Rittenhouse Straight Rye

Rittenhouse Straight Rye whiskey (Heaven Hill Distillery – Louisville, KY) is 100 proof and distilled in the “Pennsylvania Stlye.”  The palate is chocolate orange sweet and quite spicy, with leather, tobacco and oak.  At around $35-$45 it makes for a decent value rye.  Stands by itself just fine but would stand up to an ice cube, drop of water, or for use in a cocktail.

Maker’s 46

Maker’s 46 (94 proof) is Maker’s Mark finished in French stave barrels, the 46 refers to something about it being the 46th wood recipe.  The nose is oaky vanilla with some spice, leading into the palate, plenty of oak, leather and spice, namely clove and cinnamon.  Overall it’s quite mellow and works nice with a large, slower melting piece of ice.  Well worth it at a price point of around 40 bucks.

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut

Jim Beam Devil’s Cut (90 proof) is a blend of the 6 year bourbon with extracts from the wood of the aging barrels.  The taste is dominated by the woody character with a strong note of pepper and spice.  More subtle flavors include dark fruit and leather.  Devil’s Cut is decent, if a bit abrasive.  I don’t think adding water or ice would help this out, however, I did like adding whiskey stones to chill it.  I could see this adding a decent punch to a whiskey cocktail so some other flavors could help the overall balance.  Not something I need to stock in my bar.

Black Button Moonshine

Black Button Moonshine is a 100 proof 100% unaged corn whiskey from Rochester, NY.  This is batch 10 and bottle 205.  The smell and taste are basically corny and raw, burning alcohol.  The finish is smooth and boozy and quite dry.  This is a solid local Moonshine and I went through the 375 mL bottle fairly quickly.  I mostly enjoyed this sipped neat but it’s kind of begging for an ice cube or whiskey stones.  Would definitely get the bigger bottle next time.

Familia Camarena Tequila Silver

Familia Camarena Tequila Silver (90 proof) is double distilled in the Los Altos, Highlands region of Mexico.  The nose is earthy grass, citrus and orchard fruit and a little boozy.  The flavor is peppery spice and grassy with a moderate burn and some citrus.  The mouthfeel is a bit thin, however, making this more of a mixer (as it was purchased for) then one to sip on, perhaps it would benefit from a big slow melting ice cube.  This can often be had for under $25 making it a good bargain.  Recommendable only for mixers.

John Myer 4 Grain Whiskey

John Myer 4 Grain Whiskey is sourced and bottled in Ovid, NY.  It’s 90 proof and made from corn, wheat, rye and barley.  The nose is heavy grain but I can pick out the sweet and sour of the corn and rye most.  The flavor is grain, honey and vanilla oak char with notes of leather and tobacco.  It works great on its own but it seems versatile, you could add a drop of water, an ice cube or use in any number of whiskey cocktails.  As it warms it softens up and those oaky vanilla flavors really stand out.

Mitchell & Sons Yellow Spot 12

Mitchell & Sons Yellow Spot 12 year (92 proof) is a single pot Irish whiskey from Dublin with malted and unmalted barley and aged in Sherry, Bourbon and Malaga casks.  The nose and palate are strong sweet orchard fruit, marshmallow and vanilla with notes of peppery spice.  As it warms the heat intensifies but the character mellows pleasantly.  Yellow Spot is very enjoyable, was glad to get a sample from a Flaviar tasting pack.  Full bottles retail for roughly $100 USD and would make a pleasant addition to any collection.

 

Prohibition Bootlegger 21 Gin Barrel Reserve

Prohibition (Roscoe, NY) Bootlegger 21 Gin Barrel Reserve is a 92 proof corn gin.  Botanicals include Juniper, Orris, Lemon Verbena, Coriander and Bitter Orange.  The appearance is a light oily brown with a strong juniper and citrus presence on the nose and taste.  This bottling was aged in whiskey barrels lending to the appearance and earthy, whiskey like note on the palate.  Given those botanicals it’s clearly gin but the barrel aging lends a delicious complexity.  Was very glad to pick up this bottle, what a beautiful distillery.  Batch 00001.

 

Talisker Storm

Talisker Storm is a 91.6 proof single malt from the Island of Skye.  Storm is the 10 year old with an as advertised addition of “smoke, spice and flavor”.  The palate is full of campfire smoke, spice, brine, peat and oak with a kiss of sea air.  It drinks very rich and leathery and goes down warming and smooth.  At under $100 a bottle this is a must have for any enthusiast.  One of my favorites.

 

The Tyrconnell

The Tyrconnell (40% ABV) is a single malt from Cooley, part of Kilbeggan Distilling, originally established in 1762.  This may all also be part of Suntory.  It’s quite pleasant with sweet orchard fruit, spice and some light peat and smoke.  The palate has a nice mellow creaminess.  At well under fifty dollars this is a great value and easy to recommend.  It’s working quite well neat but a drop of water or some whiskey stones may also lend some enhancement.

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