The Senator Barrel Proof Straight Rye (Fall 2018)
Rye — Indiana, USATastedThe nose is sweet, but has the traditional rye notes. On the palate it’s a touch sweet for 121 proof, has some spice, but finishes with loads of mint. So much so that I feel like I just brushed my teeth.
TahWahKaro Four Grain Bourbon
Bourbon — Texas, USATastedI expected more from this. I hear they are doing interesting things, but this edition tasted like burnt medicine to me. Not to my liking, but I’m sure someone will enjoy.
Hibiki 21 Year
Blended — JapanTastedLight and sweet upon tasting followed by peaty smokiness on the finish. Delicate and nicely balanced throughout. Exceptional whisky.
Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon Cask Strength
Bourbon — Colorado, USATastedSkunky and less than tasty. Decent nose, but reeks of ethanol and not in a good way. The taste is light at first then hits you mid palate with ethanol and heat, again not in a good way. Too hot without any flavor nor nuance to make it interesting. Hard pass.
Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof
Rye — Texas, USATastedUpon first sniff I swear it smelled like cheap tequila. Man this stuff is funky. Lite-Medium body, thin, definitely doesn’t coat the tongue. Good deal of spices and herbs; tastes medicinal without much quality flavor. Everything I envision a household cleaning product would taste like. Though it does finish with a hint of chocolate and coffee.
Rabbit Hole Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose is sweet lite alcohol. I get some heat, caramel and peanuts when tasting. The finish is a mild burn and slight peanut taste.
Jim Beam Signature Craft 12 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: corn, vanilla, green apple, Oak Taste: light and sweet at first then strong wood, coffee, char, some vanilla. Finish: quick and spicy
Angel's Envy Rye Finished in Caribbean Rum Casks
Rye — USATastedDessert in a glass. Strong maple on the nose. Sweet with a just a touch of spice.
Balcones FR. OAK Texas Single Malt
American Single Malt — Texas, USATastedSweet on the nose smells like raisins. Lot of heat with the high proof. Sweet and rich with baking spices and brown butter. Long finish with a touch of charcoal.
Kavalan Solist PX Sherry Single Cask Strength
Single Malt — TaiwanTastedDamn! Best pour I ever tasted. Checks all the boxes for me. Rich, sweet, some spice, heat, great nose-raisins, chocolate, velvety finish with slight fruit juice aftertaste. Wow.