Ohishi Single Sherry Cask
Other Whiskey — Kumamoto, JapanTasted August 15, 2020Nose: Vanilla, some cherry notes are accented well with the sherry and a bit of the typical Japanese floral notes mixed with a bit of cooked grains Palate: Lots of Oloroso sherry notes and ripe cherries dominate the initial tasting. Very smooth with a bit of oakiness complemented by the floral notes again. It has a younger taste to it though. Finish: Citrus zest and more vanilla on the back end. Stewed stone fruits as well. A very good expression!
Gouden Carolus Single Malt
Single Malt — BelgiumTasted August 15, 2020Nose: Cooked mash and grainy. Some vanilla and stone fruits as well. A sweetness that is usually found in heavier malted spirits. Palate: More vanilla and an oakiness hits first but a citrus hoppiness quickly dominates the palate. Finish: It has the chocolate covered orange peel taste. Sweet with a citrus bitterness that tends to linger long but improves as it does so.
Single Malt — WalesTasted August 15, 2020Nose: Lots of vanilla and baking spices make up the dominate notes on the nose. Sweet smelling but with a younger snap to it. Palate: More baking spices and a sweetness of a vanilla custard that smooths it out. A zestiness brightens everything. Finish: Some herbal notes like you’d find walking in your garden. The vanilla carries through to the finish but more in a vanilla wafer cookie flavor. Finish is shorter than you want.
Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 30, 2020Nose: It comes out with strong vanilla notes and oaky spiciness that tinge the nose a bit. Some salted caramel and cooked mash is noticeable as well. Also a chocolate fudge smell occasionally. Palate: More of the vanilla from the nose at first sip. The oaky spice turns more into cinnamon and black pepper. A sweet caramel mixes with some tartness from a ripe apple. Finish: Caramel syrup sweetness and a bit of burnt sugar. A beautiful long finish, with more ripe fruity notes.
WhistlePig Homestock Whiskey
Other Whiskey — Multiple CountriesTasted July 22, 2020Nose: Sweet with a little rye spice, ripe apples and vanilla. An odd cherry cough syrup comes and goes. Palate: Relatively smooth with some rye spiciness which is to be expected of course. Some caramel mixes with that cherry on the nose which makes it more like candy than cough syrup. Finish: Some honey and nuts appear alongside some maltiness from the barley no doubt. Ends with a whisper of caramel covered apples which is a nice surprise!
Yamazaki Limited Edition 2014
Single Malt — JapanTasted July 15, 2020Appearance: Russet Muscat in color, oily-looking as you swirl with slow-moving long legs that hang to the glass. Nose: Sweet dried fruits, with a candied orange peel. Old oak with just a hint of light smoke. Palate: Smooth with a light sherry and port note that is immediately followed by more of that dried fruit and candied orange peel. Crisp for the age statements blended in here. Finish: Mouth-drying saltiness but not in a bad way. Not as lingering as you want it to be. Slightly more oak and distant smoke like when you smell a cabins fireplace in the distance.
Yamazaki 12 Year
Single Malt — Honshu, JapanTasted July 13, 2020Nose: Sweet floral honey (like wildflower honey) with hints of toffee and fruit. Very easy going. Palate: Very smooth with more of that toffee turning to black bean vanilla. The fruit expands more with just a touch of baking spices. A citrus zestiness brings you into the finish. Finish: The zest brings out more oakiness in the spirit that mixes well with the fruit notes. A nice long finish!
Jeptha Creed Four Grain Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted July 10, 2020Nose: Dusty grain barn. A bit of vanilla creeps in occasionally and a minty freshness. Also a little bit of spice but nothing serious. Taste: On the younger side, some caramel tries to come through. Dried grains and fruit with some nuttiness. More minty notes. Not your typical bourbon. Finish: Dark chocolate bitterness with some sweetness trying to come in at the end with just a subtle smoke.
Barrell Craft Spirits Bourbon 15 Year (2018 Release)
Bourbon — (bottled in) Kentucky, USATasted July 7, 2020Nose: A lot of old oakiness (think of the smell of sanding an old piece of oak wood, dried fruits like a fig with a molasses sweetness too. Some vanilla creeps in but has that old whiskey smell that I love! Palette: A dried fruit sweetness like a candied fruit or even a raisin-like taste is quickly overcome by old oak spices, like cinnamon or clove that has been in the spice rack/drawer for a while. Finish: Is long and lingering with more oakiness but a nice sweet cherry candy appears if you retrohale as you finish it. It stays on the palette just like some older bottles of whiskey I've had does. All in all an amazing bottle!
Glenrothes Restricted Release Distilled in 1972 Bottled in1996
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTasted July 1, 2020Nose: Has that old whisky smell, anything pre 80’s has a unique character and this is no different. Dark dried fruits and nuts. Some notes of woodsy character as well. Palate: That old library taste, like leather bound books with old antique furniture. More dark dried fruits with a bitter chocolate an nuttiness moving you into the finish. Finish: More of that dark chocolate on the finish with the bitterness but is well rounded with molasses and marzipan.