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  1. Gourrey de Chadeville Overproof

    Cognac — France

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Not quite as complex as one would hope, but does have nice, spicy, peppery aromas with a taste centered around apples. And it’s obviously pretty hot, being overproof - works better with a few drops of water. Not entirely sure this tasting made me see much value in the concept of overproof Cognac.
  2. Paul Beau VSOP Grande Champagne Cognac

    Cognac — Grande Champagne, France

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Smells almost like a candied orange. Orange on the palate too, but also retains much of the grape flavor as well as subtler notes or vanilla and salt. Starts a bit hot and there’s a disappointingly short finish, but overall a very impressive producer Cognac.
  3. Maison Surrenne Distillerie Galtaud Borderies

    Cognac — Borderies, France

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    (Note: this is a review for the basic Maison Surrene VSOP.) Intriguing aromas of honey, heath bar, and sea salt give way to surprising tastes of peach, orange and flowers. A very pleasant Cognac that comes across as dangerously “sessionable.”
  4. St. George Botanivore Gin

    Modern Gin — California, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    An extremely creamy, almost vodka-esque gin, although it of course has the traditional juniper notes. There is certainly a good balance here between earthy, herby, and fruity notes, but otherwise I didn’t detect much unique here. This would make a very solid base for cocktails but I was a bit underwhelmed when drinking it straight.
  5. Laphroaig 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Yes, of course the peatiness is the main feature here, but I was actually impressed with the relative complexity of this - there’s a great honey taste and notes of sea salt and licorice as well.
  6. George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky 13 Year (Fall 2005)

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Wow, this is absolutely delicious. Amazing aromas right out of the bottle - the cinnamon hits you first, followed but subtler but still very present notes of orange, citrus, and nutmeg. On the palate, an initial hit of heat quickly gives to a burst of flavors so complex I can’t even name them all - but I definitely detected ash, leather, anise, and a hint of sherry on the finish. I can definitely see why this won Whiskey Advocate’s Whiskey of the Year - I’m not sure I’ve ever had an American whiskey this complex and multi-layered.
  7. Balcones Baby Blue

    Corn — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    2.25
    2.25 out of 5 stars
    A beguiling, almost tequila-esque aroma with very sweet notes. But the taste is simply too sweet, almost sickly so. Maybe this will grow on me but for now it’s more off-putting than appealing.
  8. Highland Park 18 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Great balanced aromas of honey and grass/herbs. Similar flavors on the palate - very smooth initially and finishes long, if a little hot. Still, overall it’s very well-balanced and complex.
  9. Speyburn Speyside Single Malt

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    An okay, not great Speyside that has a good balance between sweet and smoky notes but where nothing in particular stands out.
  10. Highland Park 12 Year Viking Honour

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Aromas of citrus, apples, honey and spices. Taste very much the same, but with a smoky peat taste that pretty quickly gives way to sweet flavors like caramel and toffee. A VERY smooth scotch, but the peat is a bit overpowered by the other flavors.
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