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  1. Bone Snapper X-Ray Straight Rye Whiskey

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Wish I had known the proof before I put down the fist taste. Spicy and fiery before an ice cube. Sweet! Still hot. Classic rye but nothing more or less.
  2. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Good, definitely. Great ...meh. It's very middle of the road, spicy but not too much, sweet but not too much, etc. I guess I see the appeal, but it's not what I am after.
  3. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Good, definitely. Great ...meh. It's very middle of the road, spicy but not too much, sweet but not too much, etc. I guess I see the appeal, but it's not what I am after.
  4. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B519

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Dat nose! And dat burn! I need some water here. Damn fine whisky.
  5. Islay 2008 9 Year Cask #20084 (The Exclusive Malts)

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    I'm pretty sure this is Caol Ila. it's got that mid-strong peat and oily character I remember from Caol Ila 12. water helps as its very potent stuff. there is a sweetness under the peat that makes me want to not put down the glass. I hope they have some left when I go back.
  6. Templeton Rye 6 Year

    Rye — Indiana (bottled in Iowa), USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    this stuff stands out. it's an outlier, sure, but it's unique. looking for something new and different, try this stuff.
  7. Clyde May's Straight Bourbon

    Bourbon — Alabama, USA

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Dull. Sweet but bland. I like a little jump jive and wail out of a bourbon but this one would rather sit and watch the action. It's easy going, not offensive, reminds me of Buffalo Trace.
  8. Ledaig 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Noice! less smoke than expected, but a big full flavor. smoke rather than peat. Sweet, a little salty. yum!
  9. Lagavulin 8 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Tasted side by side with the 16 year. I didn't get as much differentiation as I expected. The 16 has a gunpowder dryness that the 8 year lacks, but the 8 year packs more punch. Plus its 5% higher abv than the 16 and it shows. The 16 lingers on the tongue more while the 8 is more abrupt. I dig them both, but even side by side I can barely tell them apart. I guess I need to stick to the mainland malts.
  10. Lagavulin 16 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Tasting side by side with the 8 year Lagavulin. Nose is very similar. Don't think I could tell them apart. Taste is full and oily, peaty of course, with that gunpowder dryness at the end. Less aggressive than the 8, smoother, less burn. Oh...the 8 is 5% stronger abv. The 8 doesn't have that dryness to it. The lingering tastes of the 16 are deeper and more interesting. The 8 year is kinda BAM then gone. The peat is more forceful on the 8, but not much. I guess I expected (hoped?) to detect more differentiation here, but my palate doesn't find much difference. I think I grew up on the Speysiders so long that big whisky like this overpowers my senses. Bourbon does that to as well - too damn strong and it all runs together. to be fair, aint nothing delicate on me, even the palate. I'm a bit of a blunt instrument so this shouldn't surprise me. Both are good and I am happy to have an unopened bottle of 16 in reserve, but I think I'll buy the 8 from now on (if I can find it!)
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