Sazerac Straight Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedThis is very good Tastes like ... rye bread!.. Kind of on the light side, I thought, compared to either the Dickel Rye or Bulleit which I've had in the past 18 months. A good value. Not always easy to find at the liquor store.
George Dickel Rye
Rye — Indiana, USATastedI'm no expert on Rye, but I thought this was pretty darn good. have not had more than a few. Great spice flavor - like a fruit cake. Clove! Good, full, and rich with a nice fruity taste to boot. I've also had Sazerek and Bulleit Rye. I liked this better. Sorry, Distiller.com. Don't agree on this one I guess.
Wild Turkey Bourbon 101
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI don't know why this one is not rated higher here. Very full, rich, with fruit. Reminds me of wild cherry or apple hard candy. It's got some spice and just enough kick to it at 101 that you can add some water to it and still enjoy. The profile on this site seems just right to me, but I'm surprised they give it only an 82 rating. I'd give it 87 or 88.
Naked Grouse Blended Malt
Blended Malt — ScotlandTastedReally, really liked this one. It's a blended malt and is kind of a poor man's version of Compass Box Spice Tree blended malt. Not quite as bold and full, but very fruity. Vanilla, pear, peach..some oil. Not very peaty or smokey, but full and satisfying.
Highland Mist Blended Scotch Whisky
Blended — ScotlandTastedIf you like mixed Scotch drinks, this is about the cheapest you will find. Nothing to sip about, but it's a decent mixer if you have a very limited cocktail budget.
Ezra Brooks Kentucky Straight Bourbon 90 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedGreat bourbon for the money. Tremendous value. Full and rich with the taste of vanilla, and apple lifesaver candy. I would keep a 1.75L bottle handy to make Manhattans or Old Fashioneds.
Bird Dog Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI used to think this was pretty good before I started trying more bourbons like Buffalo Trace, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig.. Etc., For the money, Ezra Brooks Black is far better. Bird Dog has a front-forward, vanillaish nose and front-end that kind of tapers down to the taste of Texas lake -kind of a like earthy lake water. dirty. I've noticed a lot of the cheaper bourbons wear on me this way. Not anything I'd buy again.
Black & White Blended Scotch
Blended — ScotlandTastedI got a 1.75L of this for a Christmas present from one of my student's parents. They must know us teachers pretty well. ;) Just what I needed to make mixed drinks over the holidays and not waste the good sipping stuff for me. :) Back when I was drinking Rob Roys every night this would have been okay, but it certainly isn't a great sipping scotch. Pretty much like all the lower-shelf scotch. I think for half the price I'd stick with the Highland's Mist. You can't really tell the difference once you add sweet and dry vermouth and bitters.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedVery good bourbon, but wouldn't it pay $60.00 for it again. At 122 proof it is very strong. To me, it is woody, peppery, spicy, full, and oily. Is it it just my impression that these higher proof whiskies have more oil and smoke? It is noticeable even after watering it down to 90 proof or so.
Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedI think this one is underrated. Very robust and at 114 proof it packs a punch. You can water it down a bit and it still has a unique flavor. More woody and smoky than your typical bourbon. Gives you some hints of oak right from the nose then tip of the tongue. It's enjoyable. Great value. $22.00 at the big, local discount store in Denver.