The Real McCoy 12 Year Rum
Aged Rum — BarbadosTasted February 14, 2021Wow that’s dry. Delicious. As suggested in others’ notes let it acclimatize to being poured for 30 minutes or so. The coconut note is amazing. Also, a slug added to a cup of Americano might be the best cup of spiked coffee you’ve had lately.
Sierra Norte Native Oaxacan Yellow Corn
Other Whiskey — Oaxaca, MexicoTasted February 13, 2021Faint huitlacoche nose, all corn from there out. A solid corn whiskey.
Zünftler Altes Schwarzwalder Kirschwasser 10 Jahre gelagert
Other Brandy — GermanyTasted January 18, 2021In a Glencairn neat. Initial nose has joven tequila aroma, diminishing with subsequent nosings until it’s near-mentholy after a couple of full-on Tony Montana-like inhalations. Legs slow or stop halfway down the glass. Very dry mouth, oily. None of that cough syrup taste found in cheap kirsch. More of a stone and mild cherry flavor with just enough heat to tingle the tongue. A few drops of distilled water brought back the agave aroma and a little of the same taste, along with the cherry stone. Finish is warm & spicy, lingering a minute or two. I picked up a 750ml in a grocery store in Germany for € 7. Will get a couple more when routine travel to BRD resumes. Excellent Kirschwasser.
Virgin Bourbon 7 Year 101
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted January 8, 2021Picked up a couple of $17 fifths of no age statement on a recent trip to Alabama. I much prefer the previously available 7 year old to the current NAS. Like, muchly. The NAS finishes with a pronounced iron-rust note that is unpleasant. The 7 was decent neat plus a few drops of water, but the NAS begs for a couple of drips of orange bitters at a minimum, better with a spoon or two of Curaçao or Amaro Montenegro instead, and it’s even happier in a Revolver cocktail. A Boulevardier’s sweet vermouth & Campari are a yet more effective cover-up. I detect a continuum. Still, all this seems more like “Porky, meet lipstick” rather than making the most delicious drink that one can; I prefer a Revolver made with the traditional Bulleit orange label to the NAS. Bourbon, to me, is most enjoyable neat w/ 3 or 4 drops of distilled water. The NAS is not that one; it is handy - and cheap - for some cocktails (bourbon & Coca-Cola?) I suppose. Too bad the 7 is done. I keep the last half-bottle I have of that specifically for “A or B?” tastings against the NAS for friends, like I do with a few previously delicious but now not so much mass-market handmade cigars. Entropy, I guess.17.0 USD per Bottle
Cachaça — Minas Gerais, BrazilTasted April 29, 2020Grassy and tequila-ey as has been noted. It should make a dandy Paloma. Although inexpensive it’s way better than ‘well’ cachaças like Pitú. Leblon is from Minas Gerais, which according to my Brazilian friends is a basic requirement for drinkable cachaça. It’s nice with a splash of curaçao and one of those big spherical ice balls. I’m going to mix a Maria Sangrenta or three this weekend.
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted February 14, 2019Licorice on the tongue, lingering cinnamon. Perfect amber color.
Russell's Reserve 10 Year Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted December 31, 2018Halfway through the last fifth of the $19 each special case sale from Total - Paddock Shops in L’ville about 15 months ago. For that money there’s no better standard KY bourbon anywhere, hands down. I’ll get 2 cases next time. Prominent sweetness, then vanilla & mild cinnamon; easy neat - easier with one small ice cube - and great as the secret sauce in apple pie. There’s some kind of mysterious chemistry compared to other bourbons in a Chambord-instead-of-red-vermouth Manhattan according to my first wife.Memphis
Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted November 28, 2018Rye rye rye, maple-y vanilla up front with a woody cinnamon finish. Where does the barrel proof (referenced in other posts) for a 45 abv figure? Delicious and certainly a best-value.Holiday Inn Cincinnati-Riverfront