Revisit: Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky
So sweet. So smooth. So good.
It’s a blend of two scotches I love (Glenfiddich and Balvenie) and one I haven’t (Kininvie) tried but am still on the lookout for.

Revisit: Monkey Shoulder Blended Scotch Whisky

So sweet. So smooth. So good.

It’s a blend of two scotches I love (Glenfiddich and Balvenie) and one I haven’t (Kininvie) tried but am still on the lookout for.

Revisit: FEW Rye Whiskey
Funny. Not a sinus clearing spice bomb like a lot of ryes. Not a warm, yeasty bread either. But definitely a rye. Nice cranberry notes like something else I’ve had (but is escaping me). I like it. A lot.

Revisit: FEW Rye Whiskey

Funny. Not a sinus clearing spice bomb like a lot of ryes. Not a warm, yeasty bread either. But definitely a rye. Nice cranberry notes like something else I’ve had (but is escaping me). I like it. A lot.

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Revisit: The Arran Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Aged 10 years
Still love it. It has a funky, fascinating, fruity rollercoaster ride with notes that don’t seem like they should go together but somehow it works. It’s super tasty and I’m really glad my watering hole stocks it now.

Revisit: The Arran Malt Single Malt Scotch Whisky, Aged 10 years

Still love it. It has a funky, fascinating, fruity rollercoaster ride with notes that don’t seem like they should go together but somehow it works. It’s super tasty and I’m really glad my watering hole stocks it now.

Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

This might actually be a revisit. I’m not sure. The bar where losertakesall and I do monthly whiskey has had a McKenna before but I never saw the bottle (and I was pretty new at this) last time so I don’t know if it was this McKenna.

It was pretty good. Not exceptional but okay. We switched to beer after the first round.

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.

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