Amrut Single Cask (Bottled 2013)
Single Malt — India, IndiaTasted March 27, 2021Nose: Cinnamon and Sherry, with notes of caramelized brown sugar and vanilla. Palate: More spices appear, some clove and anise. Very bourbon like. Some ripe fruits make an appearance as it opens up more. Finish: more of that clove and dry cinnamon with hints of vanilla.
John Walker & Sons Celebratory Blend
Blended — ScotlandTasted March 26, 2021Nose: Honey, dried fruits and cereal notes. Country spring air. Palate: more honey sweetness, salted roasted bar nuts. Some fresh ground pepper adds a nice zing to things Finish: some subtle notes of peat smoke and dark chocolate bitterness. Raisins emerge at the very end of it all.
Makers Mark Soda City Spice
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 17, 2021Nose: sweet wheat, caramel corn, cinnamon sugar churros. Palate: honey and vanilla sweetness is quickly dominated by stewed apples and baking spices. Finish: baking spice turns more to a clove and cinnamon dryness with just a hint of citrus zest lingering
Bower Hill Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted March 14, 2021Color: Honey to Amber Nose: Light, some vanilla, hints of spruce pine tree needles. A very small trace of sandalwood which is a nice surprise. Palate: smooth beginning, with a clove and cinnamon blast on the mid palate. Also just a touch of a ripe tart green apple. Finish: spice fades relatively quickly but ends with a nice apple cobbler à la mode with a strong vanilla gelato which makes me rate the much higher than I initially thought I would!
Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Wisconsin, USATasted February 22, 2021Nose: 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, USATasted January 26, 2021Nose: 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, ScotlandTasted January 25, 2021Nose: 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 — USATasted January 20, 2021Nose: 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, USATasted December 5, 2020Nose: 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 — IrelandTasted November 20, 2020Nose: 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.