Revisit: Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whisky
I really, really like this. I’d originally tried an airline bottle sample and gave it a tentative thumbs up. It’s just the right balance of vanilla and oak and honey and fruit but gone sinister, the tiniest bit smokey, and a little brooding. 

Revisit: Dewar’s White Label Blended Scotch Whisky

I really, really like this. I’d originally tried an airline bottle sample and gave it a tentative thumbs up. It’s just the right balance of vanilla and oak and honey and fruit but gone sinister, the tiniest bit smokey, and a little brooding. 

Housemade Peach & Peppercorn Bourbon 

They use this for one of their house cocktails but gave me a sample of it as-is and Oh sweet baby ceiling cat that was a lovely sip for dessert. The bartender thought they were using Bulleit as the base but someone else had made that batch. Peaches were in season and that was just lovely.

Had at: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Atlanta, GA

Rhetoric Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Aged 20 Years
As I’d heard: very, very oaky but neat it’s balanced nicely with rich caramel, biting spice and smooth vanilla. With ice, it flattens down making it less suitable to my palate.
Had at: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Atlanta, GA

Rhetoric Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Aged 20 Years

As I’d heard: very, very oaky but neat it’s balanced nicely with rich caramel, biting spice and smooth vanilla. With ice, it flattens down making it less suitable to my palate.

Had at: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Atlanta, GA

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Aged 12-years
This has that distinctive Irish whiskey twang, made mild by ice which also brings out some lovely citrus notes.
Had at: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Atlanta, GA where they not only had a lovely selection of whiskies but also an impressive gin list (I was a gin drinker before I was a whisky drinker) what looked like an impressive set of tequilas (I know tequila basics but little else) an astonishingly good selection of wine and some very nice-looking beers. 
(I will sometimes give shout outs to nice brown liquor bars when I travel but intentionally remain vague about the places I go when I’m home.)

Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey, Aged 12-years

This has that distinctive Irish whiskey twang, made mild by ice which also brings out some lovely citrus notes.

Had at: White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, Atlanta, GA where they not only had a lovely selection of whiskies but also an impressive gin list (I was a gin drinker before I was a whisky drinker) what looked like an impressive set of tequilas (I know tequila basics but little else) an astonishingly good selection of wine and some very nice-looking beers. 

(I will sometimes give shout outs to nice brown liquor bars when I travel but intentionally remain vague about the places I go when I’m home.)

Revisit: Johnnie Walker Black
Good. Smooth, sweet peat, little smoke, pleasantly oaky. Lived up to my memory of it and was, if anything a little better for not sitting in the shadow of the Platinum, which I had sampled it against last time. I can totally see this becoming one of my go-to scotches when I’m in a bar with a slim selection.

Revisit: Johnnie Walker Black

Good. Smooth, sweet peat, little smoke, pleasantly oaky. Lived up to my memory of it and was, if anything a little better for not sitting in the shadow of the Platinum, which I had sampled it against last time. I can totally see this becoming one of my go-to scotches when I’m in a bar with a slim selection.

Revisit: Big Bottom Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Zinfindel Casks
Still so very good. It’s like dessert in a glass.

Revisit: Big Bottom Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Zinfindel Casks

Still so very good. It’s like dessert in a glass.

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Moylan’s American Rye Whiskey
Yup. That’s a rye. The sort of spicy rye that’s not terribly suited to me.

Moylan’s American Rye Whiskey

Yup. That’s a rye. The sort of spicy rye that’s not terribly suited to me.

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Clan Denny Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey
This was incredibly, incredibly smooth. I had taken two hard swallows with no fiery repercussions before I realized I was downing it at an unintended pace. It’s complex with all sorts of wacky and seemingly contrary notes in there but they balance out so perfectly that I cannot complain. Adding ice does it no favors for my palate. The sharps become sharper and the sweets and the neutrals disappear unbalancing it dramatically. Would absolutely have this again.

Clan Denny Blended Malt Scotch Whiskey

This was incredibly, incredibly smooth. I had taken two hard swallows with no fiery repercussions before I realized I was downing it at an unintended pace. It’s complex with all sorts of wacky and seemingly contrary notes in there but they balance out so perfectly that I cannot complain. Adding ice does it no favors for my palate. The sharps become sharper and the sweets and the neutrals disappear unbalancing it dramatically. Would absolutely have this again.

Dry Fly Port-Finish Wheat Whiskey
Holy crap. I’ve had wheat whiskies. I’ve had port-finished whiskies. This is my first port-finished wheat whiskey (or, actually, my first anything-finished wheat whiskey) and it was so, so good. Excellent combination. Beautifully balanced.
This is dessert in a bottle.

Dry Fly Port-Finish Wheat Whiskey

Holy crap. I’ve had wheat whiskies. I’ve had port-finished whiskies. This is my first port-finished wheat whiskey (or, actually, my first anything-finished wheat whiskey) and it was so, so good. Excellent combination. Beautifully balanced.

This is dessert in a bottle.

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Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey (A Rye Wheat Hybrid)
Gracious. This was bright and light and a little minty. Okay, maybe a lot minty. quite, quite good.

Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey (A Rye Wheat Hybrid)

Gracious. This was bright and light and a little minty. Okay, maybe a lot minty. quite, quite good.

Space whisky, not space scotch

Corsair Triple Smoke
I really like everything else I’ve tried from Corsair but I’d been putting this one off because of its name and me thinking I don’t really like the smokier whiskies and, well, we’ve heard this story before haven’t we?
If you’re singing along, you’ve already predicted that I loved it.
It’s magic. Three batches of barley are smoked with cherry wood, beech, and peat respectively and then combined to make this lovely thing which does not taste like a housefire or an ashtray or a  fireplace or a camp fire or a wood stove or a barbeque anything else that I have a solid memory association with but it’s still somehow full of nostalgia and comfort. Yum.

Corsair Triple Smoke

I really like everything else I’ve tried from Corsair but I’d been putting this one off because of its name and me thinking I don’t really like the smokier whiskies and, well, we’ve heard this story before haven’t we?

If you’re singing along, you’ve already predicted that I loved it.

It’s magic. Three batches of barley are smoked with cherry wood, beech, and peat respectively and then combined to make this lovely thing which does not taste like a housefire or an ashtray or a  fireplace or a camp fire or a wood stove or a barbeque anything else that I have a solid memory association with but it’s still somehow full of nostalgia and comfort. Yum.

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Berkshire Bourbon Whiskey
Sweeter and I do tend to like my bourbons sweeter. But if it’s not technically high-rye then it’s high-enough-rye to not make me love it.

Berkshire Bourbon Whiskey

Sweeter and I do tend to like my bourbons sweeter. But if it’s not technically high-rye then it’s high-enough-rye to not make me love it.

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Treaty Oak Red Handed Bourbon Whiskey
Aside from the fact that I want to do a crimes and misdemeanors whiskey tasting/party (B&E, Larceny, this, probably quite a few others without thinking too hard about it), this seems to be sort of a standard high-rye bourbon which, I’ve learned, are not exquisite to my palate. It was okay. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it. It just wasn’t a home run for me.

Treaty Oak Red Handed Bourbon Whiskey

Aside from the fact that I want to do a crimes and misdemeanors whiskey tasting/party (B&E, Larceny, this, probably quite a few others without thinking too hard about it), this seems to be sort of a standard high-rye bourbon which, I’ve learned, are not exquisite to my palate. It was okay. I wouldn’t turn my nose up at it. It just wasn’t a home run for me.

Bulleit Straight Rye Whiskey
Huh. I like their rye better than their bourbon. I don’t love it but I do like it better. And even moreso on ice.
Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey
I actually ordered this and the Bulleit rye to check them off my list. Get them over with. You know? Silly me.
I think this may be the thing I’ve tried that has surprised me the most. I mean, other than discovering that I like whiskey at all. It had a strong, very strong, heathery aftertaste that I’ve only encountered one other time (in a very nice scotch) that plays well with the yeasty, bready, homey notes. It was divine without ice and very good with it. We actually ordered another glass of it when we finished this round. I think I may need to get a bottle of it for my collection.

Bulleit Straight Rye Whiskey

Huh. I like their rye better than their bourbon. I don’t love it but I do like it better. And even moreso on ice.

Knob Creek Straight Rye Whiskey

I actually ordered this and the Bulleit rye to check them off my list. Get them over with. You know? Silly me.

I think this may be the thing I’ve tried that has surprised me the most. I mean, other than discovering that I like whiskey at all. It had a strong, very strong, heathery aftertaste that I’ve only encountered one other time (in a very nice scotch) that plays well with the yeasty, bready, homey notes. It was divine without ice and very good with it. We actually ordered another glass of it when we finished this round. I think I may need to get a bottle of it for my collection.

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