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  1. Hancock's President's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    The nose starts with tropical fruit and soft rye spiciness, along with charred oak, caramel, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon. It is gentle on the palate with the oak and caramel being the dominant flavors, while vanilla mixes with the softness of the rye and tropical fruits. The finish is medium long with oak, cinnamon, vanilla and a touch of rye coming in at the end, all lingering gently.
  2. Highland Park 18 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    The nose starts smokey but is immediately followed by a fruity sweetness, along with vanilla, caramel, straw and brine all wonderfully intermingling. It is gently on the palate but rich, filling the mouth with a fantastic peatiness and following it with brine and salted caramel, oak, straw and a bit of pepper. The finish is medium long with a lingering peatiness while salted caramel, brine, ripe fruit and oak all nicely fade.
  3. Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt

    Peated Blended Malt — Japan

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    The nose instantly smells of honey and candied fruit, with straw and hints of oak and barley sugar. The honey sweetness carries over onto the palate with a rich maltiness that coats the mouth, but is otherwise a little one dimensional. The finish is medium with a fading honey sweetness along with notes of straw.
  4. Weller Antique Tribute UCF Microbatch

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The color is medium amber with full legs that coat the sides of the glass. The nose starts with charred oak and ripe fruit, then moves on to brown sugar, vanilla, subtle baking spices, creme brûlée and the slightest touch of molasses. The palate is rich and somewhat oily and fills the mouth with charred oak and a bit of ripe fruit, while vanilla and brown sugar come in behind it, while even still creme brûlée and baking spices come in another, subtle wave of flavor. The finish is medium long with charred oak, brown sugar and creme brûlée lingering, while a touch of char fades.
  5. Woodford Reserve Straight Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    The color is a deep amber with thick oils that coat the glass. The nose has a gentle, floral rye spiciness, with chocolate milk, vanilla, oak and a touch of cereal. The palate is rich, soft and oily and coats the mouth with rye, nicely balanced by the chocolate milk as oak and vanilla are present underneath. The finish features more oak, while the rye, vanilla and chocolate milk come together for a medium long finish that fades nicely. The aftersniff is reminiscent of grandma pearl’s homemade potpourri that has settled in the back of her sock drawer for 4 years. The bouquet is a rich mix of canned cherry pie filling and soft serve vanilla ice cream from ponderosa. Subtle sniffs of carrion and patchouli round out the scent.
  6. Ardbeg Galileo

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The color is a rich gold and it clings to the glass while slowly dripping down. The nose is very peat forward and has straw, ripe fruit, brine, campfire smoke and leather. The palate is rich and mouth coating with plenty of peat, along with the straw, strong campfire smoke, some brine and the slightest hint of the fruit. The finish is long with peat that never seems to go away, with straw and brine that gently linger and fade.
  7. Ragtime Rye Bottled in Bond Straight Rye Whiskey

    Rye — New York, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    The color is a vibrant gold which irregularly coats the glass with a nose that starts with a floral rye spiciness, vanilla, cherry liqueur, charred oak and a hint of caramel. The palate is somewhat rich and fills the mouth with a smooth rye spiciness that is balanced by vanilla, along with charred oak, cherry liqueur, caramel and a slight astringency mixed with cinnamon. The finish is medium long with fading rye and vanilla, while the astringency blends with cinnamon and the charred oak.
  8. Smugglers' Notch Litigation Wheat Whiskey

    Wheat Whiskey — Vermont, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    The color is rich golden and clings to the glass with a nose that is subtle, with dark chocolate and baking spices along with hints of ripe fruit, brine, charred oak and green apple. The palate is somewhat rich and fills the mouth with dark chocolate and charred oak, with subtle baking spices balancing it out while the fruity notes linger underneath. The finish is medium with dark chocolate and charred oak that slowly fades, while a hint of fruit gives you a reminder it is still there. The aftersniff has the smokiness of a blown out birthday candle, and the sweetness of grandma pearl’s lingering vaporub after she embraces you in an uncomfortably long hug.
  9. Laphroaig 25 (2009 edition)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The color is a rich amber, just as you would expect sherry to be with legs that immediately coat the glass. Sherry dominates the nose, along with smoke, seaweed, brine, ripe fruitiness and a hint of straw. The palate is rich and smokey, filling the mouth with the traditional Laphroaig flavor, but much smoother than the usual, younger offerings. The sherry sweetness balance the peatiness perfectly with the two flavors blending so that they keep each other in balance. The finish is medium long with the mouth staying smokey while the fruit sweetness subtlety fades.
  10. Laphroaig 25 (2009 edition)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    The color is a rich amber, just as you would expect sherry to be with legs that immediately coat the glass. Sherry dominates the nose, along with smoke, seaweed, brine, ripe fruitiness and a hint of straw. The palate is rich and smokey, filling the mouth with the traditional Laphroaig flavor, but much smoother than the usual, younger offerings. The sherry sweetness balance the peatiness perfectly with the two flavors blending so that they keep each other in balance. The finish is medium long with the mouth staying smokey while the fruit sweetness subtlety fades.
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