Old Pulteney 15 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted August 24, 2022Noses with orange blossom honey, tart apple, pie crust. On the nose I don’t think I get any of the salty note that I associate with Pulteney. By way of suggestion, maybe very faintly. The mouthfeel has a nice oiliness. Honey builds into some spice on the back end. Toffee. A little fruit shows up on the finish. I may be talking myself into an ever-so-slight salty note, but it’s certainly not prominent. Good whisky. Good value at the $70 I paid for it. I think I’m in the 3.75-4 range.
Oilfire Rye Whiskey & Liqueur
Rye — Oklahoma, USATasted August 21, 2022It should be noted that this is 35% ABV, not 70. It should also be noted that this is bad and should be avoided. Tastes like a great deal of sugar was added to young rye whiskey.
Canadian — CanadaTasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey night tasting. Not sure how this one snuck in. I’ve had worse, but not by a lot. This is one in which the low proof helps, because you don’t really want to taste it.
Redemption Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana, USATasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey night tasting. Tasted like young MGP. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.
McConnell's Irish Whisky Sherry Cask Finish 5 Year
Blended — IrelandTasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey night tasting. Couldn’t identify it as an Irish whiskey. Would’ve guessed something Canadian. Maple syrup and bitter chocolate on the finish.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey night tasting. Honey, apple, malty, more caramel than I usually pick up in scotch, which made me think it was a blend. Good flavor, but it isn’t helped by the low proof.
George Dickel Bourbon 8 Year
Bourbon — Tennessee, USATasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey night tasting. Basic but good flavor. Mostly caramel, brown sugar. Was surprised to have not noticed any Flintstones vitamins when it was revealed. Good value bourbon.
Shackleton Blended Malt
Blended Malt — highlands, ScotlandTasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey tasting with friends. Malty, honey, touch of peat. Not bad for the price, but you can also do better.
Davidson Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Tennessee, USATasted August 21, 2022Blind whiskey night tasting with friends. Hot, flavorful, quite roasty. Somewhat reminiscent of something from Balcones with the roasty note.
Knappogue Castle 12 Year Marchesi di Barolo Cask Finish
Single Malt — IrelandTasted August 18, 2022This ups the complexity and fruit flavors from the 14 year Twin Wood. On the nose, I get some tropical fruit, dusty wood, citrus. As tends to be a trend with my tastings of Irish whiskey, the nose stands out above the palate. But the palate is still enjoyable, bringing red fruit, strawberry taffy, light maltiness, tropical fruit, toffee. Some bitter and tannins show up on the finish, but give a nice balance to the fruit. Overall, it’s definitely an upgrade over the 14 year for me. It’s nice that it’s bottled at 46%, like the 14 year also. It’s a moot point about whether I would buy this again, as it was a limited release of 1200 bottles. I’m not sure it’s quite enough better to justify the $30 price difference since I can find the 14 year locally for 45, but I will enjoy this bottle.