Larceny Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted May 12, 2021Average, forgettable - forgot this was among whiskies tasted last night. Probably fine for the price.
Tyrconnell Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTasted May 11, 20214th place whiskey night. Apples on the nose. Delicate and smooth. Irish whiskey isn't generally my cup of tea, but this was a nice, easy-drinking whiskey.
GlenDronach Original 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted May 11, 2021Whiskey night 3rd place. As a scotch fan, I was surprised that this fell behind a bourbon and a rye. I seem to prefer sherry finishes when combined with some peat. For whatever reason that combo works well for me, so an unpeated sherried scotch falls a little flat for my liking. Still good, but wasn't the star of the show as I'd expected.
Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted May 11, 20212nd place for me among whiskey night tastes. Hot with a punch of cherry on the finish. I like regular Old Forester for the price especially, and this is a clear upgrade, although I'm not sure it's worth more than twice the cost.
Wilderness Trail Settlers Select Single Barrel Rye
Rye — Kentucky , USATasted May 11, 2021Whiskey night tasting with friends - this was the winner among an assortment of various whiskeys across the gamut. Well balanced, good touch of rye spice, and the proof was nicely hidden. This particular barrel was 116 proof.
Jameson Black Barrel
Blended — IrelandTasted May 7, 2021Tastes like what you'd expect Jameson to taste like if you finished it in heavily charred bourbon barrels. Better than regular Jameson, but not particularly exciting. It's fine.
Balcones Peated Texas Single Malt Whisky
American Single Malt — Texas, USATasted May 1, 2021Really great whiskey. All the things I love about Balcones, plus wonderful peat. It's not a peat bomb, but it's there, and it feels well-integrated into the experience, not just an afterthought or gimmick. First taste was neat and I found it to be quite hot. It takes a fair amount of water well without losing anything for me. I appreciate the high proof and that I can add some water to stretch it out a little, but I'd also like to see a lower proof, cheaper peated single malt (like Lineage is to the regular single malt). Second pour gets this an upgrade to 5*. This stuff is legit. Update #2: dern near whiskey perfection.80.0 USD per Bottle
Talisker Select Reserve (Game of Thrones-House Greyjoy)
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTasted April 29, 2021Tastes maybe a hair younger than also NAS Storm, but I'm not sure I could pick this apart from the Storm if they're lined-up together. Sweet, smoky peat. Loses a quarter point for the goofy GOT marketing. Also minus for a somewhat more ashy finish that I'm not especially fond of. Still, it's unmistakably a Talisker.43.0 USD per Bottle
Town Branch Malt
American Single Malt — Kentucky, USATasted April 16, 2021Tastes like vodka with a slight hint of scotch flavor. Makes me think I'm coming down with a case of COVID. Doesn't taste bad, it just hardly tastes like anything. I suspect Balcones has given me unrealistic expectations for American single malts. Update: a week later, it's unclear if this has gotten a little better or if I'm better, but this has got a little more going on than I gave it credit for. One could perhaps see some similarities to a young Speyside. Bumping up a half point. Still not great, despite a longer age statement than comparable American single malts.
Amrut Peated Indian Single Malt
Peated Single Malt — IndiaTasted April 15, 2021Good peated whisky, although it doesn't seem give me anything particularly unique that I couldn't find in a Islay whisky at a cheaper price point. The Fusion, on the other hand, was a stand-out.