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  1. Talisker Distiller's Edition

    Peated Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    Split purchase with a friend, open 1 month. Distilled in 2009, bottled in 2019. I've only had Talisker 10 once at a bar and really enjoyed it. Recently it went up $12 in price, making it $72 overall. I thought it might be nice to try this since it was only $3 more and is a yearly release. A nice hit of peat smoke up front. Medium-light smoke weaker than Ardbeg or Laphroaig, but more potent than the Highland Parks and Johnnie Walkers I've tried. The peat has a nice brine to it, probably my favorite smell in Scotch. Bright red fruits, a mixture of berries, cherries, and apples or apricots. Light notes of honey. Wonderful briny peat on the tongue. It is bright and fruity, very dissimilar from the campfire and bbq smoke of Ardbeg/Laphroaig. Honey, citrus, and stewed dark fruits. Brine, pepper, and smoke are the dominant notes on the finish, while the fruits and honey notes fade in the background. I freaking love this whiskey, it wonderfully combines ocean air with peat. The Amoroso influence is just right, adding some fruit and sugary elements while letting the original whiskey shine through. Highly recommend picking this up, especially if it's similarly priced to the 10Y.
    74.95 USD per Bottle
  2. PSA for my NC friends. Durham County ABC has the old version of these bottles on sale for $35. That's a $25 discount, almost unheard of for sale prices in NC. I'm not sure if this is happening in all counties but I'd check out your local store if you want a bottle.
    34.95 USD per Bottle
  3. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Finishing off this bottle, you can check out my notes in a previous taste. Overall I liked this bottle and think it's worth $40 considering the age and proof. But I remember the days when I was a young grad student 7-8 years ago and I would see 10+ bottles of this and Buffalo Trace on the shelves every time I went to the ABC store. Back then it was $30 or maybe even cheaper, and the only time I bought it I thought it was too harsh and spicy. Things have certainly changed. Other than the awards and recognition I don't really get why this is so scarce now. It's good for what it is, but there are a lot of bourbons I like more at a similar price. Definitely do not overpay for this just because of its popularity, it's not worth it.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  4. Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Finishing off this bottle of EC SiB Select purchased in Spring 2019, barrel pick by Orange County NC ABC. For a full description of tasting notes I have two previous tastes of this posted already. I just wanted to add a few things. I like this a bit less than I did last year when I purchased 3 bottles, one was for my brother. It could be I've tasted a lot since then, and also I've been a high proof hound. Still, this is a really enjoyable sipper at a great price. In recent months I've seen single barrel store picks in my area with 9Y and 10Y age statements. Additionally, the label on the bottle now includes warehouse, rick, barrel no, bottle no, etc. This is all in Orange County NC ABC stores. I haven't picked up any of these, probably to my detriment, but it's great to see these store picks with more information. The Spring 2019 bottles I picked up had zero information other than the selector of the store pick. Single barrel bourbon 9-10 years old is an incredible value at $30. It is higher proof, higher age, and cheaper than Evan Williams Single Barrel. If you see these store picks I highly recommend grabbing one, it'll be about $10-60 cheaper than other low proof 9Y+ bourbons.
    29.95 USD per Bottle
  5. Wild Turkey Rare Breed Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    Split purchase with my brother, open since end of June. I'm slowly getting more into ryes, barely legal rye mashbills mostly because I'm not a fan of MGP ryes. This new release seemed like the perfect split with my brother since I love Wild Turkey and he loves ryes. Big mint, black pepper, semi-sweet honey, rye spice, and ethanol on the nose. This overpowers the citrus peel and burnt caramel I get after a few sniffs. It smells a lot hotter than its proof. Rye spice, mint, citrus peel, and black pepper are the dominant notes on the tongue. I get hints of chocolate, butterscotch, caramel, anise, nuts, and baking spices. However, the finish overwhelms the initial taste with huge oak, rye, and black pepper flavors. It is a long finish that really mutes all other notes. On the back end the lasting tingle on my tongue is mint, it really lingers. This is a great addition to the shelves, and I think it is a solid price for a barrel proof rye. However, ever since this was released all I could think of is how this stacks up to Pikesville. Almost the exact same mashbill and proof, while Pikesville is $10 less. Personally, I enjoyed the Pikesville more because it tasted more like a high rye bourbon with stronger oak and sugary notes. Unlike Pikesville, the WT Rare Breed Rye is heavy on the mint and black pepper. It doesn't feature as much eucalyptus and licorice as MGP ryes, but it has more of those notes than I expected for a 52% rye mashbill. Still, this is a really good whiskey and I'm sure a lot of people will rate this higher than I have.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  6. Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
    Blind tasting - 1.0 oz neat in a Glencairn Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select (NAS) bottled in 2019 for Orange Count ABC (47%, open 6 months, $29.95 in NC) Henry McKenna 10Y Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond Barrel No. 7279, Barreled on 05-29-09 (50%, open 8 months, $39.95 in NC) Nose: A - Rich cinnamon and caramel, vanilla cream, medium oak, rye, and ethanol, light brown sugar and toffee, light dark fruits 8.5/10 B - Honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, chalky dried fruits and corn dust, light oak and peanut, very light ethanol and rye 7.5/10 Palate: A - Surprisingly muted on the tongue because I was expecting more with the nose, light caramel and vanilla, light corn dust, light oak and spice 6.5/10 B - Stronger oak and ethanol, spicy, light caramel sweetness, dry cereal with no added sugar, could use more fruit and sugar for balance 6.5/10 Finish: A - Oak and tannins pop, rye and baking spices, light vanilla, medium-short finish 6.5/10 B - Dry and tannic, oak lingers, corn dust and cereal, medium finish 6/10 Drinkability: A - 7/10 B - 6.5/10 Total Score: A = 28.5/40 B = 26.5/40 A = Henry McKenna 10Y Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond B = Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select This one surprised me a little because I purchased multiple bottles of the Elijah Craig because I loved it and it was a great value at $30 or $27 during sales in 2019. I immediately disliked the Henry McKenna when I bought it in December 2019, it was too astringent and artificial chemical on the nose and taste, but I think it has greatly improved after being a few months open. Both of these were much better on the nose than on the palate, particularly the Henry McKenna which smelled wonderful. It was a letdown on the tongue, while the Elijah Craig had a bolder flavor but was a little too dry and tannic. Both are great values though. I use my score out of 40 for my Distiller rating. By themselves I'd probably rate them closer to 3.75-4.
    39.95 USD per Bottle
  7. Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select

    Bourbon — USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
    Blind tasting - 1.0 oz neat in a Glencairn Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select (NAS) bottled in 2019 for Orange Count ABC (47%, open 6 months, $29.95 in NC) Henry McKenna 10Y Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond Barrel No. 7279, Barreled on 05-29-09 (50%, open 8 months, $39.95 in NC) Nose: A - Rich cinnamon and caramel, vanilla cream, medium oak, rye, and ethanol, light brown sugar and toffee, light dark fruits 8.5/10 B - Honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, chalky dried fruits and corn dust, light oak and peanut, very light ethanol and rye 7.5/10 Palate: A - Surprisingly muted on the tongue because I was expecting more with the nose, light caramel and vanilla, light corn dust, light oak and spice 6.5/10 B - Stronger oak and ethanol, spicy, light caramel sweetness, dry cereal with no added sugar, could use more fruit and sugar for balance 6.5/10 Finish: A - Oak and tannins pop, rye and baking spices, light vanilla, medium-short finish 6.5/10 B - Dry and tannic, oak lingers, corn dust and cereal, medium finish 6/10 Drinkability: A - 7/10 B - 6.5/10 Total Score: A = 28.5/40 B = 26.5/40 A = Henry McKenna 10Y Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond B = Elijah Craig Single Barrel Select This one surprised me a little because I purchased multiple bottles of the Elijah Craig because I loved it and it was a great value at $30 or $27 during sales in 2019. I immediately disliked the Henry McKenna when I bought it in December 2019, it was too astringent and artificial chemical on the nose and taste, but I think it has greatly improved after being a few months open. Both of these were much better on the nose than on the palate, particularly the Henry McKenna which smelled wonderful. It was a letdown on the tongue, while the Elijah Craig had a bolder flavor but was a little too dry and tannic. Both are great values though. I use my score out of 40 for my Distiller rating. By themselves I'd probably rate them closer to 3.75-4.
    29.95 USD per Bottle
  8. Belle Meade Bourbon

    Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Tennessee), USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Purchased on a trip to SC. In general the bourbon selection and prices weren't much different from NC, but this was $9 cheaper so I decided to grab it. Grainy and dusty corn notes mixed with strong, unsweetened baking spices. A little orange peel, black pepper, and dark chocolate. It's a really good and unusual nose. One half of the aroma gives off George Dickel vibes, the other high rye bourbons like OGD 114 and Four Roses. Also a medium oak influence, as is expected if the ~6 years according to some websites is correct. It is spicy on the tongue, black pepper mixed with baking spices. Sweeter on the tongue compared to the nose. The caramel and vanilla combine nicely with the rye spice and orange peel. I'm really surprised how much aroma and flavor this 90.4 proof whiskey packs. Medium finish of rye spice, oak, and corn dust. I knew Belle Meade was a highly regarded bourbon but I was put off by the $50 price tag in NC. However, I think it is far better than almost any other low proof bourbon I've had in this price range. Anyone who likes Basil Hayden's should really look at this, you're getting a lot more for your money.
    40.99 USD per Bottle
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B520

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    Split bottle purchase with my brother, has been open approximately 1 month Incredible nose of caramel, brown sugar, buttery vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg with just the right amount of oak tannins. It is a classic bourbon smell, maybe one of the best examples of what you expect with outstanding bourbons. That smell carries onto the palate. It is rich and dense, really coating the tongue. Bread pudding for days, or apple pie with minimal apple influence. For its proof it is dangerously easy to sip. The ethanol burn on the tongue and finish is akin to something closer to 100 proof. ECBP B520 is really freaking good. This is in my top 5 bourbons of the last few years and is better than the A119. I haven't been a regular purchaser of ECBP releases but I think after this I may be buying every new release. For $60 this is easily one of the best values out there for high proof and longer aged bourbons.
    59.95 USD per Bottle
  10. George Dickel Bottled in Bond Tennessee Whisky 11 Year (Fall 2008)

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    I anticipated giving this a 4.25 or 4.5 for my separate bottle kill review, but I believe in the month since it's been open the flavors and smells have all been turned down a couple notches. It's still a really good whiskey, but I liked it more when I first opened it. The GD Hand Selected Barrel is holding up better over time. I'm getting more oak and ethanol this time around, and less baking spice. The corn sweetness is a bit drier at the moment. Finish it still medium with big tannic flavors. All in all a great value whiskey, pick one up if you see it because it flies off the shelves here in NC.
    35.95 USD per Bottle
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