The Glenlivet Founder's Reserve
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedAn "airplane" whisky, as one might say, due to its noninvasive approachability. Fruitiness neatly combined with the mystery of maltiness.
Stolichnaya Salted Karamel
Flavored Vodka — LatviaTastedObviously insanely delicious, to the point of being sightly suspicious. Caramel is great, but its sweetness exposes the dangerous booziness.
Flavored Vodka — LatviaTastedLight, airy, and fairly scary how natural it feels (and drinkable it is)! Almost surprising it doesn't have a crunch of fresh cucumber skins.
Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedFruity and boozy may be an oversimplification, but what's truly impressive is how drinkable it is, considering its strength.
Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATasted"Rural" comes to mind to remind us that simple doesn't mean cheap. Some vanilla, a hint of apples, and sweet, creamy corn of late summer.
Chivas Regal 12 Year
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedApples on a sunny afternoon, both tart and (almost too) sweet, but overall confusing experience due to cheep label design.
Copper Dog Blended Malt
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedAs aromatic, but lighter and more citrusy than Monkey Shoulder. More approachable and very drinkable, which is obviously not a bad thing.
Blended Malt — Speyside, ScotlandTastedNothing more welcoming than plenty of sun-dried fruit on the nose, but the maltiness can still be a bit challenging for newcomers.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedThe orange seems to be dominant, but in a candy-like, mouth-coating way, resembling artificial flavoring rather than anything fresh.
Ballantine's Barrel Smooth
Blended — ScotlandTastedDeepened, woodier nose exposes more fruity sweetness, tipping the renown balance of the original towards even bigger approachability.