Yellow Spot 12 Year Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed June 16, 2020 (edited December 30, 2020)A beautifully clean nose of honey apples orange blossom and linden. On the palate the honeyed sweetness is accented by the clove and vanilla spice. The finish is equally clean and draws out the apple citrus to its full extent. This whisky is incredibly simple and yet so well balanced and clean that I can’t help but applaud it!
Blanton's Original Single Barrel
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 16, 2020I think that this is probably the best bourbon to give as a gift. Everything about it is warm and inviting, but fails to polarize or create a divisive opinion. Certainty not a bad trait! But if you’re looking for an interesting whisky, this is not it. On the nose sweet caramel and soft vanilla ride over the bing cherry and strawberry sweetness. The palate enforces the nose with reckless abandon without adding much barrel spice. The finish is rich and long and always invites another sip.
Abasolo Ancestral Corn Whisky
Corn — Mexico, MexicoReviewed June 16, 2020 (edited October 24, 2020)Exceptionally unique! The nose is dominate by an aroma in unfamiliar with, but I’ll try to describe it as roasted sweet corn with movie theatre butter and salted caramel. On the palate it’s much more subdued with corn/agave sweetness rising over soft caramel and vanilla. Hints of banana and tropical fruits poke through on occasion. The finish is a quick decrescendo that fails to leave a lasting impression.
Jesse James Single Barrel
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee , USAReviewed June 13, 2020Raw cereal and sawdust crush the nose. On the palate sweet corn and sawdust are fairly one dimensional. A quick sweet finish make this a very forgettable whisky.
Jesse James Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 13, 2020Vanilla and red berries on the nose with a hint of ethanol. On the palate it’s exceptionally light. Cornbread sweetness dominates with silky vanilla. One of the least complex whiskies I’ve had in a LONG time, but still well balanced.
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed June 13, 2020Yeast is DEFIANTLY the defining factor here. This is extremely reminiscent of much earthier Japanese sake. Brioche and raw mushroom are abundant on the nose. On the palate it’s extremely clean. Orange peel, soft vanilla and floral notes float on top of creamy banana custard. The finish brings out more citrus, but keeps all of the existing complexity.
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 13, 2020 (edited July 8, 2020)Delicate nose of maraschino cherries orange zest and lemon rind. Oak is mush more present on the palate with vanilla clove and nutmeg layering over the fruit. Everything comes together nicely in the finish and creates a very cohesive drink
Crown Royal Bourbon Mash
Canadian — CanadaReviewed June 10, 2020 (edited May 3, 2022)Super soft on the nose with vanilla and sweet corn leading the way. Mild again on the palate with soft mint and more cornbread-like character and aspartame sweetness. Nothing to complain about, just a luke-warm whisky
The Walking Dead Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed June 10, 2020Sweet banana and chili pepper sit under the ethanol cloud on the nose. On the palate the candied cherry and dried mango skins crush it, but the alcohol still rears it’s ugly head. There’s so mush to love, but it’s a little too unbalanced for me to want more.
Aberfeldy 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed June 10, 2020Apple cider and bing cherry nose with honey. On the palate toasted almonds are present at the forefront with the fruit in support. Layers in some mild nutmeg and clove in the finish with the honey again showing it’s strength. Not phenomenally layered or complex, but still a terrific QPR bottle!