Stranahan’s Colorado Whisky

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Price: $55 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Stranahan’s / Proximo Spirits

Region: Colorado

47% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, honey, tart apples, butterscotch

Feel: Light bodied

Taste: Vanilla, honey, apple, pear, butterscotch, oak, and caramel drizzle

Finish: Light to medium warmth and length, malt, honey, vanilla, oak, and caramel

Thoughts: It tastes like a malt whisky version of bourbon, and I actually enjoyed it more than I expected to. You get a lot of the bourbon vanilla, but the malt gives it a nice orchard fruit palate.

Score: 82 out of 100

Glenfarclas 21

Glenfarclas 21

Price: $120 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glenfarclas

Region: Highland

43% ABV

Aged For: 21-Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon and sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Dark Gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oloroso sherry, ginger, oak, vanilla, leather, and dry nuts

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Dried fruits, sherry, nutty, pepper, and toffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length, apple cider, vanilla, caramel, oranges, ginger

Thoughts: I continue to enjoy Glenfarclas’ profile, but it never seems to really knock my socks off.

Score: 82 out 100

 

Francis Darroze Domaine de Lamarquette 1985

Domaine de lamaequette 1985

Price: $120 for 750 ml

Distilled/Owned by: Domaine de Lamarquette

Region: Bas-Armagnac, France

48.7% ABV


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Plum, cherry, old oak, saw dust, caramel, coffee, and a pinch of salt

Mouthfeel: Medium body. drying

Palate/Taste: Sherried scotch, raisins, citrus, pepper, oak, and cherry

Finish: Warm, medium length, slightly drying, tannins, leather, ginger, oak.

Thoughts: This one reminded me a lot of an old sherried scotch, a nice combination of fruit and tannins.

Score: 82 out of 100

Barbancourt 15

Barbancourt 15

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Babancourt

Region: Haiti

43% ABV

Distillate: Sugar Cane

Aged For: 15 Years

Cask Type: Limousin oak


Color: Deep copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Fresh cane sugar, molasses, oak, caramel, coconut, floral earthiness

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Crisp sugar, followed by coconut, lime, nougat, and floral earth

Finish: Medium warmth and length, crisp and clean, oak, brown sugar, almond, and seltzer water

Thoughts: Leaves a very crisp feeling in my mouth and a massive improvement over the 8 year I tried

Score: 81 out of 100

Four Roses Private Select OBSF Main Street Liquors

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Price: $65 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Four Roses / Kirin

Region: Kentucky

59.3% ABV

Aged For: 8 Years , 11 months

Mashbill: 60% corn, 35% corm , 5% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Cask Details: Warehouse RN 38.3A


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet caramel, herbs, touch of red fruit, oak, vanilla, cinnamon

Feel: Full bodied

Taste: Solid caramel and vanilla upfront, oak, brown sugar, cherries and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth and length, dry oak, dark coffee, berries, and cigar tobacco

Thoughts: While some of the fruit notes were nice, and by no means is this bad, it’s just another good but not spectacular single cask.

Score: 83 out of 100

Glen Scotia Ruby Port Finish 10-Year

Glen Scotia Ruby Port Finish 10-Year

Price: $55 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Glen Scotia

Region: Campbeltown

57.8% ABV

Aged For: 10 Years

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in ruby port casks

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Deep gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla cake, honey, smoke, alcohol, salt, and port wine

Feel: Full and sort of an oily playdough feel

Taste: Pepper, smoke, malt, charcoal, citrus, berry, honey, vanilla, and oak

Finish: Good warmth and length, peat, red fruit, salt, raspberry, and smoke

Thoughts: A nice blend of smoke and fruit, with a surprising amount of port influence for the only 6 months it finished in those casks.

Score: 83 out of 100

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Mortlach 22 1995 Faultine FF-Sherry (K&L)

Price: Sold Out

Distilled/Owned by: Mortlach / Douglas Laing

Region: Speyside

53.3% ABV

Aged For: 22 Years, Distilled 1995

Mashbill: 100% malted barley

Cask Type: First Fill Sherry

Chill Filtered: No

Color Added: No


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Malt, oak, cracked leather, chocolate, honey, dried citrus, and light sherry

Feel:Medium, oily

Taste: Sherry, raisins, ginger, citrus, leather, pepper, oak

Finish: Warm, drying, good length, sherry and oranges, with hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak.

Thoughts: A decent dram, but if I had this blind I would not have thought it was a first fill sherry. If you want a dryer more leather sherry this could be for you.

Score: 81 out of 100