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"The definition of a good whiskey, is a whiskey you like to drink. And anyone who argues that, is a pretentious asshole." - Daniel Whittington

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  1. Black Mountain Colorado Bourbon Whiskey

    Bourbon — Colorado , USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: This special bourbon had a polished brass color, with very thin viscous legs that cloyed for ones approval. Nose: The dusty yet welcoming nose boasted notes of dusty corn, aspen dust, dry grass, honey crisp apple, honey, caramel, and vanillins. Taste: The bold palate had a chalky mouthfeel, with notes of plum, cherry, caramel, vanilla, and black tea, and barrel spice. Finish: The bourbon had a dry lingering bitter finish. Thoughts: So this special release was made by Distillery 291 as a gift for Black Bear in Green Mountain Falls when it opened as a bourbon bar (pre-distillery). For those who know 291’s style, one can definitely see the family resemblance, however in a side by side comparison this bourbon is lighter in color and more mellow in flavor to 291’s staple bourbon. I really like this bourbon and wish it was available to the masses. Thanks 291 for making it and thanks Black Bear for sharing with me! Cheers!
    60.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Redemption Straight Rye

    Rye — Indiana, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: A polished copper color is what I view in this MGP rye. Thick watery legs dribble their way down the glass. Nose: The nose is both sweet and savory with notes of oatmeal raisin cookies, cinnamon, honey, caramel, vanilla, light smoke, like the smell of residual smoke left on your jacket after a campfire, some eucalyptus, and toast. Taste: The palate was surprisingly pleasant and had notes of rye bread spiciness, dark chocolate, fennel/black licorice, and cinnamon. Finish: There was a spicy then eventually mellow, lingering clove finish that was quite nice. Thoughts: The Redemption brand is not what I would call a top shelfer, but it’s still good. I prefer the rye to the bourbon personally, as I perceived more complexity and flavors than the bourbon. I don’t mind it one bit, and would recommend it if you haven’t tried it and are getting into ryes. Thanks, MGP. Cheers!
    8.0 USD per Pour
  3. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: Looking at this peated blend I note the color of polished brass, with the appearance of thin oily legs in the glass after a swirl. Nose: The nose overall is fruity and smokey. Delicious notes of candied pecan, salty sea air, dusty old book, lemon zest, ginger root, earl grey tea, and apple pie reward one’s curious sniff. Taste: The palate has an oily mouthfeel, with notes of salty peat, plum, cinnamon, spice, and ash. Finish: The finish is lingering and mellow with a fresh clove note left behind. Thoughts: I am quite impressed with this scotch. Several folks have recommended this to me lately, so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to try it. For the price point, I’d say this is an excellent deal! I love the peat’s presence but for those just getting into the peat taste, it isn’t overbearing. I ended up getting a bottle for a friend of mine and he loved it too. The bottle is classy, the value is great, and the scotch is good! Thank you, Cutty Sark! Sláinte!
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Fearless Wheat Whiskey

    Wheat Whiskey — New York, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: I really liked looking into my glass and seeing this wheat whiskey. Its football leather dark brown color was impressive, while its thin viscous legs clung to the inside. Nose: The nose was complex and hard to pin down, much like the exact location of Carmen Sandiego. But as is common and nice in wheats, it was overall welcoming and flowery. Notes of candy sweetness, cherry Twizzler, maple syrup, candy corn, kiwi fruit, and some stranger notes of soggy campfire, pine sap, and steamed cauliflower made themselves known. Taste: On the palate was a noticeably oily mouthfeel. Notes emerged such as sour tree sap, tart Granny Smith apple, barrel char and tannins, and buttered bread. It was nice but not overwhelming. Finish: There was a nice and mellow yet lingering cinnamon finish. Thoughts: I appreciate the fact that wheat whiskey is a growing category. This offering I’d say is a worthy addition to the lineup. Yes, it has its typical wheat soft floralness, but it also has a ruggedness to it as well. If you have the opportunity, I’d definitely recommend giving it a try! Catskill Distilling, thank you much! Cheers!
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Redemption Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Indiana, USA

    Tasted
    2.5
    2.5 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: This MGP bourbon was a light caramel syrup color. It also had thick semi-watery legs that jogged their way down my Glencairn’s interior. Nose: The nose possessed notes of strong ethanol at first, followed by classic caramel and vanilla, cherry, honey, and dry grass and leaves. Taste: The palate had a watery mouthfeel and some barrel bite, with notes of caramel, vanilla, and a weird sour note, but overall it was pretty boring. Finish: The finish was bitter with tannins and long with a light burning on the back of the throat. Thoughts: So this is our well bourbon at the cocktail bar I work at, and the cocktails made with this whiskey are great, however, drank neat, this isn’t really all that special, though I’m happy I tried it. It has basically just the typical bourbon notes, but even those aren’t great. As a mixer it’s great, but there are better whiskeys out there. Thanks MGP. Cheers!
    8.0 USD per Pour
  6. Cragganmore 12 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: This underrated single malt is a caramel syrup color. Thin semi watery legs decorate the glass walls. Nose: The nose is overall sweet with notes of, heathery honey, dry hay, candied pecans, salted cashews, pear and green apple, and a light peat note making things a bit more interesting. Taste: The palate has a creamy mouthfeel with notes of slight ashy peat smoke, red fruits like cherry and plum, apple, fresh grass, and sea salt. It’s quite delicious. Finish: The finish is medium length with a cantaloupe note. Thoughts: This whisky was very enjoyable. I’m very glad I got a bottle and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has a taste for the Speyside region but wants a gentle intro into peat. Thank you, Diageo and Cragganmore Distillery! Sláinte!
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  7. 291 American Whiskey

    Other Whiskey — Colorado, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: This bourbon mash patriotic offering is a light honey gold color, and extremely thin and oily legs slowly crawl their way down the glass. Nose: The nose is smokey and almost salty, like salted almonds salty. There are other notes such as honey and heather, some florality, cut grass, and minus the strong note of aspen dust, this batch is really smelling like highland scotch territory. Taste: The palate has heat initially, a dry chalky mouthfeel, then very faint notes of vanilla and caramel, and some notes of spinach and plum. I noticed this taste differed from the smell immensely. Finish: I perceive a lingering dry cinnamony finish. Thoughts: I am drinking from bottle 19-0425, and though I really enjoy the nose, the taste could be better in my opinion. I am planning to try this whiskey in some cocktails to see how it does, but overall it’s not bad, just not the tier I know 291 is capable of. Distillery 291, thanks as always! Cheers!
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Old Durbar Blended Reserve Whisky

    Blended — England, Scotland, & Himalayas, Nepal

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: In this whiskey blend my friend brought back for me from his mission trip to Nepal, I look in my glass and notice a light honey color, with super thin and oily legs. Nose: As I bring the glass up to take a whiff, I get fresh notes of green apple, pear, salty brine and light peat, honey and flowers, and damp forest and hay. Taste: The palate has, as I take a sip, a creamy mouthfeel, and is pretty warm going down at first. Notes of ash, honey, red apple, cherry flavored candy, and sea brine traverse the tongue. Finish: The finish is medium long, dry and ashy. Thoughts: This whiskey was surprisingly good. It was a fun gift to receive, maybe not worth hunting down, but still good. I’m glad I got to try it! Thanks, Spencer and Old Durbar! Sláinte!
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Bulleit Rye

    Rye — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: The appearance of this popular rye is a russet/caramel color with thin oily legs. Nose: The nose is quite interesting with notes of eucalyptus, malty stout beer, honey, fruity cherry and peach, sweet caramel and vanilla, and also black pepper and coconut. Taste: Compared to the nose there’s not much taste. Barrel spice, rye bread, smoke like aromatic pipe smoke, and sour raspberry notes are some I could identify. Finish: The finish starts with a mild burning that transitions into a tart lemon-like note. Thoughts: This is a good rye that does its category justice; it’s not the best there is, but for the price and the honest proof, it is nothing to be ashamed of. I am curious to try the new 12 year old rye from Bulleit too and hope that one to be exceptional. Thanks, Bulleit! Cheers!
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  10. 291 Colorado Rye Single Barrel

    Rye — Colorado, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Appearance: The color of this increasingly popular rye is a dark brown football leather, with really thin, extra viscous legs. Nose: The nose is punchy and bold, but so good! Notes consist of cinnamon raisin cookie, fig and plum, dark chocolate, almonds, waxy chestnuts, fresh rye bread, and strawberry Twizzler. With a splash of water, it turns more floral and sweet with much of the complexity getting muffled. Taste: The palate is delicious, rich, and sweet with notes of chocolate mints, oatmeal cookies, subtle dried fruits, and the perfect level of wood tannins (for my tastes). There is also an ashy mouthfeel. With a splash of water, the taste becomes biting and imbalanced. I don’t recommend adding water. Finish: The finish is long with an aftertaste of black tea and mint. Thoughts: My notes here are from barrel number 461, bottle number 38/61 (just in case anyone was wondering). I love this rye! This is Distillery 291’s flagship whiskey and is winning awards all over! I would definitely recommend it and will be getting it myself again! If you’re not a rye person, I would at least try this and then reconsider. Distillery 291, as always, thanks! Cheers!
    50.0 USD per Bottle
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