The Balvenie Caribbean Cask 14 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNose is primarily oak. Flavor is honey, vanilla, and cola. Mild finish.
Balcones Texas Single Malt
American Single Malt — Texas, USATastedSo, lots of wood aroma with a bit of burnt sugar. Even more wood on the palate. If you made tea from oak chips I imagine this is what it would taste like. Lots of warming spice and pepper. Mouthfeel is very full, almost slick. Finish is long and tannic with hints of menthol.
Jack Daniel's Gentleman Jack
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATastedNeat in rocks glass. Nose is dominated by ethanol with hints of butterscotch and cardamom. Flavor is dominated by bananas foster. Nice clean finish.
Shieldaig Speyside Single Malt 18 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedAromas of vanilla and oak. Flavor is cracked pepper and heavy butter. Finish is long but clean.
Jack Daniel's Old No. 7
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATastedNeat in Glencairn. Nose is mostly ethanol with hints of vanilla and oak. More character on the palate with vanilla and pepper. Thin body. A single ice cube brought out a bit more sweetness and body.
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedLight, malty, and oaky.
Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedAroma is largely oak. Flavor is vanilla and oak followed by tannins and alcohol bitterness. Body is thin and dilute.
Tom's Town Pendergast's Royal Gold Bourbon
Bourbon — Tennessee (bottled in Missouri), USATastedSmells of oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, oak, and apricot. Full. Long finish
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNeat in rocks glass. Aroma is heavily oak. Flavor is caramel, tannin, and chili pepper.
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedNeat in rocks glass. Aromas of butterscotch and green pepper. Astringent at room temperature, but just a tad chilled and rock candy and herbal flavors come to the fore. Long, spicy finish.