Review: Dictador 20

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Destileria Colombiana

Region: Colombia

40% ABV

Distillate: Sugar Cane Honey

Aged For: 20 year solera

Cask Type: “Pre used oak barrels” as per their website

Sugar added: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Liquorice, anise, pepper, oak, bitter chocolate, coffee, sherry, and caramel

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, honey, oak, maple, toffee, hazelnut, and molasses

Finish: Light warmth, not a very long finish, caramel, hazelnut spread, liquorice, honey, light coffee, and maple.

Thoughts: Not a lot of fruit notes to be found here, but lots of honey, roasted nut, and coffee notes. Not overly complex and definitely in the easy sipper category.

Score: 75 out of 100

Review: Dos Maderas 5+5

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Williams & Humbert

Region: Distilled in Barbados & Guyana, Finished in Spain

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years (5 in the Caribbean, 5 in Spain)

Cask Type: American Oak (5 Years), Palo Cortado Casks (3 Years), and PX Sherry (2 Years)

Additives used: Yes

Color: Brown sherry

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruits, oak, chocolate, marzipan, coconut, brown sugar, sherry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, oak, sherry, maple, raisins, sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length. A bit of oak and pepper, sherry, and vanilla

Thoughts: The sherry is very dominate on the profile, I actually think they add sherry to the rum at points in the solera. I taste bits of oak and dry spice underneath the super saturated sweetness. Very Similar to Your El Dorados and Diplomatico Rums if you enjoy those. I’m a sucker for PX sherry so this isn’t a bad rum for myself.

Score: 78 out of 100

Review: Old Forester 1910

Paid: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Brown-Forman

Region: Kentucky

46.5% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 72% corn, 18% rye, 10% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in lightly toasted heavily charred oak barrels

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Toasted oak, vanilla, caramel, pecan, light baking spices, corn, and more light oak

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee, chocolate, burnt syrup, and maybe some banana lingering in the background

Finish: Oak again remains pronounced, medium warmth and a good lasting finish. Pepper, tannins, caramel, pecan and a bit of maple brown sugar

Thoughts: The oak notes cover a lot of the notes I’m not huge on in the Forester line, still overall I’d put this as above average.

Score: 79 out of 100

Review: Speyside Distilllery 21-Year 1993 Distiller’s Art

Paid: $96 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Speyside Distillery / Hunter Laing

Region: Speyside

48% ABV

Aged For: 21 Years, Distilled 1993, Bottled 2015

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Sherry Butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Earthy nutty sherry, leather, oak, blackberry, cherry, dirt

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Sherry, caramel, nuts, figs, malt, bitter pepper, malt, sour mustiness

Finish: Light to medium warmth and medium length, cream and honey, sour fruit, coffee, and oak

Thoughts: It smells and starts out like a good sherried dram, with heavy nut flavors, but then on the backside of the palate and finish it has a bitter and sour note that spoils the drink. Flawed.

Score: 76 out of 100

Review: J. Goudoulin 18-Year 2000 SMWS A3.2 “Fruity pipe tobacco”

Paid: $130 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: J. Goudoulin / SMWS

Region: Bas Armganac

46.7% ABV

Aged For: 18 Years, distilled 2000

Cask Type: Gascon Black Oak

Grapes: Baco & Ungi Blanc

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Dried fruit, raisins, fig, alcohol solvent, aromatic pipe tobacco, apricot glaze, oak

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Honey, apples, oak, cinnamon, citrus, calvados, aromatic pipe tobacco

Finish: Light to medium warmth, in-between short and medium length, apple, cinnamon, pine resin, oak, vanilla, honey, and caramel

Thoughts: At times this was more calvados like than Armagnac, nothing mind blowing, easy to sip, but a bit weak and the nose is a bit rough at times.

Score: 77 out of 100

Darroze Domaine de Monturon 2003

Darroze Domaine de Monturon 2003

Price: $95 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Monturon

Region: Bas Armagnac, France

50% ABV

Aged For: 12-Years

Cask Type: French oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Light grape, apple, pear, orchard fruits, oak, and cinnamon

Mouthfeel: Oily

Palate/Taste: Rich dried fruits, light sherry, raisin, candied orange, and vanilla oak

Finish: Warm and lasting, dry baking spice, light oak, cinnamon, sherry, dried fruit, and grapes

Thoughts: If I had tried this blind I would have almost thought it was a malt whisky or even possibly a calvados, it doesn’t have a flavor similar to other Armagnacs I have tried.

Score: 79 out of 100

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

Kirin Fuji-Sanroku

Distilled/Owned by: Kirin

Region: Japan

50% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Light Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Banana, honey, oak, grains, cream, and spice

Feel: Medium to full bodied

Taste: Sweet and fruity with banana, coconut, vanilla, and cream

Finish: Warm, lasting, vanilla, honey, chocolate, almond, spices, and a touch of fruit

Thoughts: The heavy banana notes were a bit off-putting for me, but otherwise a standard fruity malt

Score: 75 out of 100