Old Bardstown Estate Bourbon 101 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed October 9, 2018 (edited November 23, 2018)It’s totally solid, but definitely nothing special. Very little in the way of nose, a bit of the Willet spice on the front of the tongue, but by the time it hits the back, the flavor has mostly dissipated, and makes for a small burn of a finish. Decent enough for a quick shot or a simple cocktail, but not much else.
St. George Baller Single Malt Whisky
American Single Malt — California, USAReviewed September 23, 2018
Garrison Brothers Texas Straight Bourbon Whiskey (2015 Release)
Bourbon — Texas, USAReviewed September 12, 2018
Kings County Peated Bourbon
Bourbon — New York, USAReviewed September 12, 2018 (edited July 29, 2019)More interesting than good. Honestly, not much more to say about it.
Balcones Texas Rye 100 Proof
Rye — Texas, USAReviewed September 2, 2018 (edited March 25, 2019)Distinctive for sure. There’s grass in the rye, but it doesn’t taste like yard clippings, rather as a compliment. Still a good amount of toasted cereal linger. Also unmistakably Balcones in its basic flavor profile journey. Worth the buy if feeling frisky.
FEW Straight Rye
Rye — Illinois, USAReviewed September 2, 2018At first better than I expected, then exactly like I expected. Tough, since it came just after tasting pikesville, but still. Good rye spice on the nose and the front tongue, but by the end the more grassy notes came forward a little too much.
Sierra Norte Native Oaxacan Black Corn
Other Whiskey — Oaxaca, MexicoReviewed September 1, 2018 (edited March 31, 2020)Bananas and plantains on the tongue, for sure, with some almond on the finish, which was of good length. Almost had the most of a tequila, but not quite sure of that was psychosomatic or not. Either way, this was definitely both good and interesting, which is a pretty rare combo for such a distillery, if you’re asking me. (Are you? Call me, maybe.)
Sierra Norte Native Oaxacan Yellow Corn
Other Whiskey — Oaxaca, MexicoReviewed September 1, 2018 (edited June 2, 2021)Lots of butter popcorn as expected from an almost pure corn whiskey. Not a ton of finish. A momentary pleasure. Not a lot of detractors, but not a lot of memories, either. Prefer the balconies corn whiskeys to this one.
J.H. Cutter Whisky
Blended American Whiskey — USAReviewed September 1, 2018 (edited June 17, 2022)First sip: I LOVE IT! All the stuff I love about both the hotaling rye and willet distillate. And then... Second sip: died pretty quickly. This description from the review that “the circus was barely in town” is pretty spot on. Third sip: okay, okay, I like it. I like the chaotic flavor profile because I like Potrero and I like Willet. It burns off pretty quickly on the back end, but if I was feeling excited and saw this bottle at a decent price (@ $40 tops) then I’d go for it... maybe.
Ron Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Rum
Aged Rum — VenezuelaReviewed July 30, 2018 (edited November 9, 2018)This is flat out delicious. D. Li. Shus. Sweet and vanilla without the acrid tartness or saccharine burn of other rums. Lots of flavor, lots of spice, a full mouth feel, and a too easy run down the throat. This is the only go-to sipping rum that you need. In fact, it’s the single best one to use when showing someone that rum isn’t just for crappy mixed drinks.