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
Maker's Mark Private Selection Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed July 1, 2023Brown Strauss Select: 2-2-0-4-2 Nose: brown sugar, cherry. Baking spices and a little chocolate Palate: its nice and thick here, sweet dark sugar/molasses, sweet, rich, and dark wood notes, moderate tanins. Caramel and vanilla, vanilla is not as strong here as youd expect. A tiny bit of chocolate, some mild nuttiness. Baking spices. Finish: warming, cinnamon?, Long and a little oily
Pendleton Midnight Canadian Whisky
Canadian — CanadaReviewed June 30, 2023Nose: fruity. Hard to get something conclusive in this cup. My palate is also shot cause this is a party lol. Caramel, plum, weirdly getting a malt note. Palate: brandy notes coming through here well, a bit of rye spice. A little syrupy. Finish: a little woody
Bowmore 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed June 24, 2023 (edited June 25, 2023)N.b. having as a dessert, so my palate is thoroughly run through after one tequila drink and one mezcal drink. But @ $12 for what looks like a double this is worth. Nose: vanilla, cherry, oak, very subtle smoke. Maple syrup. Mild salinity. After having real dessert, the peat comes out way more on the nose. Palate: Lusciously smooth. Sweeter than other islay whiskies but still has a present peat, smoke, and mild salinity. This is a gentle Islay but still clearly Islay. Malt sweetness is there too. Finish: gentle, mildly phenolic. Slight wood tanin. This tastes like a scotch mixed with hints of bourbon notes. Beautiful.12.0 USD per PourCabezon Restaurant
Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed June 18, 2023Killed the bottle tonight. Nose: bright lively fruitiness, there's like a light caramel apple note (not heavy caramel). A bit of citrus/orange. A hint of cinnamon, molasses. Im getting sherry-esque notes even though its purely ex-bourbon.... Palate: smooth, fruity and sweet. A tiny bit of woody sharpness. Berries and cream, banana a tiny bit. Honey. Finish: a bit light and drying. Mildly Woody. A bit thin.
Laphroaig 16 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed June 17, 2023Nose: vanilla, smoke, slight salinity. Hard to get a nose out of a rocks glass. Musty Peat comes in here too. Palate: beautiful, immediate punch of peat, opens up into some floral elements and a nice salinity. Vanilla and oakiness. A bit of crystaline brown sugar. A bit of dark ripe fruit, a brightness and citrus comes through too. As you sit with it the floral notes come out way more. Finish: phenolic, medicinal, a bit of wood.9.0 USD per Shot
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed June 3, 2023Nose: fresh oak, smoke, char, a bit of fruit, vanilla, cream. Palate: sweet, smoky, peppery, oak. Leather and tobacco. Adding water brings out the smoothness and sweetness more. Finish: drying, oak, phenols.
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed June 3, 2023 (edited June 4, 2023)Nose: fruity, dark fruit notes, coffee, peat and smoke all well rounded here. After smelling this, the vanilla comes out in the nose of the 10. Adding water brings out way more chocolate and coffee. Palate: a little bit of heat. Dark malt chewiness, prune, earthy peat and sherry. Heavier. Leather. Some definite smoked meat. Adding a few drops of water brings out the fruit and chocolate here way more too, with a nice peaty/smokey/phenolic backing, a bit of seaweed. Finish: pepper. Wood. Some phenols. Adding water brings out vegetal notes here.
Ardbeg An Oa
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed June 3, 2023Nose: a tiny bit more fruit and sweetness, a bit of cream, mixed with campfire smoke. Palate: chocolate, fruit, sherry earthiness. Peat and smoked ham. Finish: wood dryness, earthiness and phenols.
Johnnie Walker Blue Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandReviewed June 3, 2023Nose: darkish, some mild peat and smoke, a little chocolate and coffee. A bit of malt and molasses. Palate: fruity. berries, chocolate on the end. A tiny bit of leather. Honey. Malt. Finish: not very long, a tiny bit of warmth, a bit of sweetness, a tiny bit of wood.