High West A Midwinter Night's Dram Act 9 (All Scenes)
Rye — (bottled in) Utah, USAReviewed November 28, 2021 (edited July 1, 2022)
FEW Single Malt Whisky
American Single Malt — Illinois, USAReviewed January 12, 2021Just a sample yet this feels underappreciated. Bread, burnt, spice, some very light corn like sweetness. Just a solid dram if you are looking for a non-bourbon American offering.
Port Askaig 8 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandReviewed January 12, 2021Versus the notable Islay legends, this falls short. Still, there may be some value here, and the dominant peat/medicinal qualities are supported by an alluring caramel, nougat like aspect which will hold your interests. Not exciting though not without merits.
Old Elk Blended Straight Bourbon
Bourbon — (bottled in) Colorado, USAReviewed January 12, 2021 (edited April 20, 2021)Always seeking "entry level" or "gateway" offerings. And though I'm not sure bourbon even needs it, given its popularity, the smooth and clean Old Elk may be a great choice for said "gateway" - especially at mid-level price point. Fruit (pear, banana) with light black pepper on taste... and that sweeter finish surely could win over some bourbon skeptics.
Three Fingers High 12 Year Sherry Finished
Canadian — CanadaReviewed January 8, 2021 (edited May 2, 2021)Better than average Canadian, though it just has one chord. The lack of refining character is the most significant shortcoming.
Mars Iwai 45 Japanese Whisky
Blended — Nagano, JapanReviewed January 8, 2021Favorable cost but admittedly, Flaviar pointed out stewed fruit tasting note. I do get that, and holy hell is that flavor a bit off-putting.
Zuidam Millstone 100 Rye Whisky
Rye — NetherlandsReviewed January 8, 2021Odd yet intriguing earthy & grassy components on nose. Rye, pepper as one would predict. Worth trying even if price may be a touch high for what it is.
GlenAllachie 12 Year
Single Malt — Speyside, ScotlandReviewed January 8, 2021The delicate nature, along with it's reasonable cost, strongly suggests a great introduction to Scotch. There is just enough subtlety, while the dram is still completely approachable, that this would be a great way for someone to dip their proverbial toes in the water. Butterscotch, honey, apple, banana all share some time.
Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Select
Tennessee Whiskey — Tennessee, USAReviewed January 2, 2021Worthy of a bump in rating, given the maintaining of classic No 7 flavor but with fuller, richer profile. Char is still there, but sweetness with banana and honey notes is more prevalent.
HYDE No. 5 The Áras Cask Burgundy Cask Finish
Single Grain — IrelandReviewed December 24, 2020Enjoyed the vanilla, butterscotch components in this dram. However I feel the price may be a touch high for what it is.