The Glenlivet 14 Year Cognac Cask Selection
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted September 19, 2020This was a special single malt whisky of a dark amber color and with very thin semi-oily legs running down. The nose is fruity and sweet with notes of peach, apple cider, pear, salted caramel, candied pecans, and red wine. The nose itself makes me think this would make a great dessert whisky. The palate has a dry mouthfeel and notes of green apple skins, champagne, milk chocolate, and a tannic taste making me even more convinced of this whisky’s perfect place being an after meal beverage. The finish is dry, long, and fruity. Delicious. This scotch was really delicious and I recommend it happily. It was sweet but well balanced and despite my usually preferring a peaty scotch, I wouldn’t mind having this again. Thanks again Glenlivet! Sláinte!
Axe and the Oak Colorado Mountain Incline Rye
Rye — Colorado , USATasted September 15, 2020This local rye is a light copper color with thick viscous legs gracing the glass’ interior. The sweet nose is very nice and has notes of candy corn, sawdust, fennel, wildflowers, a hint of tropical mango or pineapple, and honey toast. The palate has notes of heavy black licorice, cracked pepper, red apples, some oakiness, and vanilla. There is a long lingering herbal and spicy finish. My conclusion is this is a dang fine rye, not blazing the trails of any new territory, but definitely doing justice to the ones already there. I like it neat and enjoy this as a backbone to mixed drinks as well. They are some good people at Axe and the Oak; blessings on you guys, thanks! Cheers!40.0 USD per Bottle
3 Hundred Days of Shine Centennial Wheat
Other Whiskey — Colorado , USATasted September 15, 2020Now this unique shine is a light straw color, and thick watery legs dribble down the glass sides. My first impression for the nose is floral and earthy with varnish, followed by sawdust, citrus and fruit. Overall, enjoyable. The palate is thin and watery and the back of the throat burns for the first bit. After that then other notes are detectable like lemon, cinnamon, and a rum-like sweetness. After the swallow and burn, the finish has a taste of honey followed by tart lemon. This shine is alright, I’m glad I had it and the folks at 3 Hundred Days are great and creative, but this one just didn’t reach the tier I believe they are capable of. I like some of their other products much better! Thanks and cheers!
Blended — IrelandTasted August 21, 2020This Irish dram is honey gold with thick watery legs. The nose has notes of buttery biscuits, grain, orange zest, and apple skins. The palate is sweet and simple, balanced but unremarkable, reminding me of apple juice. The finish is quick and caramel-ly. It’s not a great whiskey but it’s a classic that’s not bad; a good every-day drinker. Sláinte!25.0 USD per Bottle
Axe and the Oak Pikes Peak Hill Shine
White — USATasted August 21, 2020Looking in the glass this shine is clear as water with thick watery legs. The nose coming from a few whiffs has notes of watermelon, dried grains, sugary cotton candy, Elmer's glue, and grass clippings. The palate has a mouthfeel that’s buttery. And sweet and tangy tastes with a note of cantaloupe. The finish is long with an herbal/vegetal freshness. This shine is quite excellent and has good enough character to sip neat or use as a backbone in some mixed drinks. I recommend a try, and if you happen to be in the Axe and the Oak tasting room, ask for a taste of the shine that’s passed through Laghroig barrels! Cheers!30.0 USD per Bottle
George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky 13 Year (Fall 2005)
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATasted July 8, 2020This beautiful Tennessee whiskey is a dark amber color with thick semi-watery legs. Oh man, this nose is good - sweet and balanced. There are notes of heavy brown sugar, graham cracker pie crust, banana bread, cinnamon, and overripe peach and apple. The palate has an oily mouthfeel and reminds me of a fruity dessert. There are delicious notes of orange, red apple, plum, dark chocolate, buttery cinnamon toast, and pepper. The finish is medium length with a black peppery taste being left behind. Cheers!
Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 8, 2020This delicious bourbon is a beautiful dark copper color with thin oily legs. The nose is sweet and pretty center of the road as far as bourbons go. There’s notes of caramel, vanilla, cherry syrup, baking spices, and chocolate fudge. The palate has an oily mouthfeel and notes of cinnamon, sweet corn, tart cherry, and an ashy smoke taste. It’s very agreeable. The finish is spicy with cinnamon candy and long-lasting. Cheers!
Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 8, 2020A dark brown leather color hues this value bourbon, and thin oily legs slowly descend the glass walls. There is an amazing nose here! I find notes of orchard fruit, banana, grilled corn, cherry Jolly Rancher, cinnamon, brown sugar, and dusty books. It’s so good! The complex palate of kitchen cooking spices, table syrup, caramel, chocolate malt balls, mild strawberry, and salted pumpkin seeds makes a sweet delectable treat! The lingering finish has a nice earthy quality to it. Cheers!
Old Standard Bourbon Whiskey
Bourbon — Colorado , USATasted June 18, 2020This organic bourbon (didn’t know that was a thing!) has very thin oily legs seen in the glass and has a nice amber color. The nose is pleasant but not extraordinary with notes of dry straw, green strawberry, honey, lemon, vanilla, and a floral quality. The palate has notes reminiscent of a dessert with burnt caramel, oatmeal, and chocolate, as well as fennel and some barrel spice. The finish is long and hot initially with a tangy spice in the same camp as chicken from a Chinese restaurant. Cheers!
Sonoma County Distilling Co. Sonoma Rye
Rye — California , USATasted June 17, 2020Okay, so this cask strength rye is a coppery rust color with thin watery legs. The nose feels dry and has notes of hay, dry old lumber, dill, and unfortunately, polyurethane. That note is a big turn off for me. The palate is mellow yet almost chewy and has notes consisting of yellow corn, sour herbs, and green strawberry. The finish is not long nor hot considering the proof, and leaves almost a snickerdoodle taste. Cheers!