Banhez Mezcal Ensamble
Mezcal Joven — Oaxaca, MexicoReviewed February 8, 2023Some familiar espadin notes, lime peel, rubbery smoke, saponin bitterness but there is also pronounced black pepper right before the finish which is mildly sweet and medium length. Not a very robust mezcal in terms of smokiness but it was a solid sipper. Good for the price too.34.0 USD per BottleSpec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods
Tomatin 12 Year Bourbon & Sherry Casks
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed February 8, 2023right off the bat with a spiced apple, caramel and burnt sugar. the viscosity is a bit oily. other flavors I get are hay, honey, raspberry and milling spice. The finish is a tad hot, isn’t too long. Not too impressed with this but for the price it’s nothing terrible.
Port Askaig 110 Proof
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed February 7, 2023Heavy peat and iodine. For all lovers of ardbeg or laphroaig, honestly anyone who loves a salty peat bombs. Light honey in the beginning that instantly translate to heavy peat and iodine saltiness indicative of some heavier islay whiskys. And honestly to me, the high proof is almost irrelevant in terms of drinkability, any fans of ardbeg or Bowmore should see some value in this.
Balcones Texas Pot Still Bourbon
Bourbon — Texas, USAReviewed February 6, 2023I get some spiced apple, heavy notes of vanilla, mild honey and leather. The finish is quite dry for a bourbon, leaving notes of wood char, oak, and a light smoke. the finish is also short to medium length. I liked this whiskey!Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods
Deanston 12 Year
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandReviewed February 4, 2023This is a more robust scotch, definitely heavier earthy flavors. I get leather, there is a semi moderate amount of peat. there is noticeable bourbon hints from the cask. There’s not a lot to talk about in my opinion. I wouldn’t buy a bottle myself personally. There’s just not a lot going on imo. I can see this being an intro into single malts from buchanans and walker fans.
Balvenie Doublewood 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed February 4, 2023Spec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods
Shochu/Soju — South KoreaReviewed February 3, 2023For a lower proof alcohol, I have a great affinity to this stuff. It’s very smooth, but citrus is the most detectable notes I get here, and in some moments feels almost like a watered down gin without the juniper. it’s a relatively easy going drink with a lot of applications for mixing.
Meukow VS Cognac
Cognac — Cognac, FranceReviewed February 2, 2023Starts off with some light apple and grape, their is some vanilla and oak with a short, smooth milling spice finish. not the best cognac I’ve had but it’s not bad. It’s a little boring but I’d recommend this to someone want a baseline flavor of cognac/brandy for a good price.32.0 USD per BottleSpec's Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods
Black Feather American Straight Rye Whiskey
Rye — USAReviewed January 28, 2023It starts with a brief flash of vanilla, then strong cinnamon and milling spice notes, I get heavy oak and nutmeg also than ends in a long, spicy, almost menthol finish. I’m not big on ryes but for the price I thought it was very solid. would recommend.
Old Grand-Dad 114 Bourbon
Bourbon — Kentucky, USAReviewed January 23, 2023 (edited February 7, 2023)Very sweet, many say candy corn sweetness which is very noticeable, high levels of caramel and leather along with some tobbaco. Finish is hot, long, spicy and oaky. This is a fantastic bourbon for the price, it’s very smooth for the ABV and is one of the first bourbons I’ve really enjoyed21.0 USD per Bottle