Whistlepig 10 Year Straight Rye
Rye — (bottled in) Vermont, CanadaTastedNose is salty, oaky and a bit of caramel sweetness. The alcohol is strong but more on the cool side, like mint. The palate is clean, caramel, oak and even some burnt wood and smoke. Finish is long and smooth.
Xoriguer Gin de Mahón
Gin de Mahón — Menorca, SpainTastedStraight up: The aromas are at first very juniper forward. But quickly floral notes and lemongrass kicked in. It is very pleasant and approachable with low level of alcohol choke. On palate it again started with juniper, followed by some grassy and citrus notes. The texture is more oily and richer than most gins. Mandarin orange surprisingly pops up during the finish with some pepper and citrus in the background. With fever tree tonic: Such a great combination. The fruity and slightly grassy flavours fuse perfectly with the tonic to give a pleasant and refreshing long drink. The overall sweetness increases which highlights the fruity flavours more. At the price point of USD40 per litre this is a great addition to any bar shelves.40.0 USD per Bottle
Ardbeg An Oa
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedOn nose peaty (of course), vanilla, charcoal and some fruit peel. There is also a strange smell of steel and tap water though. On palate it starts with some vanilla sweetness, then dominated by the peat flavours. From swallow to finish it is quite bland, with grass and again the steely and tap water notes coming out from the throat. Very light weight and body. I would have preferred Ardbeg 10 for a young and grassy Ardbeg, and a Uigeadail for a flavourful and sweet peat one.
Aultmore 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedOn nose it has some unroasted cashews and fresh apples and pears. A hint of salt and oak. On palate the nuts continue, but have some vegetable notes and a bit smoky too. Light in flavours, but rich in texture. The finish is medium length of tobacco. A decent surprise at the quality of this relatively affordable bottle. Definitely recommended for your shelf for a light but flavourful speyside.
Connemara 12 Year Peated Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — IrelandTastedVery intense aromas of many things - floral, seaweed, peat, pear, it is multidimensional but a bit too perfumed. On palate, honey, coal, coffee and smoke come out along with those flavours we got in the aromas. It is overall sweet but it has some darker elements that make it tastes a bit more mature. The finish is dark chocolate with coal. This is quite an interesting whisky with many flavours, but I may prefer something more harmonic and balanced.
Powers John's Lane Release 12 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandTastedThe nose is a lot of fruit like apricot and apples. A clear vanilla note as well. On palate it is smooth and sweet. The sweet is one of fruit juice - like apple juice. Along with some peaches and mangoes in it. The finish is relatively short but a pleasant in cream and apples.
The Irishman 12 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedThe nose is white chocolate, with some leaves as well, very pleasant and not choking The palate is a bit lighter than expected, but continues with the impression of white chocolate, with also very identifiable peach notes. Toffee sweet. The finish concentrates into an espresso with dark chocolate and some smoke. I actually really like this one, it is like a perfect digestif that ends a meal well with something smooth, a bit sweet and coffee like.
Mortlach Rare Old
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedI am actually surprised to see so many negative comments. I agree the price tag is a bit high, but I think it lives up to the expectation of a slightly more pricey Mortlach. The nose is delicate with apples, nuts and caramel. On palate it is elegant - very smooth with apples and apricots, followed by some toasted marshmallows and cinnamon. The finish is lingering honey with toasty notes. I am happy to have this bottle on my shelf and it is a great drink to accompany a book or a classic movie.120.0 USD per Bottle
Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Wyoming, USATastedNose is flora, honey and grass. The alcohol sensation is quite strong likely augmented by the sharp grass scent. On palate it has similar characters. Gives an impression of a raw whisky from the countryside (which probably quite fits Wyoming). The finish is medium length and more oaky.
Hardshore Original Gin
Modern Gin — Maine, USATastedThe first sniff feels like Japanese shochu with shiso aromas, floral and peppery notes comes after. On palate it is oily and sweet, fairly spicy with pepper and chilli hot. The alcohol heat is mild however. With tonic the spiciness is gone and is mainly floral and a bit of citrus. I like the interesting profile of having in straight up or on rocks more.