Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedAs a longtime Makers fan, I figure I’d try a 375ml bottle of Makers 46. I’m glad I didn’t purchase a full sized bottle. It’s like standard Makers with more wood. The finish is raw 2x4 that I can’t shake. I can’t recommend this whiskey. I will use it in mixed drinks until it’s finished. I love a woody finish, but this flavor is unrefined. It’s like raw lumber.
Wild Turkey Longbranch
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted‘Sweet’ is the primary reaction from this bourbon. A great Everyman’s bourbon to appeal to the masses. Not as complex as an Eagle Rare or Weller, but pleasant and approachable. I enjoyed this neat and chilled as it was horribly hot outside.
Johnnie Walker 18 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedClean with subtle smoke. Coming off a Laphroaig or Kilchoman, this is very mild. Not as syrupy sweet as a Macallan 18, but still much more than JW Black. Worth the premium, I’d say Yes. Overall very balanced. Not challenging, but complex enough to keep my interest.
Old Pulteney 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedSo well rounded. Slight hint of salt on the finish. Sweet with a great mid palate. Similar to a Glenmorangie. Very easy to drink. Finish is smooth and sweet. Great value for money too. This is my new highland standard go-to.49.99 USD per BottleTotal Wine & More
Dewar's White Label
Blended — ScotlandTastedSlight smoke. Decent nose. Solid sweetness and barrel note. Good in a pinch or on a flight.
Michter's US *1 Unblended American Whiskey
Other Whiskey — USATastedSmooth and very vanilla. Clean flavors of corn and caramel. Short but clean finish.
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSweet corn and caramel. Vanilla and mild spice on the back end. Fantastic in an old fashioned or neat. Easier to drink than Wild Turkey. Better mouth feel and less Rye than Bulleit.
The Glenlivet 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedHoneysuckle Vanilla and Pear. Sweet but not overly sweet. Nice barrel note at the end. Balanced and simple. Not challenging, but good overall. Good value over JW Black when at a ‘middle of the road’ bar.
Jura 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedSweet and easy to drink. Very light smoke. Finish similar to a Speyside. Think Glenmorangie. Great dram for the money. Not overly complex, but delicious.