Review: XXX One 2005 Foursquare

Price: $68 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Foursquare / r/rum bottling

Region: Barbados

63% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pepper, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, rye, coconut shavings, molasses, clove, and leather

Mouthfeel: Full, spicy, dry

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, orange, oak, pepper, leather, tobacco, coconut, peach, mango, maple

Finish: Long and warm, vanilla, flan, cinnamon, chocolate, pineapple, oak, pepper, and more rye spices

Thoughts: It’s very similar to a high rye bourbon, but with more tropical fruit and coconut notes. This is high octane boozy rum, and I love it.

Score: 87 out of 100

Review: L’Encantada Le Freche #49 1990

Paid: $90 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Le Freche” / L’encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

52.4% ABV

Aged For: 28 Years, Distilled 1990

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Grapes, hazelnut, orange rind, tobacco, oloroso sherry, dates, and port soaked oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body

Palate/Taste: Coffee, grape, dark chocolate, clove, pepper, oak, blackberry, and spice

Finish: Long and lasting warmth, dry on the palate, oak, pepper, tobacco, cinnamon, toffee, and citrus

Thoughts: I love trying things distilled during my birth year. This Armagnac has fruit on the nose, followed by a slightly dry oaky body with fruit injected here and there.

Score: 87 out of 100

Review: Mars Kumamoto Bartenders Project

Price: $90 for 700 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Shinshu Mars / Hombo Shuzo Co

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, light smoke, oak, maybe a light fruit note buried deep down?

Feel: Light to medium body

Taste: Vanilla, honey, malt, oak, hay, and light smoke, “delicate”

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, malty with vanilla and honey notes

Thoughts: It’s a pretty basic blended malt with no real flavor popping out, but nothing offensive either. Tastes young, but not in a bad way.

Score: 73 out of 100

Review: Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel for Astor Wine and Spirits

Paid: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Info: Astor Wine & Spirits, Barrel #K759, bottle #83

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peanut butter fudge, mineral oil, oak, caramel coffee creamer, sweet corn, clove, and pipe tobacco

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, peanuts, vanilla, oak, minerals, cherry, birch beer

Finish: Honey, caramel, oak, leather, cinnamon, mineral oil, pepper, and clove

Thoughts: Lots of chocolate and peanut in the nose and body and follows up with more baking spice while having a dickel minerality throughout

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Quarter Cask CS

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

57.2% ABV

Aged For: NAS (Min 5 Years)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-bourbon quarter casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peat, mint, oak, vanilla, smoke, honey, coconut, malt, citrus

Feel: Medium to full

Taste: Smoke, oak, peat, vanilla, cream, honey, pepper, salt, tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth, long lasting, oak, citrus, very dry with a lot of tannins, smoke, and spices

Thoughts: Heavy oak, and a medium amount of smoke, a good offering that builds on the CQ but isn’t one for the ages.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: Scapa 10 Gordon & MacPhail Distillery Label

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Scapa / Gordon and Macphail

Region: Island (Orkney)

43% ABV

Aged For: 10-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First-Fill Bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light fruit, apples, vanilla, salt, oak, lime, and toast

Feel: Medium, on the oily side

Taste: Lots of creamy vanilla, oak, honey, kiwi, beeswax, and custard

Finish: Shorter to medium, medium warmth. Light pepper, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, butter, maybe even a touch of smoke.

Thoughts: I have been wanting to try a Scapa for awhile, but I missed the boat on the 16, and I have yet to hear anything good about Skiren so I jumped to try this at a decent price. It’s a solid bourbon aged scotch and a great warm weather sipper.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: Midleton Very Rare 2015

Happy St. Patricks day whiskybois!

Paid: $170 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Midleton / Pernond Ricard

Region: Ireland

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS, stated to be a blend of between 12 to 25 years

Mashbill: Undisclosed, blend of single pot still and grain whisky

Cask Type: Undisclosed but often bourbon or sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey and apples, cream, caramel, oak, cinnamon, pear, vanilla

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, cream, butterscotch, corn, earth, floral, wheat, and baking spices

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, milk chocolate, vanilla, butterscotch, apples, honey, malt, grains, and floral.

Thoughts: There are no unpleasant off notes, and this is what your average whisky drinker would call “smooth”, because of this though the body and finish are a touch weak on an otherwise tastey dram.

Score: 80 out of 100