Bushmills 29 Year The Rare Casks Pedro Ximenez Cask Single Malt
Single Malt — Northern IrelandTasted September 10, 2022NOSE SHERRY, dried dark fruit, printer’s ink, leather, chocolate, roasted malt, copper, oak, and some marmalade sweetness. Depth… this has a ton of depth and with each sniff, I get a nuanced new note of something new. Baking spice, fig, dates, brown sugar and on and on. It’s lovely. PALATE Pull all the notes from the aroma over and add a bit more ink, copper, oak, and a bit of tart cherries to it and you end up with a darker, yet fuller, version of the aroma. And it’s just a delight to sip. FINISH Long -> Dried dark fruit, leather, pastries, oak, copper, baking spice, and blackberries.
Bushmills Prohibition Recipe Whiskey
Blended — Northern IrelandTasted September 8, 2022NOSE Banana malt, hay, dried orchard fruit, vanilla, honey and a touch of oak. It smells quite nice. It’s not complex, but what’s there is warm, deep and buttery. PALATE Honied orchard fruit, banana chips, hay-like malt, Cornpops, vanilla and caramel with a slightly metallic hint. Again, not complex, but what’s there is buttery and warm. FINISH Med-long -> Honey, dried fruit, malt, vanilla, and orange candy.
Clonakilty Single Batch Double Oak Finish
Blended — IrelandTasted September 7, 2022NOSE Banana, honey, dried orchard fruit and vanilla candy, graham, and a touch of baking spice. Pretty standard Irish Single Malt aroma with a nice fruity sweetness. PALATE Banana, honey graham, dried orchard fruit, vanilla taffy, baking spice, and a hint of grain. Again, pretty standard, but pretty darn nice. FINISH Medium -> Banana chips, honey graham, and some spice.
Limavady Single Barrel Single Malt
Single Malt — IrelandTasted September 7, 2022NOSE Banana taffy, malty sweetness, vanilla candy, graham, dried apples, touch waxy and floral. Fairly standard aroma without anything sharp or off. PALATE Banana taffy, malty sweetness, vanilla candy, graham, dried apples, touch waxy and caramel. Not too different from aroma and again a fairly standard delivery. FINISH Medium -> Banana, vanilla, baking spice and graham.
Smooth Ambler Founders’ Cask Strength Series Rye (2021 Edition)
Rye — West Virginia , USATasted September 2, 2022NOSE Oak, dried dark fruit, herbally-dilly-rye spice, hazelnuts, citrus, cocoa and a touch bready. Rich, darkly fruity, oaky, spicy… this is an excellent rye! PALATE Oaky, dilly, herbally, darkly fruity, cocoa, coppery, crackers and dried blueberries, baking spice and bready. Heavy and rich with layers of spice, this is a true rye drinker’s rye! FINISH Long -> Oak, dilly, herbally spice, and leathery cocoa.
Barrell Bourbon Batch 032
Bourbon — (bottled in) Kentucky, USATasted September 1, 2022NOSE Oak, dried dark fruit, toffee, baking spice, bran muffins and a touch biscuity with some vanilla frosting. The oak sits heavy but balanced by the dark sweet notes that glide through. PALATE OAK, dried dark fruit, roasted corn, nuts, baking spice, red and black licorice with a bit of bran muffin and waxy vanilla. This is a heavy brooding whiskey with a TON of grain presence. Wow. FINISH Long -> Spice, oak, dried dark fruit and waxy vanilla taffy.
Redemption Bourbon Cognac Cask Finish
Bourbon — USATasted August 31, 2022NOSE Blackberry taffy, oak, copper, corn meal, baking spice, leather, and some anise. Darkly sweet and slightly earthy, it’s a heavy aroma. PALATE Caramel corn, oak, blackberry taffy, copper, corn meal, baking spice, waxy vanilla and bits of leather. Keeps pace with the aroma well and delivers a nice experience as it rolls through the senses. FINISH Med-long -> Oak, blackberry taffy, dried fruit and leather fade slowly.
Wyoming Whiskey Outryder (2021 Release)
Blended American Whiskey — Wyoming, USATasted August 30, 2022NOSE Cereal sweetness, oak, spiced apples, caramel, graham crackers and a slight bit of vanilla. What’s there is nice and fresh, but it’s super light. Much lighter than the previous Outryders I’ve had. PALATE Grainy sweetness, candy sweetness, oak, cinnamon, dried fruit and a subtle toffee and vanilla. Woah, this is kind of weird. The spice starts light, but builds till it starts battling the sweetness yet remains balanced. FINISH Medium -> Grainy-candy sweetness, cinnamon and vanilla fade out oaky.
Yellowstone Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted August 29, 2022NOSE Oak, caramel, dried orchard fruit, baking spice, nuts, vanilla taffy and a bit of orange peel and light grassy notes. Nice. Easy, simple, decent regular bourbon. PALATE Oak, caramel, dried orchard fruit, baking spice, nuts, vanilla taffy and a bit of orange peel and biscuity notes. Has a bit of bisciuty note, but basically the same as the aroma and just as nice in a basic way. FINISH Medium -> Oak, nuts, fruit and dark sweets.
Blended — Multiple CountriesTasted August 24, 2022EYE Amber NOSE Pine, honey, fruit, graham, banana’s foster, marshmallow, and a light cakey note. The pine is super present… but not in a bad way. It’s like walking out on my porch (I live in a cabin on a mountain). PALATE Banana taffy, pine, vanilla, graham, wax, and a grainy sweetness with a touch of cake. Ok, not what I was expecting. The palate is quite a bit different than the aroma, but not terrible. FINISH Medium -> Herbal pine, caramel, graham, grainy sweetness, and saline.