Review: Nikka Yoichi 2000’s

Price: Roughly $250 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: Yoichi / Nikka

Region: Japan

57% ABV

Aged For: NAS, distillate from 2000 through 2009

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered:No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Powerful peat, vanilla, graphite, sawdust, caramel, pepper, citrus, pear

Feel: Rich

Taste: Apples, rosewater, butterscotch, oak, vanilla, mint, campfire ashes, honey

Finish: Medium length and warmth, saltwater spray, cream, tannins, malt, and hay with slight smoke

Thoughts: The high ABV helps immensely with the mouthfeel and is a good young peated whisky with a good mouthfeel and flavor range.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Booker’s Noe Hard Times

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

63.90% ABV

Aged For: 6 Years, 10 months

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

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Chocolate, brown sugar, pepper, leather, oak, tobacco, alcohol, butterscotch

Feel: Full, dry

Taste: Pepper, oak, leather, tobacco, clove, cinnamon, caramel, coffee grounds

Finish: Long, warm, and dry, with vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, roasted nuts, brown sugar, and leather

Thoughts: Solid spicy oak bourbon

Score: 88 out of 100

Review: J. Goudoulin 18-Year 2000 SMWS A3.2 “Fruity pipe tobacco”

Paid: $130 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: J. Goudoulin / SMWS

Region: Bas Armganac

46.7% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, distilled 2000

Cask Type: Gascon Black Oak

Grapes: Baco & Ungi Blanc

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruit, raisins, fig, alcohol solvent, aromatic pipe tobacco, apricot glaze, oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Honey, apples, oak, cinnamon, citrus, calvados, aromatic pipe tobacco

Finish: Light to medium warmth, in-between short and medium length, apple, cinnamon, pine resin, oak, vanilla, honey, and caramel

Thoughts: At times this was more calvados like than Armagnac, nothing mind blowing, easy to sip, but a bit weak and the nose is a bit rough at times.

Score: 77 out of 100

Review: Foursquare Premise

Price: $50 for 750

Distilled/Owned by: Foursqaure

Region: Barbados

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: None

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, almond, molasses, milk chocolate, nutty sherry, vanilla, coconut, mango, and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Sherry, molasses, coconut, oranges, stone fruit, caramel latte, melon, brown sugar

Finish: Light warmth, shortish length, lots of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and baking spices

Thoughts: The sherry influence is there, but not overpowering. Pretty light and sweet. Finish is a bit weak but overall another good rum from Foursquare.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Knob Creek Single Barrel Fusion/Navarre 2017 Batch 2

Paid: $45 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Jim Beam / Beam Suntory

Region: Kentucky

60% ABV

Aged For: 13 Years

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn, caramel, vanilla, oak, butterscotch, milk chocolate, and peanut butter

Feel: Full body

Taste: Oak, pepper, cinnamon, tobacco, caramel, vanilla, nuts, cream, honey and leather

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry, cloves, tobacco, oak, burnt peanuts, coffee grounds, and pepper

Thoughts: Sweeter on the nose and palate than some other KC SiB’s I’ve had. Still has that nice oak underlying profile and spice.

Score: 85 out of 100

Review: L’Encantada Domaine Del Cassou 1998 #44 “Hail Yak”

Paid: $95 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: “Domaine Del Cassou” / L’Encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

49.2% ABV

Aged For: 20 Years. Distilled 1998

Cask Type: French Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet grapes, cinnamon, clove, maple syrup, flowers, sort of delicate and rich at the same time, an interesting balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Oranges, more clove, maple, tobacco, oak, honey, baked rye, dark berries, dried fruit, and touch of pepper

Finish: Medium warmth with a medium to long finish, oak, baking spice, leather, tobacco, and chocolate with grape and citrus.

Thoughts: Huge props to the aficionados who picked this cask, it’s banging. Fruity, rich, spicy, floral, and sweet it hits everything without being disjointed.

Score: 90 out of 100

Review: Canadian Club Small Batch Classic 12

Paid: $20 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hiram Walker / Beam Suntory

Region: Canada

40% ABV

Aged For: 12 Years, batch C12-018

Mashbill: Undisclosed amounts of barley, rye, and corn

Cask Type: First fill bourbon or ex-Canadian whisky barrels

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, grains, vanilla, maple, cedar, rye, and cream

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, honey, maple, rye, oak, baking spices

Finish: Short, little warmth, vanilla, cream, honey, oak, caramel, and a slight bitter aftertaste

Thoughts: For $20 this isn’t bad, it’s simple and easy to drink, whisky for people who think bourbon is to intense sort of thing.

Score: 70 out of 100