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  1. Pendleton Directors' Reserve 20 Year

    Canadian — (bottled in) Oregon, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    2019 Edition Nose - Sweet caramel, vanilla, orange zest, hints of chocolate, toffee Taste - Sweet vanilla caramels, creamy butterscotch, hints of chocolate covered oranges, very rich/creamy for the lower proof, dark chocolate, maple syrup Finish - Creamy caramels, milky chocolate, light cinnamon spice, chocolate covered Werthers candies, light maple syrup, oak Score - 87/100 Final Thoughts - Upon pouring into the glass and the first initial nose, I immediately think of a bourbon with the strong caramel/vanilla notes. There seems to be a fairly high corn content as it drinks like a very smooth amazingly not too overoaked bourbon. Without really knowing the mashbill or anything else it's a very inoffensive, very easy drinking bourbon-like whisky. The maple syrup is funnily very Canadian. That being said, it's very easy to drink, but nothing about it screams amazing. It's nicely balanced, a bit on the sweet side with nice caramel/chocolate/maple syrup notes. Sadly the maple syrup notes make it borderline splenda-like, but not quite. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Probably not another
    95.6 USD per Bottle
  2. Glengoyne Legacy Series: Chapter One 2019

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Raisins, figs, fig newtons, dark honey, caramel, flamed orange zest, chocolate, hint of grape soda Taste - Raisins, dark apple cider, sweet peppery heat, ginger, figs, caramel, hint of orange, lightly drying Finish - Lingering fruity heat, syrupy raisins, light metallic like from that of canned fruit, hint of fruity bitter fruit stems/vines Score - 91/100 Final Thoughts - This one didn't disappoint. The nose was incredible and lasts a very long time. I think the slightly higher proof helps with that without being too punchy with the alcohol vapors. The nose just keeps on going. Once it hits the palate it isn't as complex as the nose, but is still quite tasty. You can tell it's a younger spirit as it doesn't have that thick leathery mouthfeel of older Scotches, but is still quite nice. This is something I can see myself sipping on when I want a very nicely sherried dram. Finish could use a bit of work, but it's still quite pleasant. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    63.72 USD per Bottle
  3. The Glenlivet First Fill 12 year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Poached pears, pineapple, caramel, vanilla, light cinnamon, hint of orange zest Taste - Vanilla, caramel, pineapple, light cinnamon, poached pears, coconut milk creaminess, orange zest very briefly at the front of the palate Finish - Lingering velvety cinnamon vanilla caramel, light bitterness but pleasant, sweet orange immediately after the initial swallow Score - 85/100 Final Thoughts - This was surprisingly good and I don't think I would've pegged it as a Glenlivet if tasted blind. This doesn't really have that much of the classic fresh apple/pear that I typically get from most Glenlivets. This was a completely different beast in a good way. I think I prefer this over the standard 12 as this seems to have a slightly darker, more caramel notes that I typically get with older Scotches (although it could be the slightly higher proof talking). I could see this being a great intro Scotch for some people as well as being a great budget mixer as well. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    30.53 USD per Bottle
  4. Legent Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Oaky vanilla, toasted orange peel, strawberries, caramel, subtle peanut, kind of muted nose Taste - Bit dry, light oaky bitter, fruity caramel, light orange peel with pith bitterness, cinnamon heat, peanut funk emerges late Finish - Light cinnamon heat, light honey roasted peanut butter sweet, peanut skin bitter, fruity grape skin tannic Score - 80/100 Final Thoughts - So this one started out with a fairly muted nose & that was a bit disappointing. Sadly this one tastes exactly as I expected it to being a Jim Beam distillate, which was a slightly fruity/tannic Jim Beam. It has a classic Beam peanut-funk backbone with hints of fruit & tannins from the red wine & sherry cask finishes. It's a nice change from standard Beam but isn't really anything spectacular. I wouldn't mind sipping this neat or mixing it into a more fruity Old Fashioned or making a "PB&J" Old Fashioned by maybe adding some creme de cassis or something to it. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Probably not another
    49.45 USD per Bottle
  5. Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    John Howie Steak Barrel #2 - 55.4% ABV 3x Seared French Cuvee, Maker's 46, Roasted French Mocha 1x Toasted French Spice Nose - (w/o water) Sweet vanilla, gentle cinnamon, hint of chocolate, caramel, sweet brioche, vanilla frosting (w/ water) More sharp vanilla sweet, more caramel, less chocolate Taste - (w/o water) Buttery/oily mouthfeel that transitions to a lightly dry leather, sweet buttery vanilla caramel, hint of cinnamon, mocha foam, faint hint of sweet cherries (w/ water) A lot thinner/drier mouthfeel, drying oak, cinnamon heat, oaky caramel Finish - (w/o water) Lingering waxy/buttery mouthfeel, sweet caramel, light caramel mocha, sharp sweet cherry (w/ water) Lingering drying mouthfeel, brown simple sweet, chocolate returns Score - 81/100 Final Thoughts - So this one does not really do very well with the addition of water as it seems to throw everything off balance. This drinks surprisingly below its proof neat. That being said, it doesn't taste that much different from standard Maker's even with all of the finishing staves. The only benefit is that it's slightly higher proof and doesn't drink like it. Sadly the addition of water kind of throws it off balance so not sure how this would do in a cocktail. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Not another
    68.97 USD per Bottle
  6. Old Forester 1910 Old Fine Whisky

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Dark chocolate, leather, dark toffee, light cinnamon Taste - Sweet toffee, very drying initial mouthfeel, sweet oak, chocolate, brown simple syrup, hint of sweet leather, maple syrup, espresso crema Finish - Sweet toffee, sweet mocha, tiny bit of heat/tingle, maple syrup, leather Score - 86/100 Final Thoughts - I quite liked this one as it hit on at least 2 or 3 of things I like together which is chocolate, coffee, & maple syrup. This is definitely on the sweeter end of the spectrum, very similar to Woodford Reserve Double Oaked and I would treat this as more of a dessert dram than a daily drinking dram. Nice chocolate & gentle coffee/mocha notes throughout. Doesn't really drink like the proof and is overall quite tasty. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes if it's around the same price as Woodford Reserve Double Oaked
    54.87 USD per Bottle
  7. The Glenlivet 14 Year Cognac Cask Selection

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Freshly cut apples, dark apple juice, light apple skin bitter, light caramel, faint raisin, chocolate Taste - Light "tingle" with very little heat, chocolate, apple juice, caramel, light spice, light apple skin bitter, toffee, light raisin, cooked apples Finish - Light fruity bitter, dried apples, chocolate, light raisin Score - 82/100 Final Thoughts - So this one fit the "standard" Glenlivet profile of heavy on the apples but it did add a hint of chocolate & raisins that I attribute to the portion of cognac cask finished Scotch in this single malt blend. It's tasty on its own, but doesn't really make you go "wow, this is incredible" in any way. This is something best neat when you don't really want to think too much about what you're drinking. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Only another if I could find it for about $40 USD
    67.89 USD per Bottle
  8. Oban 21 Year (2018 Special Release)

    Peated Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose - (w/o water) Spicy ginger, hint of ozone, ripe pears, rich honey, golden raisins, citrus zest, light longan (w/ water) More ozone, less spice, more ripe pears, mix of lemon/orange zest, golden raisins Taste - (w/o water) Rich oily mouthfeel, golden raisins/ripe bosc pears, floral honey, white pepper tingle, light citrusy ginger, light salt (w/ water) Less heat, more lemon zest, floral honey, ripe pears, light salt, golden raisins. Finish - (w/o water) Lingering "fresh" sweetness, darker golden raisin sweet, super ripe bosc pears, dark honey, ginger tingle, salt (w/ water) Lingering ripe pears, light tingle, honey, light citrus Score - 94/100 Final Thoughts - This was a great dram overall. Nothing off-putting from start to finish. Very unique "ozone" in this one as well, but with a very "fresh" twist to it. This screams super ripe pears and golden raisin sweet, nice fruity floral aspect to it as well. Not sure if there was any sherry influence to this, but it feels like a nice sautern or sweet moscato or riesling influence. Regardless it's quite nice overall and the "ozone" aspect to it is great. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes, if I could find a bottle for around $200 USD
  9. Talisker 25 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Sweet briny smoke, salt & pepper on smoked kelp, dried persimmons, spicy oak Taste - Salty drying sweet charcoal smoke, white pepper tingle, salty dried persimmon sweet, light oaky bitterness, hint of lemon zest, lightly medicinal/metallic Finish - Long lingering smoky salt, light medicinal/metallic sweet, light salty white pepper tingle/heat Score - 75/100 Final Thoughts - I guess I'm not really a fan of this older expression. It sort of had the "depth" & "age" vibe, but it was all sorts of flavors that were a bit off-putting to me. The smoke was subtle enough, but still quite present even after 25 years in oak. The sweetness was a bit tough to pinpoint, but it reminded me of dried persimmons, which I'm not a huge fan of. There was this medicinal/metallic vibe that I sometimes get from dried fruits that are a bit old. This was interesting as I think I seem to enjoy younger, finished Taliskers better. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No
  10. Old Forester Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Fruity/cherry cinnamon, sweet corn, caramel, dark chocolate, pine? Taste - Initially thin then builds up to a richer mouthfeel, sweet cherry, vanilla caramel, cinnamon spice, slightly herbal rye bread sweetness eventually emerges Finish - Almost menthol/minty coolness on the swallow, light oak, fruity dark cherry sweet, cinnamon spice, flamed lemon zest with a bit too much pith making it slightly bitter but not unpleasant Score - 85/100 Final Thoughts - This was quite good, didn't initially nose like a rye initially, but with some air time the rye spice does come out. Nice experience throughout with the exception of the slight bitter on the finish, but that's fairly minor. Nothing off-putting or distracting about it. Nice balance of sweet and spice, decent enough to sip neat and I can see this playing well in cocktails, but that'll have to see. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes, most likely
    31.74 USD per Bottle
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