Maker's Mark Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted June 27, 2019Aroma 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), USATasted June 7, 2019Smells of oak and vanilla. Taste is caramel, oak, and apricot. Full. Long finish
Maker's Mark 46
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 13, 2019Neat in rocks glass. Aroma is heavily oak. Flavor is caramel, tannin, and chili pepper.
Redbreast 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted March 13, 2019Neat 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.
Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Rye
Rye — Kentucky , USATasted March 10, 2019Aroma is oak and butterscotch. Flavor is cinnamon and black pepper followed by vanilla. Finish is like warm Dr. Pepper.
Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Matured
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted March 10, 2019Aroma of honey and vanilla. Lots of oak flavor. Mildly sweet and herbal with a fairly astringent finish.
Dalwhinnie Winter's Frost (Game of Thrones-House Stark)
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted March 10, 2019Nose is floral with a bit of cinnamon. Taste is sorghum syrup with clove and cardamom. Long, sweet finish.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted March 2, 2019Poured neat in whiskey glass. Nose is very fruit forward but full with baking spices and vanilla. The flavor is pleasantly sweet and warm with ethanol. Lots of dried fruit followed by oak. The finish has a piquancy without the black pepper flavor; more like a Sichuan peppercorn. Quality.
Knappogue Castle Texas Barrel Select
Single Malt — Ireland, IrelandTasted February 4, 2019Rested in glass 10+ minutes. Slightly chilled and diluted. Nose is mildly herbal and a bit soapy(?) Barrel character is assertive at first, but an almost acerbic floral character is noticeable throughout. Hints of cinnamon in the finish. Full mouthfeel even with dilution.
Bowmore 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted February 3, 2019Nose is tar and soil with a hint of the sea. Taste is full with black pepper, oak, and peat smoke (surprise). Slick mouthfeel with a longish piquant finish.