Springbank 12 Year Cask Strength (Batch 17)
Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, ScotlandReviewed December 6, 2023Nose with soft wood smoke, tobacco and lime chocolate. Oily palate with pepper, peat, caramel and oranges. Very complex and good whisky. Beauty!
Redbreast 15 Year
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed December 6, 2023Wood spices, honey, vanilla and tangerine zest on the nose. Creamy and oily mouthfeel with sweet lemon, baking spices, wood spices, a little salt. Sweet medium finish with sweet citrus peel and baking spices. Personally for me, I like the 12yo more, which might be a surprise for some of you. For me, 12yo is more hard to understand, yet more complex with different, less sweet taste.
Jameson 18 Year
Blended — IrelandReviewed December 6, 2023The most complex Jameson Whiskey I've tasted ever. Woody, spicy, toffee on the nose. The aroma that impresses me the most, however, is of very sweet, ripe yellow apples and pears. Complex mouthfeel as well - oily, toffee, spicy, nutty fruit juice, woody notes, vanilla and a little salt as well. Finishing amazing with taste of wood, spice and ripe fruits and toffee. Amazing dram! Very well done!
Jameson Single Pot Still
Single Pot Still — IrelandReviewed December 6, 2023I had the pleasure to taste this new release a few months before its premiere on our market. This is a Five Oak Cask Release, which is matured in a combination of three different types of virgin oak (Irish, European and American) and in addition to ex-bourbon and ex-sherry casks. As you may guess, because of the Single Pot Still and the virgin oaks, the whole whiskey is dominated by spices. On the nose - wood-driven spices of cinnamon, complimented by salted caramel a vanilla. Earthy, grassy feeling in addition to peel of green zesty fruits could be felt on the nose as well. On the palate you can now feel more of the bourbon casks and also the sherry - dark chocolate feeling, toffee and oranges, all covered with wood spices while finishing. I've tasted much better single pot stills to be honest, although that is not one of the bad ones!
Jameson Black Barrel
Blended — IrelandReviewed December 6, 2023Dominance of the bourbon casks - the extra charred ex-bourbon barrels really work very well here. Creamy toffee, honey and sweet apples on the nose and a slight, slight smoky touch. Then, on the palate, smoke disappears and fruits and spicy notes come out as a compliment to the vanilla and toffee sweetness, which are finishing nicely. Good everyday whiskey, comparable to the Proper No. Twelve, but a little more complex.
Blended — Midleton, IrelandReviewed December 5, 2023 (edited December 6, 2023)Although its purpose is to represent Jameson in the Sherry segment, you can definitely feel the dominance of a bourbon cask. Honey maple butter and slight toffee on the nose with pepper and ginger coming out as an effect of the pot-still. Toasted wood, sweet cake, slight honey and vanilla on the palate. Then the finish is lingering with sherry notes. Not well-balanced from my point of view. Too sweet, without anything explosive and different from sweetness.
Ron Diplomático Mantuano Rum
Aged Rum — VenezuelaReviewed December 3, 2023On the nose it is rich with dark fruits, cinnamon, Christmas cake, caramel. On the palate it is creamy with dark fruits, sweet cake, milk with cinnamon, finishing with sweet oaky spices. Very good price to quality ratio.
Yamazakura Fine Blended Whisky
Blended — JapanReviewed November 23, 2023Honestly, it doesn't deserve a long review. It is so poor, that I don't want to imagine drinking something worse. Metallic on the nose and alcoholic on taste. Short finish, but who would want a long finish of this... Very, very bad work. I would fire the blender.
Bankhall Single Malt Whisky
Single Malt — Liverpool, EnglandReviewed November 20, 2023Nice bottle and colour here. Good price for a single malt whisky from actually one of the first English distilleries. You can feel the character of both the Bourbon and the Sherry casks - citrus and forrest fruits, tiny spiciness, vanilla and caramel on the nose and the palate. A touch of honey at the end. Good price to quality ratio for an everyday drink.29.0 USD per Bottle
Balvenie Portwood 21 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed November 15, 2023 (edited November 16, 2023)Now this is a massively amazing example of a cask finishing. Red fruits, red berries, floral and nuts on the nose, and spices as a compliment. The beaufitul part comes on the palate. Honey, dried fruits, vanilla, caramel, almonds, pecans... A gentle, gentle masterpiece. Wow! A whisky for anyone!