Bunnahabhain 12 Year
Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed August 29, 2023 (edited August 30, 2023)Nose: sherry comes through immediately, but not in a sickly way. Definitely sweet, but also getting a hint of salinity and earth here as well. A light candied fig? Palate: a sweet and bright start, sherry leads the way with a berries and cream note that leads into an earthy tone. Transitions to a darker oakier note with some caramel as it fills the palate, this is where the salinity comes in. Proof begins to come in a bit here. Mild orange peel. Maybe some baking spice. Finish: tannic oak, a slight rubber from somewhere? Proof sits in the back of the mouth/top of the throat for a minute.
anCnoc 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed August 25, 2023Nose: light, sweet, and fruity. Whipped cream and tiny vanilla. Honey. Cereal. Fruit tart. Warm, oaky, and buttery as things open up with a hint of the cinnamon. Palate: opens up with a nice sweet honey and cereal, kind of like honey nut cheerios, a little bit of orange, honeysuckle. Classic bright malt notes. Some apple here. As i keep going I see cinnamon and raisin come out a bit more. Transitions to mineral/stone note as it heads towards the finish. It moves from the middle of the tongue to the sides and then coats the whole mouth. Unique! Finish: warming long and lingering. As the warmth fades im left with a very gentle tannic oak and slight minerality.
ABK6 VSOP Single Estate Cognac
Cognac — Fins Bois, FranceReviewed August 24, 2023Nose: butter, vanilla, oak, orange. Palate: smooth, sweet, and fruity. Orange and vanilla, very slight oak. Finish: mildly drying oak, dark fruits.
Batavia Arrack van Oosten
Other Sugarcane — Multiple CountriesReviewed August 24, 2023Nose: floral and herbal. A bit of vegetal, and vanilla. Brown sugar. Mild earthiness. Palate: anise, grassiness, a slight chocolate. Citrus and rainforest. Finish: slightly woody, drying
Neisson Rhum Agricole Blanc 50%
Rhum Agricole Blanc — Martinique, MartiniqueReviewed August 24, 2023Nose: fresh sugarcane, fermented sugar, some mild fruity/malty notes??? Palate: sweet, vegetal, green, fresh-ish (not as much as the one i had in hawaii). A little dank Finish: vegetal, dry, a little crystalline sugar
Laphroaig Quarter Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed August 21, 2023 (edited August 26, 2023)Nose: there's certainly the characteristic Laphroaig peat, getting some briny/saltiness and caramel, even some freshly baked bread. Subtle seaweed. Vanilla. Getting a little crystalline brown sugar as i keep going. Palate: has some mild alcohol sharpness that you acclimate a bit too. Peat is pungeant and dank here, has a bit of a gassy note. Strong vanilla and oak notes come through as well and bring sweetness that transitions to a woody tannic drying mouthfeel. Theres some mild fruitiness here too, like a baked/stewed apple Finish: oaky, drying, tannic. Rubbery Phenolics dont set in till later than I anticipated. Has a warmer finish than the 10 if i am remembering properly.75.0 USD per Bottle
Grand Mayan - Tequila Extra Añejo
Tequila Extra Añejo — MexicoReviewed July 22, 2023Definitely getting some nice wood influence here. Cognac barrels imparting some nice fruity and sweet elements. Almost getting orange notes. Tiny smoke element that's likely coming from the wood. Finishes with a nice salinity and substantial vegetal flavor. Overall smooth as hell.
Ardbeg An Oa
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed July 19, 2023Nose: seaweed, char, smoke, spicy herbal notes (like cilantro but spicy??? Jalapeno? Very odd note i cant put my finger on, maybe mini bottle from the Monsters of Smoke went bunk)vanilla, mild fruit. Palate: meaty, malty. Peat and smoke are heavy, brine too. Does have a mild sweet/fruity touch to it. Finish: malt chewiness, peat dankness, a little rubber and wood.
Laphroaig PX Cask
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed July 17, 2023 (edited July 18, 2023)I feel like the color got noticibly browner since the last time I opened this. 🤔 Might be time to get some nitrogen cannisters Nose: opens with classic Laphroaig peat smoke, as you acclimate, the dank dusty sherry notes come through. Cherry and red wine come through here too, maybe blackberry/blackcurrant? Woody oak comes through as well with a drying sensation. A nice pleasant floral sweetness too. Getting a hint of maple syrup? As I've drank through some, vanilla starts to present a bit. Palate: relatively chewy/thick. Still getting a strong amount of smoke and peat phenols here, this is still strongly a Laphroaig. Earthy, smoky, and with nice potent salinity. I feel like my memory here tells me this used to be lighter/brighter on the palate. Getting a nice amount of sherry influence here, but less than the nose. mildly sweet, definitely dark stewed fruit notes here. Maybe a bit of plum? A hint of blackberry? I am seeing more of the quarter cask's stronger and astringent wood notes here now that I've tried that. Finish: mildly tannic wood, classic rubber/phenolic Laphroaig finish notes are there, but feels slightly less than, say, the 10. There is also some longering fruit sweetness100.0 USD per Bottle
Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky
Single Grain — JapanReviewed July 7, 2023Nose: sweet with vanilla and cinnamon, some mild sweet wood, and caramel corn. Palate: smooth, with a tinge of heat. Brown sugar, caramel, big vanilla, and cinnamon. Sweet but not as sticky sweet as some Bourbons get. Mild floral elements here too. Finish: drying with a gentle warmth and vanilla/oak mellowness. Very slight phenolic note