Review: Hamilton Navy Strength

Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: 60% Demerara Distillers & 40% Worthy Park / Caribbean Spirits Inc.

Region: Guyana & Jamaica

57% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: Undisclosed

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Banana, custard, walnuts, molasses, coconut, oak, and some sharp spices

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, oak, tobacco, smoke, banana, light funk, pepper, and dried fruits

Finish: Long and very warm, kiwi, oak, lime, oak, pepper, smoke, leather, and tobacco

Thoughts: If you like your rum strong, a little rough around the edges with hints of funk and a blast of flavor this is a must try at the price point.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Compass Box Asyla

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Cameronbridge, Glen Elgin, Teaninich, Linkwood / Compass Box

Region: Blend

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: First Fill American oak, refill hogsheads

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: White wine

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Pears, vanilla, floral, citrus, “green fruits”

Feel: Light and delicate

Taste: Apple, melon, vanilla, citrus, oak, brine

Finish: Short, gentle, vanilla, apple, lemon, white chocolate, and a touch of salinity

Thoughts: The front of the bottle says delicate, fruity, and balanced and I’d mostly agree with that. A good aperitif scotch to pair with appetizers, or desert, but not too much to write home about on it’s own. As a blend it is superior to a lot of the big boys though.

Score: 73 out of 100

High West Rendezvous Rye Campfire Finish

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Price: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP & Barton / Constellation Brands

Region: America

50% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 5 Years, finished additional 2.2 Years

Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% barley, & 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley, & 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in barrels that held High West Campfire

Chill Filtered: No


 

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, rye, sharp sweetness, heather

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Rye, cinnamon, clove, tobacco, pepper, coriander, fennel, oak, vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth and length, honey, vanilla, oak, and rye spices

Thoughts: The campfire barrel really mellowed the rye out, without sacrificing flavor. Still very much a rye, but a nice change of pace.
Score: 82 out of 100

Kaiyo Japanese Mizunara Oak

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Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced Teaspoon malt / Kaiyo

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: NAS, and aged at sea!

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Mizaunara Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Herbal spice, earthy, weeds, oak, sugar, and salt

Feel:Medium body

Taste: Cream, vanilla, herbal, grass, and caramel

Finish: Caramel, vanilla, oak, herbal rye, malt, shorter length, light warmth

Thoughts: I actually think this is superior to the cask strength version, it tastes less like a young craft whisky and more like it’s own thing. Still doesn’t make it a good whisky though.

Score: 72 out of 100

Kaiyo Cask Strength Japanese Mizunara Oak

Kaiyo Cask Strength

Price: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Teaspoon Malt (Blend) / Kaiyo

Region: Japan

53% ABV

Aged For: NAS, aged on the ocean Jefferson’s style!

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Mizunara Oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Bronze

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sharp grains, herbs, floral notes, young smelling, like a craft whiskey, and almost rye like

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Nutmeg, pepper, floral, oolong tea, and rye notes

Finish: Warm and lasting, citrus, cinnamon, cedar, and pine resin

Thoughts: This reminded me more of a young craft rye, not a malt whiskey. Maybe that’s just the Mizunara that I don’t care for as I don’t have much experience with it, but still not my thing.

Score: 70 out of 100

Nikka Pure Malt Black

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Nikka Pure Malt Black

Price: $50 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blended malt / Nikka

Region: Japan

43% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes?

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, malt, gentle smoke, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and raspberry

Feel: Medium body, oily

Taste: Vanilla, gentle oak, smoke, and blueberry crumble

Finish: Medium length and warmth, vanilla, smoke, and oak, with gentle berries

Thoughts: I liked this one much more than I thought I would, a good blend of smoke and fruit, without being an exact scotch replica.

Score: 83 out of 100

L’Encantada XO

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Paid: $99 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Louis Pibous cask #61 1989 & Cask #87 1987, 1994 Domaine Del Cassou Cask #55, and 1997 Domaine Bellair Cask #181 / L’Encantada

Region: France

46.8% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 20 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Burnt umber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plums, port wine, raisins, dried fruit, clove, pipe tobacco, oak

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Oak, cinnamon, dark chocolate, pepper, coffee, citrus, and roses

Finish: Medium warmth and length, sherry, oak, caramel, ginger, prunes, toasted almonds, and dark fruit.

Thoughts: A delicious brandy for a good price, I love the flavors and depth.

Score: 87 out of 100

 

Pusser’s 15 Year

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Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of Rums / Pusser’s

Region: Guyana & Trinidad

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: Undisclosed


Color: Red copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Papaya, pepper, molasses, coconut, funk, and copper

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Light tropical fruit, honey, floral, brown sugar, and sweet cane syrup

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, coconut, sugar, fruit, and a very artificial sweetness that leads me to believe this may be dosed.

Thoughts: I was expecting something a little darker in flavor given the appearance and age of this rum, but it’s quiet gentle and light

Score: 78 out of 100

Pyrat XO

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Paid: $8 for 375ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums / Patrón Spirits

Region: Caribbean

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: E150A

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oranges, baking spice, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and sugar

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and light

Palate/Taste: Orange soda, creamsicle, lemon, jolly ranchers, syrup and sugar

Finish: Short, little warmth, sugar, orange peel, soda, lemon, antifreeze

Thoughts: There’s so much crap in here I don’t think it’s actually rum, pretty nasty. More of a liquor than anything else.

Score: 50 out of 100

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director’s Cut Blade Runner 2049

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Paid: $100

Distilled/Owned by: Blended / Diageo

Region: Scotland

49% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color Added: Undisclosed


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Citrus, light smoke, honey, vanilla icing, sugar, pomegranate, malt

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, ash, light smoke, caramel, oak, pepper, leather

Finish: Good warmth and length, vanilla, citrus, smoke, tobacco and brown sugar with cream

Thoughts: Yeah I’m the chump that would have bought this even if it stunk because Blade Runner. I am happy to report it is an enjoyable blend that has much better feel and finish than the regular black label. It’s a shame that she won’t live (in this case long on my shelf), but then again, who does?

Score: 82 out of 100