Michter's US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed November 19, 2022Nose: The nose starts off strong. Peanuts, vanilla, and heavy oak. Little to no alcohol smell. Palate: The palate continues what the nose introduced. Some earthiness feels added too. Very little burn. Finish: This lingers for a long time, but not very specifically. I can still taste it, but no flavors are particularly jumping out. Overall, this is a good bourbon. Very earthy and natural, while also having very bog standard bourbon notes. This is definitely a good everyday sipper, if bought on sale, like I did. I probably would not buy this at full price.
Cazadores Blanco Tequila
Tequila Blanco — Los Altos, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed October 27, 2022Nose: Earthy, grassy, but simple. Some salt, but very little Palate: Very similar. Slightly sweet and fruity, but mostly a continue of the earthy, savory smells of before. Still very light. Finish: Not much finish, the taste dies out pretty quickly. Some orange zest picks up on the tail end, but not much. Overall this is a very simple tequila. A very good representation of a highlands style, and very easy to drink. However, it is mostly suited to mixed drinks.
Maker's Mark Cask Strength
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed August 31, 2022Batch 21-08: Nose: Very strong alcohol, as is expected. Sweet harvest fruits, like apple are present, as well as some mild pepper. Taste: Very sweet, less fruity than the nose. Mild peanutty taste. Very, very thick feel; it coats the inside of your mouth. Finish: Vanilla kicks in on the back end, and follows down your throat. The heaviness of the alcohol stays, however. Overall, a very good example of what cask strength can do. I do recommend, however, drinking with an ice cube to thin out the drink, the heaviness can be overwhelming.
Don Q Reserva 7
Aged Rum — Puerto RicoReviewed August 17, 2022Nose: Very strong. Typical Rum sweetness and vanilla, with heavy alcohol. Palate: Watery at first, with little flavor catching on Finish: Heavy burn, not surprising from the heavy ethanol notes. Some vanilla comes in late to the party. Overall a very mild spirit. Not terrible, but tastes like a much younger drink, and very surprising from the makers of one of the best White Rums around.
Villa One Reposado Tequila
Tequila Reposado — Jalisco, MexicoReviewed July 1, 2022Nose: Heavy vanilla and caramel, like Tuaca Palate: More sweetness, little to no agave Finish: Surprising alcohol burn to finish it off. Some grassy notes, strangely enough. Overall this is very sweet, and very unrefined tequila, and very additive heavy at that. It is unsurprising for a celebrity tequila. I did not know it was a celebrity tequila, but I purchased it on clearance, and would not pay more than I bought for it (even that was expensive)
Bombay Sapphire East Gin
London Dry Gin — EnglandReviewed June 5, 2022Nose: Very similar to regular Bombay. Heavy juniper, with some minor ethanol. Palate: Again, not much has changed. The usual pine flavors, and some citrusy tartness. Finish: This is where the gin deviates. The peppercorn leaves a spicy and savory taste that lingers after the gin is gone. Overall, this is very similar to Bombay Sapphire, one of my favorite gins, and definitely a solid choice. The lemongrass has little effect and the peppercorn only shows up on the finish. Definitely worth a try, and not a bad gin, just not very different from the original.
Casa Noble Añejo Tequila
Tequila Añejo — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoReviewed May 11, 2022Nose: Vanilla, some cooked agave, and baking spices Palate: Very sweet initially. Some spice, little oak. Finish: This is where the oak kicks in. Long, and sweet, with vanilla from the cooked agave. This is a very good sipping tequila. Definitely worth the money. I'll have to try it in a cocktail as well.
Glenlivet 21 Year Archive
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed April 28, 2022Nose: Sherry, honey Palate: Incredibly sweet. Notes of honey, some oak. Finish: Very smooth, the honey lingers. Notes of vanilla come up last before it lingers off. Very mild smoke, but not major. Overall, this is a very smooth whiskey. It is the pinnacle of a non peated, sherry finished scotch.
Glengarry Single Malt
Single Malt — Highlands , ScotlandReviewed April 20, 2022Nose: Simple, light honey and some pear. Palate: Very light. Some honey, some oaky taste, mostly little. Finish: Borders on watery. Very little lingering, but very smooth to drink. However, a small note of smoke came out at the end to keep things interesting. There is very little going on here. This is very one note, and not very complex. However, that final smokey note kept the whiskey relevant for me. This would make a perfect base for cocktails, and is suprisingly good for sitting and sipping lazily.
Glenmorangie Lasanta Sherry Cask Finish 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed March 20, 2022Nose: Huge sherry bomb upfront, followed by some sweet cinnamon notes. I can tell this will be a sweet whiskey. Palate: Sherry, heavy raisin notes right up front. Finish: Does not linger long, some mild burn in the back of the throat. Overall, a very sweet whiskey. For the price, this is definitely a good alternative to macallan 12, if you are a regular macallan drinker.