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  1. Highland Park Valkyrie

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Hotter, younger and rougher than the 12. A fine whisky, but why not buy the more refined 12 for less $? To the store for more 12 y.o.!
  2. Jura 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.25
    2.25 out of 5 stars
    Over-ripe orchard fruit, honey and earthy swamp (bog?) on the nose. Unique but a bit off-putting. Immediate orchard fruit on the arrival which leaves the party far too soon. Astringent and bitter tea through the middle and finish, with the peat bog becoming the singular event. Good warmth throughout for 40%, but only add a drop of water. Moderately oily mouth-feel. Not my cup of tea.
  3. Highland Park 12 Year Viking Honour

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Having tried my first bottle around four years ago, I think my palate has changed more than the whisky has. What was a fairly luke-warm remembrance (3.5 rounded up to 4) has become a deep appreciation. Of my current collection of 15 or so excellent bottles, I have reached for this more often than any except my dear friend, Old Pultney 12. Sweet and sour nose with intense lemon. On the palate, a warm explosion of honey, fruit, spice and peat tapering off to a medium-long finish. 4.25 today.
    55.0 USD per Bottle
  4. Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    1.5
    1.5 out of 5 stars
    It's rye. It's bonded. It's cheap. But it's not very good. Not bad, but almost. Hot and rough straight and ruins a Manhattan, even with Carpano Antica! Not bad in a Sazerac, but at this point I'm really just trying to get rid of it to open up the space on my shelf.
    24.0 USD per Bottle
  5. Monkey Shoulder

    Blended Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    A great blend with lots of peat and lemon. Great for scotch cocktails. Rusty Nail anyone?
    33.0 USD per Bottle
  6. Old Overholt Bonded Straight Rye Whiskey

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    The expert review is mostly accurate, but this is not a very exciting rye. While the 50% abv heat is pleasant, it ultimately comes up short on flavor. Makes a decent manhattan, but nothing special. At the same price point, Rittenhouse wins hands down. Not bad, especially at the $24, but Rittenhouse is only $25!
    24.0 USD per Bottle
  7. Lagavulin 8 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Expert review is spot on. Great Lagavulin flavor, but lighter. Good heat at 48%, oily mouth feel and a long tapered finish. It doesn't take the place of the 16, but instead has earned it's own place on my shelf.
    65.0 USD per Bottle
  8. Glenglassaugh Revival

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fruity nose with a bit of a sour note. Gentle arrival with tart fruit and a slight briny note through the middle. The finish is long and pleasantly warm. I want to like it more than I do. My sense is that the NAS means that there is some pretty young whisky in the mix that lends to the green/sour nose.
  9. Woodinville Rye

    Rye — Washington, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good amount of rye spice and some nice barrel oak. Makes a decent Manhattan. At $50, there are better choices at half the price (i.e. Rittenhouse). I don't regret trying and will enjoy the rest of the bottle, but will not buy again. Maybe this will improve over time.
  10. Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey

    Wheat Whiskey — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.25
    4.25 out of 5 stars
    Wow, why haven't I tried this sooner? Sophisticated and complex spiciness both on the nose and palate. Long finish of some sort of licorice candy that I have never tasted before. Oddly, it makes a pretty good Manhattan too. A steal at 7 years old and only $26!
    26.0 USD per Bottle
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