Cardhu 14 Year (2019 Special Release)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted October 20, 2020Nose: Toffee with hints of a salted nutriness. It mixes with a salted caramel and a bit of nugget too. Makes me think of a nice chocolate truffle. Lastly a tad bit of citrus peel. Palate: very citrusy on the palate a little more milk chocolate and caramel that mixes well with freshness of the citrus. Finish: a little bit of cooked caramel and a little bit of ginger spice which is a nice addition to the slight bitterness that creeps in the end
Pittyvaich 29 Year (2019 Special Release)
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted October 20, 2020Nose: Buttery, almost chardonnay like. A fresh loaf of toasted sourdough. Just a little bit of cinnamon powder and a tinge of citrus peel. Just a note of funky orchard smell too. Palate: a creamy malty thickness coats the palate. Followed by a buttered croissant with a little fruity plum jam note. Finish: Carmalized sugar and citrus
The Singleton of Glen Ord 18 Year (2019 Special Release)
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTasted October 20, 2020Nose: Sweet, doughy bread, fuity like a hint of cooked apple and strawberries. Lastly a bit of creamy vanilla like that that sometimes is found in a creme brulee. Just a tiny bit of cinnamon sugar at the end. Palate: lots of apricots and a tinge of lemon zestiness. A sweetness emerges and the taste of milk chocolate covered strawberries. Finish: Similar to the palate with a little bit of cinnamon and star anise but not in an overly spicy way. A little herbal on the retrohale after a sip. Enjoyed the nose more than the palate but not a bad dram at all!
Lagavulin 9 Year (Game of Thrones-House Lannister)
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTasted October 3, 2020Nose: peaty but more of the wood smoke side. A slight sweetness to it and a touch of burnt rubber. Orange peel oils like you may find on the rim of an Old Fashioned. Some honey and malted barely as it opens. Palate: slightly oily mouth feel with oak like spice. Think of a nutmeg or cinnamon topped hot drink by a wood burning fireplace. Orange zest like freshness brings you into the finish. Finish: Sweeter smoke with a brininess that’s drys the palate a bit. Doesn’t linger too long.
Colonel Hunter’s Select Barrel Release No. 2
Tennessee — Tennessee , USATasted September 30, 2020Nose: A caramel sweetness is paired with vanilla to create that Tennessee bouquet that is all to familiar with TN Whiskey. Freshness of a recently cut honey crisp apple. Palate: More of the same of the palate. Caramel sweetness is smoothed out with vanilla. Apple note gets stronger as you exhale with hints of clove and cinnamon as well. Finish: Caramel transforms more into a dulce de leche drizzled on some vanilla ice cream after some apple pie. Specific I know but that’s one of my favorite desserts and this reminds me of it!
George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky 11 Year (Fall 2008)
Tennessee — Tennessee, USATasted September 27, 2020Nose: Strong Tennessee Whiskey smell, oak, sweet corn, vanilla and caramel. A nice apple pie crust note as well. Palate: Thicker mouthfeel, the oak turns more into a cracked black pepper that warms the palate. More stewed apples and pie crust. A nice vanilla butterscotch note moves you into the finish. Finish: Quicker than you would like. More of the vanilla butterscotch as it fades away. Just a hint of caramel drizzle waves goodbye to finish it all!
Knob Creek Single Barrel KY Straight Bourbon Whiskey Barrel #7770 Hand Selected by Wilson County ABC
Bourbon — Kentucky , USATasted September 26, 2020Nose: Wine Barrel Oakiness (if you've ever been to a winery think of the smell of their barrels) with some notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Palate: More oak with a subtle leather making itself preset occasionally. More cinnamon and some notes of stew fruit but having a hard time pinning what fruit. With just a touch of caramel sweetness. Finish: Freshly cracked Black Pepper mixed with an evolution of the caramel into more of a burnt sugar taste.
Knob Creek 15 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 26, 2020NOSE: Old oak, white pepper and vanilla. With a touch of caramel sweetness as well. Palate: lots more vanilla competing with oak and rye spices initially. With some dried fruits and raisins more in the background of things. As the spice fades the caramel sweetness enhances into the finish. Finish: Finish is a bit dry as the oak fades a bit leaving more of an aftertaste of dried fruits, burnt sugar and a salted nuttiness.
Shadow Ridge American Single Malt Whiskey
American Single Malt — San Diego, USATasted September 13, 2020Nose: Sweet tobacco curing in a barn (if you grew up in tobacco country you know the smell) Stewed fruits and baked bread. Palate: More of that tobacco but with more toffee notes with a nice maltiness to it too. Some woody flavors and leather also can be found. Finish: a nice dark chocolate with that sweet tobacco barn still powering through and I’m loving it.
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted September 9, 2020Nose: Oak spice and vanilla come to mind right off the bat. Some leather and toast as it opens up a bit. Palate: More vanilla mixes with a caramel like sweetness. It develops into more of a pipe tobacco and cinnamon but subtly so. Finish: Still has everything from the palate but less sweetness allow the oak spice and cinnamon come forward. Leaving some chest warmth as you sip. Tastes like the definition of a bourbon