Islay Mist 8 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed January 27, 2023At $25 Oregon price…this ain’t bad! It’s not so much smoky but definitely has some hearty peat. It’s got the shiny notes typical of a blended scotch but it’s richer than most. Laphroaig (which I love) is apparently the dominant malt. Teachers is a bit cheaper, but I’d say for a budget with peat option this is noticeably “better”. Im calling this one a winner.25.0 USD per Bottle
Jack Daniel's Bonded Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee, USAReviewed November 5, 2022Classic JD but just a bit more intense flavor. A bit more oak, a bit less banana pudding. Really tasty!33.0 USD per Bottle
Benriach The Smoky Twelve
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed October 28, 2022Highland peat is bold on the nose but not overwhelming. Sweet, fruity, floral notes go under it. The pallet is a more bbq-like smoky peat. Those same dark fruits come behind that, there’s a slight saltiness going on too, with a nice lingering finish. This is great stuff!
Benriach The Twelve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed October 16, 2022The nose on this definitely has the port and sherry cask influence upfront. With the vanilla and jammy notes, this isn’t unlike vanilla ice cream with a raspberry swirl. It’s delicious!
Benriach The Original Ten
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed October 9, 2022On the nose, this is straight up Speyside. It could sit between any of the typical “Glens” with the heather, honey, floral, orchard fruit nose. The balance leans fruity, but it’s all there. The pallet is a bit different. It’s maltier with lots of vanilla. Citrus rind and a little pepper come in at the end. This is right between the lines and nothing unexpected but it’s good. Really good. *this is from the 4 pak of tasters*
Benriach The Smoky Ten
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed October 9, 2022This is pretty nice. The highland peat bounces off the sweetness very nicely. There’s some fruitiness running up through it too.
Jura 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandReviewed July 29, 2022 (edited December 9, 2022)On the nose, mostly honey, malt funk and just a lite whiff of peat smoke. Those notes of dark fruit show up once it’s been in the glass a minute or two. On the pallet it’s mostly honey and malt, the peat/sherry are subtle. This may be an island whisky but it comes off more like a highland. Overall it’s good but an easy sipper. *edit* as this bottle opens up…I dunno about it. I keep getting a distinct fishy note on this that’s a bit off putting. Now, I love seafood and I love coastal/maritime scotches but this doesn’t come off as a good thing. Its a lot like if I had eaten strong, oily fish such as mackerel (which I do like) but its then clashing with the taste of my whisky. This also turned a bit bitter and sweet on top of it all, and again…I’m not digging it. Dropped the rating from a 3 to a 2 today.33.0 USD per Bottle
Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed July 18, 2022Really spicy, oaky on top of a thick slab of toffee flavor. Very good stuff especially for the price.29.0 USD per Bottle
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 20, 2022 (edited June 21, 2022)Weird that to me, this comes off like an Irish or a Speyside scotch on the nose, super vanilla and malty. But it’s a straight up bourbon on the taste/finish. Just damn good stiff.26.0 USD per Bottle
Deanston Virgin Oak
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed June 16, 2022 (edited January 14, 2023)A very straight up the middle bourbon casked Speyside. Honey, cereal grains, a bit of ambiguous fruit and floral notes. It’s not reinventing the wheel, but very enjoyable.41.95 USD per Bottle