Copper & Kings Butchertown


Paid: $50 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Copper & Kings

Region: Kentucky

62% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, and ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oak and leather with baking spice, cinnamon, vanilla, grape, and coffee grinds, and maple

Mouthfeel: Full and dry

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, pepper, leather, spice, brown sugar, grape, and cola

Finish: Long and warm, oak, grape, dark chocolate, caramel

Thoughts: This is a powerful brandy, that drinks like a whisky.

Score: 84 out of 100

Ron Zacapa XO

Ron Zacapa XO

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Industria Licoreras de Guatemala / Diageo

Region: Guatemala

40% ABV

Distillate: Sugarcane honey

Aged For: NAS, 6-23 years Solera style

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-sherry, finished in cognac casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Cloudy old oak

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Old molasses, oak, coconut, brown sugar, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, flat cola, brown sugar, marzipan, more sugar

Finish: Short length, light warmth, molasses, sugar, vanilla, coconut, and coca-cola

Thoughts: I prefer my rum neat, but this is pretty close to drinking a rum and coke on its own, not worth the price.

Score: 77 out of 100


Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak


Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced Teaspoon malt / Kaiyo

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: NAS, and aged at sea!

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Mizaunara Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Undisclosed

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Herbal spice, earthy, weeds, oak, sugar, and salt

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Cream, vanilla, herbal, grass, and caramel

Finish: Caramel, vanilla, oak, herbal rye, malt, shorter length, light warmth

Thoughts: I actually think this is superior to the cask strength version, it tastes less like a young craft whisky and more like it’s own thing. Still doesn’t make it a good whisky though.

Score: 72 out of 100

Vicomte 9 Year Cask Strength

Vicomte CS

Price: $60

Distilled/Owned by: Vicomte

Region: France

67.8% ABV

Aged For: 9 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Limousin French Oak, finished in Cognac casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Heather, honey, shar grains, wet hay, sour wine, cognac, graphite, wood shavings

Feel:Full bodied

Taste: Smarties candy, champagne, pineapple, and table sugar

Finish: Medium heat and length, sweet and savory, Artificial grape flavor

Thoughts: Much too sweet for me, and I’m a big sherry and port finish fan. I’m not the biggest Cognac fan either, so I’m sure that didn’t help.

Score: 60 out of 100

Asbach 8 Privatbrand


Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Asbach

Region: Germany

40% ABV

Aged For: 8-Years

Cask Type: French Limousin oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dark grapes, port, pine boxes, oak, dark chocolate, orange peel, cigar tobacco, dried fruits

Mouthfeel: Medium, supple

Palate/Taste: Dark tawny port, grapes, leather, espresso, cinnamon, praline, prunes

Finish: Medium warmth, length, bits oaf oak, cocoa, grapeseed oil, and oolong tea

Thoughts: It is like a very masculine cognac with much darker flavors.

Score: 83 out of 100

Kirk and Sweeney 23


Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Bermudez

Region: Dominican Republic

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 23 Years

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes?

Additives used: Undisclosed

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Thick caramel, marzipan, boozy rum, molasses, nutty, with brown sugar

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, more vanilla, hints of marzipan and caramel

Finish: Light warmth and short, caramel, oak, sugar, and vanilla

Thoughts: It’s not a bad rum, but if it is indeed 23 years in a cask It doesn’t show.

Score: 77 out of 100

Kaiyo Cask Strength Japanese Mizunara Oak

Kaiyo Cask Strength

Price: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Teaspoon Malt (Blend) / Kaiyo

Region: Japan

53% ABV

Aged For: NAS, aged on the ocean Jefferson’s style!

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Mizunara Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Undisclosed

Color: Bronze

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sharp grains, herbs, floral notes, young smelling, like a craft whiskey, and almost rye like

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Nutmeg, pepper, floral, oolong tea, and rye notes

Finish: Warm and lasting, citrus, cinnamon, cedar, and pine resin

Thoughts: This reminded me more of a young craft rye, not a malt whiskey. Maybe that’s just the Mizunara that I don’t care for as I don’t have much experience with it, but still not my thing.

Score: 70 out of 100