Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon

Orphan Barrel – Barterhouse Kentucky Bourbon
Aged 20 Years in KY
Bottled at 90.2 Proof at Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Co (Berheim Distillery)., Tullahoma, TN.
Paid $64, but I’ve seen as high as $99 they call it a limited release so it can be hard to find MA.
Nose: Sweet, Fruity, Vanilla and Oak
Taste:  Some Corn comes through, Cherry, Brown Sugar, and Spices
Finish: Thin and Short, a bit of Spice and Oak stays with you
Value:  If you ignore the story Diageo put out about this “limited” release over 45k bottles and focus on the really cool design on the bottle and the juice that’s 20 years old I think it really comes pulls together if you can find it for under $99.

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Glenmorangie – Lasanta 12 Year- Highland Single Malt Scotch

Glenmorangie -Lasanta 12 Year – Highland Single Malt Scotch
Bottled at 86 Proof and Distilled at The Glenmorangie Distillery in Coy Tain, Ross-Shire
This one is matured in ex-bourbon casks  and then finished in Oloroso & PX Sherry Casks for 2 years.
Pretty common in MA have it seen range from $45 – $55.
Nose – Sweet Honey, Fruit and Caramel
Taste – Smooth, Orange, Caramel, Sherry and Spices
Finish – Medium to Long with Sherry and Oak
Value – If you enjoy Sherry finishes then this definitely one to try!

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Suntory Whisky – Toki


Suntory Whisky – Toki
Bottled at 86 Proof by Beam Suntory
This bottle is a blend from 3 different Suntory Distilleries.  Chita (produces grain whiskies,) Hakushu (produces malt whiskies,) and Yamazaki (produces malt whiskies.)
Just started seeing in locally the last 6 months pretty common now in MA for $38-$45
Nose – Fruity and Sweet, Green Apples and Honey
Taste – Sweet up front, Green Apples, Vanilla, Mint, Oak and Earthy Tones
Finish – Gentle, Smooth with a bite of Ginger at the end
Value – Went in with mixed feelings on what I heard about this one.  Mainly because they said they use it as a mixer for drinks, but I actually really enjoy this one neat.  Great Nightly Sipper!

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The Pogues – Irish Whiskey


The Pogues – Irish Whiskey
A blend of 50% 10-year single malt Irish whiskey aged in sherry oak casks and seven year old single malt Irish whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks and 50% four year Irish grain whiskey aged in bourbon oak casks.
Bottled at 80 Proof Distilled by West Cork Distillers in Ireland
Pretty easy to find goes around $30-$40 in MA
Nose – Honey with a hint of Barley
Taste – Smooth, Thin and Sweet up Front, with some vanilla, malt and roasted nuts
Finish – Long, Malt and Dried Fruit
Value – Very solid pour.  Wasn’t expecting to really like this one, but it surprised me.  Worth money and could very well be a nightly sipper!

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Hibiki – Japanese Harmony – Suntory Whisky

hibiki-harmony-japanese-whiskyHibiki – Japanese Harmony – Suntory Whisky
This is a blend of Yamazaki, Hakushu  and Chita whisky
Bottled at 86 Proof by Suntory in Japan
Pretty common in MA, but I’ve seen prices vary drastically from $52-$85
Nose – Floral, Oaky, Rosemary and Honey
Taste – Smooth, Sweet, Fresh, Honey, Citrus, Vanilla, and Smoke
Finish – Long, Sweet and Soothing with some  Orange Zest
Value –  This one is pretty smooth and refreshing!  Makes a great sipper to enjoy on Summer nights.

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