Brugal Extra Dry Supremo
Silver Rum — Dominican RepublicTastedPretty solid choice for mixing cocktails. Very mild aromas, with slight hints a plain cream and distant Dutch processed cocoa: much like I get from a heavily distilled neutral spirit. Mild palm sugar-esque or butterscotch type sweetness on the palate but is mostly dry with a little creaminess. Makes great daiquiris and Mojitos where you want a nice dry rum.
J. Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum
Silver Rum — JamaicaTastedSplendid and powerful phenolic, herbal and vegetable aromas. Funky and devine grassiness with wisps of whipped butter and floral funk. In the mouth it’s fresh, minty, vegetal with mild sweetness and funky plastic or resinous rubber. Not fantastic as expected but ok until this hell hound unleashes on your throat. Quite the potent flavor bomb and fantastic specialty rum to have in your arsenal. Plays well with cachaca as it has many similar characteristics. I like to substitute a half ounce in when I make caipirinhas or daiquiris. Also really balances out the sweetness and adds depth to an Açaí caipirinha. A solid value and usually on sale for around $19-$22.
Del Maguey Chichicapa Mezcal
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca, MexicoTastedWonderfully fruity, enchanting and robustly explosive nose.Pleasant aromas fill the room from a modest pour in a small glass pinch bowl; my favorite mezcal drinking vessel. Truly intoxicating, mezcal smells like nothing else! Little wisps of funk and smoke float about. On the palate: it’s smooth and crisp, slightly lighter body than I’m used to in a mezcal. Tropical fruit and herbaceous notes swarm the senses, with very light roasted agave sweetness and mint rolling in while sour citrus candy and herbal tea notes arrive and round out the profile. Finish is smooth and medium length in the throat, as late glimpses of red radish and fresh garden mulch tie up the experience. Pleasantly smokey but not overly resinous like other Del Maguey offerings I’ve had. Can I even dare suggest...slghtly watery? Nah, nah, nah. It’s got so much going on that I feel that it was any higher ABV than 46%, the profile might be domineering and unbalanced. A wonderful, Espadin for daily consumption. 2015 bottling.
Goslings Black Seal Rum
Dark Rum — BermudaTastedReally a decent, all-a rounder to keep on hand. Dark and Stormys, rum and cokes, rum cake, fried plantains and etc. So many uses for this flavorful and easy going rum. Nothing earth shattering here, just a rich and clean, approachable rum. A handle is usually on sale for around $25. Good value.
Plantation Barbados 5 Year Rum
Aged Rum — BarbadosTastedNice, refreshing and clean tropical, vanilla and toffee aromas. Visibly, pretty light in color. The palate is very crisp and medium-light viscosity with slight fruity-sweetness, warming spices and tropical essence. This rum just thrusts my senses on to a sunny private beach with a calming morning breeze. However, it’s just way too watery and light in flavor to be rated higher. A good value in the $19-22 range, but I’d buy the Appleton Reserve blend or Plantation Original Dark over this.
Jose Cuervo Gold Especial Tequila
Tequila Mixto Gold — Tequila Valley, Jalisco, MexicoTastedThis is NOT tequila. It’s a mixto. A blend of tequila and neutral spirits. PLEASE STOP ADDING THIS PATHETIC COLLEGE KID SWILL TO YOUR TOP SHELVES!!!!!
Wyoming Whiskey Double Cask
Bourbon — Wyoming, USATastedWyoming Whiskey is absolutely my favorite go to bourbon. It’s an easy drinking, everyday soldier but still robust enough with nice sweetness, black tea, herbaceousness, vanilla, caramel and spices. The barrel char notes are clean and superb with the slightest bitterness rounding out the profile. So very smooth! This Double Cask, 100 proof version is just on another level of pure splendor. It’s not only more of everything but fantastically fruity, a touch more sweet and surprisingly even smoother than the std 88 proof version. The sherry finish shines through and adds a ton of depth but isn’t for every whiskey drinker. I tend to love sherry finished whiskey and this is my favorite... by far! First bottle I bought was $55 and now the price has climbed to $62 because of the growing scarcity. This is one of those whiskeys that you sip and you sip and you sip some more, with good friends or by your lonesome self. It doesn’t matter..,it’s just f’n delicious.
Cruzan 151 Rum
Gold Rum — US Virgin IslandsTastedNot surprised but very sharp alcohol on the nose with almond, vanilla and spicy hints. To be fair, we should all know, this is not a sipper. It’s in a special class. However, pronounced alcohol burn with light brown sugar sweetness, vanilla and oak and a little earthy-nuttiness in the mouth. Great for tiki floats but I use it for seasonal fruit liqueur infusions, most summers. Keeps the ABV from getting too low and makes quick work of the maceration process. I just blend it with mellower counter parts. Usually the only 151 overproof spirit other than Everclear on the shelf but this adds a little bit of flavor and is grain free. Also tends to go on sale during the summer months.
The Sexton Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedWas pleasantly surprised by this offering. Mild and fruity nose with vanilla, herbal and malty touches. Very straightforward and rounded on the palate but not dull. Nice sweetness from the PX casks and is extremely smooth. Fruity and slightly sweet and grassy with warming spices, herbal tea and gentle oak backbone. Many people in the tasting party also commented on how smooth and drinkable The Sexton was. PITA, but beautiful bottle design. Definitely going to be a great daily sipper. Good job on this whiskey at a great price.
Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTastedNot much nose, a little biscuit and grassy tones. Thin and watery mouthfeel and flavor. Touch of sweetness with light fruity and herbal tea notes, a little heat on the finish. My first thought was “Is this half whiskey and half neutral spirit?” Not terrible but not in any way, what I’d expect from a UFC fighter. Extremely light and dull but approachable for the newb or weak palates.