Smooth Ambler Old Scout Straight 5 Year Store Picks
Bourbon — USATasted December 30, 2021Poured neat in a glencairn and rested 5 minutes. Bold notes of vanilla, caramel, and dried fruit on the nose. Flavor is caramel flan, cinnamon, and candy sugar. Finish is long and spicy.
High West Double Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USATasted December 29, 2021Poured neat in a glencairn. Aroma is caramel and and cinnamon gum. The flavor is surprisingly mild; dominated by cinnamon, clove, and hints of anise. The mouthfeel is full, but the finish is flat. Compared to other High West whiskies, this one is a bit of a letdown.
Kilbeggan Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted November 11, 2021Poured neat in a glencairn and rested 10 minutes. Nose is strongly malty and reminiscent of apple crumble with hints of hawthorn flower. The palate has a bit of honey sweetness followed by granola and mint, finishing with Sichuan peppercorn. This is a really interesting and tasty whiskey for the price.
Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon
Bourbon — USATasted November 3, 2021Poured neat in a Canadian Glencairn. Nose is subtle with passing hints of clove. Palate is pleasantly dry with butter and mint, and a longish finish reminiscent of stevia.
Russell's Reserve 6 Year Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted September 25, 2021Poured neat in a Canadian Glencairn. Aroma is wood heavy with hints of toasted marshmallow. Flavor is closer to a high-rye bourbon than many other ryes I’ve had. A bit spicy in the finish but overall not very assertive.
Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 11, 2021Nose is vanilla, orange, and marshmallow. Palate consists of the usual bourbon notes of vanilla and brown sugar but add to that a tannic wine and mulling spices. This would do really well at Christmas dinner. Ling oaky finish with hints of raisin.
Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Single Malt — IrelandTasted June 16, 2021Neat in a glencairn at Refuge Bourbon Bar. Aroma is dominated by malted cereal with hints of peach. Flavor is cultured butter and Werther’s candies. Full mouthfeel and a clean finish.
High West Campfire
Blended American Whiskey — (bottled in Utah), Multiple CountriesTasted June 5, 2021Neat in a glencairn, rested five minutes. Nose is smoke forward, followed by ethanol, peaches, and grilled meats. On the palate the smoke is much more subtle, with warming spices being the most prominent, along with brown sugar and hints of asparagus (yep). It has a medium body and a long finish that tastes of barrel char.
Ragged Branch Signature Bourbon
Bourbon — Virginia , USATasted May 31, 2021Neat in a glencairn. Aroma is hard to pin down, but mostly leather and something akin to aftershave. The palate is a bit of clove and oak. Finish is short. This not bad, but not terribly complex or deep, either.
Springbank 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandTasted May 26, 2021Tasted side-by-side with Talisker 10. Neat in a glencairn, rested 10 minutes. Nose is damp wood, grasses and cereal, low tide funk. Palate is spicy and drier than the Talisker, with cultured butter, herbs, machine oil, lavender, and iodine. Medium body with a long, piquant finish.