Wathen’s Single Barrel

Wathen's SB

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Medley Family

Region: Kentucky

47% ABV

Mashbill: 77% corn, 10% rye, 13% barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Bubblegum, corn mash, oak, vanilla, sugary

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla heavy, oak, caramel, the vanilla really dominates, maybe a bit of clove

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, pepper, vanilla, and a bit of citrus

Thoughts: Vanilla heavy bourbon, without a lot of complexity or depth you’d get from a single barrel normally. Not bad, but middle of the road stuff.

Score: 77 out of 100

Dartigalongue XO Armagnac


Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dartigalongue

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: XO statement

Cask Type: French oak

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Brown sugar, port wine, oak, tobacco, leather, dark chocolate, and figs

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: PX sherry, blackberry, blueberry, caramel, oak, raisins

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, coffee, oak, and port wine notes

Thoughts: An extremely fruity brandy, that still has the sugary caramel sweetness with a nice bit of chocolate to round it out. Excellent for the price.

Score: 85 out of 100

Isaac Bowman Port Finished Bourbon

Isaac Bowman Port Finished Bourbon

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace & Bowman / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky / Virginia

46% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in port barrels

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Mint, oak, chocolate, leather, pepper and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Corn, vanilla, oak, port wine, chocolate, bacon, brown sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, caramel, coffee, plums, and chocolate

Thoughts: The port wasn’t overpowering, which actually made for a nice bourbon with dark fruit notes.

Score: 81 out of 100

Kill Devil 2007 Hampden 10-Year

Kill Devil 2007 Hampden 10

Price: $70 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hampden / Hunter Laing

Region: Jamaica

64.1% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 years, distilled 2007

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rubbery funk, nail polish, sour floral notes, rotten fruit

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and oily, then becomes dry

Palate/Taste: Honey, varnish, gasoline, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, pepper, and leather

Finish: Long and hot, honey, bitter, mango, pepper, and oak

Thoughts: I keep hearing a lot a praise for Hampden’s funk, but after trying this I don’t think it’s a profile I enjoy.

Score: 65 out of 100

Glenmorangie 18

Glenmorangie 18

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenmorangie / LVHM

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Honey, floral, malt, apples, custard, and fresh cut hay

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, malt, oak, cream, and white pepper

Finish: Light warmth and medium length vanilla with a punch of pepper, orchard fruits and honey

Thoughts: I’m not the biggest fan of Glenmorangie, but this is a huge leap in taste for me from their 10 and 12 year malts. It’s a simple highlander that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Score: 80 out of 100

Privateer Navy Yard

Privateer Navy Yard

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Privateer Rum

Region: Massachusetts

55% ABV

Distillate: Grade A Fancy Molasses

Aged For: Minimum 2 years

Cask Type: New charred American oak, char level 3

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Marzipan and coconut, oak, vanilla, and a bit of fruit

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Dry and oaky, tangy, pencil shavings, tart fruit, pepper, and vanilla

Finish: Warm and medium length, Vanilla with a sort of sweet brown sugar tangy flavor that goes back and forth between sweet and savory

Thoughts: For a relatively young spirit this has a good flavor, and is well made. I tend to like a lot of cask influence in my spirits so this says something. However, what could make this go from good to great is additional aging.

Score: 80 out of 100

Joseph Magnus Single Barrel PX Cask

Joseph Magnus PX Cask

Price: $140 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP / Joseph Magnus

Region: Indiana / DC

49.55% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in PX Sherry casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Apples, peaches, corn mash, caramel, citrus, oak, and light toffee

Mouthfeel: Medium body and syrupy

Palate/Taste: Sherry, pepper, oak, leather, jamy fruit, chocolate, and coffee

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, PX sherry with leathery cinnamon

Thoughts: A nice change up of the usual bourbon notes, with fruit front and center, and the texture taking on some of the syrupy feel from the PX. That said I’d rate this about the same as the regular Magnus release.

Score: 83 out of 100