Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2022 BRT-02
Bourbon — Kentucky , USAReviewed October 30, 2022 (edited December 16, 2022)Tasted neat in a glen; neck pour; rested for 15. Nose: dusty cola and dark chocolate, faint oak, hints of fruit which skewed towards a port wine. This nose was really interesting. Palate: very sweet (sweet corn), turned a bit to caramel mid-palate, hints of the ~55% ABV came out with subtle heat Finish: butterscotch pudding, and faded to almost kind of like root beer cola; again, subtle heat t8ke: 8.5/10 After thoughts: these flew off the shelves; was lucky I found a a BRT-01 and BRT-02 in PA @ SRP. The guy ahead bought the full case of both before me (no store limits) - which was frustrating when you’re just trying to… try. I’ll give this another go and edit after the neck pour and see if it opens up more. I really enjoyed its nose, but the palate left a bit to be desired as it was predominantly sweet corn. Still, it’s Maker’s LE — a great bourbon — and pretty much what I expected.59.99 USD per Bottle
Peerless Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed October 25, 2022 (edited November 11, 2022)Neck pour. Rested neat in a glen for 15. Nose: predominantly burnt brown sugar and maple pancakes. One of the nicest, sweetest nose bourbons I’ve smelled to date. Palate: immediately sweet vanilla, raisins, rye pops a bit Finish: cinnamon / red hots, skewing a little towards an allspice; pleasant heat at the end with faint barrel char Thoughts: I’ve been wanting to try this for a while (have heard great things about their Double Oaked variety). I realize it’s coming in young with NAS (claimed to be at ~4 years), but this is kind of difficult to justify at its price point.69.99 USD per Bottle
High West A Midwinter Night's Dram
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USAReviewed October 20, 2022 (edited November 14, 2022)Nose: mainly oak Palate: buttery, first thought was “this tastes like gingerbread”. Very sweet. Rye and spice started to come out 20 or so minutes in. Finish: a good deal of rye in the end Really enjoyed this dram for my brother’s wedding down at Greg Norman Steakhouse in SC!25.0 USD per Pour
Blue Spot 7 Year Cask Strength Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed October 8, 2022 (edited September 24, 2023)Blue won this hands down. No detailed notes now after 20+ tasters but Blue Spot won with a very close second to Red; then Yellow. Green was a bit of a let down, but that may just have been because of the comparative to how great the other Spots were in the vertical.
Octomore 07.4/167 Virgin Oak
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed October 8, 2022 (edited November 1, 2022)Wow. This hit the mark for Islays and peated tastes. Favorite taste of the night by far.
Woodford Reserve Wheat Whiskey
Wheat Whiskey — Kentucky, USAReviewed September 5, 2022 (edited November 1, 2022)Rested about ~20-30 minutes. Nose: sweet, some fruits, maybe a touch of vanilla pudding, notes of almond extract, small hint of oak Palate: early on the first thing I noticed was a super thin mouthfeel; it’s virtually absent. Some cinnamon-apples. The longer this sat, the nuttier it got — primarily, almonds on the nose and into the palate. Finish: little bit of bite on the the end, but overall it stayed pretty sweet I won’t grab another bottle. Might make a good mixer. Happy Labor Day!
Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch C921
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed August 26, 2022 (edited November 14, 2022)Tasted neat in a glen. Nose: touch of oak; I personally can’t draw much from the nose. Palate: first note is immediately sweet candied pecans/peanuts and a nice rich, oily viscosity. This dram really didn’t bring much heat, as the sweet buttery palate dominated most hints of spice. Finish: candied pecans/peanuts hang around, and the finish is very mellow for a BP. Maybe it’s been the ryes lately and this was my one of my first forays back into wheat, but this is a very mellow bourbon from the first sip into its finish. I thoroughly enjoyed it and wish it were more accessible! t8ke: 9/1059.99 USD per Bottle
Old Forester Statesman
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed August 20, 2022 (edited September 5, 2022)Peanut on the front of the palate. A tad spicy.
Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed August 5, 2022 (edited October 16, 2022)First ever pour, neat in a glen. This may be the closest thing to a “cherry cola” bourbon I’ve had. Color: deep amber/copper Nose: mostly picked up oak, but the longer this sat out, the more sweet fruits and graham crackers came out on the nose Palate: oily, viscous, very, very sweet —lots of notes of fruits — primarily cherry 🍒 Finish: leads into some rye spice, a bit of a lingering bitter citrus element there as well in the after taste which was really pleasant t8ke: 9/10 What a phenomenal bourbon! Maybe even more so than one of my go-to favorites, WTRB.62.99 USD per Bottle
Noah's Mill Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed July 14, 2022 (edited November 8, 2022)Tasted neat in a glen (last tasting was last summer in July in the Poconos with friends). Nose: a bit of leather, tobacco and oak Palate: front of the lip is very sweet and definitely nutty (thinking peanuts). Hits the tongue and some spice lands. Finish: nuts continue Would definitely buy again for < $60, as I got this in NJ. Willett’s products unfortunately aren’t available in VA.