Pusser’s 15 Year

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Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Rums / Pusser’s

Region: Guyana & Trinidad

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: Undisclosed


Color: Red copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Papaya, pepper, molasses, coconut, funk, and copper

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Light tropical fruit, honey, floral, brown sugar, and sweet cane syrup

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, coconut, sugar, fruit, and a very artificial sweetness that leads me to believe this may be dosed.

Thoughts: I was expecting something a little darker in flavor given the appearance and age of this rum, but it’s quiet gentle and light

Score: 78 out of 100

Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve Camillus Liquors Pick

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Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

60% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years, 4 months, Warehouse X, Floor 6, Rick 39, Tier 2

Mashbill: 76% corn, 12% rye, 10% malted barley

Cask Info: Barrel #5131 Camillus Liquor

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Caramel brown

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick oak, leather, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, corn mash, peanut, and brown sugar

Feel: Full and dry

Taste: Chewy oak, pepper, tobacco, chocolate with nuts, coffee grounds

Finish: Good warmth and length, oak, oak, baking spices, leather, pepper, and toffee

Thoughts: Knob Creek single barrel picks when they are preforming well are some of the best, if not the best value buys in bourbon. This oak bomb is no exception, loved it.

Score: 90 out of 100

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured

Kilchoman 2011 Sauternes Cask Matured

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Kilchoman

Region: Islay

50% ABV

Aged For: 5 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sauternes Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Rich Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Smoke, vanilla, pears, alcohol, malt, oak, and apricot

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, vanilla, peach, smoke, and peat

Finish: Medium warmth and length, butter, cream, citrus, vanilla, and sauternes

Thoughts: It’s a good malt, but the age is really fighting against it, as I feel the flavors would pop much more with additional age.

Score: 80 out of 100

Dartigalongue 30-Year 1987 Celebration Collection

Dartigalongue 30-Year 1987 Celebration Collection

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Dartigalongue

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

43% ABV

Aged For: 30 Years, Distilled 1987


Color: Reddish tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak and waxed leather, burnt citrus, green coffee, brightens and gains a balsamic note over time

Mouthfeel: Supple

Palate/Taste: Deep, old oak and pepper, slightly tart, old tawny port, rancio, and dark chocolate

Finish: Medium warmth and lasting, dried fruits, ginger, orange peel, chocolate, fireplace wood, and nuts

Thoughts: Complex and deep with a good mouthfeel, but not something mind blowing.

Score: 85 out of 100

Pyrat XO

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Paid: $8 for 375ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums / Patrón Spirits

Region: Caribbean

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: E150A

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oranges, baking spice, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and sugar

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and light

Palate/Taste: Orange soda, creamsicle, lemon, jolly ranchers, syrup and sugar

Finish: Short, little warmth, sugar, orange peel, soda, lemon, antifreeze

Thoughts: There’s so much crap in here I don’t think it’s actually rum, pretty nasty. More of a liquor than anything else.

Score: 50 out of 100

Wild Turkey Master’s Keep Revival

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Price: $150 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Wild Turkey / Campari

Region: Kentucky

50.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS (12 to 15 years)

Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes?


Color: Deep amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oaky vanilla, red fruity, pepper, cream, cinnamon, fino sherry, and spices

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Tobacco, leather, cloves, dry sherry, oak, dark coffee, vanilla, and fruit

Finish: Medium warmth and length, citrus and berries. Dry, with oak, leather, tobacco, spices, and bitter chocolate

Thoughts: Out of the Master’s Keep releases I would rank this second, behind Decades. I really wanted a more supple body on this to make things flow together. The sherry influence is minimal, so if you prefer your bourbon more traditional, the sherry doesn’t punch as hard as say a Joe Magnus.

Score: 84 out of 100

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Benrinnes 11 Year The Exclusive Malts

Price: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Benrinnes / The Exclusive Malts

Region: Speyside

49.1% ABV

Aged For: 11 Years, Distilled 2006

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Second Fill PX sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, pomegranate, fruit punch, tropical fruits, sherry, alcohol, and oak

Feel: Medium, dry, and supple

Taste: Malt, honey, table sugar, fruit punch, sherry, figs, plum , and raisins

Finish: Medium warmth, and lasting length, pepper, spices, oak, rich fruit, dry spice, sherry and citrus

Thoughts: A decent sherried malt, but nothing mind blowing, especially for the price

Score: 83 out of 100