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  1. Bunnahabhain 1997 Palo Cortado Cask Finis

    Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Intense sweet spicy, lightly herbal caramel/toffee, syrupy raisins, dried persimmons, candied cranberries, saline, candy shell Taste - Sweet fruity heat, dried persimmons, sweet dark raisins, light sea salt, hint of an aged tea, sweet mesquite bbq sauce Finish - Lingering sweet bbq sauce tangy sweet, apple/cherry sweet, applewood/cherrywood smoke Score - 86/100 Final Thoughts - This one has a very unique nose for sure and definitely isn't like any other sherry finished Bunnahabhains I've have in the past. This isn't your typical stone fruit sweet, but more of a lightly medicinal/metallic smoky/tangy sweet. It's very unique and is surprisingly very well balanced. I think the fact that I get a few dried persimmon notes in this (I'm not a huge fan of persimmons) throws this off a bit for me. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Not another
    365.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Longmorn 16 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Newer bottling I suppose? Purple packaging & stated to be aged in 3 types of oak. Nose - Nice floral honey, candied plums, golden raisins, ripe cooked apples, ripe poached pears Taste - Nice lightly bitter ginger syrup heat/tingle, sweet golden raisins, poached/baked apples with stems & seeds, lightly fruity bitterness that lingers Finish - Nice gentle ginger spice, light fruit stem bitterness, lingering white pepper tingle, golden raisins & fresh cut apples Score - 83/100 Final Thoughts - The nose on this one was quite nice, reminded me of golden raisins steeped in apple cider sweetened with a bit of honey. Taste was a pleasant, but had this fruity bitterness that I usually don't mind, but this one was a bit distracting. It was like if you had mulled cider, but put in extra apple skins, cores, & stems to where it got a light fruity/woody bitterness. Almost like over steeped tea. Nice gentle spice on the palate that lingers to the finish. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Not another
    132.96 USD per Bottle
  3. Booker’s Batch 2014-06

    Bourbon — Kentucky , USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - (w/o water) Hot sweet heat, intense vanilla caramel, cinnamon red hots, salted Spanish peanuts (w/ water) Greatly reduced heat, oaky peanut brittle, caramel, more salt Taste - (w/o water) Hot oaky intense brown sugar/caramel sweetness, cinnamon spice, salted roasted peanuts (w/ water) More drying, cinnamon spicy heat, less cloying sweet, salted peanut brittle, dark toffee Finish - (w/o water) Lingering heat, sweet oaky sugar, lingering cinnamon dusted peanuts (w/ water) Lingering hot tingle, cinnamon spice dominates Score - 85/100 Final Thoughts - This is the definition of a Beam product in that it captures all of that peanut funk (but in a good way) of the Beam yeast. Nice dark sweet oaky caramel that packs a nice punch. Oddly this one did better and felt less "hot" without water. I think this one is best sipped neat or maybe turned into an old fashioned or manhattan with some black walnut or chocolate bitters for a nice nutty dark toffee flavor bomb. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Not this particular batch
    49.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Michter's US*1 Sour Mash Whiskey

    Other Whiskey — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Sweet vanilla caramel, chocolate covered malted milk balls, light sweet mint/herbal under tones Taste - Sweet oaky caramel, cinnamon spice, light oaky sweetness, hints of cocoa & light toasted rye spice Finish - Lingering sweet, vanilla minty caramel, malted milk balls, light cinnamon oak spice Score - 88/100 Final Thoughts - This is a very pleasant dram, nice sweet chocolaty notes that can be easily sipped neat. Nice balance of oaky & sweet with just enough spice to keep things interesting. Good balance from start to finish, nothing off putting. Most likely best sipped neat or in a cocktail that will highlight the chocolate notes in this. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    62.0 USD per Bottle
  5. GlenDronach Revival 15 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    GlenDronach 15 Revival 2018 Release Nose - Dark cherries, dark cocoa nibs, treacle toffee, hint of orange zest, dark raisins Taste - Dark cherries, light bitter chocolate/orange pith, syrupy dried stone fruits, gentle candied ginger spice Finish - Lingering dark chocolate covered dried sweet cherries, light metallic tingle, flamed orange zest Score - 89/100 Final Thoughts - So this one is quite tasty as expected. Surprisingly I got very similar notes as the old expression after looking back on my notes of that release. Nice darkly sherried highland malt with hints of chocolates & orange zest. What's not to like about this one (minus the light metallic note on the finish)? Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Yes Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    80.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Ezra Brooks "Old Ezra" Barrel Strength Bourbon 7 Year

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - (w/o water) Sweet caramel, oaky cinnamon, light cherry cough drop sweet, oaky vanilla (w/ water) Reduced fruity sweetness, more oaky vanilla caramel Taste - (w/o water) Mellow, kind of drying cinnamon caramel, light cherry candy, drying oaky vanilla caramel (w/ water) Reduced heat, more dry, less cherry & more oaky cinnamon caramel, fruity sweet reappears at the very end Finish - (w/o water) Lingering heat/tingle, sweet cherry caramel, cinnamon red hot heat (w/ water) Little to no burn, lingering fruity/cherry lingers, vanilla caramels remain in background Score - 88/100 Final Thoughts - This one surprised me quite a bit as it wasn't quite as hot as the proof would make you think, which is quite dangerous. I'm mixed about how this handles water in that the mouthfeel is improved, but the cherry is a bit mellowed out. It does help the heat/tingle a bit but it also wasn't that bad for the higher proof in the first place. This isn't too bad for the price but I can see this being quite dangerous as it drinks well below its proof. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Yes
    47.28 USD per Bottle
  7. Woodford Reserve Master's Collection Chocolate Malted Rye Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Dark chocolate notes, toasted rye spice, dusty rye grains, caramel, flamed cinnamon Taste - Dark toasted rye/grains, chocolate mocha rye bread, chocolate roasted barley, mocha bread, bit drying, dark caramels, light cinnamon spice Finish - Lingering tingle, chocolate yeasty bread notes dominate, mocha bread from 85C Bakery chain Score - 87/100 Final Thoughts - I actually quite liked this as it actually reminded me of a rye that I can no longer get. This tastes oddly similar to Woodinville Whiskey's old microbarreled rye offering. This has very similar chocolaty notes to the rye that make it quite desserty. This is definitely not an everyday dram as the chocolate notes can be a bit overwhelming on their own. I think this would be best paired with a berry dessert, a hearty stout, or mixed into an old fashioned or a manhattan. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - Not another
    100.0 USD per Bottle
  8. The Macallan 18 Year Triple Cask

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Dark apple juice, candied citrus peels, candied ginger, golden raisins Taste - Rich caramel, ginger spice, golden raisins, all on a backbone of dark filtered apple cider & caramel sauce, orange zest, light milk chocolate Finish - Light apple skin bitter, ginger spice, golden raisins sweet Score - 83/100 Final Thoughts - So the nose on this one wasn't quite as good as the 18 fine oak, but it was fairly complex. I imagine a table with a bunch of dried fruits & nuts arranged together to represent this. Dried apple rings, apricots, golden raisins, candied ginger, candied citrus peels, Turkish delight. All of these things are captured in this dram in one form or another. It's pleasant for sure, but nothing really screams outstanding. It's very pleasant, feels like I need to have a charcuterie tray with nuts & dried fruits to pair this with and that's its sole purpose. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - No Would I buy a bottle? - No
  9. The Macallan Fine Oak 18 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Rich warm cooked apples, golden raisins, dried apricots, toasted candied ginger Taste - Golden raisins, baked ripe apples, wine poached pears, gentle candied ginger spice/heat/warmth, gentle apple skin bitter Finish - Lingering gentle warmth, balanced caramel with cooked apples Score - 86/100 Final Thoughts - This is a very well balanced dram. Nothing off putting, great nose for such a low proof. It's a very tasty dram, not heavily sherried like their sherry cask 12. Nice balance of light fleshed stone fruits & gentle oak. Tasty, but not amazing. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe? Would I buy a bottle? - No, not at the prices they charge
  10. Arran 18 Year (Limited Edition)

    Single Malt — Islands , Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Nose - Floral honey, dark apple juice, light caramel, golden raisins, nougat Taste - Gentle sweet spice, sweet golden raisins, lightly drying, hint of dried pineapple, fresh apples with skin, hint of ripe yellow peach Finish - Lingering sweet tingle, creamy caramel, golden raisins, lightly drying Score - 85/100 Final Thoughts - This one was quite nice, seems like a nice blend of sherry influences with a high component of bourbon/refill to mellow things out a bit. Light bright sweetness from start to finish, bit of depth but still remains mostly a "bright" fruity/floral vibe to it. Very drinkable & enjoyable & is something I could see myself sipping on in the spring/summer when I want something to sip on but not really focus on any complex flavors. Would I drink it if offered? - Yes Would I specifically order it? - Maybe Would I buy a bottle? - Maybe
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