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  1. Tobermory 15 Year

    Single Malt — Islands, Scotland

    Tasted
    4.75
    4.75 out of 5 stars
    One of my secret gem distilleries (and one I have great hopes for now that it's out of its two-year closure for renovations), Tobermory is among my favorite non-peat bomb, non-sherry bomb single malts. It's easy to tell why: the nose is rife with complex notes of ripe strawberries, plums, rum raisins, sultanas, buttery toffee, marmalade, ginger candy, and loads of prunes. The sherry casking is obvious, but it doesn't overpower many of the essential Tobermory characteristics such as its delightful gingerbread cookie, tropical fruit, and white pepper notes. In the palate, there's dried grass, cooked nuts, tropical fruit, toffee, and a mild brine character. It's chewy and rich with a full mouthfeel. In the finish there's a white pepper heat with a very subdued pepper spice that marries with lingering notes of fruitcake, coconut cream, earthy honey, and sherry. It's savory, dries sharply, and lingers for days.
  2. Highland Park Dark Origins

    Peated Single Malt — Orkney, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
    The nose has honeycomb, minerals, heather, orange tang, and peat. The smoke phenols are grassy, like a dried, dead overgrowth entwined with cooked fruits from the sherry casking. Palate has spiced apples, fruitcake, candied nuts, brown raisins, and brine. The finish shifts sharply toward black pepper and an unusual herbal fruit note not unlike junipers--rather uncharacteristic but a welcome distinctive in this fairly short but poignant finish. Also finishing are smoked meats and musty wood.
  3. Rittenhouse Rye Bottled in Bond

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    4.0
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Distinct from other rye offerings with its focus on core rye bread and spice character, Rittenhouse Rye opens with rye bread, cinnamon, caraway, clove, nutmeg, cherries, dark maple, and black tea in the nose. Here, caraway steals the show, both for its prominence and its distinctiveness among the notes typical of other ryes. The palate reveals more citrus character, biting rye spice, baked apples, pumpernickel, black tea, orange rind, black soda, and then dries neatly into a drawn out finish which introduces at last menthol to its layered presentation of rye spice character. Warming, with a powerful spice character.
  4. Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Barrel Proof

    Tennessee — Tennessee, USA

    Tasted
    4.5
    4.5 out of 5 stars
    A boozy nose bursts with notes of wood polish, demerara syrup, honey roasted peanuts, sweet oak, dark toffee, and banana. There's corn mash here, too, and hints of the sticky-sweet proof bomb lurking therein. Finally, there's a fleeting medical woodsy on the tail end of the nose that is not unlike an authentic root beer, anise, or horehound candy. It's a caramel bomb--and one for those who like not only dark sugars, but slightly burnt ones as well. Yet all the while, there are the assertive banana and clove notes. The palate is oily, leading at first with beer nuts, old wooden furniture, black tea, fruity pepper, clove, and slight tannins which are subdued enough not to distract from the sweetness. The caramel is still here, and shifts immediately into the first and most prominent note of the finish: leather. It's like licking a new saddle-hide wallet. There's also peanut brittle, charred oak, and more bananas. Seriously, there are lots of bananas. The note with the final word is the medical earthy tea flavor accompanied by an effervescent warming sensation. The finish lasts quite a while and is impeccably smooth and sweet for the proof. An excellent whiskey!
  5. Sazerac Straight Rye

    Rye — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.75
    3.75 out of 5 stars
  6. Green Spot Single Pot Still

    Single Pot Still — Ireland

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
  7. Bulleit 10 Year Bourbon

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  8. Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky

    Single Grain — Japan

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
  9. Wild Turkey Bourbon 101

    Bourbon — Kentucky, USA

    Tasted
    3.25
    3.25 out of 5 stars
  10. Bowmore 12 Year

    Peated Single Malt — Islay, Scotland

    Tasted
    3.5
    3.5 out of 5 stars
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