Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 17, 2024 (edited February 20, 2024)nose: hazelnut, vanilla, whipped cream, oak mouth: oak, spicy in a peppery way, fruity sweetness like cherry, kinda tastes like a dark chocolate with cherry very complex and fascinating, love it v2: my gf got cinnamon on the nose and mouth and i started getting the same.
Jim Beam Original
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed February 11, 2024smell: honey, toffee, not very alcoholic, sweet taste: oaky, sweet, VERY spicy, light, aftertaste fades quickly
Singleton of Dufftown 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed January 13, 2024on the nose, i get brown sugar and nuts. taste is very oaky and bitter, with a sweet undertone from the brown sugar and an extremely spicy mouth feel. one of the first single malts I'm trying and I really like it.
Jim Beam Black Label Extra-Aged
Bourbon — Kentucky , USAReviewed November 13, 2023very cotton candy, honeydew tart and sweety kind of smell. on the taste, extremely oaky and smoky. hard to get other notes besides the oaky notes, i kind of get some herbal green tea but very bitter. mouthfeel is smooth, not oily, maybe silky. very warm and spicy.
Dewar's 15 Year The Monarch
Blended — ScotlandReviewed November 13, 2023 (edited December 9, 2023)very complex. wasn't easy to identify notes. smell is toffee, very obvious. a little bit of honey, but the burnt kind that you find in french toast. then the mouthfeel is extremely oily, just like chivas 12. taste was hard to figure out, i'd say first taste matches the smell and aftertaste is somewhere in-between cocoa, dark chocolate, earthy, toasty as in burnt. not smoky or peaty, i think, just toasty and earthy, a bit oaky too.
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee, USAReviewed October 21, 2023smell is way more complex than taste. i get banana, honeydew, coconut, very fruty. on the taste, it's woody mostly, a bit herbal like honey and cress syrup. i really like the contrast though. very good experience.
Talisker 10 Year
Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed October 21, 2023 (edited October 22, 2023)very peaty and smoky on the smell. taste is immediately spicy, gets even hard to tell the other tastes besides the bitter note. on the bitter, very complex, i'd say medicinal, something like a fennel syrup. my gf got earthy on the taste. drank it at a nice fancy bar and the bartender was surprised i ordered it, apparently it's not very popular. he accidentally spilt some of it on me so he gave me two doses as an apology, which was great.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed October 16, 2023 (edited October 19, 2023)okay, very complex i think. i'm puzzled but not sure i love it. smell was obviously vanilla and brown sugar, which suddenly became the kind of sweet taste you get from a capuccino or a latte, so that mix of coffee, milk, cream and whipped cream as well. very sweet and inviting. taste was surprising. hard to identify at first, but it's indeed woody and dark herbal, like licking an eucalyptus tree or something like that. but not medicine kind of herbal, just the bitter woody taste. nothing smoky, just solid wood. the that's what she said jokes can come now. Update: my friend got anise, coffee ice cream, caramel, banana, licorice, apple pie. wasn't sure if i loved it at first, but second drink was way better. kinda love it now.
Royal Salute 21 years The Emerald Flagon
Blended — ScotlandReviewed September 3, 2023extremely complex, certainly the best whiskey i've drank. my coworker invited me to his birthday party at his place and i just saw that in his living room. he had no idea it was such an expensive and great whiskey. his father gave it to his grandpa, who left him this apartment. he decided to drink it to celebrate his birthday. everyone there took a glass and we did the whole whiskey drinking ritual. first thing for me was the extremely peculiar cinnamon and pear smell. not apple, maybe green apple, but pear was very strong. on the smell there was also licorice and hazelnut notes, which were both very present on the taste. the finish was very anise and quite spicy. thanks p., that was wonderful. we were drinking this crazy royal salute and drinking the chivas 12 and the dimple so it was a great tasting experience, comparing those three.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed August 16, 2023that was a great real introduction to bourbon. i drank the jacks and the beams before, but never actually focusing on the experience. this is something else. first of all, what a pleasant feel on the nose. super sweet, almost no pronounced alcohol. initally i was just thinking about the sugar, like cotton candy, but then the fruitiness kicks. and it isn't like real organic frutiness, i think what it really is is banana jelly beans. that's the smell. but oh, what a turnaround when you taste it. extremely creamy mouthfeel. not oily like the chivas, but creamy liked whipped cream, in the sense of its density gradually fading away. the sweet artifical fruit taste very quickly turns bizarrely spicy. not like pepper cause you don't get the actual spice taste, you just get that spiky feel in your tongue, you almost want to stick it out of your mouth. really abrasive but really good. after taste is not really smoky in the sense of woody smokiness, but really what it feels like is just having smoked a cigar, like tobacco smokiness but with that extra strong cigar-like after taste. really like this whiskey. probably the best i've had so far in this whiskey journey. i had the laddie before but it had a big ice rock and i was already drunk so that one doesn't count.