Noah's Mill Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedMost bourbon is frankly pretty boring to me, but that's because I don't really enjoy sweet whiskey in general. Noah's Mill is one of the only bourbons that has really caught me off guard and blown me away. It has a deep, dark taste to it, like a mahogany chest. Despite being high-proof, it's balanced and pleasing to the tongue. Really fantastic dram.50.0 USD per Bottle
The Sexton Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedI bought this for the bottle design + single malt + price ($25 USD at Binny's). Desert sweetness with a hint of smoke. Strangely it paired really well with Oreos. For the price I only have one complaint: it's impossible to pour this bottle without dribbling down the side. I guess there's a reason you don't see hexagonal bottles very often.
La Luna Cupreata Mezcal
Mezcal Joven — Michoacan, MexicoTastedSmokey fruit notes with a deep taste of leather. Reminds me of old books, in a good way.
Rock Oyster Blended Malt
Peated Blended Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedConjures images of lanterns burning on ships at sea in a rain storm. Peaty, smoky, nautical, leathery. Really great blend, and in a gorgeous bottle to boot.
Hibiki Japanese Harmony
Blended — JapanTastedI get notes of subtle maple on the nose. Taste is hot and barely discernable and I'm feeling disappointed... but then the finish! The best part by far. Herbal, spicy, and strongly reminiscent of pipe tobacco (which is delightful to me as a pipe smoker and collector). The finish transitions into a lovely aftertaste that leaves me wanting more. Overall: boring first half, dynamic second half. Worth buying a bottle to me.
Blended — ScotlandTastedSort of a like greatest-hits collection of scotch with a little bit of everything: a little sweet, a little vanilla, a little peat smoke, a little spice. No one flavor really dominates. You can try to decipher it if you want, or you can just drink it while doing something else and you won't mind it. An easy and inexpensive whisky to keep around for background use or to offer friends new to scotch.
Glenmorangie Nectar D'or 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedIf you like sweet whisky you'll LOVE this. Strong vanilla and extremely rich. I don't like sweet whisky much so this dram is a little too much for me, like intensely sweet dessert cake. But if sweet richness is your thing this the bottle for you.
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedFor this price point, Ardbeg 10 is one of the best whiskys on the market. Golden, peaty goodness with plenty of complexity and power. Just a fantastic dram.
Blended — JapanTastedSubtle vanilla taste with evident bourbon influence. The body is very soft and easy to drink with minimal heat. Not bad at all, but also not particularly interesting or memorable. A young and simple whiskey for drinking without analyzing while doing other things.
Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedVanilla base notes with a very peppery, almost barbecue finish. Pretty sharp and hot when sipped straight but a sprinkle of water softens it and improves it significantly. At $30 USD, this is a decent budget buy, but for about $10 more you could start crossing into many more worthwhile bottles.