Teeling Single Grain Whiskey
Single Grain — IrelandTastedThe single grain is much better than their standard small batch or the single malt. I don't think they produce their own single malts or the standard batch anyway. Well worth it for the price.
Hillrock Solera Aged Bourbon
Bourbon — USATastedI'm not sure it's worth the price it commands. It's way to simple and lacks the complexity of similar products in that price range. Not bad...but, for it's price...can do much better. It may improve with age, who knows...just seemed too young, with too much wood influence and not enough depth
Yellow Spot 12 Year Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedI'm not a huge fan of Irish whiskey...I didn't really like the much lauded Redbreast 12, so maybe it's just my palette that prefers its cousins over to other side of the North Channel. But...I do like this over the sibling Green Spot and definately over the Redbreast or Teelings. I can look at its color all day. A beautiful autumn-y bronze. Nose---papayas and mango. Exotic tropical fruits. Taste is sweet. But sweet is relative. Not as sweet as the sugar coated Kraken rum I had, but definatley sweet for a whiskey. Without water, I just felt the Amrut burn. I need a bit of water to soften it. If you like Irish whiskey, this is a must-have. If you're like me and prefer the Scottish cousins, save the $100 on a good bottle of Lagavulin or Laphroaig.
Sullivans Cove American Oak Bourbon Cask
Single Malt — Tasmania, AustraliaTastedDecent mild, everyday leisurely dram. I'm not sure it's worth its price though. Better bargains to be had at this price range, that offer more complexity and depth. Go for it's cousin--French Oak. Deeper and more character.
Yamazaki 12 Year
Single Malt — Honshu, JapanTastedIt's not bad, but really---save up a bit more and get the 18 yr old. The extra 6 yrs makes a world of difference her
Hillrock Estate Single Malt
American Single Malt — New York, USATastedI love this color! I actually bought it for the color, but kept it for the taste. It's bourbon-esque (is that a word), with a kick of rye. If you like bourbon and rye, it's for you. Not really comparable to Scottish single malts or blends at all. Worth a try---but pricey , can get better value elsewhere
Willett Family Estate Bottled Rye 4 Year
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedI can't compare to,other eyes, this is my first. But---incredibly clean, fresh, and beyond its 2 yrs.
Sullivans Cove Double Cask
Single Malt — Tasmania, AustraliaTastedIt's a clean, easy drinking whisky...but really very much unidimensional. Not much going on in there, no complexity or layers of flavors. Try the French oak, by far much better.
Hibiki 12 Year
Blended — JapanTastedAmazing for the price ($60 in NJ). It's floral, fruity, sweet, and smooth, with a nice finish. Drink neat, or just a drop or two of water. It's a sin to mix this with anything else. It's surprising how good a blend can be, and at an affordable price!! (Scotland--are you taking note?)
Compass Box Great King St Artist's Blend
Blended — ScotlandTastedFor the price, it's one of the best blends out there. Better than any single malt at the same price tag. It's squarely in same price range as the Johnnie Walker Black---but a much better quality than the Black. I think the Black uses some harsher grains or lower quality malts.