Highest Rated

Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 23yr  •  2/26/2015  •  5.0

Age has treated this treated this spirit kindly. All those dark notes--Graham craxker, syrup, cinnamon, chocolate, root beer, anise--have all melded into one beautiful symphony. Just magnificent. *Mic drop*

Angel's Envy Bourbon  •  12/18/2014  •  5.0

Sweet bouncin' baby Jesus this is good - fruit - banana and cherry and vanilla; this could be it's own Manhattan .

Ardbeg Uigeadail  •  12/18/2014  •  5.0

Reserved - maybe a well kept swimming pool on the nose the palate is elegant - sweet sherry interweaves with the Ardbegian peat like a Celtic knot; Lithe and beautiful.

Lowest Rated

Dalwhinnie 15  •  5/29/2014  •  1.0

Char on the nose; unappetizing burnt rubber smell; tepid heat for 92 proof; no energy off the palate; dull… Sweetness but no life.

Orphan Barrel Forged Oak 15 Year Bourbon  •  5/28/2015  •  2.5

Rounded fruit (cherry?) and maple notes on the first pass. Perhaps a little lean on the back edge. The maple notes linger all the way thru the finish. A little more heat up front than I expected. I think the leanness comes from over oaking, or extended time in barrel and a rye mashbill, I'm guessing. A few drops of water actuall further diminished this whiskey.

Breuckelen 77 New York Wheat Whiskey  •  1/28/2016  •  3.0

Smells like whiskey. So far so good. Caramel and maple syrup on the nose. Bananas and char. Not much of a bite on the back end. A little burnt rubber on the second pass. Water brings out the wood. I gotta say, given the age I was expecting worse. This is not too shabby for hipster whiskey. Best for sipping while trying on your second pair of Warby Parkers and debating the merits of the last two Sleigh Bells albums.


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