Ardbeg Scorch (2021 Committee Release)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted August 18, 2021Nose: caramel, apples, charcoal, tar, lime leaf, vanilla sugar, mild dark chocolate, Taste: strong char and peat with a lingering sweet and sour flavor. Some of the malt flavor is peeking through throughout. Strong fruit and sweet caramel / honey finish.
Glenlivet 12 Year Illicit Still
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 17, 2021Nose: Honey, barely, grapefruit / lemon zest. Acidic white wine sort of vibe. Dense burnt fruit cake, caramel, gold raisin, Taste: Dense honeyed fruit cake with golden raisin, apple, light caramel and vanilla. There is sort of a bitter dusty oak note about halfway through, almost like the aftertaste of really bitter dark chocolate. Grapefruit zest is on the finish. Water smooths everything out and mellows out the bitter and barley notes. Amplifies the fruit and sweet flavors and brings out a creamy quality and tempers the sour notes into a more sweet orange flavor It's good but not really worth seeking out49.0 USD per Bottle
Bernheim 7 Year Original Wheat Whiskey
Wheat Whiskey — Kentucky, USATasted August 13, 2021Nose: wheat bread with orange marmalade. Light wintergreen and sweet toffee. Maple syrup. Light hint of cinnamon candy. Taste: wheat bread and honey collapse into vanilla cream caramel with an explosion of lightly bitter citrus. Spiciness sets in with a hint of clove and cinnamon. Cherry also shows up on the front of the palette eventually.
Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Very Fine Rare Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 13, 2021Nose: dense thick treacle almost burnt sugar. Burning hay and strong wood, but not overwhelming. Lemon, light floral bluebells, crisp pear and apple skin. Vanilla sweet cream also appears. Taste: heavy pear and peach with rye herbal notes coming in behind. Burnt vanilla sugary finish with a dense wildflower honey aftertaste. Tobacco also sneaks its way in. Taste is very light but has some much needed complexity.
Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 13, 2021Nose: apples, peaches, smallest hint of wintergreen and bubble gum. Milk chocolate, light tobacco. Sweet honey and caramel. It moves to a dense molasses and toffee. Taste: peaches explode up front followed by dense honey and light dry hay. Very dry finish of cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of ginger. Water adds herbal and oak notes as well as sweet toffee and banana.
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Texas, USATasted August 12, 2021Nose: Very dickel like nose. nectarines, light wintergreen and light honey vanilla sweetness. light cinnamon and brown sugar. Dark red cherries and milk chocolate do show up eventually with a hint of tobacco. Taste: strong oak that goes into a very herbal dry grass / hay. It then transforms into hot cinnamon pancakes with maple syrup. The finish is very fruity and sweet with a vanilla honey aftertaste. Lemongrass, peaches, red apples and bitter plums as well. Banana sneaks in eventually as well. Water adds heavy corn and pie crust notes to the nose. It makes the taste overpowered with oak but also enhances the sweetness. Not your average bourbon for sure. Lots of different things going on that may be unattractive / divisive for some people.35.0 USD per Bottle
Copper Tongue 16 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Tennessee, USATasted July 25, 2021Nose: dense rich caramel and jonagold apple. Does have that light Flinstones vitamins note. Black tea and light tobacco. Vanilla, peach and slight orange zest. Maple and brown sugar. Taste: dense oak explodes into intense caramel and fruit. Finishes with a strong oaky menthol. Lemon and peachy finish with a hint of cantalope. Brown sugar and vanilla show up on the tail of the finish as well with a hint of oaky treacle. Water brings out the sweetness and flintstones gummies while amplifying the fruit notes.100.0 USD per Bottle
Green Spot Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandTasted June 26, 2021Nose: tropical fruits, papaya, orange, guava, lemon. Turns quickly into sweet vanilla cream and caramel with a light toffee background. Light pipe tobacco and oak give way to some malt. Taste: sour green apple immediately devolving into herbal notes with a vanilla, mint and bitter orange finish. Bright malt and caramel drizzled butter cookies peek out towards the finish as well. I also get a light coffee, chocolate raspberry note on the finish as well.
Other Whiskey — ItalyTasted June 4, 2021Nose: dense fruit cake, caramel, floral honey, apricot, blood orange, vanilla and light citrus. Rose water and light berry notes. Taste: intense bitter wormwood with cinnamon, nutmeg, and light cloves. Finish is fruity and honey with a hint of vanilla. Very sweet cherry and toffee.
Raasay While We Wait
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted June 4, 2021Nose: extremely floral with deep red wine notes of cherry, blackberry, and smoked leather. Sugary vanilla, caramel, and burnt oak. Lemongrass and orange. It can coalesce into smoked meat with a sweet BBQ sauce, almost cola like. There is a light background layer of honey. Taste: densely sweet honey and vanilla with strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Tobacco, leather and shiitake mushrooms. Light honey and malt. Water brings out sharpness and oak with some buried fruit notes. The peat is extremely light, most of the dense and tobacco notes are from the wine cask50.0 USD per Bottle