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Scotch appreciator exploring the whisky world to quench my spirit.

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  1. Sauvecito Anejo

    Tequila Añejo — Mexico

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Friday night tasting on this humid July evening has me tasting something other than the usual bourbon or scotch. Being a novice with tequila and still learning the profiles, as I continuously inhale this, citrus notes is what dominates. Lemon juice, lime juice, orange juice with trace amounts of vanilla and dark chocolate. Soft and velvety with a touch of edginess which keeps it vibrant. Vegetal and herbal with lime zest, cucumber, dark vanilla, dark brown sugar. A long lasting finish that’s slightly bitter and slightly woody drying leaving the palate with orange zest, honey sweetness with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Of the tequilas I have tasted to date, this is one that I must say I will need to possess. It very well balanced in flavors; light and flavorful for summer sipping (or, dare I say, for mixing). Most of all, it’s enjoyable. Thanks @PBMichiganWolverine this sample. [92/100][Tasted: 7/31/20]
  2. Smogen Triple

    Single Malt — Sweden

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    It’s been some time since I last tasted. Finding time to do so seems to be getting tougher. But tonight, a window of opportunity arises. Tonight is a pour from a relatively new distillery from Sweden. Founded by a whiskey enthusiast who seems to be pushing limits, creatively. The color is a deepen rust with a slight purplish hue. There is soft, sweet, maritime entwined a slight synthetic vinyl note. Air it out and the notes become more clearly become tangible. Clam shells, rubber inner tube, chocolate milk shake, Mexican vanilla and licorice. The palate receives a soft and silky, medium dense body that remains true to its original arrival entry. As for the flavors: Apple smoked salted meat, apricots, brown sugar, soy sauce (hot and sour sauce), bitter dark chocolate, figs, roasted plums and cracked black pepper. The finish is long and lasting. Cigar ash, burnt toast, lemon zest, black pepper, black licorice with a nice touch of vanilla sweetness. For me, this is somewhat akin to Bunnahabhain. Overall, the balance of aromas and flavors is outstanding. Young yet mature. Sweet yet savory. Soft yet firm. This is an enjoyable, excellent slow sipper from nose to finish. If you find this, grab one and sit back and take it in. Thanks @PBMichiganWolverine for the sample. [92/100][Tasted: 7/24/20]
  3. Casamigos Reposado Tequila

    Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    For me, back to back celebrity tequilas. The former from The Rock. Now Mr. Clooney’s. Still navigating the tequila waters, but, still, one can discern good and bad, relatively. Of course, I seek the good. Is this one of them? Salted boiled peanuts laced with lime juice and rich Mexican vanilla and butterscotch. All that immediately on the nose. Poking deeper, and some herbs of cilantro and mint provide a refreshing sensation. All crisp, clean and bright. Light in body, almost weightless. It rolls on the palate soft with little to no sharpness. Earthy and vegetal: Pine and celery. Chopped pecans over coconut custard. A white pepper finish with some wood spice with vanilla all warming. Over ice, it holds true to it neat flavors. It becomes quite refreshing. A tequila that definitely meant to be sipped and not mixed. It may even work well with a lite and mild cigar. Or as an after hours sipper. A nice change of pace from the usual whiskey or scotch. Very enjoyable. The best I have had so far. Thanks @PBMichiganWolverine for the generous sample. Kudos Mr. Clooney. [90/100][Tasted: 6/20/20].
  4. Wild Turkey Bourbon 101

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    For an upstate weekend, I usually bring a bottle of something this can be found at an affordable price, is a departure from Jack Daniels (that is the staple whiskey that my good friend drinks) so I can expand horizons as well as we can drink over laughs. I grabbed a 1 liter bottle of the 101 as this seemed to fit the bill this particular long weekend. I peeled off for a moment to do a tasting before I get back to more food and laughs. A light and airy nose with dense balanced aromas of vanilla, butterscotch and baking spices. As it breathes and opens, clover honey, Luxardo cherries and lemon zest add to the vanilla and baking spices, all which seem to push to the forward. Lightly toasted marble rye bread spread with vanilla-honey, drizzled with caramel starts the palate. Toasted coconut adds a touch tropical influence. This all sounds overly sweet, but the sweetness is held in check by barrel spice and baking spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. The texture is creamy with a medium weight density. With some water, the spicy edginess is smoothed out and the dynamic of sweetness to spice is lessened; the extremes become more harmonious. Water is recommended as it becomes a better dram. Spearmint and dill ride a medium length finish with barrel charcoal, vanilla and white pepper. When you drink this as a quick banger, it can be course and edgy. However, if you slow down, tame it, it will bring you down a path that is tasty, enjoyable and rewarding. I was pleasantly surprised that for a $30 liter whiskey can actually be a good sipper and bring a simple, rewarding pleasure. Thanks @dubz480 for confirming this as a solid choice for the parameters earlier mentioned. [85/100][Tasted: 6/13/20]
    30.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Kingsbarns Dream to Dram

    Single Malt — Lowlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    This was provide by the one and only @LeeEvolved some time long ago from a tasting group now far, far away. A slow taster, I am. At best, tasting once a week and only drink on weekends (Friday through Sunday). Well, tonight turns out to be a tasting night... A warm lemon vanilla aroma greets you. Add to it ripened orchard fruits of pears and Gala apples. Now sprinkle that with toasted coconut, dried pineapples, some slices of green bananas and almond shavings. As it sits and opens, fruity red wine becomes apparent. It arrives on the palate bright, clean and brisk. The flavors are faint but detectable. Ginger root, vanilla extract, lemon juice. That acidic side is countered by sweetness of apples, malt chocolate and waxed honey. The finish is medium long that is slightly woody, slightly spicy and slightly dry. Vanilla and lemon oil finishes the flavors on the palate. A decent pour that is still maturing. A pleasant nose but the palate is wanting to be more complex and deeper. A few more years of maturation and this will be all that and more. Looking forward to that day. [85/100][Tasted: 5/29/20]
  6. Teremana Tequila Reposado

    Tequila Reposado — Los Altos, Jalisco, Mexico

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    I am not experienced in tequila and the aromas and flavors outside the shots or margarita mixers. I purchased this for my son who still somewhat star struck and impressionable with celebrities. This seems to be a bit difficult to find as, I guess, others are just as impressionable by ‘The Rock’ and stocks are empty. Found this last bottle for my son, but of course I had to see/taste what this was all about. A slightly medicinal aroma initially greets you. As it diminishes, lemon citrus, vanilla and charcoal are the primary notes. Trace amounts of bitter dark chocolate cocoa can be detected. All in all, though, all lightweight and inviting. Soft texture which brings tropical fruits with vanilla sweetness. This is either quickly distilled or pulled early from the barrels as there is a mild prickly quality often felt from youthful spirits. Lemon and lime citrus with hints of charcoal. This fades to the finish. Over ice, the bite is tamed and more vanilla and lemon zest push forward. More of a bitterness come through on the fade. A medium finish that reminds me somewhat like the original Listerine mouthwash with some lemon zest and vanilla. This could be a starter tequila sipper. It may be a good Margarita tequila as the char adds a bit of character. A lemon thread from nose to finish. Not bad but I would seek something more. Drinkable. Not horrible and many may like and love. I prefer this over ice than neat. Worthy of a try and won’t crush you by the price. [83/100][Tasted: 5/15/20]
    39.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Laphroaig 15 Year 200th Anniversary

    Peated Single Malt — Islay , Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    A beautiful Saturday. Worked outside building a firewood shed. Now after a nice meal, relaxing with a pour watching Grand Ol’ Opry live stream with Luke Combs and Craig Morgan. The Laphroaig I purchased some time ago and shared but haven’t myself tasted. Well, tonight I was in the mood for something with some meat and peat and figured this should be able to meet those demands. The color is a pale yellow, almost clear. There is a bonfire on the beach and a sweet whisky is in hand. The first exposure is quite welcoming. Slowly emerging are tropical fruits of pineapples, apricots. As time progresses, a nice earthy quality becomes apparent of cucumbers and mint and as it blends with the brine and peat, you are drawn in further. Add some toffee and vanilla. A soft arrival that initially brings a subtle sootiness. The texture is silky and soft. Then, when you get passed the light peat and softness, a plume of sugar sweetness comes forward and takes root. All in soft and elegant mix the flavors swirl and intertwine: tobacco, sea salt, vanilla, black pepper, caramel, apples and dark chocolate. A long lasting subtle finish that is sweetened tobacco, black pepper, lemon zest and oak tannins. At a respectable 43%, from the outset, the whisky delivers. Aromas, flavors and finish. The balance of the aromas and flavors is masterfully blended. There is no overpowering peat, spice or sweetness. It’s an easy sipper and remains relatively complex. One of the best Laphroaig’s I have had (haven’t had Lore yet). All had for $74, and quite worth it. [95/100][Tasted: 4/25/20]
    74.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Ardnamurchan Spirit 2018 AD

    Spirit — Highland, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    This was picked a while back during the days of the SDT by @LeeEvolved A new distillery from the Highlands, with an anxious delivery, is provided with this Spirit. All new to me as well as I never have heard or read anything about this distillery. Thanks Lee for finding those rarities and sharing. A fruity and slightly peated nose; a rubber tire peaty quality. Wisps of sherry, red stone fruits, black tea with honey with cinnamon and orange. There is a subtle sweetness of vanilla, caramel and chocolate which slowly emerges as well as some hazelnut and almonds. Heat, spice, sweetness and dryness all blast the palate in an initial explosion. In a bitter and wooden palate with cinnamon powder spice, black pepper. Barely detectable are some jammy notes of red raspberries or rhubarb with a slice or two of apple. Water is a must as the spice and heat is toned down. More caramel and vanilla cream soda flavors come through. Bitter orange, a hint of black licorice and drying oak tannins, lasting a medium-long length, bring the palate to a close. A strong opening on the nose with a weakened palate. What is expressed on the nose is not translated to the palate and that is unfortunate. There is potential, but more time in the cask is needed which would draw more flavor and allowing the embodiment of the nose. Like picking a fruit before it’s ripened: it’s slightly bitter and slightly hard. [85/100][Tasted: 4/24/20]
  9. Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Bourbon W-I F-04 R-05 (Longhorn Steakhouse)

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Note: This is for Knob Creek Single Barrel 16 year / Picked by Bourbon Steak Another week of quarantine allows me to work through samples. This particular pour comes by the way of @dubz480 Damp, dreary and cold calls for something with some backing and this one fits the bill. 60% abv should be able to warm the soul and provide a moment of respite from the covid bedlam. A rich current of corn meal, cloves and caramel initially greets you. As it settles down, the caramel sweetness intensifies a bit. Cinnamon, maraschino cherries, vanilla, wood spice with a bit of pecan and almond nuttiness become the steady aromas. A lightweight arrival that is not instantly hot but the heat does crescendo. The undiluted liquid, hot, is tough to discern any flavors. What can be detected is sparse. Vanilla cream, nutmeg, orange creamsicle. The finish is oaky and dry with a bit of angostura biters and grenadine. With two teaspoons of water the vanilla cream aroma pushes forward, but all in all, (The Song) remains the same. A hearty dram that packs a punch. The dram being of age is not overpowered by wood, though being of 16 years. However, the flavors don’t pop and are rather bland. There is some flavor but you have to work. A steady pour that is decent, but I wanted more. Thanks @dubz480 for sharing this rare (for me) bourbon. [84/100][Tasted: 4/17/20]
  10. Glenlossie 1997 19 Year Cask Strength (Alexander Murray & Co.)

    Single Malt — Speyside , Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    On this Good Friday, the year of the national quarantine, 2020 a.d., I pull this from the way back machine that was provided my @Telex during our SDT. Golden straw in color. A floral and sweet beginning that draws you in. Honeysuckle blossoms on a warm spring day, honey and vanilla. There is a slight earthiness of dampened hay/straw/pinewood sawdust, leather (a new baseball glove) and fruity similar to Luxardo cherries. The first sip is surprisingly sweet and slowly turns bitter and spicy. Subsequent sips start the detect and define the flavors. Apricots, mangoes flash and then overtaken by wooden spices The finish is bitter and slightly sour with orange and lemon rinds with oak tannins that last a medium length of time. With a healthy dose of water, a softer side comes through. The nose reveals a bit of ripened Concord grape and barley sugar. The scotch is more approachable and accepting and sweet on the palate. Ripened apples, honey and grapes. The nose, palate and finish are a bit disjointed. Each is not bad on its own. But the sum of the parts is not greater than the whole. Water only improves and is recommended. The bitter finish is pulls the enjoyment factor down. The sweet qualities and strong and enjoyable. A decent dram but not something that would keep you coming back for more. [84/100][Tasted: 4/11/20]
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