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  1. Glenfarclas 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    N: Green apples, and bright tropical fruit like lychees and melon. Slightly nutty. P: dry white wine, apricot, mineral, strawberry F: clean, dry, gentle fruit This is one of the staple entry level malts on my shelf, one of the better values you can buy and a good introduction to gentle sherried Highland malts.
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Benromach Organic

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    This is called a NAS whisky but the packaging has distillation and bottling years, I can presume that mine is a 5 year old expression. I've seen 7 year bottles in bars though. This smells its age. Very grassy and green, lemon, ginger, followed by an earthy/spicy quality like cedar. None of the rounded, cakey qualities of older expressions. Dry entry, black pepper, lemon zest, mineral water, green apples. Finish is clean, herbal, savory. This is an interesting example of unique qualities that young whisky has. Very bright, astringent, but in an appealing way.
  3. Michter's US*1 Small Batch Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    My initial impressions were slightly underwhelming, but after 3 or 4 tastings of the bottle I got a few months ago, I do enjoy it. This doesn't reinvent the wheel but it's pleasantly sweet with dried fruit, brown sugar, vanilla, pound cake. Very little rye sharpness on the palate. Easy going and soft finish, with not much burn. The Us*1 unblended american whisky stands tall as a really decadent dessert whisky, but this is a pleasant entry in the Michters line up.
  4. Knappogue Castle 14 Year Twin Wood

    Single Malt — Ireland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Twin wood is well named because I really get two provinces of flavors that get married really nicely. The nose has a really rich quality of caramel and cocoa, dark fruits, but also a bit of biting herbaceous astringency. Entry is honey sweet with melon, followed by lemon, grassy, mint, mineral water, black pepper. Then the finish is back to rounded earthier flavors like chocolate and coffee. The best summation of the experience is like a salted dark chocolate and a dried cranberry consumed at the same time. Very enjoyable.
  5. High West American Prairie Barrel Select

    Blended American Whiskey — Utah , USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Barrel 6115, bottled at 51.2%. Finished in ex-Rye cask for 1 year 7 months. Bottled for the NH state liquor commission. Hugely aromatic with earthy spices: cumin, pepper, aniseed, but then sweeter molasses, syrup, and butter Fairly gentle entry for the proof. Sweet banana bread, butter, brown sugar, clove, pepper. Long and warm finish with the sweet-hot chili flavors and bready sweetness hanging around.
  6. Teeling Single Grain Whiskey

    Single Grain — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    N: grain forward, oatmeal, orange, ginger, powdered sugar. P: Sweet, bready, tart fruit, slight bitterness, honey, rose hips, syrupy. F: easy finish, low burn for the proof. It's an improvement ovrr the small batch, but I think Knappogue and Red Breast are better options at this price point.
  7. 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Rich buttery nose, cinnamon, honey, toast, vanilla, glazed bun. Entry on the palate is sweet with brown sugar and honey, then spicy with cinnamon and pepper, slight black coffee bitterness. Relaxed finish, warming, good balance of classic bourbon notes.
  8. Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    "The One" picked for Julio's Liquors in Westboro, MA. OBSQ recipe, Aged 9 years 7 months, bottled at 58.6%, Warehouse TN, Barrel 36-3M. N: Ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, sourdough yeastiness, sharp rye intensity. P: Definitely needs a splash of water to open up at this proof with the high rye mashbill. Lots of cinnamon, licorice, chili flake, some doughy pastry. After the initial spicy entry, fairly quiet. Not as vanilla and molasses forward as the lower rye recipe. F: some oak barrel presence, more of the familiar spices, still burns pretty hot after dilution. I'd be interested to try an "E" recipe at barrel strength. The OBSQ really takes your head off at this proof. Even with the water, I can't say I prefer this over the standard Single Barrel. The $30 premium for this private selection makes it more of a crap shoot.
  9. Laphroaig Cairdeas 2018 Fino Cask Finish

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    The fino sherry cask finish is gilding the lily on the classic Laphroiag profile, which is ironic because it does add some floral and herbal qualities. Basically my take is that it's subtraction by addition, adding notes that clash with what's good in the original character. N: Salt spray, ash, pipe smoke, but also a floral sweetness. P: Mineral, creosote, bitter and sharp notes like you'd find in amaro or gin: anise, rhubarb, peppercorns. Slightly tannic and tart cherries. F: pretty standard Laphroiag, coating smoke, charred meat, salt. It's interesting, it just pulls in two wildly different directions and distracts from what I like in the 10 year.
  10. Booker’s Bourbon Batch 2018-04 "Kitchen Table"

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I had a unique opportunity to try 2018-03 alongside the 04 batch. I ordered a 2 oz pour, and the bar just finished the last ounce of 03 and poured a measure of 04 in a separate glencairn. It might be purely the power of suggestion but I feel like I can taste the additional months in the barrel. In spite of the 04 bottle being newly cracked, it is mellower and sweeter, rounded and richer than the younger, peppery 03. N: Maple syrup and buttered toast, licorice, peanut butter, vanilla, roasted nuts. P: Pecan pie, ice cream, anise, raisins, Graham crackers. F: long, sweet, tannic barrel notes, molasses.
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