Wathen’s Single Barrel

Wathen's SB

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Medley Family

Region: Kentucky

47% ABV

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

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Bubblegum, corn mash, oak, vanilla, sugary

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla heavy, oak, caramel, the vanilla really dominates, maybe a bit of clove

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, pepper, vanilla, and a bit of citrus

Thoughts: Vanilla heavy bourbon, without a lot of complexity or depth you’d get from a single barrel normally. Not bad, but middle of the road stuff.

Score: 77 out of 100

Plantation Trinidad 2003

Plantation Trinidad 2003

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Maison Ferrand

Region: Trinidad / France

42% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 Years

Cask Type: 8 Years in ex-bourbon, 4 in ferrand cognacs casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Bright, floral, citrus, tropical fruit, mango, light oak

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Citrus, floral, light molasses, pear, honey, and peaches

Finish: Light warmth and shorter in length, honey and coconut with citrus, almonds, and floral notes

Thoughts: Very light and floral. The flavors are decent, but the finish is weak and you can tell it’s been sweetened.

Score: 77 out of 100

Copper & Kings Single Barrel Liquor Barn Select

Copper & Kings Single Barrel LB

Paid: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Copper & Kings

Region: Kentucky

56.5% ABV

Grapes: Undisclosed

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon barrel


Color: Pale orange

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, mint, Riesling wine, herbs, oak, and floral notes

Mouthfeel: Full bodied

Palate/Taste: Heavily herbal, oak, very whisky like, grapeskins, pepper, tobacco, floral, rye

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, spices, pepper, tobacco, leather, and cherry

Thoughts: This reminded me more of rye whiskey than brandy, very herbal in taste. Not what I am looking for in my brandy, but it may be someone else’s jam.

Score: 78 out of 100

Don Q 2005

Don Q 2005

Price: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Destilería Serrallés

Region: Puerto Rico

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: No


Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Bright and has a pop of sugar, fruit, caramel, and oak, strong for the proof, but sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Grilled banana, coconut, pineapple, burnt sugar, and vanilla

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, Mineral spirits, oak, and vanilla

Thoughts: I prefer this to many of the other Puerto Rican rums I have tried, but for the price it doesn’t beat out Mount Gay Black.

Score: 77 out of 100

Wild Turkey Longbranch

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Paid: $36 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Wild Turkey / Campari

Region: Kentucky

43% ABV

Mashbill: 75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley

Aged For: NAS, stated to be around 8 years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Filtered with charcoal made from oak and Texas Mesquite


Color: Light amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Cinnamon, chili oil, cherry, toasted oak, caramel, and redhots candy

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, oak, cinnamon, fruit, and sweet corn

Finish: Light warmth and medium length, mellow corn, oak, and spices with a hint of fruit

Thoughts: It’s a lighter more fruity version of Turkey that is aimed at the Gentleman Jack crowd, in that respect it is a success. However, for my own palate it is a bit light.

Score: 78 out of 100

Dalmore 18

Dalmore 18

Price: $240 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Dalmore / Whyte & Mackay

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Aged For: 18 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Matusalem Oloroso sherry casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes


Color: Deep amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruit, grapefruit, dry grass, malt, and nuts

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Sour caramel, chocolate, sherry, pepper, oak , almond, orange peel

Finish: Light warmth, medium length, ginger, citrus, dry sherry, bitter chocolate, with a touch of musty oak

Thoughts: It’s not an awful dram, until you look at the price tag and realize you can buy 3 bottles of superior (In my opinion) Glengoyne for the same price. Not a fan of the sour sort of bitter notes that came and went putting this into the 70’s for me.

Score: 78 out of 100

El Pasador de oro XO

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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