Frapin VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac
Cognac — Grande Champagne , FranceReviewed January 17, 2023Pours dark amber with sweet stone fruit on the nose. Taste is similar to the nose with a prominent floral influence. Finish is medium long with a touch of heat. This is a very nice sipper akin to Hardy Legend but not as sweet.
Flor De Caña Centenario 18 Rum
Aged Rum — NicaraguaReviewed November 12, 2021Dark amber pour. Nose is very faint with subtle alcohol and burnt sugar notes. The palate is more complex but light with wood, burnt sugar and tobacco. Thick mouthfeel with a medium finish. I honestly expected a little more from this as far as the flavor. It's not bad, just not very robust. It is extremely smooth and somewhat complex, just muted like an American rum. Maybe I'll change my mind if I pair it with a cigar. Longer time in the barrel almost always means better flavor for whiskey. This is the second rum line I've tried where I preferred the younger expression. I can drink Flor 7 all day; the other brand was Real McCoy 5 over the 12 year. I'll update after a cigar session.
Benromach 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed September 25, 2021Deep amber color in the glass. Nose is smoked meat mostly with a hint of vanilla and slight floral notes. Taste is predominantly smoked meat with a very slight sherry influence. Thick mouthfeel and long finish. This reminds me of Springbank 10 and Kilkerran 12 but not as complex. Those two have more sherry notes and an overall more intense flavor. This is not a bad thing... think of the Benromach as a less sherried version of those Campbeltown offerings.
Corralejo Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Guanajuato, MexicoReviewed September 18, 2021Straw color on the pour. The nose is hard to place... light and somewhat floral but something else. Robust mix of flavor on the sip including agave, vanilla and a slight bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel and lingering finish. You get a lot of smooth flavor at a great price. I believe this is distilled in the traditional method with stone ovens and copper stills and the flavor reflects that. Definitely recommend.
Código 1530 Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Jalisco, MexicoReviewed September 18, 2021Gold color on the pour. Nose is floral, almost perfume like with a hint of alcohol. Vegetal agave, slight fruity sweetness and a trace of alcohol on the palate with a faint burn. Medium mouthfeel and finish. Good stuff although the slight alcohol taste was off putting.
Cognac Dudognon Vieille Réserve
Cognac — Grande Champagne, FranceReviewed April 18, 2021Pours a nice copper color. Stone fruit aromas with some floral influence on the nose. Taste is similar. Medium mouthfeel and medium finish. This is the best cognac I have had. Great flavor, very smooth and zero alcohol taste or burn. The fruit aftertaste lingers just long enough after each sip. Well worth the few extra dollars.
Hardy Legend 1863 Cognac
Cognac — Cognac, FranceReviewed April 18, 2021Dark copper on the pour. Nose is dominated by alcohol with a hint of raisin. Taste is raisin and fig with a slight burn. Medium mouthfeel and long finish. This has a pretty strong flavor for a cognac. The raisin/fig notes remind me of Cardenal Mendoza but not as intense. I thought there was a little too much burn for the price point. Even though it is not your atypical cognac flavorwise, it is solid overall brandy.
Taconic Distillery Rolling Hills Rum
Aged Rum — USAReviewed April 2, 2021Amber color in the glass. Light alcohol scent dominates the nose with faint brown sugar. The taste is reverse from the palate with faint brown sugar and some wood up front with slight astringency lingering in the background. Medium mouthfeel and finish. This is a light flavored American rum with a little heat to it. It's very mellow but not bad for the price point.
Santa Teresa 1796 Rum
Aged Rum — VenezuelaReviewed April 2, 2021Pours deep copper in the glass. Faint raisin comes through on the nose. Light raisin and wood notes on the palate. Medium to light mouthfeel. Finishes somewhat short and clean (dry). Zero burn. I was looking for this for awhile and it is definitely good stuff. The flavor profile reminds me of unsweetened American rums like Tew or Privateer, but slightly sweeter. Pass on this if you want bold, robust flavors like most Caribbean rums. For sipping neat, this is outstanding.
Cardenal Mendoza Solera Gran Reserva Brandy de Jerez
Spanish — Jerez, SpainReviewed January 29, 2021Very deep copper color on the pour. The nose is strong with sweet fig and raisin scents. Taste is like the nose but not as sweet, yet sweet enough. Thick mouthfeel and a long finish. Slight sting of alcohol but no effect on the palate. This was my first Spanish brandy and it was very good. As much as I like Cognac, the more robust flavor here is my general preference with liquor in general (compared to lighter flavors). I will try other Spanish brandies hoping for a similar profile.
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