Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond
Rye — Kentucky, USATastedsample / Just on edge of being overheated with spice, this is a pretty fantastic value.
Backbone Prime Blended Bourbon
Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USATastedsolid, no-frills
Port Charlotte Scottish Barley
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedsample / heavily peated is correct. Unfortunately I think it lacks in much beyond that component.
Jim Beam Double Oak
Bourbon — Kentucky, USATastedsample / definitely better than basic JB, much more subtlety. Nice oak vanilla combination.
Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Matured
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedsample/pleasant, smooth Scotch, with honey and spice up front. Strangely thin finish that kind of dies on the palate.
Ardbeg 10 Year
Peated Single Malt — Islay, ScotlandTastedsample / This competes w the best of Islay; all the traditional elements are there. But Ardbeg seems slightly more approachable...yet still hangs on the tongue like any great Scotch.
Dewar's White Label
Blended — ScotlandTastedFairly blunt, there is some vanilla and light spice there but finding the Scratched Cask version is easily the preferred choice.
Johnnie Walker Red Label
Peated Blend — ScotlandTastedQuite harsh. Some vanilla sweetness, yet relatively generic. Black is a significant step up.
Blended — ScotlandTastedLike Black Grouse this struggles to find a foothold on my palate. I just do not get much depth, even though the front of each taste begins well enough. Hint of smoky fruitiness there...but then kind of goes into oblivion.
The Macallan Estate Reserve 1824 Series
Single Malt — Highlands, ScotlandTastedFuller than what I think I've come to expect from Macallan, nice spice component.