L’Encantada XO

L'Encantada XO 1L'Encantada XO 2

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


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


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


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

El Pasador de oro XO


Price: $35 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums

Region: Guatemala

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed, finished in cognac casks in France

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Additives used: Unknown, likely

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Molasses, spiced fruit punch, coconut, citrus, banana, oak, caramel, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Very sweet, brown sugar, oranges, banana, caramel, and cola

Finish: Short with little warmth, subtle fruit and vanilla with a sugary simple syrup taste

Thoughts: It’s another “Ron” rum, sweet and similar to the likes of Diplomatico and El Dorado. It’s worth checking out for the price if you are a fan of those rums.

Score: 78 out of 100

Sheep Dip 1990 Old Hebridean


Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of malts that include Ardbeg, Dalmore, Fettercairn / Ian Macleod Distillers

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: NAS (All malts were distilled in 1990 or before)

Cask Type: First-fill oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Gentle peat, costal spray, vanilla, salty citrus, smoke upfront with fruit afterwards

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Sherry, vanilla, caramel, citrus, salt, gentle peat, and malt

Finish: Medium warmth and length, caramel, salt, peat, oak, and chocolate

Thoughts: An example of a good blended malt. I would have liked all the usual higher proof, NCF, and NC, but for what it is, it’s a tasty light costal blend.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 003

Whiskey 003

Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

52.65% ABV

Mashbill: Undisclosed, uses corn, rye, and malted barley

Aged For: 5 years

Cask Type: 5 years in American white oak barrels, finished in 20% sherry butts and 80% port pipes

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Port wine with corn mash, citrus, oak, vanilla, honey, and green pepper

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Fruity, then a more traditional bourbon palate takes over. Leather, pepper, latte, mocha, butter, cherry

Finish: Warm and medium length, butter, cream, tea, sherry, oak, and pie crust

Thoughts: I liked the alternating plate from fruity to a more traditional whisky flavor. I think that being older would have really made it amazing, but it is still good as is.

Score: 82 out of 100