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  1. Bigallet China-China

    Amaro — French Alps, France

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Purchased as a replacement for Amer Picon/Amer Boudreau. Lovely dark color. Nose: Cooked oranges. Acetone Palate: SUGAR. Candied orange. Pretty one note. Oily/thick. Want more bitterness. Some salt in there. Finish. Short. Sweet. Finally a bit of bitter orange. Some spice as I continue to sip. It is a nice mild amaro that is both heavy on citrus and sweet. Glad for the proof. I will probably buy this again and it will make for good cocktail use, but I remember Jamie Boudreau's recipe being superior to this.
    35.99 USD per Bottle
  2. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Recommended to me as the best affordable blended scotch for cocktails. Price is certainly great, but this was kind of a bummer. Nose: Sweet fruit, sharp alcohol Palate: SWEET. Slick. Toffee. Butterscotch. Somewhat fruity. Not enough smoke or character. Finish: Sweet (still); some spices and alcohol, but only whisps of smoke. Verdict: Sugar bomb. Not enough spice or smoke. Monkey Shoulder is a better buy. $15 was clearance. I think bottles that are less than 2x the cost deliver far more than 2x the experience. I want to like this so bad. Might be OK in cocktails.
    14.99 USD per Bottle
  3. Calle 23 Tequila Blanco

    Tequila Blanco — Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Price estimated. Purchased from Alchemy. Nose: Mild agave. Grassy. Palate: Short and subtle. Lime zest. Cream Finish: Medium. Peppery. Verdict: Simple, straight forward. Makes good cocktails. Not horribly expensive, but I think I may prefer the Espolon Blanco for the flavor & it absolutely kills it on value, as it is sometimes half the price.
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila

    Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Came recommended as one of the best value reposados, particularly for cocktail use. Definitely lives up to that. It is a good value bottle. It is attractive, though the screw top is a bit cheesy once you encounter it. Otherwise, it is a real solid performer. Nose: Agave. Fruit. Spicy wood. Palate: Real juicy fresh fruit. Sweet. Pear. Oak. Vanilla. Finish: Really long. Fruit, flamed orange peel. Brine. Verdict: yup: another winner. Works neat. Shines in cocktails. Will buy again.
    21.99 USD per Bottle
  5. Copper & Kings Floodwall Apple Brandy

    American Brandy — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Wow. This is weirder than I was expecting. Pretty color, but the taste was unexpected. Nose: bright apple skin, vanilla, caramel Palate: Cooked apple throughout, but comes on much stronger on wood. First oak..then kind of spicy rye..then smoke. Finish: Apple cider and smoke. Lingering. Verdict: I prefer the Laird's single barrel at this price point and for the fuller apple flavor, but this is a lovely novel little sipper. Might not get again, but is fun this time.
    42.99 USD per Bottle
  6. Christian Brothers Sacred Bond Brandy

    American Brandy — California, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    At $16/bottle, this may be destined to become my cocktail brandy of choice. Nose: Vanilla, wood, alcohol, some cooked fruit or baking spices are buried. Palate: Custard Finish: Heat, some spiced fruit, smoke Verdict: This is surprisingly sippable for such an inexpensive bottle. Nothing particularly interesting and low on the fruit, but I'd serve this to others. It will definitely shine in cocktails and the sweet aged wood noes and proof will serve it well. Really happy with this one.
    15.99 USD per Bottle
  7. Lepanto O.V. Gran Reserva

    Spanish — Jerez, Spain

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Not enough Spanish brandy on this site. It is often a sugar bomb. This Lepanto Oloroso Viejo is, decidedly, not that. 12 yrs in Tio Pepe Fino Sherry; 3 yr in ex-Oloroso Apóstoles & Matusalém sherry. Lovely mahogany in the bottle and nut-brown in the glass Nose: Clean vanilla; some perfume. Palate: Musty. Dried raisins & figs, light toasted nuts. Some sweetness, but much more rich than I expected. Finish: Clovey alcohol. Lingering. Verdict: Nice sipper. Excited to pair it with spanish jamon and to contrast it with undistilled Tio Pepe sherry. Might not get again, but is fun this time.
    52.99 USD per Bottle
  8. High West A Midwinter Night's Dram

    Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Act 6, Scene 6 Packaged beautifully; slight glint to the glass & nice hand-numbered labels. Nose: Huge rye. Some plum, but it is buried behind the allspice Palate: Vanilla. Really nice oak. Spice and smoke. Mild port. Cloves hit with the.... Finish: Delicate warmth. Dessert. Melted vanilla icecream....still some of that wood. Very much prefer this neat, with no water. Dilution flattens it out....bitter meringue and zest. Still a long finish, but I miss the creamy vanilla notes that moves to the background. Love it. I'm biased, as this was a wonderful gift from the wife. But: I. Want. More.
  9. Laphroaig 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Campfire in a glass. While it is a bit one-note for enjoying neat with frequency, it still stands up if I don't have anything more interesting to drink. I will happily keep this in my bar at almost times for mixing when an Islay is called for.
    39.99 USD per Bottle
  10. Jameson Irish Whiskey

    Blended — Ireland

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Caramel, honey, cereal, sweet, and inoffensive.
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