Slane Special Edition
Blended — IrelandTasted November 12, 2022I'll start with this is good! If you like Irish whiskey you will not be disappointed. When I got this I had never heard of it, I didn't have high expectations, they were proper at best and I was pleasantly surprised that it's so much better. I think it easily contends with most other Irish options you'll find, especially for the price. Up front, Slane is very Irish and if you like Irish drinks it perfectly hits all the Irish notes and as you travel to the finish you'll enjoy a nice trip through the Ireland countryside. The finish is unique to me, I've never tasted anything like it in a whiskey, not sure how to describe it other than it stands out and it's good. I am very interested and excited to see what this distillery can create, I think they can be trailblazers for some great flavors.
Auchentoshan American Oak
Single Malt — Lowlands, ScotlandTasted October 16, 2022I'm sorry to say I am not a fan. This is probably the blandest scotch I've ever tried. I'm not sure I agree with the the description that this is a good stepping stone from burbon. If this had been the first scotch I tried it might have been the last. I've tried adding drops of water, ice, whiskey stones, and smoke. Nothing really helps. This one is in my polite pass group.
Highland Park 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted October 8, 2022Quite enjoyable. A very well rounded drink. It's good neat, with ice, a drop or 2 of water, or whiskey stones. Not mind blowing but very good and pretty smooth. I'm not going to sit here and say it has bunch of different flavors that may or may not be there, it just tastes like a good scotch with a touch of smoke. Also pairs well with a nice cigar. I would happily get this again some day. Incidentally, this was the very first scotch I ever tried and I enjoyed it enough to keep trying others. I was pleasantly surprised to find out I actually like it now that I have a better idea of what I like
Dalmore 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted September 24, 2022Not bad, not amazing. I really wanted to love this one, but if I'm being honest it just tastes like an average scotch. I can't really pick out any distinct flavors, so it's not bad but because of the price I will pass over this one for others I like better in the same price range.
High West Campfire
Blended American Whiskey — (bottled in) Utah, Multiple CountriesTasted September 24, 2022Very good whiskey. You can easily pick out all the different blends, which makes it very interesting. The peat and smoke flavors are very front and center. Highly recommend whiskey stones or craft ice with this one. Really helps enhance all the right flavors.
Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted August 28, 2022Very nice. Tastes like a typical sherry cask scotch. Surprisingly this paired very well with a cigar. The cigar brought out some very nice unexpected flavors of the scotch and the scotch brought out some extra flavors from the cigar. Overall I will happily get this again.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 20, 2022A good scotch that I enjoyed. Not a bad pairing with a nice cigar but not great either. Nice and smooth with a good finish. I'll definitely get this again when the mood strikes me. Very similar to Aberlour12.
Laphroaig 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted August 13, 2022I'll start with saying I'm not a huge fan of peat smoked scotch, so I won't have too many islay's topping my favorites list. The peat was too overwhelming for me, I'm not good at picking out all the flavors but I know what I like. And this was like drinking liquid peat mixed with a little scotch. I recommend it if you have a taste for that but I will take a pass.