Four Roses Small Batch Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedA little spicier and more burn than Four Roses Small Batch but still excellent. Slightly hot alcohol heat on the way down, to be expected of the proof.
Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThis tasting was on Total Wine's private select. This bourbon is sweet and smooth. It does not taste its proof but does have a distinct warmth you won't get from a non cask-strength Maker's. This Maker's mark feels like a warm, oaky hug from an old friend.
Bourbon — Minnesota, USA, USATastedA somewhat uncomplicated, agreeable bourbon. While a bit forgettable, its certainly not offensive. This bourbon is better neat. With ice, it kills off the warmth that makes this whiskey inviting. Tastes like a good bit of rye in the mashbill.
Single Malt — Highlanf, ScotlandTastedThis is almost as bad as it gets. Neat, there is almost no taste at first then you get a whallop of burnt plastic and old caramel. When you add ice, it makes the whiskey so much worse. What was once almost tasteless will now assault your senses with a brutal astringency that should only be reserved for self punishment. Yeah, its cheap: but there are much tastier bottles that are just as cheap.
The Macallan 12 Year Sherry Oak Cask
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedSolid single malt. This is the type of whiskey you give to your friends at a special occasion. It is sherry cask but isn't overly fruity as many sherry cask whiskies can become.
Highland Park Westray
Single Malt — Highland, ScotlandTastedThis is a special bottle of whiskey indeed. The smell is a little astringent upon first pour but after sitting in the glass a bit, I got sweet caramel and brown sugar notes. The whiskey is warm from the proof, but it coats the tongue in an almost syrupy, sweet fashion. Besides caramel, there are some spice notes there....nutmeg? At the end of the drink, some peat smoke makes its way in and it goes down warmly. This is a superior whiskey, really one of the best I have ever had.
Wolcott Kentucky Bourbon
Bourbon — Louisville KY, USATastedA little spicier than your average bourbon. Not harsh in the least bit. It isn't very memorable but at the price point, that is forgivable. A good bourbon for those that crave a good, classic bourbon thats not too rye heavy.
Deanston Virgin Oak
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedExtremely peppery. Like a black peppercorn type of astringency. Leaves your tongue feeling oddly tingly. Not good but not the worst thing out there.
Willett Pot Still Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedSlightly spicy and herbaceous. This is a nice change from sweet bourbons but perhaps not quite at this price point. On ice, there seems to be some rye spice that lingers.
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedThis is a great "social" whiskey. Its simple, not harsh or off putting, smooth and is exactly what I picture a good and honest Single Malt to be. Yet, it can be had at such an affordable price point that it can be enjoyed while having good conversation about anything other than whiskey.