Kings County Peated Bourbon

Kings County Peated Bourbon

Price: $50 for 375ml

Distilled/Owned by: Kings Country Distillery

Region: New York

45% ABV

Mashbill: 70% corn, 15% peated Scottish barley, 15% malted barley

Aged For: 18 months

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Unknown

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Vanilla, sweet corn, oak, chocolate, hay, herbs, surprisingly deep

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Sour baked pie, herbs, oak, caramel, and a very slight smoke, young tasting

Finish: Light warmth and long lasting, herbs, smoke, honey, oak, and baking spice

Thoughts: I was really drawn in by the nose, but the palate falls flat and I find the finish too long for its own good as it isn’t great.

Score: 70 out of 100

Amrut Rye

Amrut Rye

Price: $200 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Amrut

Region: India

50% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted European rye

Aged For: 5 years

Cask Type: American oak casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Cinnamon, red fruits, citrus, floral, white tea, grassy

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Lemon, sandalwood, citrus, oak, caramel, bitter

Finish: Medium warmth and length, floral, rye spices, cherry, oranges

Thoughts: This was surprising, it was very fruity and citrus forward and in no way fits with the traditional American rye profile. That said for me this didn’t land well, and given that in the U.S. it’s an expensive bottle I was not a fan.

Score: 72 out of 100

Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

Barrell Whiskey Batch 005

Paid: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Barrell

Region: Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky

59.2% ABV

Bottle #: 7723

Aged For: 9 Years

Mashbill: Undisclosed

Cask Type: American white oak, ex-bourbon, American Brandy barrels, Amaro barrels, and Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cocktail bitters, dry red wine, maraschino cherries, honey, corn mash

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, barrel char, young brandy, coffee, bitter vanilla, licorice

Finish: Warm, medium length, bitters, brandy, baking spices

Thoughts: I was hoping this would have more Cognac and brandy influence and less of the Amaro, but I don’t care for the flavors imparted by the Amaro. If you’re a fan of whiskey cocktails you’d likely enjoy this quiet a bit, but that’s not my cup of tea.

Score: 73 out of 100

Martell Blue Swift

Martell Blue Swift

Paid: $36 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Martell

Region: Cognac, France

40% ABV

Grapes: Blend from Grande and Petite Champagne, Borderies, and Fins Bois regions.

Aged For: Around 5 to 8 years

Cask Type: French Trocais oak, finished in Ex-bourbon casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes



Color: Reddish Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Ginger, mint, grapes, vanilla, cherry, sour and a bit tart

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, menthol, sour grapes, plum, citrus, ginger, oak

Finish: Short and light warmth, oak tannins and vanilla, with a bit of coconut and dry wine

Thoughts: So this is the first “Cognac” (technically it can’t be called that due to the bourbon barrels) and after loving Armagnac, and the difference is profound. Much, much lighter in body.

Score: 74 out of 100


Authors Note: I tried another glass of this recently after the bottle had been open awhile, and it seems a little bit of oxidation has helped it, bringing out more fruit flavors and tamping down the menthol and sour notes. It may be worth visiting again.

Blade & Bow

Blade and Bow

Price: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Diageo

Region: Kentucky

45.5% ABV

Aged For:NAS

Cask Type:New charred oak

Chill Filtered:No



Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn, vanilla, bubblegum, and toffee

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Slight pepper and toasted oak, peanuts, caramel, milk chocolate

Finish: Medium warmth and short, oak and chocolate notes

Thoughts: Very underwhelming, the palate is alright but both the nose and finish are weak.

Score: 73 out of 100


Dalmore 15 1999 Alexander Murray


Paid: $110 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Alexander Murray

Region: Highland

55.6% ABV

Aged For: 15 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, Oloroso, and married in sherry butts

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No



Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honey, young malt (on a 15 year?), oak, dry sherry, orchard fruit, vanilla, and herbal after scent

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dry spice, sour herbs, young craft whiskey taste, caramel, oloroso sherry, nuts

Finish: Almost rye like, with a herbal overtone, pepper and toasted oak with a good warmth and lasting finish.

Thoughts: After enjoying a few Dalmore IB’s I had higher hopes for this but it constantly reminded me of a young craft rye aged in sherry casks. I guess that’s the risk you run with IBs, as this is way off profile for any type of Dalmore.

Score: 70 out of 100


1792 Single Barrel

1792 Single Barrel

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Barton / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

49.3% ABV

Mashbill: 75% corn, 15% rye, 10% barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char # 3

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed



Color: Light bronze

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Caramel and banana, oak with cinnamon and a slight alcohol burn

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, wet

Palate/Taste: Sweet cream, banana, vanilla, over-sweet sugar, caramel and a bit of oak

Finish: Medium warmth and length, pepper, leather, vanilla, and banana cream

Thoughts: Normally I can deal with sweet, I like some sweet rums like El Dorado, but this was sweet in a bad way. The dominate banana notes combined with sweetness and a wet mouthfeel combined for a less than average bourbon.

Score: 74 out of 100