Bowmore 12

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Grade: B-

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Islay

Age: 12 Yrs

ABV: 40.00%

Price: $50

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is peaty with some floral notes. The palate is salty, peaty, citrus and slightly soapy. The finish is light smoke and lingering medicine. I like this expression. However for the money I do like the Legend expression better as they taste very similar.

Knob Creek Rye

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Grade: B-

Type: American, Rye, Kentucky

Age: N/A

ABV: 50.00%

Price: $40

Availability: Wide

The nose on this is rye spice and vanilla. On the palate it’s an easy drinking rye/spice with  a decent amount of wood/oak. The finish is sweet and much milder than most ryes of this ABV. If you are looking for a nice easy to sip rye, this is it. If you are looking for a big bold rye that has a punch, this is not it.

Macallan 18

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Speyside

Age: 18 Yrs

ABV: 43.00%

Price: $180

Availability: Wide

The nose has some citrus, vanilla, dried fruits. On the palate there is the typical Macallan sherry and spice with some orange…very easy on the palate. The finish has some wood and sherry, This is very nicely done. The price can range a bit here, so shop around. You can do better for your money, but some people will just insist on having some Macallan.

Aberlour A’bunadh

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Grade: B

Type: Scotland, Single Malt, Highland

ABV: 60.20

Age: N/A

Price: $68

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

(Sampled from batch 45) This is a non chill-filtered cask strength expression that was soaked in oloroso sherry butts. The nose is spicy with sweet orange notes. The palate has some dried fruit, creamy with a healthy amount of sherry. The finish is a bit bitter and hot, with some chocolate and spice. I really like this expression. However, I have had some of the other batches which I have liked better. From batch to batch these are a bit different, some are in the B+ range.

Pure Kentucky Small Batch

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Grade: B

Type: American, Bourbon, Kentucky

ABV: 53.50%

Age: 10 Yrs

Price: $40

Availability: Better Whiskey Stores

The nose is splendid, rye, anise maple syrup and pancakes. The palate is very sweet, much sweeter than most bourbons. It tastes like a cake or cookie dough. The finish is short and light..could be better. Overall this is a very tasty bottle. You will want more and more of this when you taste it.

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7

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Grade: C+

Type: American, Tennessee

ABV: 40.00%

Age: N/A

Price: $19

Availability: Wide

It’s time to review what is perhaps the most iconic American Whiskey that there is. The nose is sweet with corn, rye and wood.. nice smell actually. The palate is sweet and syrupy with some vanilla corn. The finish is where this light bodied expression really starts to fade into an average whiskey…. light lacquer with a warming sensation. Good for mixing or large group parties