Bunnahabhain 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedMalt and caramel on the nose. This is a seriously malty, biscuity whiskey. It tastes like shortbread and caramel. It's got a dry, salty bite, with a drying, astringent ethanol character. I also get some rubbing alcohol. Dry and coastal, with none of the characteristic Islay smoke. This is a really delicious whiskey - it's not the crazy smokey Islay whiskey that I love, but this is a great whiskey nonetheless.
Caol Ila 12 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedReally pleasant peaty nose with a great amount of smoke. Great peat and smoke on the palate with some sweeter malty flavors and a lovely coastal influence. I get seaweed, salt, a bit of a black pepper bite, and smoke all around. The balance is also really nice. While it's not Laphroaig, my first love, this is a great drink. It's been years since my last glass of Caol Ila, and that's a regrettable fact!
Jura 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islands, ScotlandTastedSome smoke on the nose, with a lot of malt, maybe some lemon? I can definitely smell the sherry. The palate has malt and a pleasant amount of smoke. I can taste the sherry. It's got a bit of pepper, more white pepper than black, and brine. The body is light, but not in a bad way, it carries the coastal flavors nicely. There is a decent amount going on here- the balance is not perfect, but there is a lot to like - it's got a lingering, intense, salty finish, and that is just fine by me. It's a good drink for a cool fall day.
Dalmore 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedCereal nose with vanilla and honey Nice soft toasted cereal palate - creamy and balanced. It's got a bit of peppery spice and a warm and lingering finish with honey and pepper. The mouth feel is very creamy. This is not my favorite style of scotch, but this a very pleasant drink. I'm normally a peat fiend, but it's nice to have something more moderate from time to time.
Rye — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USATastedOne of the most dependable and reliable ryes out there, in my opinion and it's priced right. Good enough to drink neat on a weeknight, cheap enough to put in a cocktail. It has a pleasant rye flavor, with a bit of wood, and vanilla. It's got a bit of an herbal and grassy edge with the rye spice.
Wild Turkey Rye
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedA pleasant, sweet, affordable rye. It's a bit syrupy and had a nice sharp black pepper bite in the finish. Good for the price. Makes a good daily drink, though I think I prefer Old Forester rye, which comes in around the same price point.
Old Forester Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedIt's the signature Old Forester - burnt brown sugar, marshmallow, some vanilla, barrel char. Some caramel flavors. It's got a little bit of a funky flavor. My only complaint is that the mouthfeel is thinner/lighter than I expected, even at 90 proof.
Oban 18 Year
Peated Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedThe nose is coastal with some smoke. I get honey and cereal grain. Velvety on the tongue. Very briny and coastal. I get a malty cereal flavor on the tongue with dry smoke and lots of grass. The finish has that velvety feel with dry oak and dry grass. There is a bit of vanilla and a lot of malt.
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose has vanilla, barrel char, apple fruitiness, and spice. The palate is deep and earthy with black pepper and spice with a bit of vanilla and caramel. I get char and a bitter taste like the bitter in dark chocolate, but only the bitter notes. There is a lot of char in the finish and a healthy dose of spice (maybe orange and cloves?) There is a dry, astringent, smokiness.
William Larue Weller Bourbon (Fall 2018)
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSweet very floral nose - this smells absolutely wonderful - I get a bit if Rose's and spice with some charcoal/barrel notes. The palate has some fruity floral notes typical of the Weller family. There us a rich caramel flavor on the tongue that evolves into burnt brown sugar. It's very floral with barrel notes. I get a bit of butter, apples, spice, with a long dry finish with fruit, wood, and burnt brown sugar.