Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Wisconsin, USATastedNose: Sweet brown sugar, a bit of a dusty grain barn smell and some peanut shells. Taste: More sweetness but no syrupy at all. Some vanilla and oak spice come through as well. Finish: doesn't offer much more. Is reminiscent of an aged rum but not as thick and syrupy on the palette.
Chicken Cock 15 Year Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedNose: Somewhat light nose for the age. Nice toasted oak with just a bit of that rye spice popping up. Palate: Cherry licorice, and cinnamon are met with a soothingly sweet caramel and vanilla. Dark chocolate cover orange peel brings up the rear. Finish: Long and lasting with more notes of cinnamon and cracked black pepper. A great offering from a brand with a long history!
Lagavulin Offerman Edition 11 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNose: Sweet and smokey with a meatiness there too. Some brininess as well mixes with fresh cut green apples. This is smoothed out by a nice vanilla note. Palate: Woodsy spices with smoked sea salt take the lead. Just a touch of peat and more fresh cut green apple, but it's subtle. A sweetness rounds things off as you get to the finish. Finish: Oily and long the woodsy spice lingers not unlike that of a gingerbread cookie, more zing than “spicy”. Lovely dram!
Breckenridge Dark Arts
American Single Malt — USATastedNose: A lot of fresh malt mash. Just a bit of dark chocolate or cocoa powder. Some old leather polish but in a pleasing way. Palate: Honey and a malty bread like taste at first sip. As it moves more to the mid-palate it develops more of a dried fruit and burnt sugar note. Finish: Some cinnamon and clove start the finish off but then a cigar box and sweet pipe tobaccos sneak in before fading away.
George Dickel No. 12
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATastedNose: Heavy vanilla and oak spices, fresh crushed peanut shells. A hint of green leaves as it opens up. Palate: smooth with lots of vanilla and oak spices battling for dominance. A little bit of caramel develops out of the midst of the others. Finish: very short and dry like a tannic white wine. Cinnamon sticks and a little bit of char end things.
Jack Ryan 12 Year Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedNose: Sweet ripe orchard fruits like a nectarine or apricot. Honey and vanilla creep in as it opens more. Palate: A lot more honey and vanilla develop. A bit of oakiness as well mixes with that ripe nectarine/apricot from the nose. Finish: The ripe fruit turns more to an orange like zest and cedar wood box like character.
Hyde no. 4 1922 6 year old presidents cask rum finish single malt
Single Malt — IrelandTastedNose: Vanilla waffer cookies. Over ripe fruit and a toffee like sweetness. Palate: Toasted bread with butter and cinnamon. Finish: Freshly ground black pepper and dried fruits
J.J. Corry The Gael Irish Whiskey
Blended — IrelandTastedNose: light and sweet with hints of vanilla and fruits and citrus zest. Palate: Buttered white bread. Lemon pith with some hints of nutmeg. Finish: trail mix, think dried fruit and nuts mixed together with those milk chocolate pieces too.
Laphroaig Cairdeas 200th Anniversary Edition
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedNose: beach bonfire, think of great times at dusk at the beach. A bit of smoked honeyed ham. With a touch of pepper. Palate: a lot more of that seaside bonfire tasting, charcoal smoky. A slight medicinal taste that fades quickly to more of a vegetal/seaweed salad flavor. Finish: on the sweeter side of smoky, oily mouthfeel that lingers a while.
Whiskey Del Bac Dorado Mesquite Smoked Single Malt
American Single Malt — Arizona, USATastedNose: Sweet bbq over an open fire. Higher end bbq sauce. Dried chili’s. Palate: more mesquite bbq sauce like at your favorite Texas bbq spot. Mild Adobe or mole sauce. Finish: smooth and lingering mesquite sweetness.