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  1. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sweet rich caramel on the nose with a touch of rum funk. Sweet banana's and rich vanilla/caramel with a spicy charcoal finish. Complex flavors with a nice balance of sweet and spice. Works well in a boulevardier.
    35.0 USD per Bottle
  2. Woodford Reserve Straight Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    I couldn't disagree more with the professional review. Barely a rye. As I use rye's mostly as mixers for Manhattans, this was an utter failure. Well, maybe some hyperbole there, but I will not purchase again. Go for Rittenhouse, High West or Templeton. As a sipper, it still doesn't offer the spicy rye taste that I love. It does nothing very well. Okay, checking back, I did purchase again. Having refined my palate since my initial tasting, it is a rye after all. Further, I am actually enjoying this rich, subtle rye. Will try in a Manhattan soon.
  3. Glen Grant 16 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Intense fruit, honey and malt on the nose. Complex and intense fruit on the palate with a hint of licorice. Gentle heat and luscious oily mouth feel. The age serves this one well. Although I do appreciate the 12 yo at $50, this is a fine step up at $78. A lovely Speysider that should be ranked 89-90 instead of 85 here.
  4. Glen Grant 18 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Intense fruit, honey and malt on the nose. Complex and intense fruit on the palate with a soft heat and luscious mouth feel. The age serves this one well. Although I do appreciate the 12 yo at $50, this is a fine step up at $78. A lovely Speysider that should be ranked 89-90 instead of 85 here.
  5. Templeton Rye 6 Year

    Rye — Indiana (bottled in Iowa), USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I like the Templeton 4 for Manhattans and the 6 is even better. It really works as a mixer for some reason. On sale for $41 ($10 off here), so almost the same price as the 4, so why not? Would not buy at $52.
  6. Longrow Peated

    Peated Single Malt — Campbeltown, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    CASCODE gives an excellent and accurate review. I would add that I get some vinegar and pine tar (like retsina) on the palette. The soft peat is lovely. A very interesting and challenging whisky. Under-rated here at 85. As good as Ledaig at 90.
  7. Tyrconnell Single Malt

    Single Malt — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Lemon and malt on the nose. Silky smooth mouth feel carries flavors of tart lemon and rye bread. Soft and gently lingering finish. Not complex but nice on a quiet evening.
  8. Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye

    Canadian — Manitoba, Canada

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Pleasantly sweet fruit on the nose. Starts out promising on the palette with a solid base of fruit,wood and spice, but ultimately comes up lacking in overall flavor. The base continues through the medium finish, but ultimately disappointing. Does not hold up well in a Manhattan.
  9. Suntory Whisky Toki

    Blended — Japan

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
  10. The Glenrothes 1995

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    1995 vintage -- distilled in 1995 and bottled in 2010 (15 years old). Purchased in 2017 for $60. Intense nose of honey and over-ripe apples. Astringent fruit on the palette leading to a medium-length hot finish. Ultimately, a disappointment after the nosing. If this is the best of Glenrothes, I will pass.
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