Benriach 2000 Oloroso Sherry 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed June 2, 2020Pecans and roasted almonds over cherries and prunes crush it on the nose. On the palate the red fruits dazzle again with a heavy hand of cedar and oak. Soft clove and white pepper on the finish with a caramelized sweetness lingering on a long and rich finish. Awesome!
Oppidan Malted Rye Cask Strength
Rye — Illinois, USAReviewed May 25, 2020 (edited September 7, 2020)Slightly sour almond nose with salted caramel, banana and green tea. On the palate there’s loads of toasted almond with more soft raspberry and prune red fruit. Allspice and nutmeg shine in the finish with a touch of clove and eucalyptus.
Peerless Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed May 25, 2020 (edited June 4, 2020)Melted caramel on the nose with banana and poached pear. Ethanol very present. On the palate more butterscotch and caramel with cardamom and mint. A very long and complex finish. Big hit in my railing with the nose and taste of ethanol. There’s everything I want in a great bourbon here, but the aroma and taste of ethanol is too off putting to let me enjoy it to the fullest.
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed May 20, 2020Cherry dominates the nose with orange blossom citrus and vanilla. On the palate the cherry is much softer with some red delicious apple and plenty of nutmeg and baking spices. Oak tannins give a little too much grip but help to showcase the corn sweetness. A long finish with supple structure leaves me wanting more.
Spirit — USAReviewed May 12, 2020 (edited May 18, 2021)Not a terrible effort. On the nose there’s dried apricot fruit, and some nuttiness, but not the typical almond or hazelnut. It almost smells like old acorns. Slightly woody on the palate, with the same odd nuttiness dominating any fruit components. Ethanol is defiantly present. All in, this feels more like a barrel aged vodka, rather than whisky. It’s almost like someone was making whisky from memory, or playing telephone. The basic components are there, just not the best examples.
Cody Road Experimental
Bourbon — Iowa, USAReviewed May 11, 2020Light and inviting nose. Green apple with honey and very soft smoke. On the palate the corn sweetness mixes with agave to create a very honeyed profile while still remaining light and clean. More citrus on the palate and finish than expected. A significant upgrade to the standard Cody Road bourbon!
Cody Road Bourbon
Bourbon — Iowa, USAReviewed May 11, 2020Barrel heavy on the nose. Feels more like new sawdust then an old barrel. Sweetness of the corn prevails on the palate, with a bright lemon grass herbal quality and hints of vanilla. I think that bringing this up to 90 proof certainly made it more flavorful, but I do taste whiffs of ethanol that shouldn’t be there too.
Old Forester Single Barrel Bourbon 90 Proof
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 28, 2020 (edited June 4, 2020)Licorice on the nose with classic maraschino cherry and soft vanilla. Not overly rich on the palate and focuses more on the molasses sweetness and red fruit. Feels light and clean instead of oily and viscous. Perfectly in the middle of the spectrum. Anybody would be happy to have a dram of this.
Heaven Hill Bottled In Bond 7 Year
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed April 27, 2020Vanilla extract and clove on the nose. Brings it with spice on the palate. Defiantly taste the higher proof, even if it’s only at 100. Finishes with corn sweetness and butterscotch.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof Tennessee Whiskey
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee, USAReviewed April 22, 2020Heavy aromas of salted peanuts, vanilla and caramel. Opens up on the palate with some barrel spice, but shows a little too much ethanol from the high abv. Just a touch of water really makes a huge difference!