Balcones True Blue 100 Proof
Corn — Texas, USATasted August 12, 2022Definitely some smoke in a corn forward whiskey. Love that. It’s high pitched and a bit astringent. Can feel the bite at the end. Want to try more balcones.
Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt Cask Strength
Peated Single Malt — IndiaTasted August 7, 2022Muted and subtle compared to an islay but you could sip this thing on a hot summer day (as I am currently) and it doesn’t seem overwhelming and out of place. But simple and lightly peated (relatively). Light and straightforward!
Michter's US*1 Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 6, 2022Caramel, oak, cherries, hint of cinnamon. Average with a lingering spice. Of the Michters I’ve tried so far, I’d give a slight edge to the rye with the unblended being the best by far and the bourbon being the least interesting. As it always goes with me and corn whiskey.
Michter's US*1 Kentucky Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATasted August 4, 2022Long spicy finish. Not 100% sure what it is but there is some unique sweet flavor that is consistent across all Michters. What is that sweetness? It’s slightly different from other US whiskeys. Is it cherry? Not sure but I like it.
Rye — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USATasted July 28, 2022Not much rye bite, not much character. But don’t expect too much.
Angel's Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Wine Barrels
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 23, 2022Nose: the description here nails the nose with sugar roasted nuts, vanilla, raisins, and caramel present. Palate: typical sweet bourbon profile with vanilla and caramel and oak. Wraps up quickly. Finish: seems like the entire dram is an exercise in getting you to the finish. The palate lingers only as long as it’s in your mouth and then you’re left with a finish. Not full bodied and feel that this whiskey tries to put a bow on the experience before we’re really even into the middle of it.
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 23, 2022I came into my tasting skeptical and wanted to dislike this because of the annoying hype that comes with the Kentucky hand grenade. Unfortunately, I quite liked it and was impressed by the uniqueness. Nose: Generally unimpressed with the nose. Light apple, tart, vanilla, oaky, sweetness. Palate: I know this is a Kentucky bourbon, but I’m transported to a spiced apple juice roadside stand in Wenatchee national forest in Washington state. There’s cherry, chocolatey orange, and a hint of vanilla, but the overwhelming feeling is a nicely spiced (and spiked) apple juice from the PNW. Mouthfeel is oily. Finish: some spice as expected, but gentle short. It’s not boring, but a shorter finish. I can see why folks like this and count me in that group. It’s a savory bourbon, and not overly sweet, so my scotch loving heart can connect with this.
Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky (bottled in Tennessee), USATasted July 23, 2022Fruity with a barrel spice finish
Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 20, 2022Nose is buttered toast, a pine/evergreen hint, oak. Fairly muted actually. Palate is nuts, maraschino cherries, candy corn, caramel, bitterness at the back of the tongue, heat from the ABV, some vanilla. Mouthfeel is maple syrupy. Finish is long and slightly numbing. In a blind tasting I’d peg this as barrel proof from the numbing sensation and not the ethanol taste. Overall experience is a sweet nutty flavor for me. Not overly complex, but certainly not boring.
Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 19, 2022Brown sugar, banana, darker fruits on the nose. Palate is gentler and subtler. Dark fruits remain with some oak coming through but not as overwhelmingly “bourbony” as I expected from the nose. Finish is shorter and thinner than most bourbons I’ve tried. Tiny hint of sawdust which is welcome.