Review: Wild Turkey Rare Breed 116.8

Paid: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Wild Turkey / Campari

Region: Kentucky

58.4% ABV

Aged For: NAS

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, char #4

Bottle Code: LL/FH010735

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: A sweet vanilla oakiness, that gets a sort of musty herbal edge with caramel and cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Chocolate, oak, vanilla, caramel, leather, baking spices, apple, and herbs

Finish: Good length and warmth, damp musty oak, vanilla, pepper, caramel

Thoughts: Turkey continues to bring their A game to affordable everyday bourbon offerings. Strong and flavorful, but unique.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Glenlivet 10 Year 2007 SMWS 2.106 “Devilishly Opulent”

Paid: $100 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenlivet / SMWS

Region: Speyside

61.3% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years, distilled 2007

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex oloroso butt then finished in first fill PX sherry butt

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Russet

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cinnamon, nutmeg, oak, ginger, oloroso sherry, coffee beans, clove, dried fruits, touch of sulphur

Feel: Medium to full body, dry

Taste: Sherry, oak, pepper, caramel, raisins, figs, becomes sweeter over time with the PX shining more, orange,

Finish: Long and warm, with dark chocolate, oak, pepper, tobacco, olive oil, ginger, citrus, and sherry

Thoughts: When I first cracked this bottle I wasn’t blown away, but its growing on me over time, A little water really helps as it’s a bit to boozy even for me with a lot of heat. At first the oloroso cask is dominate with the PX creeping more in over time.

Score: 83 out of 100

Review: Hamilton Navy Strength

Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: 60% Demerara Distillers & 40% Worthy Park / Caribbean Spirits Inc.

Region: Guyana & Jamaica

57% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: Undisclosed

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Banana, custard, walnuts, molasses, coconut, oak, and some sharp spices

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, oak, tobacco, smoke, banana, light funk, pepper, and dried fruits

Finish: Long and very warm, kiwi, oak, lime, oak, pepper, smoke, leather, and tobacco

Thoughts: If you like your rum strong, a little rough around the edges with hints of funk and a blast of flavor this is a must try at the price point.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Nikka Yoichi 2000’s

Price: Roughly $250 for 500ml

Distilled/Owned by: Yoichi / Nikka

Region: Japan

57% ABV

Aged For: NAS, distillate from 2000 through 2009

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered:No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Powerful peat, vanilla, graphite, sawdust, caramel, pepper, citrus, pear

Feel: Rich

Taste: Apples, rosewater, butterscotch, oak, vanilla, mint, campfire ashes, honey

Finish: Medium length and warmth, saltwater spray, cream, tannins, malt, and hay with slight smoke

Thoughts: The high ABV helps immensely with the mouthfeel and is a good young peated whisky with a good mouthfeel and flavor range.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Foursquare Premise

Price: $50 for 750

Distilled/Owned by: Foursqaure

Region: Barbados

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and Ex-sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: None

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, almond, molasses, milk chocolate, nutty sherry, vanilla, coconut, mango, and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Sherry, molasses, coconut, oranges, stone fruit, caramel latte, melon, brown sugar

Finish: Light warmth, shortish length, lots of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, and baking spices

Thoughts: The sherry influence is there, but not overpowering. Pretty light and sweet. Finish is a bit weak but overall another good rum from Foursquare.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel for Astor Wine and Spirits

Paid: $125 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

53.2% ABV

Aged For: 14 Years

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Info: Astor Wine & Spirits, Barrel #K759, bottle #83

Color: Mahogany

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peanut butter fudge, mineral oil, oak, caramel coffee creamer, sweet corn, clove, and pipe tobacco

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Chocolate, caramel, coffee, peanuts, vanilla, oak, minerals, cherry, birch beer

Finish: Honey, caramel, oak, leather, cinnamon, mineral oil, pepper, and clove

Thoughts: Lots of chocolate and peanut in the nose and body and follows up with more baking spice while having a dickel minerality throughout

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Laphroaig Cairdeas 2017 Quarter Cask CS

Paid: $75 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Laphroaig / Beam Suntory

Region: Islay

57.2% ABV

Aged For: NAS (Min 5 Years)

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and ex-bourbon quarter casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No

Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Peat, mint, oak, vanilla, smoke, honey, coconut, malt, citrus

Feel: Medium to full

Taste: Smoke, oak, peat, vanilla, cream, honey, pepper, salt, tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth, long lasting, oak, citrus, very dry with a lot of tannins, smoke, and spices

Thoughts: Heavy oak, and a medium amount of smoke, a good offering that builds on the CQ but isn’t one for the ages.

Score: 82 out of 100