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  1. Barrell Bourbon New Year 2017 Limited Edition

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - (w/o water) Rich dark vanilla caramels, roasted nuts, dark roast coffee beans, oiled leather (w/ water) Vanilla caramels, dark toffee, roasted nuts w/ skins Taste - (w/o water) Rich dark, oaky vanilla caramels, hint of peanut skin bitter, cinnamon spice, roasted nuts (w/ water) Oaky vanilla caramels, light bitter nut skins are more prominent, dark brown simple Finish - (w/o water) Lingering oaky brown simple, oiled leather, hint of burnt nut skin bitterness (w/ water) Lingering sweet toasted nuts, faint tingle, oaky brown simple Score - 84/100 Final Thoughts - So this started out with a fantastic nose, but once it hit the palate, it tasted a bit overoaked and a tiny bit tannic. It starts out pretty good, but then this sudden nut skin bitterness soon takes over and gets a bit distracting. The delicious dark vanilla caramels get drowned out. This one is better without the addition of water as I think the water enhances the bitterness and surprisingly for the higher proof, it doesn't drink as such. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Not another
    87.96 USD per Bottle
  2. Old Perth 23

    Blended Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Distilled 1994, Single Cask 45% Nose - Rich fruity caramel, stewed dark red berries, chocolate covered toffee, candied ginger, candied orange Taste - Very light heat/tingle, rich dark red berries, candied ginger, oaky caramel, leather dryness/bitterness, bitter dark chocolate, coffee toffee Finish - Lingering dryness, fruity oak, lingering dark red berry sweet, similar to a cranberry-cherry juice blend w/ the same amount of sweet-tart, hint of dark chocolate covered coffee toffee Score - 89/100 Final Thoughts - This one had an an amazing nose, which sort of sets the expectations a bit high as you don't quite get all of those intense flavors on the palate. It smells like a dessert dram, but drinks like a nicely sherried everyday drinker. Not saying that's a bad thing, but I was just hoping for a bit more of that intense caramel/toffee sweetness on the palate that I got in the nose. Overall a very nice blend with no off-putting notes and is actually quite nicely balanced. Bitterness tones down the sweetness to a good level. I guess I'm just being picky on how the nose didn't translate 1 to 1 on the palate. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
  3. Woodford Reserve Master’s Collection Brandy Cask Finish

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Intense fruity dark caramel, dark toffee, dried blueberries/cranberries, vanilla, hints of sweet spicy oak Taste - Pleasant sweet spicy tingle, dark toffee, dark chocolate, hints of raisins, dried blueberries, hint of candied orange, vanilla, faint hint of almond/hazelnut skin bitterness, fruity dark roast coffee Finish - Light lingering fruity spice, light nutty bitterness, dark chocolate covered coffee toffee, caramel Score - 91/100 Final Thoughts - I really quite like this one. It hits on most of the flavors I really like in a bourbon. The brandy cask is prominent in the added fruity notes and I think it complements it quite well. Great nose on this one as it's a great balance of dark chocolate, sweet nuts, & dried fruits that all go very well together. Like a good dark chocolate toffee bark or something. Great taste on the palate as most of the stuff in the nose is also present. The light bitterness complements everything well & isn't off putting (at least to me). I think this would be best enjoyed neat as any additional water or ice or bitters might mask the subtle brandy influence that's present. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    111.27 USD per Bottle
  4. Kamiki Blended Malt

    Blended Malt — Multiple Countries

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Lightly floral, honey, sandalwood, roasted barley tea, hints of Chinese herbal medicine roots, dried ginseng, cedar Taste - Dried goji berries, hint of dried oolong tea, dried Chinese red dates, ginger heat, dried persimmon Finish - Lingering fruity barley tea, light candied ginger, Chinese red dates, dried persimmon sweet Score - 70/100 Final Thoughts - This was...interesting I guess. Had an interesting nose that I've only gotten before from a young specialty barley whiskey I had once at Westland Distillery in Seattle, WA. The cedar influence was very apparent but there was also this weird Chinese herbal medicine vibe/funk I got out of this one. This one tasted quite young and although interesting, was kind of weird. Didn't really feel very well put together and not sure if the cedar influence was just overpowering the malt or what, but it was just kind of weird all around. Would I drink it if offered? - Maybe Would I specifically order it? - Not anymore Would I buy a bottle? - Not another
    45.26 USD per Bottle
  5. Yamazaki 18 Year

    Single Malt — Honshu, Japan

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Rich chocolaty malt, dark toffee, sweet leather, sweet tobacco Taste - Gentle ginger/white pepper tingle/heat, dark toffee, dark chocolate, lightly sweet dark prunes/figs, charred orange peel, lightly drying mouthfeel reminiscent of freshly oiled leather & sweet tobacco bitterness Finish - Long lingering gentle tingle, sweet fades fairly quickly but leaves a very pleasant dark chocolate and dark toffee "ghost sweet", caramel, hint of dark fruits Score - 97/100 Final Thoughts - I really hate to hype this bottle up, but this is just a really really well put together whisky. For something that's only 43% the nose is perfectly balanced where there is little to no ethanol burn, but it's a very rich/oily almost ozone like thickness that's like a very pleasant cologne. This continues to the mouthfeel too where it feels nice & oily, very rich, but isn't overwhelming & just feels perfectly balanced to drink neat. There is this tiny bit of bitterness but it's not off-putting at all and complements the subtle sweetness of the dram. The finish is long lasting & although it's not a syrupy sweet like some heavily sherried drams, it leaves just a whisp of sweet on your tongue, making you want to take another sip. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes, if it's not obnoxiously overpriced Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    210.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Fettercairn 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Ripe apples, honey, hint of orange, golden raisins Taste - Honey, golden raisins, dried apples, candied ginger spice/tingle/heat, light salt Finish - Very nice lingering ginger warmth, sweet honeyed golden raisins, filtered apple juice sweetness, light hint of graphite Score - 86/100 Final Thoughts - This had a very pleasant nose, not too complex but very well put together. Nice balance on the palate as well in that there was nothing off-putting, simple flavors but they all played well with each other. This felt like mostly if not entirely ex-bourbon aged but not much caramel/vanilla but more of a highlighted fruity malt. Nice finish too although there's a slight graphite-like finish that's a tiny bit unpleasant but it's subtle. This was quite a nice dram and honestly drank like it was more of a 43/46% ABV dram versus a 40%. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
  7. Glenfiddich Fire & Cane

    Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Sweet smoke, hint of apples, light vanilla caramel, light graphite Taste - Light clean smoke, like coal/graphite, light apples, caramel, filtered apple juice, light ginger tingle Finish - Light lingering fruity smoke, apples, graphite, ginger tingle Score - 70/100 Final Thoughts - This is a very inoffensive lightly peated malt. It's really targeted for the masses so the flavors aren't very strong one way or another and that's where I see the downfall of this one. It's a pleasant lightly peated malt, but it's not very interesting and the flavors are kind of muted. That being said, I can see this being something good to introduce to someone who has never tried a peated malt as a "gentle" introduction. Sadly I don't really get much of the rum influence, but maybe because it's the general "sweet caramel" flavors I get out of this one. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No
  8. Dewar's 12 Year The Ancestor

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    0.25
    0.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Muted artificial sweet, light vanilla, watery corn syrup, not much there Taste - Watery artificial sweet, light white pepper tingle, splenda/corn syrup grain cereal sweet, bitter bread? Finish - Lingering splenda sweet, light bitterness, uncooked dusty grains Score - 12/100 Final Thoughts - There's really not much to this one other than bleh. The nose is muted and not unpleasant, but that's only to surprise you with an unpleasant splenda generic sweet on the palate. There's maybe a hint of vanilla in there somewhere but it's so masked by this generic artificial sweetener vibe that even that can't save this dram. This has a bitter back end to it and transitions to a splenda-like sweet that I get from Crown Royal, except this is much worse. Would I drink it if offered? - No Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - I don't know why anyone would
  9. Nikka Days

    Blended Grain — Japan

    Tasted
    2.75
    2.75 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Gentle nose, sweet young grain, floral honey, pears, hint of vanilla Taste - Light floral honey sweet, candied ginger, light corn syrup sweet, light pear skin bitter Finish - Faint sweet grains, light bitter corn syrup, light floral honey, faint ginger tingle Score - 67/100 Final Thoughts - As expected, this tastes like a very young grain heavy blend meant for mixing as a highball. It tastes young and a bit astringent with a corn syrup sweetness. Hints of a floral honey & light pear will make this a nice light mixer in a highball as I think the club soda will help mask the light bitter notes on the back palate and finish. This isn't horrible to sip neat, but it does have some slightly off-putting bitter notes and it's just not that complex. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe in a highball? Would I buy a bottle? - No
  10. Chivas Regal 18 Year First-Fill Japanese Oak Finish

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Clean sharp sweet, light honey, fresh blueberries, light apple juice, light caramel, balsa wood Taste - Dark honeyed apple juice, hint of orange, ginger spice, dried berries, honey Finish - Lingering ginger spice, apple juice, honey, dried apples, dried blueberries Score - 85/100 Final Thoughts - This one wasn't as great as I thought it'd be, but it wasn't horrible either. Pleasant but kind of boring nose. Tasty palate, but nothing exciting. This was clearly meant to be marketed to please the masses and it shows. It's perfectly fine from start to finish, but nothing exciting and I'm not entirely what the First Fill Japanese Oak finish is supposed to add, but it wasn't much. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No
    120.0 USD per Bottle
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