Havana Club 7

Havana Club 7

Price: $25 for 700 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Havana Club / Pernod Richard

Region: Cuba

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 7 Years

Cask Type: Blend of different oak casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Very much a Spanish rum, airy honey, molasses, sharp spice, and slight alcohol

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied

Palate/Taste: Light oak tannins, molasses, vanilla, honey, cream, and cococnut

Finish: Vanilla, oak, coconut, medium length, light to medium warmth.

Thoughts: It reminds me of a more creamy version of Mount Gay black barrel, while decent, if your in the States it is not worth the trouble to import.

Score: 78 out of 100

Park Cognac 28 Year Old “Lot 28” K&L Exclusive Single Barrel #401

Park Cognac 28

Price: $109 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Park Cognac

Region: Grand Champagne Cognac, France

44.5% ABV

Aged For: 28 Years

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Reddish amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Honeysuckle, gentle grapes, melon, sugar, floral, and oak

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Gentle fruits, melon, honey flowers, Cantaloupe

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length, melon, oak, spice, citrus, and floral notes

Thoughts: I picked up tons of melon and flowers, and thought that with this much age it would have picked up heavier deeper flavors from the wood. Too light for my palate.

Score: 75 out of 100

 

Gosling’s Family Reserve

Gosling’s Family Reserve

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Goslings

Region: Bermuda

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: Treacle

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Deep molasses, brown sugar, cocoa, tobacco, vanilla, coconut

Mouthfeel: Syrupy

Palate/Taste: Caramel, chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, maple, and cream

Finish: Light warmth and length, molasses, chocolate, and oak

Thoughts: Drinking this is to me the equivalent of drinking a candy bar, so much sugary chocolate. Very liquor like.

Score: 77 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

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