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* Don't bother ** Decent, was okay to try once *** Good, if someone was serving this I'd have a dram **** Very good, in the rotation ***** Great, tempted to hoard bottles [TOP SHELF = FAVORITES]

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  1. Yellow Spot 12 Year Single Pot Still

    Single Pot Still — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Salted caramel and hazelnut coffee on the nose. Chocolate, even. One of the best smelling whiskies. Can taste the wine influence. Nice spice and warmth. Interesting. 2/3/17
  2. Dalwhinnie 15 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Nose of honey; not standard honey, but honey from a unique region with aromatic flowers. Also, a hint of something that's reminiscent of a hospital. Heavier mouthfeel than I expected. Sweet and... salty? Not too much more. Maybe a flash of burnt pecans at the very end. Cuts off fairly quickly. Decent but seems pricey for what you get. 2/3/17
  3. Baker's Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Surprising floral note in the nose, along with butterscotch and turpentine. Palate is the same, plus a bit of orange potpourri and cinnamon. Not as much burn as you would expect from the proof. Kind of like chewing on treated leather at your great aunt's country house in the fall. Could use some more vanilla sweetness to round it out. Okay, but I much prefer Booker's; if you're going to experience the distinct Beam yeast, might as well go all the way. 2/1/17
  4. The Balvenie Portwood 21 Year

    Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Silky, silky, silky. A little bit of fruit, some cough medicine. Not as sweet as I expected. 1/26/17
  5. Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Pleasant smell, hints of ice, honey, citrus, and cake. On the palate it's sweet at first, then numbing spice. Bitter chocolate on the backend. A weird cardboard note as well. Definitely spicy, but the alcohol heat is not as much as I expected it to be. You can taste the corn and the rye notes separately, almost like you're drinking two different whiskies. Adding a limestone water ice cube seems to heighten the vanilla on the palate, but also bring out more of the cardboard notes. I imagine there's some variability since this is a single barrel product. 1/23/17 Tried a different bottle with the older label. Definitely complex with lots of good flavors. Still has a cardboard note that I don't care for, if not for that I would rate this higher. 4/2/17
  6. Colonel E.H. Taylor, Jr. Small Batch Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Sweet, pleasant nose, vanilla. Smooth on the palate, light and silky mouthfeel. Light Holiday spice and dark chocolate on the backend, lingering warmth. Adding lime water ice cube seems to heighten the sweetness and toffee notes. Great value for $40, but $80 seems like a stretch. 1/22/17. Much more butterscotch, and seemingly more warmth, as this bottle has opened up. 3/4/17. Perhaps the best bourbon in the $40 range. Lots of great bourbons for less, or more, but the $40 tier seems to have fewer winners. This one would be a good buy even if it cost more. Great product. 9/25/17
  7. Glenmorangie Nectar D'or 12 Year

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Smells of honey with a hint of Juicy Fruit (the gum). Smooth and sweet, with pleasant cinnamon and warmth on the backend. 1/18/17
  8. Glenmorangie Milsean

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Can actually smell port and chocolate on the nose. Very smooth and light, general sweetness, a bit of spice. Surprisingly warm in the chest. Slightly bitter aftertaste in the back of the throat. Not as sweet as I thought it would be, but reminiscent of a candy cane during the holidays. Pleasant and accessible. 1/17/17
  9. Smooth Ambler Contradiction

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    2.0
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Honey, toffee, winter potpourri, and smelling salts on the nose. Palate is smooth and slightly sweet at first, cardboard in the middle, cough medicine at the end. Lingering aftertaste is numbing, spicy, bitter. Adding an ice cube mellows it out, brings out more caramel, but remains bitter in back of throat. 1/16/17. A month later, and my review is exactly the same. 2/17/17
  10. Balcones Baby Blue

    Corn — Texas, USA

    Tasted
    1.0
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Odd but not too off-putting. Malt vinegar (!) initially on the nose, then some sweetness in the form of floral honey and sour caramel. Palate includes corn, Brazil nuts, earth. Back end is short and slightly bitter. Kind of like a walk on the boardwalk - fries with malt vinegar, saltwater taffy. Not what I was expecting. Adding an ice cube just flattened it out. 1/15/17.
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