Review: Macallan Whisky Maker’s Edition

Price: $100 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Macallan / Edrington Group

Region: Speyside

42.8% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-sherry and bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: No

Color: Burnished

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Raisins, sherry, citrus, malt, vanilla, nuts, apple, and pine resin

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Chocolate, oloroso sherry, nuts, dried fruit, leather, oak, caramel, and sultanas

Finish: Medium to light warmth and has a pretty good length. Malt, cocoa powder, sherry, pepper, ginger, and coffee

Thoughts: Not bad for an NAS travel malt, but not worth the price they were charging back in the day.

Score: 82 out of 100

Review: Dictador 20

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Destileria Colombiana

Region: Colombia

40% ABV

Distillate: Sugar Cane Honey

Aged For: 20 year solera

Cask Type: “Pre used oak barrels” as per their website

Sugar added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Liquorice, anise, pepper, oak, bitter chocolate, coffee, sherry, and caramel

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, oak, maple, toffee, hazelnut, and molasses

Finish: Light warmth, not a very long finish, caramel, hazelnut spread, liquorice, honey, light coffee, and maple.

Thoughts: Not a lot of fruit notes to be found here, but lots of honey, roasted nut, and coffee notes. Not overly complex and definitely in the easy sipper category.

Score: 75 out of 100

Review: Elijah Craig-Year Single Barrel 2017

Paid: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

45% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, Barrel #4327, Bottled 21-17

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% barley, 10% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #3

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Lots of oak and tannins, dark chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, and a faint hint of fruit

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Vanilla, caramel, cherry, honey, a good amount of oak, but not overpowering like a lot of 18 year old bourbons, and a little touch of brown sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth and a medium finish. A nice vanilla, chocolate oak mix of flavors finishing in a caramel wafer sort of way. Very sweet with very little pepper or spice.

Thoughts: This barrel has a great oak balance especially for the age, unfortunately the finish is a little lackluster. However the nose and palate make for a great overall experience.

Score: 88 out of 100

Review : L’encantada Domaine Lous Pibous 1995 #135 Hail Yak

Paid: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Lous Pibous / L’Encantada

Region: Bas Armagnac

56.1% ABV

Aged For: 24 Years, distilled 1995

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep rich grape and fruit notes, oak, dark chocolate, tobacco, oranges, blackcurrant, old sherry, and leather

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, dark chocolate, vanilla, port wine, caramel sauce, pepper, spice, cream, and citrus

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, dry finish with heavy tannin and oak influence. Chocolate, coffee, tobacco, pepper, and cherry.

Thoughts: A combination of rich creamy desert flavors and heavy oak tannin influence make this a whisky drinker’s kind of brandy.

Score: 87 out of 100

Review: Lemorton Reserve

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Lemorton

Region: Domfront, Normandy France

40% ABV

Aged For: 6 Years

Cask Type: French oak

Distillate: Up to 70% pear, usually between 30-40% apple

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pears, floral, cinnamon, apple, pie crust, vanilla, smells like fall

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Apple cider, citrus, cinnamon, baking spices, oak, caramel

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, apple and pear, floral, oak, white pepper, and citrus

Thoughts: If you were to bottle the season of fall, this would be what I would expect it to taste like. After sampling a few entry level Calvados this is the first one that gets above a meh for me.

Score: 81 out of 100

Review: Plantation Jamaica 2002

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Long Pond & Clarendon

Region: Jamaica

42% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 13 years, (10 Jamaica, 3 France)

Cask Type: 10 Years in ex-bourbon, finished 3 years in Pierre Ferrand Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Funky esters, pepper, oak, vanilla, earth, herbs, copper, pineapple, basmati rice with raisins

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Banana, pineapple, cinnamon, oak, orange, mint, coconut, plum

Finish: Light warmth, short to medium length, molasses, pineapple, esters, oak, nutmeg

Thoughts: Not the funk bomb a lot of Jamaican rums are, and it is sweet for Jamaican as well, but overall not a bad rum.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Henry McKenna 10-Year Single Barrel #3936

Paid: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Heaven Hill

Region: Kentucky

50% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 78% corn, 12% barley, 10% rye

Cask Type: New charred oak

Details: Cask # 3936, barreled 10/10/2007

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Fruity with a hint of lime zest and caramel sauce. Oak, corn mash, vanilla, green chilies, caraway seeds, and green coffee beans

Feel: Medium body

Taste: More traditional oak tannin character with leather, pepper, tobacco, citrus, baked apple cinnamon, and cherry

Finish: Medium warmth and length, toffee, oak, pepper, bitter chocolate, rye, and burnt leather

Thoughts: The nose was very interesting, with a lot of fruit and chili, and then became more standard a profile, finishing with a slightly bitter toasted oak sort of finish.

Score: 80 out of 100