Review: ArteNom Seleccion de 1146 Anejo

**Paid:** $80 for 750ml

**Distilled/Owned by:** Tequilena, S.A. de C.V.

**Region:** High;amds – Los Altos

**40% ABV**

**Aged For:** 3 to 4 years

**Agave:** 100% blue weber

**Cask Type:** Ex-Cabernet franc French Oak, and Ex-Rye  or Bourbon whisky American white oak

**Additives:**  None

**Color:** Golden

**Drank:** Neat, in a glencairn

**Nose:** Vanilla agave, champagne, lime, caramel, and powdered sugar

**Feel:** Light bodied

**Taste:** Light oak and vanilla with an agave aftertaste, caramel, and citrus

**Finish:** Light warmth and short length, vanilla and agave cinnamon

**Thoughts:**  With my second agave review I continue the trend that I need oak to balance out the vegetal notes of the spirit.

**Score:** 80 out of 100

Review: Dos Maderas 5+5

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Williams & Humbert

Region: Distilled in Barbados & Guyana, Finished in Spain

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years (5 in the Caribbean, 5 in Spain)

Cask Type: American Oak (5 Years), Palo Cortado Casks (3 Years), and PX Sherry (2 Years)

Additives used: Yes

Color: Brown sherry

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruits, oak, chocolate, marzipan, coconut, brown sugar, sherry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, oak, sherry, maple, raisins, sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length. A bit of oak and pepper, sherry, and vanilla

Thoughts: The sherry is very dominate on the profile, I actually think they add sherry to the rum at points in the solera. I taste bits of oak and dry spice underneath the super saturated sweetness. Very Similar to Your El Dorados and Diplomatico Rums if you enjoy those. I’m a sucker for PX sherry so this isn’t a bad rum for myself.

Score: 78 out of 100

Review: Old Ezra 7 Barrel Strength

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Luxco

Region: Kentucky

58.5% ABV

Aged For: 7 Years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

Color: Chesnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, oak, brown sugar, cherry, a touch of corn mash

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: A bit more pepper and baking spice, vanilla, fruit, honey, cocoa powder, leather

Finish: Just over a medium length finish, and above a medium level of warmth, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cherry, honey , and nuts

Thoughts: This is basic bourbon, and that’s not bad, sometimes that’s what you want. Hits all the normal profile notes with a good body and finish.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Ararat Armenia Collection Reserve 10 Year

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Ararat / Pernod Ricard

Region: Armenia

45% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Armenian oak

Grapes: Unspecified, Armenian grown

Color: Old oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rich musty grape, thick oak, baking spices, pipe tobacco, oranges, raisins, dried fruits, chocolate

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly sticky

Palate/Taste: PX sherry, blackberry jam, orange marmalade, honey, vanilla, oak, cinnamon, a real fruit bomb

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, still very fruit forward with a touches of chocolate, vanilla, and baking spices.

Thoughts: If you like your brandy almost like fruit juice or are a fan or Port or PX sherry this stuff is going to be right up your alley.

Score: 88 out of 100

Review: Dalmore Port Wood Reserve

Paid: $70 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

46.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in Tawny Port barrels from W&J Graham

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Port, oak, blackberry, orange peel, jam, vanilla, clove, pepper

Feel: Light to medium body

Taste: Leather, dark chocolate, port, blackberry, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, pepper, dried fruit

Finish: Medium warmth and length, chocolate, port, oak, tobacco, cinnamon, citrus, apple, and coffee

Thoughts: Lots of oak and fruit, and not a bad offering from the usually weak and flat OB dalmore offerings.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Domaine de Baraillon 33-Year 1984

Paid: $140 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Baraillon

Region: Bas Armagnac

46% ABV

Aged For: 33 Years, distilled 1984 bottled 2017

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grape jam, fresh, citrus, port soaked oak, dried fruits, vanilla, blackberry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, spicy, tart

Palate/Taste: Sherry wine, oak, citrus, leather, vanilla, and a touch of ginger

Finish: Warm and medium length, apricot jelly, pastry, musty grape, wood shavings, tobacco, and leather

Thoughts: This sits at a nice midpoint between oak heavy yaks, and still displaying fruit. Gets sweeter overtime and does benefit from adding a drop of water.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Bowmore Dorus Mor Batch 1

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bowmore / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

55.1% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First fill bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Yes

Color: Pale Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Strong alcohol hits with smoke, menthol, peat, oak, vanilla, saltwater, citrus

Feel: Medium

Taste: Sharp, pepper, vanilla, oak, smoke, honey, ash and cinders, and lemon juice

Finish: Warm and long lasting, charred wood, spice, pepper, vanilla, caramel, and salt with mossy peat

Thoughts: At first its sharp and slightly harsh, but mellows out with a nice peat punch with a lot of influence from the bourbon casks. The full proof and non chill filter prove Bowmore can put out something that isn’t bland compared to some of my previous experiences.

Score: 80 out of 100