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

Stagg Jr. Batch 8

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Paid: $45 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Buffalo Trace / Sazerac

Region: Kentucky

64.75% ABV

Mashbill: Buffalo Trace Mashbill #1

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Deep copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Cherry cola, oak, pepper, tobacco, lychee, leather, and spices

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, dry

Palate/Taste: Tobacco, oak, chocolate, cola, cherries, and pepper

Finish: Warm and dry with a medium to long finish. Vanilla, oak, corn mash, and chocolate

Thoughts: You can’t go wrong with the new releases of Stagg Jr, however batch 9 that came after was a bit better overall.

Score: 85 out of 100

George Dickel 9 Year Single Barrel Twin Liquors

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Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel / Diageo

Region: Tennessee

51.5% ABV

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Aged For: 9 years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Yes

Barrel and Bottle #: 05A04 B1-5-24, #32 Store Pick: Twin Liquors, Bottled 2016


Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Minerally, vitamins, oak, brown sugar, honey, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium and silky

Palate/Taste: Oak and toffee, flan, cherry, vitamins, pepper, chocolate, coffee

Finish: Medium warmth and length. Minerals, leather, oak, chocolate, and toasted walnuts with vitamins and earth.

Thoughts: At initial tasting I found the minerality off-putting, but as I continued to sip and explore this really grew on me a lot.

Score: 85 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