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  1. Jameson Black Barrel

    Blended — Ireland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    I’m primarily a bourbon and scotch drinker, and I don’t typically enjoy Irish whisky, as I find it too light and sad, but this one has really started to grow on me. It smells very light and fruity, but there’s a familiar bourbony undertone to the nose that is impossible to ignore once you discern it. It’s as though you’re visiting Ireland and run into an old pal from back home in Kentucky. “Hey bro, how’s it going? Did you stick your finger in my whisk(e)y?” It goes down quite smoothly, as it should at 40% abv , but this juice is a lot more flavorful and complex than many other whiskies I’ve had at the same proof. Up front on the palate there’s a soft, grainy flavor which is soon joined by bananas, caramel and nutmeg. It reminds me a lot of bananas Foster, which is a good thing. On the back end, that bourbon note which was discernible to the nose becomes evident to the tongue in a toasty flurry of expatriated flavors. This is basically a nice, light(ish), sweet, dessert-type whiskey that can and should be enjoyed any way you please. I don’t know if I enjoy it so much because it’s freaking good in its own right or because of the bourbony characteristics it inherits from the double-bourbon-barrel aging. Who gives a crap?
  2. Evan Williams White Label Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Have I had better bourbons? Sure. Have I had a better bourbon for this price ($22 for 1.75L)? Heck no. That’s why I’m rating it so highly - for the value. There’s really nothing to complain about. This stuff is dirt cheap but still complex enough to enjoy straight. The nose reminds me of peanuts, and the finish is sort of cakey, like a vanilla bread pudding or something. The flavor isn’t super unique or complex, but it’s a very satisfying, very typical bourbon. The higher proof will no doubt stand up to mixing, and the bourbon flavor won’t be lost.
    22.0 USD per Bottle
  3. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Poured from the bottle into a lowball glass. I smell typical bourbon notes (sweet corn, smoky wood, rye spice) and an unmistakable undertone of nail polish remover. After letting my glass sit for a minute, the acetone note disappears. The drink feels fairly thin in the mouth, but the flavor is smooth and pronounced. There’s a decent bit of burn from the rye and a looooooong, slightly herbal finish. The finish is what really sets this bourbon apart for me.
  4. Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Whoo-wee, Daddy! This stuff’ll kick you in the nuths and make you into a man’s-man. Oddly enough, the first few drinks I had from this bottle were incredibly smooth and punched far below their proof, but once I got past the halfway point, things started getting harsher. Hopefully it’s just a fluke. I’ll have to buy more to experiment.. The smell is rich and spicy. Like your typical bourbon, but with a bit more panache that tickles your nose hairs and makes you want to sneeze diamonds. The flavor is warm and inviting. Vanilla, caramel, baking spices, nuts. It’s like grandma’s kitchen on a Sunday afternoon but with 57% abv. This stuff is complex enough to drink neat, yet flavorful and cheap enough to mix. Thanks, Grand-Dad. I love you.
    32.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Eagle Rare 10 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    Yowza. The first bottle of ER that I tried was all burn and no flavor, but the second bottle changed my opinion entirely. The first thing that sticks out is the sweetness. It’s not cloying by any means; it only serves to magnify the richness of the drink. I also get some spicy and salty notes. The mouthfeel is kind of syrupy, with a moderate amount of burn. A real winner in my book.
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Famous Grouse

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    At first, this blended scotch had a very off-putting smell and taste, reminiscent of unaged grain alcohol. However, this unpleasantness disappeared after letting the drink breathe for a few minutes, and now that the bottle has been opened for a bit, everything tastes and smells delightful. I’ve quickly grown to love this dram for its unsophisticated-yet-inscrutable flavor. I agree with other reviewers who say that this drink tastes like caramel and honey. I can sometimes detect a slight peatiness (probably a result of the Highland Park), but the overall experience is dominated by a gentle sweetness. This scotch is too smooth, even for 40%. My bottle is emptying far too quickly..
  7. Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon

    Bourbon — West Virginia, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Typical bourbony smell with a bit of a musty note - reminds me of corn tortillas. Nice, tart sweetness up front. Pronounced peanutty flavor and long, oaky finish. Notable burn for a wheated bourbon. There’s no rye present in the mashbill, but there’s a spiciness there that could’ve fooled me. All in all, not a bad drink, but probably not worth the price..
    50.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Gordon's London Dry Gin (40%)

    London Dry Gin — Canada

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    A classic London gin. Juniper with balanced floral and spicy notes. Easily rivals gins twice the cost. A true bargain. If it was good enough for Hemingway, it’s good enough for me.
    10.0 USD per Bottle
  9. Buffalo Trace Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    My house bourbon. Sweet with spicy, rich notes. Some bottles are display more complex flavors than others, but they all taste the same after a few glasses.
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  10. Laphroaig 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An incredible Islay whisky. Peat and salt on the nose, unbelievably smooth taste with a sweet, briny finish. My favorite Scotch.
    43.0 USD per Bottle
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