Glenkinchie 12

The Glenkinchie 12 (43% ABV) is a Lowland single malt owned by Diageo and founded in 1837.  The name is described as a corruption of De Quincy, the land’s original owners.  Glenkinchie sits on a Glen near the Kinchie burn near Edinburgh.  The palate is light and representative of the region.  I get sweet grass, light citrus and green apples finishing with an alcohol burn that is light on smoke and peat.  I’d recommend a couple drops of water as it mellowed some of those raw notes.  Decent single malt but not a favorite.

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Dalwhinnie 15

The Dalwhinnie 15 (46% ABV) is a Highland Single Malt owned by Diageo and founded in 1898.  Dalwhinnie comes from the Gaelic Dail-coinneeamh and means the meeting place.  At 1164 ft above sea level it is one of Scotland’s highest in elevation.  On the palate I get sweet fuit, floral flavors, toffee and a long nutty finish.  Some smoke and peat is present.  I see this goes for around $60 making it a very good value.  Sampled from Flaviar’s welcome box.

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Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style IPA

Green Flash Tangerine Soul Style (A)IPA is 6.5 ABV and 75 IBU.  Appearance is hazy orange and the nose pithy citrus.  The flavor follows, sweet malt quickly turning to that pithy citrus rind hop profile.  Mouthfeel is moderate.  That extra tangerine lingers on the palate and has a bitter rind like quality that isn’t totally unwelcome.  Worth trying but certainly will be a one and done.

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Sam Adams Ella Blanc IPL

Sam Adams Ella Blanc IPL is 6 ABV, 65 IBU and uses Columbus Tomahawk Zeus, Centennial, Cascade, Ella and Hallertau Blanc Hops.  Appearance is light orange and the nose grass and earth.  The palate is grassy malt with an earthy citrus hop profile.  Mouthfeel is crisp and lagery but has sufficient depth of character.  I have passed over Sam Adams for awhile but this is nice and a welcome part of the “Brewnited” box.  Sam Adams isn’t without missteps here and there but overall they know what they’re doing.

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Espolón Tequila Reposado

Espolón Tequila Reposado is an 80 proof 100% blue agave tequila aged in American oak barrels from Jalisco, Mexico.  The nose and taste are sweet agave with some oak and light caramel.  This has a nice mouth coat feel and the burning sensation is moderate and pleasant.  I’d call this a middle of the road tequila, nothing incredibly expensive but better than your standard rotgut well stuff, you can pick up a bottle for between $25 and $30 and I’ve seen it at many bars and package stores.

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Dark Horse Crooked Tree

Dark Horse (Michigan) Crooked Tree is an unpasteurized 6.5 ABV 98 (unconfirmed) IBU AIPA.  The appearance is unfiltered orange and the nose dank and citrus hop.  The flavor is a moderate balance of sweet hop and fresh tangerine hop.  Mouthfeel is smooth and easy with a nice creaminess.  It edges a touch sweet and malt heavy but overall this is a nice AIPA, definitely recommended.

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Avery Liliko’i Kepolo

Avery Liliko’i Kepolo is a 5.6 ABV Belgian Witbier brewed with Passionfruit.  The pour is hazy light orange and the nose funky spice and fruit.  The flavor hits big with the passionfruit with some of that Belgian spice in the background.  The juicy fruit flavor is refreshing and fresh and not too artificial which is nice.  Mouthfeel is smooth and moderate.  Overall it’s good, Avery is a solid brewery.  I may not seek this out again but good for a try.

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Dogfish Head Bière De Provence

Dogfish Head Bière De Provence is an 8.3 ABV Saison brewed with lavender, marjoram and bay leaves.  The appearance is light orange and the nose all bitter herb.  The palate is dominated by those bittersweet herbs enhanced by the level of sweet booze.  This gives way to a medley of fruit flavor.  Mouthfeel is moderate with a palpable thickness.  It gets perhaps a touch soapy but it’s really interesting, worth a shot.  Nice to sip on.

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Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal Saison

Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal Saison is a 4.2 ABV Farmhouse / Saison aged in oak barrels.  The appearance is bright orange and the nose brett, mild spice and some Belgian funk.  The flavor is a quick sharp hit of that brett finishing with a vegetal bitterness and some spice and funk throughout.  Mouthfeel is crisp and light but the flavors are spot on and have depth.  I’m really enjoying this. I’d definitely recommend it.  This was a gift but I believe the bottle is expensive, worth trying nonetheless.

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