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  1. Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    sample / Just on edge of being overheated with spice, this is a pretty fantastic value.
  2. Backbone Prime Blended Bourbon

    Bourbon — Indiana (bottled in Kentucky), USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    solid, no-frills
  3. Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    sample / heavily peated is correct. Unfortunately I think it lacks in much beyond that component.
  4. Jim Beam Double Oak

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    sample / definitely better than basic JB, much more subtlety. Nice oak vanilla combination.
  5. Aberlour 12 Year Double Cask Matured

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    sample/pleasant, smooth Scotch, with honey and spice up front. Strangely thin finish that kind of dies on the palate.
  6. Ardbeg 10 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    5.0
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    sample / 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.
  7. Dewar's White Label

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Fairly blunt, there is some vanilla and light spice there but finding the Scratched Cask version is easily the preferred choice.
  8. Johnnie Walker Red Label

    Peated Blend — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Quite harsh. Some vanilla sweetness, yet relatively generic. Black is a significant step up.
  9. Famous Grouse

    Blended — Scotland

    Tasted
    3.0
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Like 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.
  10. The Macallan Estate Reserve 1824 Series

    Single Malt — Highlands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Fuller than what I think I've come to expect from Macallan, nice spice component.
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