Pierre Ferrand 1840

Pierre Ferrand 1840

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Pierre Ferrand

Region: Cognac, France

45% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: Likely

Color Added: Likely

Color: Off Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Bright sour grape, floral, pear, peach, light sugar, apricot

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: White grapes, peach, pear, sour orchard fruits

Finish: Light and short, with similar notes from the nose and palate returning very quickly

Thoughts: While to body is helped by the added ABV, this is clearly designed with mixing in mind as the sour notes would need to be masked in order for this to be enjoyed consistently neat.

Score: 70 out of 100


Havana Club 7

Havana Club 7

Price: $25 for 700 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Havana Club / Pernod Richard

Region: Cuba

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 7 Years

Cask Type: Blend of different oak casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Very much a Spanish rum, airy honey, molasses, sharp spice, and slight alcohol

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Light oak tannins, molasses, vanilla, honey, cream, and cococnut

Finish: Vanilla, oak, coconut, medium length, light to medium warmth.

Thoughts: It reminds me of a more creamy version of Mount Gay black barrel, while decent, if your in the States it is not worth the trouble to import.

Score: 78 out of 100

Stranahan’s Colorado Whisky


Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Stranahan’s / Proximo Spirits

Region: Colorado

47% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, honey, tart apples, butterscotch

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, honey, apple, pear, butterscotch, oak, and caramel drizzle

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, malt, honey, vanilla, oak, and caramel

Thoughts: It tastes like a malt whisky version of bourbon, and I actually enjoyed it more than I expected to. You get a lot of the bourbon vanilla, but the malt gives it a nice orchard fruit palate.

Score: 82 out of 100

Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenfarclas

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Aged For: 21-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Dark Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oloroso sherry, ginger, oak, vanilla, leather, and dry nuts

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dried fruits, sherry, nutty, pepper, and toffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length, apple cider, vanilla, caramel, oranges, ginger

Thoughts: I continue to enjoy Glenfarclas’ profile, but it never seems to really knock my socks off.

Score: 82 out 100


Francis Darroze Domaine de Lamarquette 1985

Domaine de lamaequette 1985

Price: $120 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Lamarquette

Region: Bas-Armagnac, France

48.7% ABV

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plum, cherry, old oak, saw dust, caramel, coffee, and a pinch of salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body. drying

Palate/Taste: Sherried scotch, raisins, citrus, pepper, oak, and cherry

Finish: Warm, medium length, slightly drying, tannins, leather, ginger, oak.

Thoughts: This one reminded me a lot of an old sherried scotch, a nice combination of fruit and tannins.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barbancourt 15

Barbancourt 15

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Babancourt

Region: Haiti

43% ABV

Distillate: Sugar Cane

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Limousin oak

Color: Deep copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Fresh cane sugar, molasses, oak, caramel, coconut, floral earthiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Crisp sugar, followed by coconut, lime, nougat, and floral earth

Finish: Medium warmth and length, crisp and clean, oak, brown sugar, almond, and seltzer water

Thoughts: Leaves a very crisp feeling in my mouth and a massive improvement over the 8 year I tried

Score: 81 out of 100

Four Roses Private Select OBSF Main Street Liquors


Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

59.3% ABV

Aged For: 8 Years , 11 months

Mashbill: 60% corn, 35% corm , 5% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Details: Warehouse RN 38.3A

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet caramel, herbs, touch of red fruit, oak, vanilla, cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Solid caramel and vanilla upfront, oak, brown sugar, cherries and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dry oak, dark coffee, berries, and cigar tobacco

Thoughts: While some of the fruit notes were nice, and by no means is this bad, it’s just another good but not spectacular single cask.

Score: 83 out of 100