Kill Devil 2001 15-Year Diamond

Kill Devil 2001 15 Diamond

Price: $105 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Diamond / Hunter Laing

Region: Guyana

61% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 years, distilled 2001

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glenciarn

Nose: Leathery pepper, grilled banana, tropical fruit, brown sugar, grilling rub

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Leather, pepper, oak, chili, green pepper, molasses, toasted mango

Finish: Dry and warm, long finish. Earthy with a bit of tar. Oak, pepper, peach, and mango

Thoughts: This is one of the most unique rums I have tried and the flavors really go all over the place without feeling disjointed or random. A big contrast with how spicy it is compared to the sweet El Dorados that are more readily available.

Score: 81 out of 100

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