. All and all not bad for the price, but not the most exciting single barrel available. I give it a 3.5 out of 5. I suggest finding a place that offers this by the ounce and try it before buying.45.0 USD per Bottle